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Dr. Rowena Elliott, associate professor of nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, is taking an active role in the fight against kidney disease.

Elliott, national president of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA), recently returned from a trip to New York City where she participated in the launch of “Pair Up,” a national awareness campaign addressing kidney disease. The event, held in Times Square, included celebrity spokesperson Laila Ali, daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Dr. Katherine Nugent, director of the Southern Miss School of Nursing, has recently been appointed a second term as vice president of the Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

Three World War II veterans received the Republic of France’s highest honor during a special ceremony held Thursday, Sept. 29 on The University of Southern Mississippi campus.

A University of Southern Mississippi adjunct professor’s new book featuring compelling images of life in Africa captured through her photography will be spotlighted this week at the prestigious Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Dr. David M. Holley, professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at The University of Southern Mississippi, has won the Excellence in Philosophy of Religion Prize for 2010.

His article “Treating God’s Existence: An Explanatory Hypothesis” was judged by the selection panel to be one of the best three articles in philosophy of religion published during 2010. The article appeared in the fall 2010 issue of American Philosophical Quarterly.

Three University of Southern Mississippi talents are headed to New York City next month to debut “Sondheim in the City,” a cabaret-style production that showcases the multi-talented Maryann Kyle, associate professor of voice in the School of Music.

Members of an NBC film crew got to see exactly how a new oil dispersant created by University of Southern Mississippi polymer science professors works while videotaping an addition to the NBC Learn library.

Dr. Rebecca Woodrick, director of equal opportunity and affirmative action at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been appointed by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to the 2011 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Dr. Frances Karnes, Distinguished University Professor of Gifted Education in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education and director of the Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, is included among the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi Office of University Communication staff, as well as other staff members from various units across campus, took home awards from the annual College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM), held in May in Natchez, Miss.

Award winners and the categories they placed in are as follows:

·         First Place in PR Campaign to Jana Bryant, Beth Taylor and Shelia White for “University Communications and the BP Oil Spill”

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has honored The University of Southern Mississippi with a Silver Anvil Award, signifying the highest level of achievement in public relations practices.

Dr. Tom Lansford, academic dean and political science professor at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, served as a co-editor with Thomas Muller, William Overstreet and Judith Isacoff for the 2011 “Political Handbook of the World.”

The “Political Handbook of the World,” first published in 1928, is currently published annually by CQ Press. The publicationprovides detailed information on the government, economy, political status and history of more than 200 countries and territories, as well as 38 international organizations.

The human resources program offered by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received a coveted stamp of approval from the world’s pre-eminent oversight organization.

Dr. Frank Heitmuller, associate professor of geography and geology at The University of Southern Mississippi, says the devastation wrought by the recent Mississippi River flooding should come as no great surprise.

Shugana Williams, librarian and archivist at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been named the 2011-2012 president of the Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA) during the organization’s bi-annual conference held at Mississippi State University in April. As president, Williams will continue promoting quality archival education throughout the state and encourage others to utilize SMA as the main resource for preserving Mississippi's rich history.

Dr. Rowena Elliott, associate professor at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Nursing, assumed the reins as president of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) during the organization’s 42nd annual National Symposium on March 29 in Boston, Mass.

There are inquisitive kids … and then there are youngsters like Peyton Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who take curiosity to a different level.

 

Robertson, a third-grader at Pine Crest School and an avid golfer, kept noticing that his tee shots went farther on warm days than on cold ones. And that led to his idea for a device that golfers could use to keep their golf balls warm in cold weather.

Bobby Sanford of University of Southern Mississippi Dining Services scoops up crawfish to serve students, faculty, staff and other visitors to the Hattiesburg campus on Friday, May 6 during the annual Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC) Crawfish Fest. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale).

With limited resources for advertising and promotion, the United Way of Southeast Mississippi is always looking for creative ways to raise awareness and gift-giving.

 

To assist in that endeavor, students in Dr. Jamye Foster’s creative marketing at The University of Southern Mississippi presented some innovative strategies to United Way representative Ashley Grant as part of a spring semester project.

Dr. Jennifer Walker, assistant professor of biology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been named the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award given by the university’s College of Science and Technology.

Michael Carroll, assistant professor in the department of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, received the Young Professional Award from the Sport and Recreation Law Association (SRLA) during its annual conference in Savannah, Ga.

Children’s Center Has Busy Month of April Planned

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi has a series of fundraising activities scheduled in April.

On Thursday, April 7, children will bring their tricycles and other riding toys to school for the annual Trike-A-Thon fundraiser. Participants are sponsored by donating $10, $20 or more and all proceeds will benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Barbara Ross, director of union and programs at The University of Southern Mississippi, was honored by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) with its Emeritus Award at its annual Community Builders Awards Ceremony, held March 1 in Chicago.

University of Southern Mississippi professor emeritus of history Dr. John D. W. Guice was named the 2011 Dunbar Rowland Award winner during the Mississippi Historical Society’s annual meeting in Jackson March 3-5.

Guice was honored for his lifelong contributions to the preservation, study and interpretation of Mississippi history. The award is named for Dunbar Rowland, the first director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.