March 27, 2015  

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For the past 25 years, Dr. Virginia Crawford has held fast to the dream of a new health clinic at The University of Southern Mississippi. Now that her fondest wish has become a glorious reality, Crawford concedes that the Moffitt Health Center surpasses all of her expectations.

 

“This facility is better than I could have ever expected,” said Crawford, director of Student Health Services. “It is here to enhance the wellness culture for our campuses. I can’t wait for students, faculty, and staff to utilize it.”

Students representing the School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi will conduct a research study on March 21 and 28 visiting residences in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties.

The data collected will be used for a research study on the adaptation and resilience of Mississippi Gulf Coast residents with regard to psychological implications of different hazards, such as Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

For questions, contact Dr. Bret Blackmon at 228.214.3275.

A generous stock gift with proceeds nearing $100,000 from Joe and Kathy Sanderson to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation will help the DuBard School for Language Disorders continue its renowned legacy of providing assistance for children with speech and hearing disabilities.

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, right, presented Dr. Tim Rehner, director of the School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi, with a proclamation recognizing March 2015 as National Social Work Month on March 4. DuPree read the proclamation, “Social Work Paves the Way for Change,” to social work faculty. He urged the community to join with the National Association of Social Workers in celebration and support of the social work profession.

University of Southern Mississippi doctoral students Dave Krzeminski and Nadine Lippa have been awarded an international research fellowship and currently are collaborating with researchers in Australia.

 

Krzeminski of Grandville, Mich., and Lippa, of Bergen, N.Y., are conducting research at universities in Australia from January – May 2015. They are two of the 235 selected recipients from more than 4,000 applicants around the world. Only 15 Americans were selected for the Endeavour Research Fellowship program, an international, merit-based scholarship provided by the Australian government.

How can students use prefixes and suffixes to learn vocabulary and increase comprehension? How can we teach them to analyze text to increase reading comprehension?

 

Answers to these questions and more will be provided at Missing Links in Academics, a two-day seminar offered March 24-25 from 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. at the DuBard School for Language Disorders on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

After introducing a fitness center and offering healthier food options at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, the university’s campus in Long Beach has now been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. This designation was awarded to the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus for providing opportunities for employees to live a healthier lifestyle.

Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health and professor of social work at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be a guest speaker at the 79th Annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meeting.

Dr. Tamara Hurst, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work, has been appointed to Gov. Phil Bryant’s task force on human trafficking.

State Treasurer Lynn Fitch lauded the vision and leadership that helped fuel designs for a new College of Nursing building currently under construction at The University of Southern Mississippi during a visit to the Hattiesburg campus on Thursday, Feb. 19.

Food, friendship and enthusiasm for a great cause are the bedrock of the partnership born in 2011 between Newk’s Cafe and The Children’s Center for Communication at Development at Southern Miss. Newk’s, and general manager David Cullop, a Children's Center alumni dad, has turned the third Thursdays of each month at his Newk's restaurant into “Third Thursday for The Children’s Center.”

Dr. Bill Holcomb, associate professor and director of the Athletic Training Program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation has been selected to receive a 2015 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). Holcomb will receive his award in June at the NATA annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo.

Runners, walkers and friends of The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will be “ready, set, go” on Saturday, Feb. 28 when The Children's Center Classic kicks off. 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Research Initiative on Social Justice and Equity (RISE), Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, and Student Association of Social Workers will sponsor Social Justice Movie Night Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium (room 108) of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The featured movie is “Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek.” Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate students Ann Rodio and Alexandria Camp will serve as hosts of a special Pre-Valentine’s Day Ballroom Dance for residents of Alden Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for the Master of Education in dyslexia therapy program beginning this summer. This will be the second cohort of students entering the nationally recognized and accredited program.

Multiple staff members at The University of Southern Mississippi have received recognition for their work in the field of public relations from the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

Maureen K. Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, was re-elected to the board of directors for the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), an accrediting organization for multisensory structured language education training courses.

The University of Southern Mississippi has joined ranks with approximately 50 universities worldwide that have united to address the global issue of hunger. Leaders from these universities recently signed “The Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security” – a declaration acknowledging their pledge to make food insecurity a priority.

Student Health Services at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting special day devoted to family fitness on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.

While you are reading this article, two-to three people will develop Alzheimer’s disease - a life-threatening illness that killed more than 83,000 people in 2010 alone.

 

However, with the help of Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), Southern Miss Professor Vijay Rangachari is furthering research on the disease to help find better treatments, or a cure, for those affected.

The University of Southern Mississippi Sport Management Club travelled to Tallahassee, Fla. to visit Florida State University’s athletic facilities, Nov. 20-22.  Dr. Allen Brown, instructor of sport management and Dr. Doug Manning, assistant professor of sport management, accompanied the students.

Physical education students, faculty and alumni from The University of Southern Mississippi received awards and recognitions at the Mississippi Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) 2014 Convention in Jackson, Miss. Nov. 6 -7.

Setting goals is one thing, but relentlessly pursuing and achieving them is another.

Susan Dobson, undergraduate coordinator and instructor in the Department of Public Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, proved hard work pays off in September when she completed her first Ironman triathlon in Chattanooga, Tenn.