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Three months after an F-4 tornado tore through the front part of campus The University of Southern Mississippi has taken a huge step in restoring the damaged landscape.

 

On Tuesday, May 7 five mature oak trees were planted to kickoff the first phase of a Campus Beautification Plan. The live oaks, measuring 40-feet high by 40-feet wide, were supplied by Florida-based grower, The Magnolia Company. These trees are root-pruned and grown specifically for transplantation. Each one is between 25-30 years old.

The Accelerator, The University of Southern Mississippi’s technology commercialization center, has announced the additions of GE Aviation, Radiance Technologies, and Vatican Capital to its list of tenants.

The University of Southern Mississippi has selected 14 students earning their degrees from the Gulf Park campus for the 2012-2013 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Students were selected based on leadership, extracurricular activities and community contributions throughout their academic career. Additionally, students must graduate in the current academic year. Undergraduate students are required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and graduate students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.75.

The Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) at the University of Southern Mississippi has recognized four students with this year's CCCE Service award. The students selected are Lindsey Pellittieri, Amber Hammons, Ned Nelson and Tyler Meador.

Pellittieri is a dedicated member of Campus link  AmeriCorps.  She also participates in many volunteer opportunities on campus such as Autism weekend and summer camps and has participated in 4 alternative break trips

The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College, in conjunction with the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, hosted a reception on Wednesday, May 1 for students who applied for these awards in 2012-13.

The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will perform, “Rock and Roll of the 1970s,” at two concerts in the Fleming Education Center auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The concerts will be held Friday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, at 3 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has announced Dr. Shannon Fleming as its next Executive Director, effective June 3. In this role, Fleming will serve as the chief staff executive for the USM Foundation, in addition to serving as the director of development for the University, and will be responsible for the Foundation’s strategic leadership, attainment of goals and objectives, coordination of fundraising activities and board management.

Registration is now open for fall enrollment at the Early Connections Learning Center. Spaces are available for children ages 1 to 4.

 

Early Connections Learning Center is operated by the Lamar County School District in partnership with The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies, Mississippi’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service.

Members of the Project Green Challenge Conscious College Road Tour spent most of Friday, April 26 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus promoting healthy lifestyle tips and sustainability awareness. Organization members visited 12 college campuses across the country to inform, raise awareness and inspire conscious living. Members of the Southern Miss student organization Sustainability Advocates also participated in the event. (University Communications photos by Van Arnold)

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi held its annual Trike-A-Thon on Thursday, April 25 as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Children from the center were joined in the effort by University Police officers and Southern Miss sorority members. (University Communications photo by Chloe Rouse)

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the 2013 Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. This year’s ceremony will feature guest speaker Karen Sock, president and CEO of Sock Enterprises Inc.

To describe the race to acquire national scholarships in higher education as competitive is a little like saying Niagara Falls is wet.

 

Under the tireless guidance of National Scholarship Officer Robyn Curtis, the University of Southern Mississippi has emerged as a major player in these fierce competitions. And nothing exemplifies that success more than the current year which has produced two Goldwater Scholars; a Truman Scholar and two Fulbright Student Finalists.

Students in the Department of Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management at The University of Southern Mississippi will present their capstone projects during the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association’s monthly meeting on Thursday, April 25.

The Mississippi Legislature’s authorization of $20 million in state bonds will help elevate a new nursing building at The University of Southern Mississippi from the planning stage to the construction phase.

 

Southern Miss will receive the funding this year which will expedite plans for the building – to be named Asbury Hall and built on the Hattiesburg campus. The official name has not yet been considered for approval by the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) Board. Tentative plans call for construction to begin in 2014.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, will give the Spring 2013 Commencement address Friday, May 10 in two ceremonies at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.  

The LSU Police Department, in conjunction with the LSU Athletic Department, received the Sport Event Security Aware, or SESA, certification from the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

A free seminar by a renowned scientist in the field of metagenomics is set for 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 22, in the Caylor Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The presentation will be the fifth in the Grimes Distinguished Lecturer Series.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a free fair housing workshop on Tuesday, Apr. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Warren Hood Building at 200 South President St. in Jackson, Miss.

Dr. John O. Dabiri, Engineering and Applied Science Director, Center for Bioinspired Wind Energy, California Institute of Technology, will present “Jellyfish-Inspired Engineering” Tuesday April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center. 

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today a comprehensive landscaping plan to restore the southern edge of the University’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by an EF-4 tornado on February 10. The USM Foundation also announced a campus beautification campaign to generate private funds to help address the cost of the plan.

 

The landscape of the campus was drastically altered by the tornado with the loss of 75 trees and debris scattered across the front of the campus.

Community health science students at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast reached out to the university community by hosting the health fair, “Are Your Loved Ones in the Zone?,” during National Public Health Week April 1-7.

Just over two months ago, the Hattiesburg area was devastated by a deadly F-4 tornado. The School of Music at Southern Miss faced considerable losses but experienced an overwhelming outpouring from the community and the world.

The University of Southern Mississippi Steel Pan Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band 1 will be joined by some of the biggest names in music for a special concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 19 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

No need to ask University of Southern Mississippi junior Brandon Hersey if he believes dreams will come true. The Hattiesburg native is living one now as a winner of the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

 

Hersey is the University’s third Truman Scholar and the first African American student at Southern Miss to receive the coveted prize. Marie Holowach Federer won in 2011 and Lance Brown, competing in his home state of Alabama, was the first recipient in 1999. Hersey is one of only 62 national finalists chosen for the award and the lone student representing a Mississippi university.