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Mississippi’s First Lady Deborah Bryant conducted an interactive tour of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Sometimes, the winds of fate will put a person in the most unusual, uncomfortable, unforgettable circumstances.

 

That is precisely where University of Alabama sophomore Annelise Moreau found herself as she came face-to-face with a monstrous tornado that raked the Hattiesburg area, including The University of Southern Mississippi campus, on Feb. 10.

 

“I was horrified because I had a front row seat into the center of a tornado. I was sure I was going to die,” said Moreau, 20, who was driving through Hattiesburg as the weather worsened that Sunday evening.

The Student Dietetic Association within the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi sponsored an “Eat Well Hattiesburg” Nutrition and Fitness Fair on Feb. 23 at Pride Field on the Hattiesburg campus.

The event was designed to introduce the Hattiesburg community to vendors that provide healthy nutrition and food options in the Pine Belt. The student group also sought to supply a venue for all ages to come enjoy themselves and learn about nutrition and fitness.

Author and civil rights figure, James Meredith, will give a book talk and sign copies of his latest publication, “A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America,” at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Hosted by the Gulf Coast Libraries, the book talk and signing will be held Thursday, March 7, at 4 p.m. on the third floor of the library.

Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been invited to participate in a panel discussion at the White House, focusing on gun violence and emergency action plans.

 

Titled: “Creating Model Emergency Management Plans,” the roundtable event will be held from 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 inside the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House.

The College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi has partnered with Hattiesburg Clinic to present the 2013 Spring Forum Series titled: “Mississippi’s Health, Mississippi’s Future.”

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development will be offering the ProfessionalCertification in Human Resource Management Prep Course from 5:30-9 p.m. on each Tuesday between March 19 and May 21. 

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music has announced that the upcoming production of “Sweeney Todd” will take place at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach will offer a Mississippi Real Estate Pre-Licensing course on Mondays and Tuesdays March 4 - April 23 from 6-10 p.m. at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, Miss.

InnovateMEP Mississippi has announced that during the third quarter of 2012, The Mississippi Polymer Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi provided outstanding technical assistance to four Mississippi-based manufacturing companies yielding $3 million in direct financial impact and resulting in the creation of 11 new jobs in the state.

This work was reflected by independent auditors during the national survey of manufacturers by NIST MEP.

Economic trends and forecasts will be the focus of a special symposium presented by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The tornado that tore through the Hattiesburg area and The University of Southern Mississippi campus on Feb. 10 did more than damage buildings. The F-4 twister also drastically altered the University’s landscape.

 

Approximately 75 trees that created a picturesque “front porch” of the campus were lost in the storm that cut a destructive path through Marion, Lamar, Forrest, Perry and Wayne counties. Among the casualties were three of the four majestic legacy oak trees that once adorned the Southern Miss vista.

United States Congressman Steven Palazzo spent part of Wednesday, Feb. 20 touring damage caused by an F-4 tornado that struck The University of Southern Mississippi campus on Sunday, Feb. 10.

THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
Office of University Communications
MEDIA ADVISORY
2/18/2013

                         Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meeting Set at Southern Miss

TO: News editors, directors

A week after an F-4 tornado destroyed his Hattiesburg home and damaged The University of Southern Mississippi campus, Willie Pierce met with an insurance claims adjuster at his 34th Avenue residence, now a pile of rubble, to assess his material losses.

Children and visitors of the INFINITY Science Center in Hancock County will benefit greatly from a new agreement between the science center and The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

On Friday, Feb. 15, a memorandum of understanding was signed by Dr. Gordon Cannon, vice provost for research at Southern Miss, and George Schloegel, chairman of INFINITY, partnering both institutions to allow for greater educational opportunities.

The Center for Community and Civic Engagement at The University of Southern has joined several area agencies in providing a centralized location for those wishing to assist in relief efforts associated with the devastating tornado that struck Hattiesburg on Sunday, Feb. 10.

After the trials of the past week and the long journey to recovery ahead, The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will proudly resume performances with the Award-winning Arabesque Winds in a free concert on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Connoisseur Series. With performance spaces at Southern Miss in ruins, First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg has offered its sanctuary to aid in the recovery.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies, in collaboration with the Mississippi Housing Partnership, will hold a homeownership application fair on Monday, Feb. 25 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the community meeting room of the Jackson Medical Mall at 350 West Woodrow Wilson in Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi’s First Lady Deborah Bryant spent a portion of Thursday morning touring areas of The University of Southern Mississippi campus damaged by last Sunday’s tornado.

When her school needed her, University of Southern Mississippi student Denise Bryant of Oak Grove answered the call.

 

Bryant joined nearly 1,000 fellow students, faculty, staff, alumni and community volunteers in a student-led cleanup effort Wednesday morning as part of the university’s recovery from an F-4 tornado that hit the Hattiesburg campus Sunday, Feb. 10.

 

She even bought a new rake to help with clearing debris. “It means a lot to me to be able to help, because I felt so helpless after the storm,” said Bryant, a senior nursing major. “It’s the least I could do.”

Cleanup efforts are proceeding in earnest at The University of Southern Mississippi where an EF-4 tornado struck on Sunday, Feb. 10, damaging several buildings on the Hattiesburg campus.

Gov. Phil Bryant stood on the campus of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi, Monday morning and declared that the state would respond to devastation wrought by Sunday’s tornado in typical fashion – with resiliency.

 

“Unfortunately we have more experience and are better qualified than anyone in the nation to deal with weather-related emergencies,” said Bryant before a media throng at the Thad Cochran Center. “I always enjoy being on the Southern Miss campus, and it’s difficult to see the damage that is here. But these men and women know how to handle this and know exactly what to do.”

Dr. Rodney Bennett, who on Thursday became the next president of The University of Southern Mississippi, said one of his primary duties as the school’s leader will be helping its students succeed in meeting their academic goals through “pathways for completion.”