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As six winners from the Southern Miss Comcast Golf Classic get ready to take the green in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, Nov. 13, University of Southern Mississippi students are also reaping the rewards from another successful golf tournament.

Three faculty members in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism will discuss and sign their new book, “Race and News:  Critical Perspectives,” in Room 103 of the Trent Lott Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. The event is free and open to the public.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Office of University Communications received three professional awards at the 2011 Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) Awards Banquet in Point Clear, Ala.

The office includes Shelia White, director of university communications, Judy Isbell, director of web services, and Charmaine Schmermund, public relations associate.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Dr. MD Sarder, assistant professor and program coordinator in Industrial Engineering Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been selected as an Outstanding New Advisor Award winner in the faculty academic advising category from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) as part of the 2011 Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising.

A new helmet produced by the sporting goods company Rawlings – using technology developed in the laboratories of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials – is designed to minimize the impact of collisions on the gridiron.

 

The Rawlings Neuro Responsive Gear (NRG) helmet includes dual protection inside the helmet combining a layer of foam reinforced by pneumatic cushioning made of pressurized “air bladders” that takes over and absorbs the energy from high-velocity contact, protecting the athlete.

An expert panel of law enforcement and education officials brought together for a symposium sponsored by The University of Southern Mississippi agreed that bullying in schools could be quelled quicker through proactive measures.

University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Professor of Gifted Education Dr. Frances Karnes was honored for her service to the field of gifted education with a key to the city of Hattiesburg by Mayor Johnny DuPree during the Mississippi Association for Gifted conference, held last week in Hattiesburg.

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.