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Experts in banking, finance and academia will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi campus for the 2nd Annual IMPACT Southern Miss: Turning Knowledge into Innovation forum, set for Jan. 26 at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development & Entrepreneurship.

Ann Eugene-Wilks, a graduate student at The University of Southern Mississippi, is one of five students selected from across the country to receive a $2,000 scholarship from the American Proficiency Institute (API).

Dr. Geoffrey Hudson, assistant professor of exercise science at The University of Southern Mississippi, has partnered with four undergraduate students on an important research project involving weight loss supplements.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business has maintained its coveted status as a dually accredited business and accounting school as determined by the Board of Directors of AACSB – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

 

This designation places Southern Miss in exclusive company as one of only 643 AACSB accredited schools in the world and just 475 in the United States. More impressively, Southern Miss is one of only 167 schools in the U.S. that are separately accredited in business and accounting.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, January 14 for residents with and without disabilities in Washington and surrounding counties.

Ellis Johnson, long hailed as one of the country’s top defensive strategists, has been named the new head football coach at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Johnson, 59, signed a four-year contract to become the Golden Eagles’ 19th head coach pending approval by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Offices at The University of Southern Mississippi’s main campus in Hattiesburg and the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will close for the holidays at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

Russ Hendley, division vice-president of Hattiesburg Coca-Cola, will serve as the grand marshal for the Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo set for  Feb. 17-18 at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi Purpose Center on U.S. Highway 49 South in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The 16th Annual DuBard Symposium: Dyslexia and Related Disorders is scheduled for Feb. 2-3, 2012 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg, Miss.

It’s a time-honored adage that behind every successful man is a great woman. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) called upon that woman, his wife Gayle Wicker, to fill in for him Friday at The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2011 graduation.

 

Sen. Wicker was unable to fulfill his pre-arranged duties as speaker because of unanticipated legislative obligations in Washington, D.C. Gayle Wicker happily obliged, speaking at both ceremonies held at Reed Green Coliseum on the school’s Hattiesburg campus.

Renowned cartoon Ralph Dunagin, creator of “Dunagin’s People,” presented a vast collection of original artwork, plus a bonus gift, to The University of Southern Mississippi during a special ceremony held on Friday, Dec. 16.

Dr. Marco Wolf’s class learned more than creative marketing while working on a project for the Harrison County Beautification Commission. The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students also learned important lessons about recycling and working together as a team.

No other Mississippi university receives more federal funding for chemical research and development or spends more on those initiatives than The University of Southern Mississippi, according to a report published by Chemical & Engineering News.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation proudly announced today that The Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards have moved to the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries from the New York Public Library. 

Half a century ago, renowned cartoonist Ralph Dunagin honed his art skills at The University of Southern Mississippi. Now the semi-retired creator of “Dunagin’s People” wants to give back to the school that gave him so much.

State Sen. Michael Watson, of Pascagoula, visited the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, Dec. 8,  to learn about the services the school offers to children with communication disorders and their families.

For more information about the DuBard School call 601.266.6215 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/dubard

The senior class of 18 students in the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the ServSafe® examination.

University of Southern Mississippi Director of Athletics Richard Giannini announced his retirement today, effective in early January and will remain with the program through the coaching search process. 

University of Southern Mississippi head football coach Larry Fedora has accepted a similar position at the University of North Carolina, pending final Board of Trustees approval at a 9 a.m. meeting on Friday, Dec. 9 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 7 for the restoration of Elizabeth Hall and the newly appointed Health Sciences Building on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Dr. Lance Nail, dean of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, credits assistant professor Kimberly Goodwin for reinvigorating a dormant real estate degree program.

Scott Martin, co-owner of Bop’s Frozen Custard in Hattiesburg, lauded the fresh ideas dished out by University of Southern Mississippi students as part of a creative marketing class project.

Ryan Kelly, director of external relations in the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as the new executive director of the Mississippi Rural Health Association (MRHA).

Singer, songwriter and University of Southern Mississippi alumnus Jimmy Buffett, alongside his sisters Lucy Buffett and Laurie Buffett McGuane, performed a one-of-a-kind christening for their donated vessel, Miss Peetsy B, at the university’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs on Monday, Dec. 5.

 

In honor of their mother, Mary Loraine “Peets” Buffett, her children christened the boat with Jimmy’s own island style beverage, Land Shark Lager. The vessel’s donors and Southern Miss administrators welcomed the vessel with the university’s alumni, distinguished guests and the fifth grade Leadership Team from Taconi Elementary School, representing the many students who will benefit from the educational opportunities provided by the Miss Peetsy B.