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The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast presented the 2013 Outstanding Staff Awards to three staff members for the integral role they play in providing support to the university on the Gulf Coast.

Nearly 50 years after the tragic death of America’s 35th president, John F. Kennedy’s legacy is still felt in the areas of mass media, public policy and culture, say faculty members at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Royal Walker, executive director of the Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been invited to participate in a ceremony marking the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act set for Friday, Nov. 15 at the White House.

 

The event will be held from Noon-3:30 CST in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House and feature senior Administration officials, special guests and a series of panel discussions about the past, present and future for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Student and faculty researchers shared their work with their colleagues and community members Nov. 8 during the annual Research Awards Day on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus, and top scholars were honored for their contributions in their respective fields.

In an effort to create better synergy, while strengthening the overall administrative structure, the School of Human Performance and Recreation (HP&R) at The University of Southern Mississippi has instituted a significant reorganization plan.

The University Research Council at The University of Southern Mississippi will host presentations by the 2013 Excellence in Research and Creative Activity award winners Friday, Nov. 8, during the annual University Research Awards Day.

Sharon Catledge, family nurse practitioner in Student Health Services at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected president of the Mississippi Board of Nursing.

State Rep. Toby Barker, left, and State Sen. Billy Hudson speak to attendees of the Mississippi Association of Staff Council Organizations (MASCO) Day, held recently on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus and hosted by the Southern Miss Staff Council. The two area elected officials spoke about issues impacting higher education in Mississippi, including those that will be addressed in the next legislative session.

Dr. J. Paige Buchanan, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named Chemist of the Year by the Mississippi Section of the American Chemical Society. Buchanan received the award at the organization’s awards banquet at Jackson State University.

Dr. Frances Lucas, vice president and campus executive officer for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was named the 2013 Woman of the Year by the Lighthouse Business and Professional Women during their Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony held in October at the Biloxi Civic Center.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett joins an illustrious group of honorees named recently to EBONY’s annual Power 100 list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently nominated two faculty members who were selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend competition.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Healthcare Sales and Marketing, the Trent Lott Center and Dr. Mike Wittmann, associate professor of marketing, will host a presentation The Evolution of Science and Surgery on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Trent Lott Center.

In spreading awareness in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The University of Southern Mississippi recently produced a news story detailing the research of Dr. Rebecca Fillmore, assistant professor of biology, as she looks to research the gene believed to play a role in the development of breast cancer.

University of Southern Mississippi Police Chief Bob Hopkins will be the featured speaker for an in-service program on workplace violence Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 218-A on the Hattiesburg campus.

Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 10 from 5-8 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg for Dr. Don Cabana, a former professor of criminal justice at The University of Southern Mississippi and superintendent of the Mississippi State Penitentiary, who died Monday, Oct. 7 at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg. He was 67.

Dr. Trent Gould, who has served in a variety of roles during his 10 years at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named associate dean in the College of Health.

Wisam “Sam” Buti once held the fruit fly in contempt.

“I use to just think of them as that annoying fly that buzzed around your food,” said Buti, a University of Southern Mississippi freshman. Now the fruit fly represents the inspiration for her studies at the university and future in either medicine or scientific research – or both.

The Office of Admissions at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach recently hired Dr. Kimberly C. Scherlofsky as an admissions counselor to focus on university recruiting and community outreach in the business, government, and industry sectors along the Gulf Coast.

 

Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, was named one of two finalists representing the university in a national competition for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer stipend.

Dr. Marie des Neiges Léonard, assistant professor of sociology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, recently presented the paper, “Census and Racial Identity in France: Invisible Categories and Color-Blind Politics,” while attending the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in New York City.

 

Dr. Bill Smith, a veteran member of the College of Business faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently appointed chairman of the college’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism. The appointment was announced by Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the college.

Dr. Tom Lansford, academic dean and professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was editor for the “Political Handbook of the World 2013.”

A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 25 at 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Ascension in Hattiesburg for Virginia Alice Price Shands Covington, a former professor of speech communication at The University of Southern Mississippi, who died at her home in Hattiesburg July 29. She was 84.