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Retired businessman William Tatum Jr. and Polk’s Meat Products CEO Julie Polk Breazeale were honored as 2013 Alumni of the Year by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business during a luncheon on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Thad Cochran Center.

 

Officials at The University of Southern Mississippi have initiated steps to appeal a decision by the U.S. Army to close the University’s Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program.

 

Southern Miss administrators received an official notice from the Department of the Army stating that the closure would be effective at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. The Southern Miss ROTC program, which dates back to 1951, is one of 13 nationwide targeted for closure and the only one among six such programs in Mississippi.

Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn spent a good portion of Thursday, Oct. 3 touring facilities and departments at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, a Leadership Pinebelt group will host the inaugural Sounds to Symbols 5K/10K/1 Mile Fun Run to benefit the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi invites you to travel back in time to the DuBard School Speakeasy – an evening affair reminiscent of the 1920s era.

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch visited the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, Sept. 24th to learn more about the organization and meet with staff and students. Pictured here, Treasurer Fitch poses for a photo with a class in front of a story they wrote about her visit.

(Photo by Catherine Lott)

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Lake Thoreau Environmental Center will sponsor a Rattler Rambler Trail 5K Run/Hike on Saturday, Oct. 12 on the grounds of Lake Thoreau.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development will host the second workshop in its professional development series, “Exceptional Learners, Exceptional Instruction” on Friday, Oct. 4 at The University of Southern Mississippi.

When it comes to exclusive, expansive, exciting post-graduate programs offered at The University of Southern Mississippi, few provide more unique opportunities than the Hydrographic Science program within the Department of Marine Science.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a free fair housing workshop on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. at the Vicksburg Public Library at 700 Veto St., in Vicksburg, Miss.

A gift commitment of $250,000 will push The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s College of Nursing Building Campaign closer to its $8 million goal and honor Dr. Gerry Cadenhead Fletcher, former dean of the College of Nursing and dedicated supporter of Southern Miss athletics, who passed away on July 22.

 

The contribution, which was made by Southern Miss alumnus Chuck Scianna will provide naming rights for the Dr. Gerry Cadenhead Fletcher Dean’s Suite in Asbury Hall, the name for the proposed College of Nursing facility. Located on the third floor, this 4,224-square-foot space will feature the dean’s office, associate dean’s office, two staff offices, a reception area and a workroom.

Dr. Bill Smith, a veteran member of the College of Business faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently appointed chairman of the college’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism. The appointment was announced by Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the college.

The University of Southern Mississippi officially broke ground today (Sept. 17) on a monumental student housing project that will transform the venerable Hattiesburg campus.

 

Century Park South will bring state-of-the art residence halls to Southern Miss, providing 954 beds for freshmen and other scholarship students. The $55.6 million project will feature three buildings, with five floors in each structure.

The No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup star Carl Edwards will be on display at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Applications are now being accepted for the Strengthening Mississippi Academic Research Through Business Act (SMART Business Act) rebate program.  The SMART Business Act was adopted during the 2013 Legislative Session to stimulate private investment in research and development through partnerships with Mississippi Public Universities; develop the competitiveness of Mississippi companies; and improve the economy of Mississippi.  The rebate program will be managed by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Bulldozers, backhoes, cranes and dump trucks have become a familiar sight at The University of Southern Mississippi in recent months, and the construction frenzy shows no signs of slowing down.

 

Whether it be the demolition of aging residence halls; the renovation of facilities or breaking ground on new buildings, the Hattiesburg campus has seldom seen a busier time for construction-related projects. To date a total of 23 projects are in progress, scheduled to begin, or recently completed, with an estimated cost of approximately $149 million.

 

Members of the Southern Miss community took time to reflect on the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 and honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks during a special ceremony held today at the Trent Lott National Center.

 

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating an historic milestone with the creation of a special calendar commemorating the facility’s 40th anniversary.

For the third consecutive year, The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi captured the “Team Spirit Award” as part of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s Corporate Challenge.

From Beethoven to the Beach Boys, The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra offers a full year of diverse concert programming.

Nearly 50 years ago, Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong Chamberlain and Raylawni Branch showed up for class in the fall of 1965 at The University of Southern Mississippi as the school’s first African-American students.

 

On Friday, Sept. 6 the two returned to be honored for their important place in the institution’s history with the dedication of Armstrong-Branch Plaza, located between the Liberal Arts Building and Joseph Green Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett and Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King, a Southern Miss alum, were among the dignitaries on hand for the event.

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

The University of  Southern Mississippi Activities Council (SMAC), in partnership with Eagle Dining and Southern Miss Rec Sports, will host a County Fair from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Centennial Green on the Hattiesburg campus.

An $18 million renewal of the Mississippi INBRE grant from the National Institutes of Health will enable The University of Southern Mississippi and partner institutions throughout the state to foster a vision in biomedical research that began a dozen years ago.

 

The recent renewal runs from 2013-2018 and brings the total amount of the grant – established in 2001 – to nearly $54 million. Dr. Glen Shearer and Dr. Mohamed Elasri, professors in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Miss, serve as principal investigators for the grant which has been in effect for 12 years.