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Beth Biagini always imagined that she would watch her youngest daughter graduate from college. But the mother of four never dreamed that she would be wearing a cap and gown on the same day herself.

 

On Friday, May 10 Beth Biagini and her daughter, Cally Biagini, strolled across the stage at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Reed Green Coliseum to receive their diplomas during the Spring 2013 Commencement ceremony.

The 2012-2013 Southern Connection Leadership Team was recognized for their year of service at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Awards Day ceremony in April.

Throughout the year, the team of 12 student leaders served as the host group for the orientation and registration event, Gold Rush, and as leadership ambassadors for a variety of university events, including commencement and Welcome Week.

Mother’s Day weekend will be extra special for Earma Ford as she watches her son, Timothy Adams, walk across the stage at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast commencement ceremony Saturday, May 11 to pick up his bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice.

The University of Southern Mississippi has selected 14 students earning their degrees from the Gulf Park campus for the 2012-2013 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Students were selected based on leadership, extracurricular activities and community contributions throughout their academic career. Additionally, students must graduate in the current academic year. Undergraduate students are required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and graduate students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.75.

The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will perform, “Rock and Roll of the 1970s,” 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, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, at 3 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has announced Dr. Shannon Fleming as its next Executive Director, effective June 3. In this role, Fleming will serve as the chief staff executive for the USM Foundation, in addition to serving as the director of development for the University, and will be responsible for the Foundation’s strategic leadership, attainment of goals and objectives, coordination of fundraising activities and board management.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the 2013 Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. This year’s ceremony will feature guest speaker Karen Sock, president and CEO of Sock Enterprises Inc.

Dr. Thomas J. Lipscomb, associate dean in the College of Education and Psychology for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast and professor in the Department of Educational Studies and Research, accepted the 2013 Dean’s Cup presented by the Office of the Academic Dean at Southern Miss Gulf Coast.

Awarded the Dean’s Cup for a second year in a row, the College of Education and Psychology received 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 23. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

The Mississippi Legislature’s authorization of $20 million in state bonds will help elevate a new nursing building at The University of Southern Mississippi from the planning stage to the construction phase.

 

Southern Miss will receive the funding this year which will expedite plans for the building – to be named Asbury Hall and built on the Hattiesburg campus. The official name has not yet been considered for approval by the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) Board. Tentative plans call for construction to begin in 2014.

The Department of Marine Science and Center for Gulf Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced the inauguration of the “Denis and Jean Wiesenburg Distinguished Lecture in Ocean Science.”

Students from Bay, Long Beach and Biloxi High Schools took part in the annual Day at Southern Miss event April 12, hosted by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. Day at Southern Miss, which caters to junior and sophomore female high school students, was created as a way for girls to learn more about the university and future career options. The students took part in sample class lectures, a tour of the Gulf Park campus and lunch with various Southern Miss faculty and administrators. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

A free seminar by a renowned scientist in the field of metagenomics is set for 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 22, in the Caylor Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The presentation will be the fifth in the Grimes Distinguished Lecturer Series.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Les Quizerables from Pearl River Community College (PRCC) took the winning title at the 4th Annual Scholars Bowl held Thursday, April 11, at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Academic Dean Tom Lansford, left, presented trophies to the winning team, from left to right, Robert Maynard, biology instructor at PRCC, students Amanda Fouasnon, Casey Butler and Jessie Streeter. A total of eight teams competed from Southern Miss Gulf Coast, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and PRCC.

Community health science students at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast reached out to the university community by hosting the health fair, “Are Your Loved Ones in the Zone?,” during National Public Health Week April 1-7.

Nancy Duarte spent just one year as a student at The University of Southern Mississippi, but that brief foray into higher education played a significant role in shaping the successful businesswoman she has become today.

 

On Thursday, April 11 the university’s College of Business acknowledged Duarte’s impressive success story with the annual Boardman Entrepreneur of the Year Award during a ceremony held on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students Erika Hidalgo of Biloxi, left, and Shaveneil McGrath of D’Iberville stock food pantry shelves Friday, April 5 while at the Gulf Coast Community Ministries in Gulfport. As participants of the Big Event, a university-wide day of service for local communities, Hidalgo and McGrath were among 50 Southern Miss Gulf Coast students and staff who gave their time and attention to a variety of projects, which also included the Bay-Waveland Habitat for Humanity and the DREAM Child Development Center of Hattiesburg. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library will host a reception Monday, April 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. for the “Spring Fling” art exhibit currently on display. The exhibit, featuring artwork by several artists associated with the Pass Christian Art Association (PCAA), will be on display in the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach through June 17.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast celebrated the completion of the historic restoration of Hardy Hall and Lloyd Hall with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 30 during the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast celebrated the completion of two new buildings with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 28 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will perform the concert “Fit for a King” Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, and on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Biloxi.

With four of five building projects completed, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus is nearing its full return from damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

He’s already successfully led the early stages of The University of Southern Mississippi’s recovery from a tornado, and endeared himself to students through a basketball game ticket giveaway, but on April 1, Dr. Rodney Bennett will officially begin work as president of the institution.

 

Bennett, previously Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Georgia, was chosen to lead the university by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning following a national search and a series of constituency meetings in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast on Feb. 7. Bennett’s hiring makes history, as he becomes the first African-American president of a predominantly white public higher education institution in the state of Mississippi.

What started as a foggy February morning at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is now a lasting image made into a mural representing the scenic photography of noted Biloxi Sun Herald photographer and Southern Miss alumnus, Tim Isbell.

 

Inspiration and beauty is what Isbell hopes students, faculty and staff gain from seeing the foggy oaks image as they walk to and from class. “I hope the mural at the Gulf Park campus gives people a sense of the beauty of the campus and the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” he said.