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Students from The University of Southern Mississippi are joining the ranks of athletic trainers certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification.

Medical laboratory science students from The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Health won the student bowl competition at the Mississippi/Louisiana America Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) annual meeting in Shreveport, La. April 13-16.

Satsuma barbeque sauce, sesame catfish and okramole. What do these diverse foods have in common? They are all a result of University of Southern Mississippi nutrition majors mixing their creativity, knowledge and local ingredients.

Audiologists and speech language pathologists from across the state gathered for the Mississippi Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Continuing Education Conference in Jackson March 30 through April 1.

The College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi recognized exceptional students during its annual awards night Tuesday, April 14 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

One of the best ways to learn is through experience. For university students, getting real-life experience alongside classroom education is a win-win combination. That’s exactly what four graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi are getting at the DuBard School for Language Disorders.


Emily Murray from Mandeville, LA, Olivia Ryals from Columbia, MS, Sheridan McClendon from Greenville, MS and Christi Carrier from Niceville, FL are currently working on their master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Southern Miss and work part time at the DuBard School as graduate assistants.

Gov. Phil Bryant, along with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett, today announced USM’s plan to launch an emphasis area in Applied Behavior Analysis in its psychology master’s degree program. Applied Behavior Analysis, also known as ABA therapy, is widely regarded as an effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

When Hattiesburg Rotary contacted the Southern Miss Children’s Center’s then-director, Margaret Buttross Brinegar, to tell her Rotary had chosen the Center as Rotary’s 2005 beneficiary, Brinegar’s response, after “Thank you,” was, “What do we need to do to help?”  The generosity of Hattiesburg Rotary, and the spirit of partnership between Rotary and The Children’s Center, has been a tradition every year since that first conversation.

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) and the Southern Students About Service (SSAS) at The University of Southern Mississippi are dedicated to helping individuals in recovery.

The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi and Hattiesburg's Half Shell Oyster House will continue a successful partnership that began in 2014 with another benefit event set for Thursday, March 26 at the restaurant.

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 Gold-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.