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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach chartered two new student organizations during the spring semester. EcoEagles and Sigma Mu: Science and Math Club are both approved to serve as organizations for Southern Miss Gulf Coast students.

The Southern Connection Leadership Team has been selected for the upcoming 2014 – 2015 academic year.

Throughout the year, the team of student leaders will serve as hosts for orientation and registration events, Gold Rush, and as leadership ambassadors for a variety of university events, including Commencement and Welcome Week.

Elections were held during the spring semester at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus for the 2014 – 2015 Student Government Association (SGA).

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) at The University of Southern Mississippi, along with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR), will be releasing approximately 5,000 juvenile spotted seatrout this week, which have been reared in ponds at the Lyman Fish Hatchery.

The Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast hosted the 2014 Golden Eagle Pride Awards Ceremony April 25 in recognition of outstanding students, faculty, and organizations.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host summer semester 2014 registration and advisement for new and returning students Wednesday, May 21 from 2 – 6 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The Industry Advisory Board of the Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS) met on April 30-May 1 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) to implement the research program for 2014.

 

Dr. Frances Lucas, vice president for the Gulf Park campus at The University of Southern Mississippi, was named 2014 Woman of the Year in the Education category by the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women at the organization’s annual spring luncheon, held May 6 in Jackson.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast employees who previously worked in the Administration Building on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach cut the ribbon to officially open the Administration Building Plaza Thursday, May 8. The Administration Building, which sustained major damage following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, was demolished allowing a new green space on campus. The space features the original footprint of the Administration Building’s foundation.

After 30 years of teaching at The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. James Pat Smith, professor of history, will attend his final Commencement ceremony as a full-time faculty member at the University. Smith has attended each Southern Miss Gulf Coast Commencement since they were held annually beginning in 1997.

For the third consecutive year, a portion of the proceeds from the Spraberry-Schankin Memorial Trout Tournament has been donated to the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) to support fisheries research. 

Shelia White, director of University Communications, and Charmaine Schmermund, assistant director of public relations, at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Office of University Communications received two professional awards at the 2014 Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) Awards Banquet in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library is currently exhibiting artwork created by members of the university’s faculty and staff. The exhibit will be on display through the end of May and a reception honoring the artists will be held Thursday, May 29 from 3 – 5 p.m. in room 204 of the library, located on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is accepting applications for admission into the spring 2015 class for the baccalaureate of nursing degree program. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2014.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host the Gulf Coast Celebration of the Inauguration of Dr. Rodney D. Bennett as the tenth president of the university on Thursday, May 1, from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Hardy Hall ballroom on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Some 376 miles from the Gulf of Mexico sharks were spotted in downtown Memphis, Tenn. But not to worry, these sharks were preserved specimens taken to Memphis area elementary and middle schools as part of an outreach program by the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center (MEC).

The Office of Disability Accommodations at The University of Southern Mississippi presented awards of recognition to an outstanding instructor, staffer and student for exemplary service during the 2013-14 academic year.

 

Dr. Frances Lucas, Vice President of the The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, was inducted into the Roland Weeks Leadership Hall of Fame Class of 2013 on Wednesday, April 23 as one of 10 top community leaders.

Dr. Patricia Biesiot, left, interim dean for The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology, and Dr. Gregory A. Carter, interim associate dean for the Gulf Coast operations of the College of Science and Technology, were awarded the 2014 Dean’s Cup presented by the Office of the Academic Dean at Southern Miss Gulf Coast.

Receiving its first Dean’s Cup recognition, the College of Science and Technology was presented the award based on overall student grade point average, student retention from the previous year to the current year and the college’s graduation rate. The Dean’s Cup was presented at the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Awards Day Ceremony on April 10. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

In recognition of outstanding student achievement, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus hosted the 2014 Awards Day Ceremony in the Hardy Hall ballroom on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

~~After weeks of anticipation, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus student Stephanie McCracken was “shocked and honored” to receive official word from Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett that she was selected as a 2014 Truman Scholar. McCracken is the only recipient chosen from a Mississippi institution.

A veteran Gulf Coast law enforcement officer has been chosen to lead the police department at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Ben Dedwylder, who was the assistant superintendent of security at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, was promoted last week to lieutenant and head of the Gulf Coast division of University Police. He will manage operations at Gulf Park, Point Cadet and Cedar Point.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach has reached record enrollment in the number of students enrolled to earn their master’s degree. For the spring 2014 semester, a total of 361 graduate students are working to earn one of 11 master’s degrees available to students at the university’s Gulf Park campus.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, along with Dr. D. Jay and Beverly Grimes, will be hosting a free seminar by Dr. Bill Hogarth, director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) Tuesday, April 22 at 5 p.m. at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education. This will be the sixth presentation in the Grimes Distinguished Lecture Series.