September 18, 2014  

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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.

University of Southern Mississippi Police Capt. Rusty Keyes will appear on the Discovery ID program “Wicked Attraction” Wednesday night (Aug. 14) to discuss a murder case that captured national headlines. The program airs at 8 p.m. central time.

Dr. Tulio Sulbaran, director of the Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation at The University of Southern Mississippi, served as one of the key presenters during the Naval Air Systems Command's International Transportation Compliance and Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) meeting held July 30-31 at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost Dr. Denis Wiesenburg has announced that Dr. Patricia Biesiot, associate dean in the College of Science and Technology, will serve as interim dean during the college’s period of transition.

 

Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour, professor of International Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, authored the recently published book, “The Fundamentals of Money and Financial Systems.”

With technology evolving at warp speed, staying abreast of current trends is crucial to the professionals who work in related fields. Especially those involved with higher education.

Jason Powell, a Collins, Miss. native who is a detective with The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department, received the department’s prestigious Medal of Valor during a ceremony held on the university’s Hattiesburg campus in June.

Patricia Munn, an instructor in the School of Accountancy at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named the 2013 Outstanding Educator by the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA).

Dr. Casey Maugh, assistant professor of communication studies at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, recently had her book chapter “Blogging for Peace: Realistic job preview strategies from the 21st century Peace Corps volunteer” published in Volunteering and Communication: Studies from Multiple Contexts.

Ann Branton, professor and grants administrator, retired after 22 years with the University of Southern Mississippi at the end of June. Branton also served as head of cataloging and bibliographic services for University Libraries.

Caleb Faulkner, an incoming freshman chemistry and biochemistry major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Project SEED program. This is the first SEED scholarship awarded to a Southern Miss student.

Dr. Heidi Lyn, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, co-authored a paper recently published by the journal Frontiers in Psychology showing the comparison of communication by baby apes and humans, which implicates the theory of how language evolved in humans.

Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently presented at the 8th World Conference of Science Journalists. The conference is being held June 24-28 in Helsinki, Finland.

Never one to shy away from the Southern Miss spotlight, Dr. Dave Davies, dean of the Honors College, performed his rendition of the “Gangnam Style” dance on Friday, June 21 in support of the University’s annual faculty/staff giving campaign.

Pauly Receives Department Award for Outstanding Service

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Dr. Bob Pauly, associate dean for the College of Arts and Letters and associate professor of international development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, received the 2012-2013 Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs’ Award for Outstanding Service.

Sharon King, administrative assistant in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was named recipient of the Staff Council Service Award June 4 during the organization’s annual recognition luncheon.

The last time Annelise Moreau saw University of Southern Mississippi police officer Jared Pierce, he was coming to her aid after the Hattiesburg campus was struck by an F-4 tornado Feb. 10. 

 

This past Tuesday, under clearer skies, Moreau returned to Hattiesburg to help the university honor Pierce for his service on that fateful day. During the university’s annual Staff Council recognition and awards luncheon, Pierce and fellow officer Jason Powell received the Life Saving Award and Medal of Valor, respectively.