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Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. at Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia, Miss. for Sylvia McNabb of Sumrall, Miss., a retired University of Southern Mississippi staff member who died Monday, Sept. 15 at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. She was 62.

Annalise Hays is getting support for her study of the effects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on preschool students through the University of Southern Mississippi's Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).

Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will begin work in Hattiesburg on Aug. 1, pending IHL Board approval.

Dr. Robin Overstreet, professor emeritus in the Department of Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, will receive the Eminent Parasitologist Lectureship Award at the American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) Conference set for July 24-27 in New Orleans.

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Professor Philip Bates finds himself in elite company as the winner of the 2014 Paul K. Stumpf Award  -- presented biannually to exceptional scientists in plant lipid research.

Dianne Coleman, assistant to College of Health Dean Dr. Michael Forster for recruitment and special projects, was nominated for the Mississippi Organ Donor Recovery Agency’s (MORA) Donation Advocate Spero Award. The inaugural Spero Award Ceremony was held July 10 in Jackson, Miss.

Melissa Ziegler, instructor in the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named a Fellow by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA).
A kinesiotherapy instructor, Ziegler also serves as executive director of the American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKTA), a national non-profit organization based in Hattiesburg.

Several administrative changes have taken place in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi for the start of the 2014-2015 year.

 

The Epsilon Delta Chapter of Chi Omega Fraternity at The University of Southern Mississippi was recognized with the “Chapter of Excellence” Award and the “Founder’s Cup” at the fraternity’s national convention in Orlando, Fla., June 25-29.

 

Presenting research to a room full of professors and researchers can be daunting for students, but recently several students from Mississippi stepped up to the task and represented their state in front of an audience of seasoned biomedical researchers from across the nation.

The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Undergraduate Research and the Office of the Vice President for Research have approved research proposals of students competing for inclusion in the spring 2014 class of the Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR). This select group of undergraduates received up to $1,000 each in the competition for research grants, with just over half of 30 proposals earning acceptance.  

Dr. Maureen K. Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA), a national organization that certifies dyslexia therapists and practitioners.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recently welcomed Lauren Richards as the organization’s new manager of programs.

 

Richards, a Ridgeland, Miss., native, earned a degree in elementary education from Southern Miss in 2011.

After 20 years of distinguished service as an English professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Ellen Weinauer has been named the next dean of the University’s Honors College. She will assume her new duties on July 1, pending IHL Board approval.

 

“It’s exciting to be chosen to serve the Honors College, such a cherished institution here at Southern Miss, and I welcome the opportunities and challenges ahead,” said Weinauer.

After more than 20 years of service to the Institute of Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi – including the past six as executive director – Dr. Royal P. Walker Jr., has announced he is retiring, effective May 30.

Dr. Royal P. Walker Jr., executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that recommends disability policy to the Administration, Congress and other federal agencies.

The Office of University Communications at The University of Southern Mississippi captured numerous awards during the annual College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) conference held May 19-20 in Tupelo, Miss.

 

A new book by a University of Southern Mississippi professor examines the roots and formation of Jesuit institutions of higher learning in the American South.

Betty Press, a University of Southern Mississippi photography professor in its Department of Art and Design, has been honored to be part of the last printed Silvershotz journal, featuring the work of 11 selected photographers across the country from members of (WIPI) Women in Photography International.

After 30 years of teaching at The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. James Pat Smith, professor of history, will attend his final Commencement ceremony as a full-time faculty member at the University. Smith has attended each Southern Miss Gulf Coast Commencement since they were held annually beginning in 1997.

BILOXI, Miss. – The United Way of South Mississippi recently hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Breakfast at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi to honor volunteers who contribute to the organization’s success. Southern Miss Gulf Park campus employees, Edward McCormack, associate dean and professor for Gulf Coast Libraries, and Christy Elias, coordinator of student development and leadership, were among those recognized.

The Office of Disability Accommodations at The University of Southern Mississippi presented awards of recognition to an outstanding instructor, staffer and student for exemplary service during the 2013-14 academic year.

 

Dr. Frances Lucas, Vice President of the The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, was inducted into the Roland Weeks Leadership Hall of Fame Class of 2013 on Wednesday, April 23 as one of 10 top community leaders.

More than 35 years in higher education, which includes extensive administrative and engineering credentials, made Dr. David T. Hayhurst the clear choice to become the new dean of the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Hayhurst previously served as dean of the College of Engineering at both San Diego State University (2002-2013) and the University of South Alabama (1992-2002). Pending approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning, Hayhurst will begin his new role at Southern Miss on August 15.