July 30, 2014  

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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.

Author and civil rights figure, James Meredith, will give a book talk and sign copies of his latest publication, “A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America,” at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Hosted by the Gulf Coast Libraries, the book talk and signing will be held Thursday, March 7, at 4 p.m. on the third floor of the library.

A student and faculty members from The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast earned a top award and participated in three paper presentations, respectively, at the 50th annual Academy of Economics and Finance Conference in Mobile, Ala. Feb. 13 – 16.

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach will offer a Mississippi Real Estate Pre-Licensing course on Mondays and Tuesdays March 4 - April 23 from 6-10 p.m. at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, Miss.

The Katrina Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host a premiere featuring the exhibit, “Psalm for Broken Bones: A Compendium” Thursday, Feb. 28 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of the library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

In honor of Black History Month, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library will feature a special presentation by Jacqueline Dace, project director for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum which is scheduled to open in Jackson in 2017. The presentation will be held Monday, Feb. 25 from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Dining Room on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Children and visitors of the INFINITY Science Center in Hancock County will benefit greatly from a new agreement between the science center and The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

On Friday, Feb. 15, a memorandum of understanding was signed by Dr. Gordon Cannon, vice provost for research at Southern Miss, and George Schloegel, chairman of INFINITY, partnering both institutions to allow for greater educational opportunities.

Board members of INFINITY Science Center and representatives of the University of Southern Mississippi will be signing a memorandum of understanding on Friday, February 15th, at 1 pm beginning a unique educational partnership.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast College of Nursing will co-host a blood drive with Mississippi Blood Services Tuesday, Feb.19 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the reception area of the Fleming Education Center at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Dr. Robert J. Pauly, associate professor of international policy and development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been appointed to a two-year term as associate dean for the Gulf Coast operations of the College of Arts and Letters.

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

Thanks in part to a donation of approximately $10,000 worth of equipment from the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) Marine Education Center (MEC), Bel-Aire Elementary School in Gulfport is opening the only elementary science laboratory of its kind in the Harrison County School District.