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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.

Cynthia Render-Leach, human resources manager at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, recently received the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification through the Human Resources Certification Institute.

With the PHR certification, Render-Leach has met the high standards of education, experience and demonstrated knowledge established by the institute. To earn the PHR certification, professionals are required to meet specific eligibility requirements and pass a comprehensive written examination.

A professor considered a technology education pioneer and an Honors College student with a 4.0 grade point average are The University of Southern Mississippi’s recipients of this year’s Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) award.

University of Southern Mississippi visiting assistant professor and designer Kyle White was recently accepted into the prestigious Society of Illustrators’ annual exhibition and publication for his work “Good Game.”

 

White submitted his work to the Illustrators 53 competition, which is the premier showcase for illustrators and animators worldwide held by the Society of Illustrators. “Good Game” will also be featured in the Illustrators 53 annual publication America’s Original Annual of Illustration, in addition to being exhibited at The Museum of American Illustration in New York City Jan. 5 – March 27.

Polly Odom, executive secretary to University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders, received the Jessie H. Morrison Award for staff excellence during ceremonies held Tuesday, Dec. 7 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Jennifer Payne, a University of Southern Mississippi speech communication graduate, has accepted the position of associate director for external affairs with the Southern Miss Alumni Association.

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders loves her hometown of Hattiesburg. On Tuesday, Hattiesburg said: the feeling is mutual.

Saunders was named the 32nd recipient of The Hub Award, which honors outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to excellence and dedication to public service, during a recognition dinner at the Hattiesburg Country Club.