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Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, recently received a special invitation from Damian and Jermaine Johnson, owners of the No Grease chain of barber shops in Charlotte, N.C., to give a talk and sign copies of his book, Knights of the Razor: Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom.

Dr. Mary Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC), will serve as the spring 2012 commencement speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History continues its work capturing the stories of those whose livelihood depends on the Gulf Coast’s seafood industry, which was threatened by the ecological disaster.

 

With the support of a grant from the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Center has talked with crabbers, shrimpers and oyster harvesters across the Gulf of Mexico about the challenges the disaster has presented to their way of life and the foodways of the region.

Employment has been a problem for many Mississippians in recent years, but the employment outlook for Mississippi’s youth and young adults with disabilities, particularly individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, is especially bleak.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is well on its way with two historic restoration projects, two renovations and one new construction project on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

Over six years after Hurricane Katrina heavily damaged the university’s beachfront campus, work is underway to restore buildings that once housed offices, classrooms and various departments

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Office of University Communications received five professional awards at the 2012 Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) awards banquet in Columbus, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center in Ocean Springs offers its popular Sea Camp for the 28th year this summer along with the Shark Fest day camp, now in its second year. Both will be offered in sessions for various age groups in June and July.

Volunteers for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Big Event, a university-wide community service project, spent their Saturday among several sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With nearly 70 volunteers participating in various projects, the Big Event was a big success in spreading community service awareness.

 

Southern Miss Gulf Coast students, faculty and staff participated in one of four projects along the coast on Saturday, April 14.

The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will perform “The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein,” at two concerts in the Fleming Education Center auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The concerts will be held Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m.

Instead of taking a beach trip or relaxing at home, several youth and young adult members of the Institute for Disability Studies’ TRIAD Service AmeriCorps program spent part of their spring break holiday providing national service.

Gulf Coast Student Wins Kathanne W. Greene Award Annual Essay Competition

 University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast political science student Haddy Rikabi of Biloxi was recently named the winner of the Kathanne W. Greene Award Annual Essay Competition, sponsored by the Committee on Services and Resources for Women at Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi was well represented at the 2012 Mississippi State Level Science and Engineering Fair held at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi on March 27.

After three years of piloting the program, The University of Southern Mississippi English Department is ready for full implementation of Expanded Composition (English 100E/101E) on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses.

The Sun Herald and The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the Issues + Answers Lecture, “The Rise of America’s Second Tier Cities,”featuring Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast History Professor, Dr. James Pat Smith, will give a book talk and sign copies of his recent publication, “Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story,” on Wednesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. in Room 204 of the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library in Long Beach.

Smith’s book, recently published by University Press of Mississippi, presents the fullest account yet written of the impact of this storm on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.Books will be available for purchase at the event.

The Live Oak Writing Project at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is hosting Camp Live Oak for the 2012 summer. Designed for students entering third through sixth grades, Camp Live Oak will provide a fun environment where writing will be integrated with art, science, history and literature. A variety of challenging and creative activities will guide campers and expose them to the writing process and beyond.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus celebrated the university’s Founders’ Day with a reception honoring employees for continuous service of 10 and 20 years to Southern Miss. In recognition of their service, honored employees received a commemorative pin from the university.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The book, “Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story,” by Dr. James Pat Smith, professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was recently published by University Press of Mississippi. “Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story” presents the fullest account yet written of the impact of this storm on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, along with the Hattiesburg Clinic and the Southern and Southwest Mississippi Area Health Education Centers, present the forum, “Poverty and Its Impact on Health: Causation or Correlation,” Thursday, April 12, from 6 – 7:45 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Technology Learning Center (TLC) Golden Eagles wheelchair basketball team closed out its first season by winning the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Gulf Coast Conference Championship held at Jackson State University.

 

The weekend-long tournament featured six teams from southeastern states vying for the title of NWBA Gulf Coast Conference Champion.

The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host this month’s session of the Spring Poetry Reading Series featuringMary Ann O’Gorman on Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in Room 204 of the Gulf Park campus library in Long Beach.

Musicians, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and the Easter Bunny are coming together once again for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast’s 4th annual Jazz and Blues Festival to be held Saturday, April 7.

The University of Southern Mississippi Film Department will present a free screening of the film, “La Hora Cero” on Monday, March 19 in the main auditorium of the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. The event will feature commentary beginning at 7 p.m. and the film screening will follow at 7:30 p.m.

This news briefs package highlights timely news and events from The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact Southern Miss Gulf Coast University Communications at 228.865.4573.