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U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), right, is shown an adaptive beach wheelchair for persons with disabilities by Dr. Rebekah Young, grant coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies. The wheelchair, along with other adaptive equipment, is housed at the institute’s Technology Learning Center on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Sen. Cochran toured the Gulf Park campus Aug. 21 with Dr. Steve Miller, interim vice president for the Gulf Park campus at Southern Miss, and Dr. Gordon C. Cannon, vice president for research at Southern Miss, to learn more about the educational and community resources available through the university. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

Jenny Tate has been selected as the Campus Communication Officer for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, Miss.

 

Tate, currently the Chief of Marketing and Development for the Mississippi Museum of Art, replaces Shelia White in the position. As Campus Communication Officer, Tate will be responsible for the campus’ marketing and public relations efforts and will oversee three staff members in the areas of news and media relations, web, and creative services. She will begin working in her new role on Monday, Aug. 25.

 

The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), located at the Technology Learning Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, will host “Popsicles in the Park” Monday, Aug. 25, from 3 – 5 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a popsicle and check out the institute’s Eaglet Town Playground, as well as facility tours of the IDS lending library.

Recent gifts from South Mississippi Home Health Foundation included $400,000 to the Nursing Building Campaign at The University of Southern Mississippi, which helped push the private fundraising initiative above the $6 million mark.

 

The contribution to the USM Foundation in support of the campaign will be used for the creation of an endowment to assist with the maintenance and operations of the new building, which will be called Asbury Hall, and will also result in the naming of the facility’s lecture hall.

The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), located at the Technology Learning Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, was recently named a U.S. Paralympic Sports Club. This designation, only one of two in the state of Mississippi, allows IDS to train athletes as a way to qualify for various U.S. Paralympics events.

Educators and scientists at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) and Marine Education Center have introduced a new after school camp designed to promote and stimulate the interest of young students in marine biology.

During the fall semester at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, the Learning Commons will host free test preparation workshops for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT). These free workshops are available to both university students and the community.

While many students took a break from academic studies this summer, two rising high school seniors learned about environmental health sciences and career options in the field at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus.

In an effort to increase higher education opportunities for students, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi have entered into a new concurrent enrollment agreement allowing students in select academic programs to seamlessly complete degrees from both institutions.

 

At a press conference held Monday at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, MGCCC President Mary S. Graham and Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing that students may apply for concurrent enrollment in designated academic programs.

Can algae from deep below the ice of Antarctica possibly survive on Mars?

 

This is a question researchers from The University of Southern Mississippi, along with dozens of high school students in Mississippi and Alabama, are hoping to have answered after their research project, “Pioneering Mars,” boards the International Space Station (ISS).

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host an opening reception for the new exhibit, “Coastal Fascination,” by photographer Mike Ramsey. The reception will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 4 – 6 p.m. in room 204 of the library.

The exhibit, which features photographs taken throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, will be displayed on all three floors of the library through September 15. Ramsey, whose career spanned 37 years in the newspaper industry, is a resident of Bay St. Louis.

Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will begin work in Hattiesburg on Aug. 1, pending IHL Board approval.

Thirteen graduates of the Joint International Hydrographic Applied Science Program (JIHASP) at The University of Southern Mississippi will be recognized during a special ceremony set for Thursday, July 31 at the Stennis Space Center campus in Hancock County, Miss.

In response to student interest as well as meeting industry needs, the Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has updated its master’s degree program with the new name of Master of Science degree in human capital development.

 

Dr. Robin Overstreet, professor emeritus in the Department of Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, will receive the Eminent Parasitologist Lectureship Award at the American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) Conference set for July 24-27 in New Orleans.

The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), located at the Technology Learning Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, recently received a grant from the U.S. Paralympics Committee to connect the sport of kayaking with veterans from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (VA).

A unique exhibit, titled “Coastal Fascination,” by photographer Mike Ramsey is currently on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus library in Long Beach.

The Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling at The University of Southern Mississippi is accepting applications for admission into the fall 2014 master of education in school counseling and guidance services degree program offered at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group and national non-profit KaBOOM! Has awarded The Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi a $9,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant to use toward the purchase of an Imagination Playground in a Cart™ play system. 

Four outstanding public relations practitioners, including Gulfport leader, Shelia White, who recently retired as Director of University Communications for the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, will be inducted into the Southern Public Relations Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held in Starkville on July 25.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) at The University of Southern Mississippi became the new owners of the research vessel R/V Tom McIlwain during a ceremony held June 19 in Ocean Springs, Miss. The vessel was transferred to GCRL from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Aaron Broussard, left, student service coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus, joins Evelyn Diann Spratlin as she places a memorial brick honoring her son, Robert Louis Avery, Jr., during a Golden Eagle Memorial Service in his honor on Friday, June 20. A Sport Coaching major, Avery died last November 28 in a car accident.

Photos by
Judy Day Isbell

James Moody, a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, is spending part of his summer working as an intern for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) in Washington D.C.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library is hosting a new exhibit featuring artists who grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and express its beauty in their art.