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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.

The Office of Communications at The University of Southern Mississippi captured 11 awards – including a Grand Award for Print Media -- during the 2013 College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) Conference held May 20-21 in Gulfport, Miss.

Sarah Case-Price began her affiliation with The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi more than a dozen years ago as a student worker. On July 1, she will take over the reins as director.

Longtime higher education administrator Dr. Douglas Vinzant has been named the new Vice President for Finance and Administration at The University of Southern Mississippi. Pending IHL Board approval, Vinzant will begin his duties on June 17.

Chad R. Miller, University of Southern Mississippi assistant professor of Economic Development, was voted chair-elect of the American Society for Public Administration's (ASPA) Transportation Policy & Administration section. Miller was elected at the recent national ASPA conference in New Orleans.

The Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi hosted its first Alumni Group Dinner on Wednesday, April 24 at Lake Terrace Convention Center. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has announced Dr. Shannon Fleming as its next Executive Director, effective June 3. In this role, Fleming will serve as the chief staff executive for the USM Foundation, in addition to serving as the director of development for the University, and will be responsible for the Foundation’s strategic leadership, attainment of goals and objectives, coordination of fundraising activities and board management.

Each year, The University of Southern Mississippi hosts its Founders Day Ceremony in conjunction with the founding of the University on March 30, 1910.  During this ceremony, faculty, staff and students are recognized for their accomplishments and awards are presented to deserving recipients.

Exemplifying the excellence demonstrated in the College, several college faculty, staff and students that were recognized during this year's ceremony included:

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) offered a special welcome to new University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett today at the senator’s office in Washington, D.C. Cochran congratulated Bennett on his selection to lead Southern Miss and welcomed the president’s vision for improving and expanding the university’s educational outreach.

Dr. Ray G Newman, chair of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Community Health Sciences, has received the Founders Medal of Honor Award for continued hard work and dedication to the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Ladell Kraft, speech language pathologist and Sarah Case-Price, speech language pathologist and assistant director, of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development of The University of Southern Mississippi were selected as presenters at the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association Annual Continuing Education Conference (MSHA) in Jackson on March 25- 27.

Founders’ Day on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus April 1 was a celebration of the institution’s past, its future and the people who have made it what it is today.

 

It was also the first day of the presidency of Dr. Rodney Bennett, the University’s 10th executive officer.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett began his first day (April 1) on the job speaking with members of local media and meeting with his executive cabinet this morning. Later he participated in the Founders’ Day activities as the university celebrated its 103rd anniversary.

 

“What a wonderful day to recognize the outstanding achievements of our students, faculty and staff and the founding of our university,” he said. “Today is also my first day and I cannot be more thrilled to make that statement. I look forward to a long tenure here.”

He’s enjoyed success and weathered storms - literal and figurative - in the last several months as interim president of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Now Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas will return to his roles as President Emeritus and professor of higher education as the University prepares for a new era of leadership under Dr. Rodney Bennett, who begins as president of the institution April 1.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi paid tribute to distinguished faculty members and students during its annual Honors Banquet held Tuesday, March 26 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Bret Becton received the Joseph A. Greene Teaching Award, while Dr. Fujun Lai took home the Louis K. Brandt Publication Award. Other award winners from each department include the following:

Accounting:

Becker CPA Review 50 % Scholarship – Aaron Thomas

Beta Alpha Psi Award – Katie Carona

He’s already successfully led the early stages of The University of Southern Mississippi’s recovery from a tornado, and endeared himself to students through a basketball game ticket giveaway, but on April 1, Dr. Rodney Bennett will officially begin work as president of the institution.

 

Bennett, previously Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Georgia, was chosen to lead the university by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning following a national search and a series of constituency meetings in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast on Feb. 7. Bennett’s hiring makes history, as he becomes the first African-American president of a predominantly white public higher education institution in the state of Mississippi.

Dr. Jay Dean takes to the podium for the last time in his 25th season with The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra when he conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony on Thursday, March 28 at Bennett Auditorium.

Dr. Eddie Holloway, right, dean of students at The University of Southern Mississippi, will serve as grand marshal for St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church's 2013 Irish-Italian Festival Parade. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m Saturday, March 16, and travel on West Fourth Street to the church, located across from Reed Green Coliseum. The festival will be held from 5-10 p.m. at the church. For more information, online visit http://www.stthomas-usm.org/.

Dr. Scott Piland, associate professor in the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently visited Camp Shelby to speak at an event held in conjunction with Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness month.  

Incoming University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Rodney Bennett received special recognition from the Mississippi Legislature during ceremonies held in the House and Senate chambers on Thursday, March 14.

Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, came away from a White House-initiated panel discussion on gun violence encouraged by what he saw and heard.

A memorial service for University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff who passed away during the academic year will be held on the Hattiesburg campus Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 218.

Sometimes, the winds of fate will put a person in the most unusual, uncomfortable, unforgettable circumstances.

 

That is precisely where University of Alabama sophomore Annelise Moreau found herself as she came face-to-face with a monstrous tornado that raked the Hattiesburg area, including The University of Southern Mississippi campus, on Feb. 10.

 

“I was horrified because I had a front row seat into the center of a tornado. I was sure I was going to die,” said Moreau, 20, who was driving through Hattiesburg as the weather worsened that Sunday evening.