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The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted a training session for 14 individuals from China on March 23-25 in New York City. 

Founders’ Day on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus April 1 was a celebration of the institution’s past, its future and the people who have made it what it is today.

 

It was also the first day of the presidency of Dr. Rodney Bennett, the University’s 10th executive officer.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a free, fair housing workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center at 220 West Front St. in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast celebrated the completion of the historic restoration of Hardy Hall and Lloyd Hall with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 30 during the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received a vital financial boost from the Mississippi Legislature in the form of a general support bill that includes funds for renovation and repairs related to the Feb. 10 tornado that struck the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett began his first day (April 1) on the job speaking with members of local media and meeting with his executive cabinet this morning. Later he participated in the Founders’ Day activities as the university celebrated its 103rd anniversary.

 

“What a wonderful day to recognize the outstanding achievements of our students, faculty and staff and the founding of our university,” he said. “Today is also my first day and I cannot be more thrilled to make that statement. I look forward to a long tenure here.”

He’s enjoyed success and weathered storms - literal and figurative - in the last several months as interim president of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Now Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas will return to his roles as President Emeritus and professor of higher education as the University prepares for a new era of leadership under Dr. Rodney Bennett, who begins as president of the institution April 1.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast celebrated the completion of two new buildings with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 28 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Service to the community is an important component of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies’ TRIAD Service AmeriCorps project.

 

Project participants, who are Hattiesburg-area youth and young adults with developmental disabilities, routinely provide services to community organizations. But there was nothing routine about their service work on Feb. 13 and 14 just a few days after an F-4 tornado hit the Hattiesburg campus.

When GE Aviation announced its selection of Ellisville, Miss., for a new aircraft engine composite parts production facility, the Mississippi Polymer Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi and Jones County Junior College partnered to support the prestigious company’s hiring and workforce development needs.

With a $1 million gift commitment from Joe and Kathy Sanderson of Laurel, Miss., The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s College of Nursing Building Campaign has exceeded the $5 million mark on the way to reaching its $8 million goal.

Thomas Brown, President of Magnolia State Bank, has generously decided to purchase 1,000 student tickets for the Southern Miss NIT quarterfinal contest Wednesday night against BYU. Game time is set for 7 p.m., at Reed Green Coliseum.

He’s already successfully led the early stages of The University of Southern Mississippi’s recovery from a tornado, and endeared himself to students through a basketball game ticket giveaway, but on April 1, Dr. Rodney Bennett will officially begin work as president of the institution.

 

Bennett, previously Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Georgia, was chosen to lead the university by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning following a national search and a series of constituency meetings in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast on Feb. 7. Bennett’s hiring makes history, as he becomes the first African-American president of a predominantly white public higher education institution in the state of Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi joins an elite group of campuses nationwide selected as host sites for the Project Green Challenge Conscious College Road Tour set for April 26-27.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, April 13 for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

More than 600 University of Southern Mississippi students fanned out across Hattiesburg last Saturday morning to assist with cleaning, painting, landscaping and other tasks as part of the Fourth Annual Big Event community service project.

 

The students spent half a day performing various assignments at nine different locations in the Hattiesburg area. The Big Event is sponsored by the Student Government Association at Southern Miss.

What started as a foggy February morning at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is now a lasting image made into a mural representing the scenic photography of noted Biloxi Sun Herald photographer and Southern Miss alumnus, Tim Isbell.

 

Inspiration and beauty is what Isbell hopes students, faculty and staff gain from seeing the foggy oaks image as they walk to and from class. “I hope the mural at the Gulf Park campus gives people a sense of the beauty of the campus and the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” he said.

Dr. Jay Dean takes to the podium for the last time in his 25th season with The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra when he conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony on Thursday, March 28 at Bennett Auditorium.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the panel discussion, “The Business of Birth: Discussion around Medicalized Childbirth in Mississippi,” Tuesday, March 26, from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in room 102 of the Fleming Education Center on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Incoming University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett has announced the purchase of 1,000 student tickets for the Golden Eagles’ second round NIT game against Louisiana Tech, scheduled for 9 p.m. on Monday.

Dr. Shannon Campbell, a veteran of economic development at all levels, has been named the new director of The Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes Stanley Security Solutions as the official “Facility of Merit Award” sponsor for the 4th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference at Walt Disney World on July 16-18.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory has received funding from the National Science Foundation for the new Science Center for Marine Fisheries.

University of Southern Mississippi head basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has purchased 1,000 tickets for students to this Wednesday’s NIT opener against Charleston Southern, scheduled for 8:15 p.m.