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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.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the panel discussion, “The Business of Birth: Discussion around Medicalized Childbirth in Mississippi,” Tuesday, March 26, from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in room 102 of the Fleming Education Center on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Dr. Kimberly Scherlofsky of Gautier, Miss., recruiter and program coordinator for the International Development doctoral program and adjunct instructor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi, successfully defended her dissertation for her doctoral degree from Austria’s University of Vienna.

The Gulf Coast Cultural Arts Committee at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn presentation focusing on an art rescue of the works of late Bay St. Louis artist Laurent Smith. The presentation will be held Thursday, March 21 from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the university’s Katrina Research Center, located on the third floor of the Gulf Coast Library.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory has received funding from the National Science Foundation for the new Science Center for Marine Fisheries.

Incoming University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Rodney Bennett received special recognition from the Mississippi Legislature during ceremonies held in the House and Senate chambers on Thursday, March 14.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Film Department will present a free screening and filmmakers discussion of the film, “Free China: The Courage to Believe,” Friday, March 22 at 6:45 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

University of Southern Mississippi Chief Information Officer David Sliman led another successful year as director of the Region VI Science and Engineering Fair, held March 5 at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi.

Civil rights figure James Meredith, author of “A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America” and the first African-American student at the University of Mississippi, gave a book talk on his latest publication March 7 at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Hosted by the Gulf Coast Libraries, attendees of the book talk and signing welcomed Meredith with a standing ovation.

Middle and high school students from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast will take part in the 2nd Annual Gulf Coast SeaPerch Challenge, set for Saturday, March 9 at the Biloxi Natatorium.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) hosted the 2013 Industry Advisory Council Summit on March 1, for industry professionals looking to promote common goals in logistics, trade and transportation.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries will host the free webinar, “Proposal Writing Basics,” for nonprofit groups looking for guidance on how to write grant proposals. The webinar will be held Tuesday, March 12, from 12 – 1 p.m. in room 213 of the Gulf Coast Library on the university’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.