April 24, 2014  

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Gov. Haley Barbour has been praised far and wide for his success in leading Mississippi through difficult economic times and the nation’s worst natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina.

 

On Tuesday, he encouraged the nearly 300 delegates to the 72nd annual American Legion Boys State to use their own leadership abilities to continue moving the state forward.

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach will offer a trio of programs in June focused on management and leadership.

The M.C. Johnson Natatorium will reopen for aquatics activities Tuesday, May 31. Because of damage caused by a fire last month, at this time the facility is only accessible through the Payne Center and natatorium visitors must use Payne Center restrooms and dressing rooms.

 

For more information, contact Southern Miss Aquatics Director Jessi Hobart at 601.266.5405; online, visit http://www.usm.edu/recsports/FACnatatorium.html

The Office of University Communications at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast received a total of seven awards, including the Grand Award for electronic media, in the senior division of the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) 2011 awards competition May 24.

The office includes Shelia White, director of university communications, Judy Isbell, director of web services, Charmaine Schmermund, public relations associate, and Francesca Linthicum, graphic designer and communication specialist.

Dr. Maureen Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, served as the Mississippi representative at the national meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Speech Language Pathology Advisory Council in Washington, D.C.

The American Legion Boys State returns to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus May 29-June 4 to give rising high school seniors from across the state a unique, hands-on opportunity to learn how their government operates.

When Hattiesburg residents Karen and Anthony Webb took their baby girl home from the hospital, they had no idea that within a few short days little Jordyn would be back in the hospital for a condition that would change her life, and theirs, forever.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, June 11 for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Michael K. Randolph will be the keynote speaker Friday, May 27 when law officers from across the state graduate from the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute (SRPSI) at Camp Shelby. The graduation ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Dolton Hall at Camp Shelby.

Companies considering locating at The Garden, The University of Southern Mississippi’s 521-acre innovation and commercialization park, now have another good reason to make the state-of-the-art facility their home.

How many 9-year-olds can truly understand the concept of “diminishing returns?”

 

After a few minutes of conversation with Fort Lauderdale, Fla., third-grader Peyton Robertson, one ascertains quickly he is anything but the typical elementary school student. Thus, it comes as no surprise to learn Robertson was named one of three nationwide winners in the 3rd annual Kids Science Challenge.

Dr. Frank Heitmuller, associate professor of geography and geology at The University of Southern Mississippi, says the devastation wrought by the recent Mississippi River flooding should come as no great surprise.

College of Education and Psychology News Briefs
This news briefs package highlights timely news and events from The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Office of University Communications at 601.266.4491. For more information about the College of Education and Psychology, online visit www.usm.edu/cep/

Registration for Sea Camp, the popular marine science day camp for ages 6-13, has been extended through June 3. The focus of this year’s camp, now in its 24th consecutive year, is threatened and endangered marine species.

The University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles baseball team takes on Conference USA rival Rice University at home this week in a three-game series that will decide the league’s regular season championship. Southern Miss currently holds a one-game lead over the Owls.

 

The teams will meet today at 6 p.m., Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pete Taylor Park on the Hattiesburg campus. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Comcast Cable channel 735 (digital) and channel 393 (high definition) and will feature a tribute to former head baseball coach C.J. “Pete” Taylor, the park’s namesake, who died Sunday. The team’s seniors will be honored at Saturday’s game.

 

For information about tickets for the series against Rice, as well as for tickets to the Conference USA Tournament set for May 25-29 at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss., contact the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418.

A pair of Petal High School students walked away with the top prizes in the Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) Statewide Business Plan Competition held May 9 at The University of Southern Mississippi.

In helping local community members prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library and Katrina Research Center will host the Amazing Library Race Wednesday, June 8, from 12 noon – 1 p.m. at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The Southern Quarterly, a member journal of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2012 with two edited volumes published by the University Press of Mississippi.

Celestian J. “Pete” Taylor, who served as head baseball coach at The University of Southern Mississippi from 1958-1983, died at his residence in Hattiesburg Sunday. He was 92.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial for Taylor will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hattiesburg, with interment at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the church, followed by a rosary service. Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg is in charge of arrangements.

Noted security expert Col. Bob Stephan emphasizes that the United States should not let its guard down for one second despite the recent killing of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Work begins today (Monday, May 16) on two fire suppression projects on campus which include connections for water service. During this time, road work on Southern Miss Drive at McCain Library and on College Drive at the South End Zone of M.M. Roberts Stadium may cause travel delays, loss of parking, detours and closures. These projects are expected to continue through May 31.

Faculty members in the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new $10 million Science Building on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach on Saturday, May 14. The faculty members decorated shovels representing their educational discipline for the event.

Financial security and career success are worthy personal goals. But the message University of Southern Mississippi spring 2011 commencement speakers delivered to graduates was to go even further by using their education and skills to leave a legacy they can look back on with pride.

 

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who served as governor of Mississippi from 1988-1992, and 10th District Chancery Court Judge Deborah Gambrell gave the keynote addresses at the morning and afternoon graduate ceremonies, respectively, at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus Friday.

Dr. Rowena Elliott, associate professor at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Nursing, assumed the reins as president of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) during the organization’s 42nd annual National Symposium on March 29 in Boston, Mass.