March 2, 2015  

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Several University of Southern Mississippifaculty and staff were honored during the Founders’ Day Ceremony Wednesday at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus, garnering awards and recognition for exceptional service, research and teaching. The event was held in conjunction with the 101st anniversary of the university’s legislative founding.

Honorees included:

Distinguished Professor Award

The dedication, hard work, loyalty and achievement of students and employees of The University of Southern Mississippiwere celebrated Wednesday as the school held its annual Founders’ Day ceremony at historic Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Michael Carroll, assistant professor in the department of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, received the Young Professional Award from the Sport and Recreation Law Association (SRLA) during its annual conference in Savannah, Ga.

Ernest Olivares, assistant director of maintenance and custodial services for the Department of Residence Life at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received the Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential from the APPA, which is the association dedicated to leadership in educational facilities.

More than 35 presenters from universities around the nation will present the best of current scholarship on southern women and politics March 31-April 2 at the “Court House, State House, Her House” conference hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Children’s Center Has Busy Month of April Planned

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi has a series of fundraising activities scheduled in April.

On Thursday, April 7, children will bring their tricycles and other riding toys to school for the annual Trike-A-Thon fundraiser. Participants are sponsored by donating $10, $20 or more and all proceeds will benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism has named three new professional staff members to leadership positions in its Student Media Center.

Right off the bat, football comes to mind when the words “strength and conditioning” are mentioned. But baseball players also benefit from regimens of that nature provided by coaches who specialize in fitness training.

 

Dr. Brian Gearity, assistant professor in the Department of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, hopes to shed more light on the intricacy of strength and conditioning in Major League Baseball as part of a current research project.

Barbara Ross, director of union and programs at The University of Southern Mississippi, was honored by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) with its Emeritus Award at its annual Community Builders Awards Ceremony, held March 1 in Chicago.

University of Southern Mississippi professor emeritus of history Dr. John D. W. Guice was named the 2011 Dunbar Rowland Award winner during the Mississippi Historical Society’s annual meeting in Jackson March 3-5.

Guice was honored for his lifelong contributions to the preservation, study and interpretation of Mississippi history. The award is named for Dunbar Rowland, the first director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Repairs have been made to the university’s fire alarm activation system enabling the University Police Department’s dispatch center to receive activation notices from buildings on the Hattiesburg campus.

For questions, contact University Police at 601.266.4986.

Until further notice, the University Police Department is unable to receive fire alarm activations in its dispatch center for a majority of fire alarms on the Hattiesburg campus. The building fire alarms are in working order and will activate in the event of a detection, but will not notify UPD.

If any activation is detected in a building, immediately notify UPD at 601.266.4986 or dial 911 from any campus phone. Please be advised that if you dial 911 from your cell phone, it will not go directly to UPD dispatch.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) and the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery have joined together to provide tables of Mississippi’s 2011 high and low tides.

A compelling desire to help others and sincere commitment to research has translated into a prestigious award for University of Southern Mississippi nursing instructor Dr. Lachel Story.

Dawn Burgess spends most of her time working with hearing-impaired toddlers at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. But the educational process does not end when those youngsters leave the classroom

 

Burgess, who joined the center to fill a newly created position last August, places just as much emphasis on parental involvement as she does in teaching sessions with the children.

Dr. Stacey Hall, associate director of The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, takes particular pride in the work being done at the internationally renowned facility.

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.