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Volunteers, members of the community and representatives of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast gathered at Edgewater Cleaners in Biloxi June 24 to recognize the business for its contribution to a special project honoring Hurricane Katrina volunteers for their service to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

While The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast hosted its spring commencement ceremony May 15, graduates Brian Alexander and Todd Avera continued enhancing their education nearly 5,000 miles away at one of the world’s most widely known film festivals.

The University of Southern Mississippi Katrina Research Center invites the community to a reception honoring Edgewater Cleaners for their support of two quilts made from volunteers’ t-shirts following Hurricane Katrina. The reception and quilt display will be held Friday, June 24, at 2 p.m. at Edgewater Cleaners, located at 2575 Pass Road in Biloxi.

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi Office of University Communication staff, as well as other staff members from various units across campus, took home awards from the annual College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM), held in May in Natchez, Miss.

Award winners and the categories they placed in are as follows:

·         First Place in PR Campaign to Jana Bryant, Beth Taylor and Shelia White for “University Communications and the BP Oil Spill”

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has honored The University of Southern Mississippi with a Silver Anvil Award, signifying the highest level of achievement in public relations practices.

Dr. Tom Lansford, academic dean and political science professor at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, served as a co-editor with Thomas Muller, William Overstreet and Judith Isacoff for the 2011 “Political Handbook of the World.”

The “Political Handbook of the World,” first published in 1928, is currently published annually by CQ Press. The publicationprovides detailed information on the government, economy, political status and history of more than 200 countries and territories, as well as 38 international organizations.

Fun-learning in both the field and lab is what makes summer camp at Southern Miss’ Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) equivalent to an educational vacation.

 

“We are expanding our educational offerings in an attempt to reach as broad an audience as possible,” said Chris Snyder, director of GCRL’s Marine Education Center. “We’ve introduced two new programs, Explore a Seashore for adults and Shark Fest for teenagers, in addition to our continued offering of Sea Camp for the younger children.”

The Southern Mississippi Area Health Education Center will host the annual “Coastal MP3C Cancer Control Conference: Understanding Cancer along the Mississippi Gulf Coast” from 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23.

The free conference is open to the public and will be held in the Fleming Education Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

The Office of University Communications at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast received a total of seven awards, including the Grand Award for electronic media, in the senior division of the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) 2011 awards competition May 24.

The office includes Shelia White, director of university communications, Judy Isbell, director of web services, Charmaine Schmermund, public relations associate, and Francesca Linthicum, graphic designer and communication specialist.

What began as a fledgling idea 11 years ago has blossomed into a successful, internationally recognized post-graduate program offered by The University of Southern Mississippi.

Registration for Sea Camp, the popular marine science day camp for ages 6-13, has been extended through June 3. The focus of this year’s camp, now in its 24th consecutive year, is threatened and endangered marine species.

Shugana Williams, librarian and archivist at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been named the 2011-2012 president of the Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA) during the organization’s bi-annual conference held at Mississippi State University in April. As president, Williams will continue promoting quality archival education throughout the state and encourage others to utilize SMA as the main resource for preserving Mississippi's rich history.

In helping local community members prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library and Katrina Research Center will host the Amazing Library Race Wednesday, June 8, from 12 noon – 1 p.m. at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Faculty members in the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new $10 million Science Building on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach on Saturday, May 14. The faculty members decorated shovels representing their educational discipline for the event.

As The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast presents its 2011 commencement ceremony Saturday, May 14 in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, it will be twice as special for one family celebrating the graduation of both mother and daughter.

Marlene Naquin, mathematics instructor at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, uses a protractor, ruler and geometric shapes to decorate her shovel for the groundbreaking ceremony of the university’s new Science Building on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Faculty members in the College of Science and Technology at Southern Miss Gulf Coast will take part in the groundbreaking ceremony of their new building by decorating shovels to represent their educational discipline. The groundbreaking is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

Dr. David Butler,director and associate professor of the International Development (IDV) Doctoral Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, and Dr. Edward Sayre, assistant director and associate professor for IDV, will use a $450,000 federal grant to continue their research on Hurricane Katrina by studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The Southern Miss Steel Pan Orchestra, also known as SoMiSPO, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the Fleming Education Center auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

SoMiSPO has several different voices in the steel band instrumentation family. Their repertoire consists of traditional calypso and soca tunes, as well as popular tunes, classical, Cuban and jazz music. With their vibrant and exciting music, SoMiSPO’s performances are great for all ages.

“The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” will fill the air at two concerts presented by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Civic Chorale, featuring a variety of songs by the popular musical theater composer.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Office of Security and Safety has partnered with the U.S. Navy to provide Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) training May 10 – 12 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Technology Learning Center on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

R.A.D. training includes lecture, discussion and self defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities. Cpl. Katie Morrison and Lt. Dominic Puzo will lead the training sessions. Each have more than 10 years of experience in law enforcement and self-defense tactics.

Two native Mississippians with an impressive record of public service will serve as commencement speakers for The University of Southern Mississippi’s spring 2011 graduation exercises.

 

Ray Mabus, the current U.S. Secretary of the Navy and a former Mississippi governor, and 10th District Chancery Court Judge Deborah Gambrell will address graduates Friday, May 13 at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus at the 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ceremonies, respectively.

The Live Oak Writing Project at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast has extended the registration deadline for Camp Live Oak to May 15.

Dr. Jennifer Walker, assistant professor of biology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been named the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award given by the university’s College of Science and Technology.

Sea Camp registration is in full swing accepting registrations for its 24th consecutive year as a popular marine science day camp for children ages 6-13.

 

The focus of this year’s camp is threatened and endangered marine species. Campers will learn to fish, crab, seine and sieve at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Marine Education Center in Ocean Springs. Registration for this year’s event closes May 13.