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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.  

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.

The Student Dietetic Association within the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi sponsored an “Eat Well Hattiesburg” Nutrition and Fitness Fair on Feb. 23 at Pride Field on the Hattiesburg campus.

The event was designed to introduce the Hattiesburg community to vendors that provide healthy nutrition and food options in the Pine Belt. The student group also sought to supply a venue for all ages to come enjoy themselves and learn about nutrition and fitness.

For many, retirement is viewed as the time to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor; to cash in the stock portfolio and pursue a more sedentary life filled with leisurely pursuits.

    Dr. Don George, a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Southern Miss from 1957-78, didn’t view it that way.

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Health Preprofessional Honor Society recently hosted a week-long book sale featuring the MedTutor program.

University of Southern Mississippi student Colton Reid and his horse Della recently competed and earned a top-10 ranking in the nation’s biggest horse show, the American Quarter Horse Congress.

The Golden Eagles Intertribal Society (GEIS) has joined forces with other groups at The University of Southern Mississippi for a series of events to celebrate Human Rights Week -- Nov. 12-16 -- at the Hattiesburg campus.

Hannah Roberts, a sophomore from Mount Olive, Miss., bested a field of 14 contestants to win the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant Saturday, Oct. 27 at Hattiesburg’s Lake Terrace Convention Center. The event is a preliminary for the Miss Mississippi Pageant next summer in Vicksburg.

 

Roberts is a biochemistry major and student in the university’s prestigious Honors College. She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, the American Chemist Society, Eagle Connections and has served as a volunteer with the Golden Eagle Welcome Weekend (GEWW) Crew. She is the daughter of James and Danna Roberts.

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) received the Gold Delta Award for heightened membership during a National Workshop held earlier this month in San Antonio, Texas.

 

The award is presented to chapters that have experienced a minimum 35 percent increase in membership from year to year. The Southern Miss chapter of ALD produced a 69 percent increase as membership grew from 71 members in 2011 to 120 this year.

Amy Radican-Wald, a 2002 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi Master of Public Health program in the Department of Community Health Sciences, was elected as the Mississippi delegate to the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Governing Council by the Mississippi Public Health Association (MPHA) during the association's annual conference in Philadelphia, Miss., last month.

For Cleother Clayborne and Zack Pittman, two student-veterans on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus, helping other soldiers navigate college —and, specifically, college writing — is a given.  When an opportunity arose to work with soldiers in an English 101 class offered by the University at Camp Shelby, they were ready to serve.

Members of Student Government Association (SGA) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently adopted a new initiative designed to create greater awareness among students about the SGA’s role on campus.

Greek Life students at The University of Southern Mississippi can still find plenty of reasons to LOL, but the GPA is taking maximum precedence these days.

 

Joshua Schutts, assistant dean of students at Southern Miss, notes that the average grade point average for all Greek students currently sits at 3.07 – the highest number school officials can recall since at least the 1990s.

Dr. Martha Saunders returned to The University of Southern Mississippi in 2007 pledging to “build trust, build a team and build a campus.” After five years of leading her alma mater as its ninth president, she returns to its faculty having done that and much more.

 

Saunders announced her resignation from the presidency in April and will leave her post on Friday, at which time she will join the faculty at Southern Miss Gulf Coast.

Students throughout the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health are constantly seeking internship and training opportunities in their field of choice. For students in the School of Human Performance and Recreation, these opportunities often materialize close-to-home. 

 

Zack Gatwood stepped across the stage at Spring Commencement last month having made a major impact on Southern Miss athletics, and did so while preparing for a career in sport management.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Justin Clark sees problems as nothing more than challenges that arouse his analytical, entrepreneurial mind.

 

For as long as he can remember, the Hattiesburg, Miss., native has tinkered with ideas that would make the world around him a better place. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Clark has wasted no time in developing and implementing a strategy for success.

University of Southern Mississippi professor Marge Crowe knows how to get the attention of her students. But they aren’t the only ones.

 

Crowe, a faculty member of the Department of Curriculum Instruction and Special Education, is credited with inspiring a would-be burglar to reconsider breaking into the home of a student in one of her online classes.

For University of Southern Mississippi nursing student Kara Scott, simulation exercises provide the next-best-thing to actual patient care.

 

“As students we don’t get to do things like call physicians or administer IV push medications,” said Scott, a junior from Slidell, La. “But with the simulation training, we get to experience those kinds of scenarios. It allows us to be involved in decision making and delegating different procedures.”

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Alaina Simmons is not just content with showing leadership and hard work on the local or state level. She is pioneering a new leadership role on the national level.

The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi presented T-shirts to 647 people who clicked the “Like” button on the College’s Facebook page during a special promotion held Feb. 6-7.

A last-minute decision to enter the Miss Collegiate America Pageant nearly resulted in a crowning for former University of Southern Mississippi student Christine Kozlowski, who captured the first runner-up spot in the annual competition held March 7-10 in San Antonio, Texas.

The University of Southern Mississippi has completed a review of the incident that occurred during last Thursday’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament game and is taking disciplinary action against five members of its pep band.

 

Rainel Joubert, a violin student at The University of Southern Mississippi took fourth place honors at the prestigious Sphinx Competition held last month in Detroit, Mich.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Dr. Michael Mong, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was named the winner of the Psi Chi fundraiser, “Dress Like Freud for a Day.”