December 19, 2014  

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Southern Miss – To the Top – indeed.

 

The three major awards presented annually to the most outstanding collegiate male athletes in the State of Mississippi are currently held by University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.

Approximately 1,270 students are candidates for degrees this fall at The University of Southern Mississippi, which holds its commencement exercises on its Hattiesburg campus Friday, Dec. 16.

 

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) will be the fall 2011 commencement speaker for two graduation ceremonies at Reed Green Coliseum.

Dr. Kathy Yadrick, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi has assumed additional duties as part-time associate dean for research in the College of Health.

Evelyn Edwards, vice president of community reinvestment for BancorpSouth, has been named the 2011 Housing Initiative Partner of the Year by The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS).

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi will present free community workshops in the month of December for the library’s “60 Minutes to Success” initiative. The one-hour sessions will be held in the library room 213 on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance will present the fall Studio 115 Dance Concert, Dec. 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance Building.

In keeping with its generous history of contributions to The University of Southern Mississippi, the Luckyday Foundation has made a $4 million gift commitment to be used for construction of new student housing.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, Dec. 10 for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

A Hattiesburg resident has donated her collection amassed over 40 years of Beatrix Potter books and artifacts featuring the “Peter Rabbit” character to the University of Southern Mississippi’s internationally recognized de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.

Four faculty members in the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi have been honored as Health Care Heroes for 2011 by the Mississippi Business Journal.

Longtime area businessman John Polk and U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo were honored recently as alumni of the year by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Polk, retired executive of Polk Meat Products and newly elected state senator, received the Boardman Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award during ceremonies held Nov. 17 at the Trent Lott Center. Palazzo, who is serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, was presented the inaugural Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year award.

University of Southern Mississippi officials are reviewing possible errors in the implementation of the Southern Miss U-Tab pilot program.

 

Three Southern Miss employees have been placed on administrative leave pending a completion of the review: Chief Information Officer Homer Coffman, Director of Procurement and Contract Services Mike Herndon, and Dr. Bob Lyman, who resigned his position as Provost on Wednesday but remains a member of the faculty.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials has gained approval from the State Institutions of Higher Learning to offer an undergraduate degree in polymer science and engineering the first of its kind in Mississippi. The program wil begin in the fall 2012.

Students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi donated approximately 200 cans of food to the Salvation Army on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The students were asked to donate healthy canned foods such as beans, corn and vegetables. The students also used the cans as make-shift weights in their physical education classes before donating them to the Salvation Army.

Dr. Robert Lyman has resigned from his position as provost at The University of Southern Mississippi, citing personal reasons, and will return to the faculty as a professor of psychology.

Students and teachers representing 16 high schools from the southern region of the state will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Dec. 2-3 for the South Mississippi High School Drama Festival.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, Nov. 19 for residents with and without disabilities in Forrest and surrounding counties.

Last month, University of Southern Mississippi voice instructor Maryann Kyle won rave reviews for her performance of “Sondheim in the City” in New York City.

 

Now, the cabaret-style production that showcases the multi-talented Kyle comes home to Hattiesburg for its only in-state performance this year on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha D. Saunders took home the prestigious Stevie Award for Women in Business presented annually to top executives worldwide during ceremonies held Friday, Nov. 11, in New York City.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation has partnered with the Gateway Program at Anatomies of Hattiesburg on a cutting-edge fitness referral program designed to improve patient wellness.

As the reality sank in that she had just captured the Miss Mississippi USA title, University of Southern Mississippi senior Myverick Garcia had a sobering thought: “Oh man, I hope I’m not one of those girls that cry.”

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of University Communications will open an information center on the Hattiesburg campus on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 4-6:30 p.m., prior to the Golden Eagles’ football game versus Central Florida.

The University of Southern Mississippi wants Pine Belt area residents to help ring in the holiday season as part of the 5th Annual Lighting the Way for the Holidays set for Sunday, Dec. 4 on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. in front of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the event is free and open to the general public.

Nervous excitement ultimately turned into relaxing enjoyment for a group of Oak Grove High students who participated in a day of job shadowing at The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi.