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Students in the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi will conduct their inaugural RecFest 2011 Monday, Oct. 10 from 8 a.m.-noon at Kamper Park in Hattiesburg.

The idea is to allow recreation therapy majors and recreation administration majors to bring what they learn in the classroom into practical action. Seniors in the Recreation Department will lead the juniors in different activities that promote team building and communication in an enjoyable, learning environment.

A new helmet produced by the sporting goods company Rawlings – using technology developed in the laboratories of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials – is designed to minimize the impact of collisions on the gridiron.

 

The Rawlings Neuro Responsive Gear (NRG) helmet includes dual protection inside the helmet combining a layer of foam reinforced by pneumatic cushioning made of pressurized “air bladders” that takes over and absorbs the energy from high-velocity contact, protecting the athlete.

In response to the current economy and high unemployment rates, The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach is hosting two information sessions at noon and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the WIN Job Center at 1911 Arcadia St. in Hattiesburg.

Count University of Southern Mississippi doctoral student Amit Kumar among the legion of scientists, researchers and laboratory assistants working around the clock to defeat Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

Thus far Kumar’s research has taken him from his homeland in New Delhi, India to the campus of Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss., and recently to Queensland, Australia as a presenter at the 4th Annual Protein Misfolding and Neurological Disorders Meeting.

University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Professor of Gifted Education Dr. Frances Karnes was honored for her service to the field of gifted education with a key to the city of Hattiesburg by Mayor Johnny DuPree during the Mississippi Association for Gifted conference, held last week in Hattiesburg.

Eighteen University of Southern Mississippi students will compete Saturday, Oct. 8 for the title of Miss University of Southern Mississippi and the opportunity to advance to the state pageant.

An alliance between The Mississippi Polymer Institute and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi (MEP.ms) is already paying impressive dividends for manufacturing companies in this state.

MEP.ms announced recently that during the fourth quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011, The Mississippi Polymer Institute provided technical assistance to five Mississippi-based manufacturing companies yielding $1.6 million in direct financial impact.

Additionally, 10 new jobs were created as a result of the successful completion of these projects.

Dr. Katherine Nugent, director of the Southern Miss School of Nursing, has recently been appointed a second term as vice president of the Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

The University of Southern Mississippi is known for its leadership in the area of therapeutic recreation. 

 

This leadership will once again be prominent when the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) Board of Directors presents educational sessions at a conference set for Oct. 20 at the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

Celebrated cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio will headline the two-day Southern Miss Cello Festival set for Oct. 6-7 on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

The festival is a marathon of faculty and guest artist recitals, master classes and cello orchestra performances. The performances, set for Marsh Auditorium, are free and open to the public.

Three World War II veterans received the Republic of France’s highest honor during a special ceremony held Thursday, Sept. 29 on The University of Southern Mississippi campus.

University of Southern Mississippi freshman Christopher Lapniewski is asking for the public’s help in locating a high school football state championship ring he lost today (Friday, Sept. 30) while at work.

University of Southern Mississippi Professor of Music Lois Leventhal uses an analogy to capture the excitement of seeing 10 new pianos arrive on the Hattiesburg campus: “It’s like a writer having the proper pen,” she said.

 

Thanks to a partnership with the Kawai Piano Company, the Southern Miss School of Music received the new loaner pianos that will be purchased at a substantial discount as part of a bigger effort to eventually replace all of the old pianos with new ones.

While many students at The University of Southern Mississippi were enjoying their summer vacations, the university’s food service, Eagle Dining, was hard at work preparing for the upcoming school year and making changes.

Larry Panella, director of Jazz Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, will honor the biggest influences in his musical career, with a special concert, “Gestures in Jazz,” on Oct. 3 in Bennett Auditorium.

The School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will conduct a research study Saturday, Oct. 1 involving randomly selected residences south of Interstate 10 in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties. The data collected will be used for a research study concerning the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, October 8 for residents with and without disabilities in Neshoba and surrounding counties.

The University of Southern Mississippi hosted the “True South Basic Economic Development Course” Sept. 19-22 at the Trent Lott National Center on the Hattiesburg campus.  More than 34 participants from Florida, Mississippi and Alabama attended the four-day program.

HATTIESBURG, Miss.– Kevin Harrison, owner of Heritage Vision Center in Hattiesburg, presented a check for $2,000 to The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

For the past six summers, Heritage Vision has donated a portion of proceeds from eyeglass sales during the month of July to the center. To date Heritage Vision has contributed close to $35,000 to The Children’s Center.

Andrew Slemaker, a junior majoring in finance at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the 2011 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Century Park residential complex has gone gold.

 

Named in celebration of the university’s centennial, the 864-bed, living-learning community for freshmen, honors college students and scholarship recipients is now Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified.

As the “baby boomer” population in the nation is nearing retirement age, the need for a focus on aging-related issues has never been more important. 

 

The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) is celebrating “Active Aging Week” from Sept. 25-Oct. 1 with a variety of activities to promote active, healthy lifestyles for adults over the age of 50. 

Russ Willis, vice president of Administrative Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced that Linda Rasmussen will become the university’s new Director of Human Resources, effective Nov. 1.

South Mississippi youth and young adults with disabilities have an opportunity to provide community services through a unique program offered by the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi.