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LONG BEACH, Miss. – University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast student Carlton Anderson of Biloxi, left, receives his free Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 mobile tablet (UTab)from Dr. Frances Lucas, Southern Miss Gulf Coast vice president and campus executive officer.

As an Honors College student, Anderson was one of nearly 30 students selected to receive the tablet with fellow Honors College classmates, Student Government Association officers, Southern Connection Team, and presidents of each student organization.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast senior Sonyetta Cook shops for textbooks for the 2011-12 fall semester. The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Barnes and Nobles Bookstore has recently moved from the Gulf Coast Student Service Center in Gulfport to the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The bookstore is now located on Gulf Park Drive north of Hardy Hall.

Store hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday. For more information, please call 228.214.3479.

On the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a book talk and signing featuring former CNN correspondent and Bay St. Louis native, Kathleen Koch, Monday, Aug. 29, from 5-6 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s first Science Café,  “Sea Monsters: Myth and Mystery,” will be held Tuesday, August 30, from 6-7:30 p.m. in GCRL’s dining hall, located at 703 East Beach Drive in Ocean Springs.

The Gulf Park College for Women arch, a gift from the class of 1950, has recently been placed back in its original location overlooking the gulf after being swept away during Hurricane Katrina six years ago.

Dr. Jeffrey Lotz, chairman of the Department of Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), has been named interim lab director. He succeeds Dr. Bill Hawkins, who retired from the position at the end of June.

With the new school year approaching, the Autism Project at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast wants to remind parents and school personnel about the services available regarding children with autism.

 

In addition to the training services available for parents and school personnel, the Autism Project has space available for children with autism ranging from pre-school through second grade.

Extensive research conducted by international business students at The University of Southern found that questions still linger about the shrimp industry along the Mississippi Gulf Coast one year after the devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Parent Support Group for Military Families to Meet July 28

A parent support group for military families (active duty, retired or reserves) with a child with special needs will meet from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 at the Technology Learning Center located on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

The group topic for this meeting is “Military Families of Children with Special Needs: What Concerns You Most?”

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library will feature the exhibit of Bear Point Woodworks, a display of distinctive bowls created from fallen trees during Hurricane Katrina by Frank Reed, from Aug. 3-Sept. 9. A reception honoring the artist will be held Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 12 p.m. on the first floor of the library.

Executive officers for The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association of Officer Professionals were sworn in recently during an installation ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a book talk and book signing with Betty Hancock Shaw, author of “Images of America: Gulfport,” on Wednesday, July 27, at 10 a.m. in room 204 of the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Dr. Terry Hazen, a leading authority on oil biodegradation will deliver a free seminar at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, in the Caylor Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL).

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) will hold its annual installation of its executive officers for 2011-2012 at noon Tuesday, July 12 at the Trent Lott Center.

Melissa Morrow enjoyed her experience so much in the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Summer Field Program that she stayed for a second term.

 

“There’s a difference between learning something from a book and learning something in the field,” said Morrow, a senior majoring in marine biology at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. “It’s easy to memorize information from a book but that doesn’t half-way compare to working with the specimen itself. There’s also a thrill factor of being in the field.”

In an effort to restore valuable information the City of Long Beach lost when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students and assistant professor of geography, Dr. David Holt have spent the past six months piecing together research and data for the city’s cemetery.

 

The project, funded by a $7,250 grant from the Learn and Serve America program, involved Holt and more than 50 geography students working diligently on mapping, photographing and researching each plot within the 100-year-old cemetery.

Excitement came in the form of new wheelchairs at the Technology Learning Center (TLC) on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Four new sportschairs -- the largest order received since Hurricane Katrina -- were delivered to the TLC by Harlon Matthews, a nationally ranked wheelchair athlete and representative for Eagle Sportschairs.

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.”