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Despite a challenging economic climate that forecast the possibility of deep cuts to the 2011-2012 fiscal budget, The University of Southern Mississippi has not just survived but thrived in the face of adversity.

 

That was the message Southern Miss President Martha Saunders delivered to faculty, staff and students Thursday, Sept. 8 at Bennett Auditorium for the fall 2011 convocation, in which she also pointed to a number of achievements the university had tallied in the past year.
 

Dr. Sabine Heinhorst, a faculty member at The University of Southern Mississippi since 1987, has been named chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 

 

Heinhorst came to Southern Miss as a research associate professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1998. In 2005, she was named the Thomas Waring Bennett Distinguished Professor in the Sciences.

A University of Southern Mississippi adjunct professor’s new book featuring compelling images of life in Africa captured through her photography will be spotlighted this week at the prestigious Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Dr. David M. Holley, professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at The University of Southern Mississippi, has won the Excellence in Philosophy of Religion Prize for 2010.

His article “Treating God’s Existence: An Explanatory Hypothesis” was judged by the selection panel to be one of the best three articles in philosophy of religion published during 2010. The article appeared in the fall 2010 issue of American Philosophical Quarterly.

Three University of Southern Mississippi talents are headed to New York City next month to debut “Sondheim in the City,” a cabaret-style production that showcases the multi-talented Maryann Kyle, associate professor of voice in the School of Music.

Dr. Thelma Roberson and Dr. Jeff Hinton are serving as interim chairs for the Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling and the Department of Child and Family Studies, respectively, for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Distinguished faculty within the College of Arts & Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi will be recognized during the first Research Awards Showcase set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 at Gonzalez Auditorium in the Liberal Arts Building.

Emezie Samuel Ezeala-Harrison of Ridgeland, Miss., a sophomore at The University of Southern Mississippi, died today in Covington County, Miss.

Dr. William “Monty” Graham has been named chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science (DMS). 

 

Graham, a native of Danville, Kentucky, earned his Ph.D. in biology from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), a master of science in marine sciences from the University of California Santa Cruz and a bachelor of science degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Move-in days for students returning to The University of Southern Mississippi for the fall 2011 semester who live in campus housing have been scheduled for Friday, August. 19, and Saturday, August 20. In addition, Painting of the Eagle Walk, one of the main events in the Golden Eagle Welcome Week schedule, will necessitate closure of Eagle Walk (located under the east side of M.M. Robert Stadium).

Dr. Jeffrey Lotz, chairman of the Department of Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), has been named interim lab director. He succeeds Dr. Bill Hawkins, who retired from the position at the end of June.

To say University of Southern Mississippi polymer science professors and students are developing high-tech materials for today’s fast-paced world would be a profound understatement.

 

Try jet engines. Indeed, the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials stands at the forefront of research designed to create advanced composite materials for aircraft engines and systems.

Ten of the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles will compete at M.M. Roberts Stadium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 as part of the Drum Corps International (DCI) Southern Series Tour.

Rabbi Uri Barnea of Hattiesburg’s Congregation B’nai Israel will present “A Survey of the History of Jewish Music from Biblical Time to Contemporary Blues and Hip Hop” Thursday, Aug. 11 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cook Library. This program is free and open to the public.

The National Weather Service office in Jackson, Miss. has issued a flash flood watch for the Hattiesburg area beginning at noon and until this evening. Because of already saturated conditions due to recent rains, students, faculty, staff and visitors at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg are again asked to be aware of the potential for flash flooding, as more rain is in the forecast for today and the remainder of this week. These conditions may make some Hattiesburg campus roads impassable or hazardous to navigate.

Secondary school teachers from across Mississippi converged on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus last week for the ASM Materials Camp, an initiative of the ASM Materials Education Foundation supported by the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research.

Hubble-Burchell Retires

Dr. Susan Hubble-Burchell, associate professor in the Department of Human Performance and Recreation and associate dean of the College of Health, recently retired after 32 years of service to The University of Southern Mississippi.

Hubble-Burchell served as a leader in the field of recreation as well as a co-director of the university’s Center on Aging.

Executive officers for The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association of Officer Professionals were sworn in recently during an installation ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus.

Danielle Bishop, center, assistant curator for The University of Southern Mississippi’s de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, talks to a delegation of national librarians to the 2011 American Library Association (ALA) convention, held recently in New Orleans. The delegates took time out during the convention to visit the Hattiesburg campus and learn more about the collection’s holdings. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The founding director of the state’s Museum of Southern Jewish History will present at the opening reception for a University of Southern Mississippi exhibit spotlighting the work of an internationally acclaimed children’s literature author and illustrator.

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) will hold its annual installation of its executive officers for 2011-2012 at noon Tuesday, July 12 at the Trent Lott Center.

Dane Reiter, former manager of The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association’s constituent relations, is the Association’s new associate director for internal operations. The Petal native and Southern Miss alum will oversee accounting, database management, human resources and office management functions of the Association.

Members of an NBC film crew got to see exactly how a new oil dispersant created by University of Southern Mississippi polymer science professors works while videotaping an addition to the NBC Learn library.

Margaret Buttross-Brinegar gave The University of Southern Mississippi more than 30 years of unfailing service. Along the way, she gave thousands of developmentally challenged children unwavering support and direction. And now she’s ready to give retirement a try.

 

Buttross-Brinegar, longtime director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at Southern Miss, is retiring at the end of this month noting that “the center and I am ready for a new chapter. This change just feels right.”