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The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Ann Parker Blackwell dean of its College of Education and Psychology, the position in which she served on an interim basis since 2009.

What began as a simple research project five years ago between colleagues at The University of Southern Mississippi, has mushroomed into a major training and testing facility with global implications.

 

As the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) continues to evolve, recognition within the security industry grows as well. Recently, NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani was recognized by Security magazine as one of the most influential people in security as part of an annual feature in the monthly publication.

Southern Miss Leadership Studies Program set for June 12-17

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies’ Leadership Studies Program will be held June 12-17 on the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The one-week residential program is designed for students in grades 6 -11 who want to develop and enhance their leadership abilities.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students and alumni will have the opportunity to meet with prospective employers at Career Night Thursday, March 3 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center rotunda at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Francesca Linthicum, graphic designer and communication specialist for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was the recipient of two silver ADDY awards at the Mississippi Gulf Coast American Advertising Federation awards show Feb. 19 at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi.

Linthicum received an award in the mixed media for local consumer category for her entry, “Welcome Week.” Her second award was for the entry, “Heart Walk Tee” in the public service for direct marketing category.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. at Korean Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, located at 310 Ronie St., for Dr. Joon Chang Lee, a University of Southern Mississippi Professor Emeritus of Physicswho died at his home in Hattiesburg Sunday, Feb. 13. He was 73.

Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg is in charge of arrangements.

Jay Barton Spencer, head of electronic resources for The University of Southern Mississippi University Libraries, died Saturday, Feb. 12 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 45.

Funeral services for Spencer will be Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, located at 4901 Hardy St., with burial to follow at Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg. A visitation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg, located at 805 Hardy St.

In a legacy handed down by her parents, Dr. Andrea Wesley is lighting the way for her students.

 

Wesley, a veteran member of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology faculty, is the university’s nominee for the State Institutions of Higher Learning’s (IHL) Black Educator of the Year award, held in conjunction with Black History Month.

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders has appointed Russ Willis Vice President of Administrative Affairs, pending approval by the IHL Board of Trustees.

 

Willis has served as interim vice president since August 2010. Following approval, his appointment will take effect July 1, 2011. His duties include the overall financial management of the university and its physical plant.

University of Southern Mississippi employees Rich Baker and Elayne Lockett have been recognized for their commitment to the university as recipients of the annual Staff Council Service Award.

Baker, who won the fall 2010 honor, is executive assistant in technology support, while Lockett, the spring 2011 honoree, serves as information services supervisor in University Libraries. The winners are selected from nominations made by their peers on campus.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 at Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Grove for Dr. Bobby Anderson, former dean of the University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology, who died Feb. 7 at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg. He was 78.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today, Wednesday Feb. 9 at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg following Thursday’s service.

The Mississippi Housing Corporation recently received the inaugural Housing Initiative Partner of the Year award presented by The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS).

Dr. Hani Morgan, an assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education (CISE) had two articles published in academic journals and presented his research at a national conference in the fall 2010 semester.

University of Southern Mississippi psychology professor Dr. Stan Kuczaj’s research on dolphin cognition and behavior will be featured in an episode of NOVA, the science television show produced by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB)

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders and members of the Executive Cabinet have accepted the recommendations of the Program Elimination Appeals Committee regarding academic programs scheduled for elimination in fiscal year 2012.

The Department of Human Resources is conducting a workshop related to the retirement incentive on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 1-3 p.m. in the Hall of Honors in R.C. Cook Union.

For more information, call Human Resources at 601.266.4050.

Effective Jan. 1, 2011 new federal legislation reduces the social security taxes withheld from employees from 6.2% to 4.2% for calendar year 2011.

Also, effective Dec. 31, 2010 The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (stimulus bill) which included “The Making Work Pay” tax credit ended.

Human Resources reminds all participants age 18 and older to complete the HealthQuotient health risk assessment after January 1, 2011 to be eligible for the wellness/preventive benefits. The Web site for the HealthQuotient is https://www.webmdhealth.com/Mississippi.

Those who do not have Internet access can call WebMD at 1.866.789.4594 to request a paper copy. The HQ must be completed each year prior to a wellness/preventive visit for participants to be eligible for these benefits.

University of Southern Mississippi English and theatre students will spend four days learning the ropes from an established American playwright as part of the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Playwrights’ Series Jan. 27-30.

Vicki Killingsworth, a retired staff member of the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi was recognized with the 2010 Leadership in Advocacy Award by the Association of University Centers on Disability at its annual conference award gala in Washington, D.C.

Much to his amazement, University of Southern Mississippi professor Derek Patton discovered that even the longest of shots can find the intended bulls-eye where higher education is concerned.

 

Patton, 33, assistant professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, learned recently that he had been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant designed to recognize outstanding work by junior faculty across the country.

The University of Southern Mississippi is growing greener with the naming of Jonathan Williams as its new Chief Sustainability Officer.

Editor Note:The letter given to President Martha Saunders may be accessed in PDF form at: www.usm.edu/budget. One paragraph has been redacted for matters of personnel privacy.

 

A committee of deans and faculty members at The University of Southern Mississippi has completed the appeals process for programs slated to be eliminated and presented its report to President Martha Saunders.