September 18, 2014  

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Members of OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USM, will embark on an action packed schedule, when the program opens its 23rd year, on Sept. 15.

 

Fall offerings include: 35 classes, 57 seminars, three field trips, and eight additional seminars offered in the University Series.

In an effort to increase higher education opportunities for students, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi have entered into a new concurrent enrollment agreement allowing students in select academic programs to seamlessly complete degrees from both institutions.

 

At a press conference held Monday at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, MGCCC President Mary S. Graham and Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing that students may apply for concurrent enrollment in designated academic programs.

Early Connections, a learning center operated as a joint effort between The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies and Lamar County Schools, is taking applications now for fall enrollment.

Early Connections serves children of all abilities between the ages of 24 months and kindergarten. Children are provided a wide variety of learning opportunities that foster the development of cognitive, language, motor and social development. Daily activities are provided to advance literacy, math, science, art, and music. 

As an illustration of its continued support for the nursing program at The University of Southern Mississippi, HMP Nursing Services Inc., of Hattiesburg recently made generous gift commitments totaling $125,000 to be used toward the University’s Nursing Building Campaign and to endow an academic scholarship.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host an opening reception for the new exhibit, “Coastal Fascination,” by photographer Mike Ramsey. The reception will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 4 – 6 p.m. in room 204 of the library.

The exhibit, which features photographs taken throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, will be displayed on all three floors of the library through September 15. Ramsey, whose career spanned 37 years in the newspaper industry, is a resident of Bay St. Louis.

Volunteer Mississippi awarded AmeriCorps State grants to 13 organizations across the state earlier this month, including a pair of programs at the University of Southern Mississippi. These grants will support more than 100 AmeriCorps members who will focus on academic engagement and financial literacy training in South Mississippi.

Generating $15,560,117 during fiscal year 2013-14, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation reports its second highest fundraising total in gifts and pledges received during a single fiscal year. This represents an 82 percent increase over the amount raised last year.

 

This year’s giving total is a testament to the loyalty and commitment of the alumni and friends of Southern Miss,” said Shannon Fleming, executive director of the USM Foundation.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Aug. 9, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi has received a donation of $11,065 from the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, which represents proceeds from the organization’s annual “Night in Italy” benefit dinner.

Workers continue in the final stage of construction on two of three new buildings within the Century Park South residential complex at The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus on Wednesday, July 23. Both residence halls will open at the start of the fall 2014 semester, offering 450 beds for students. The third building within the complex is set to open in January and will include the new student health facility, the Moffitt Health Center. (Photo by Marissa McGillis)

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Kristin Howard has been chosen to participate in the 2014 Leadership Academy class which honors rising stars in the accounting profession.

 

In response to student interest as well as meeting industry needs, the Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has updated its master’s degree program with the new name of Master of Science degree in human capital development.

 

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Aug. 2, for residents with and without disabilities in Clay and surrounding counties.

A unique exhibit, titled “Coastal Fascination,” by photographer Mike Ramsey is currently on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus library in Long Beach.

A total of 13 sports facilities will be recognized for their achievements in security as part of the 2014 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 8-10, in Indianapolis, Ind. More than 400 security professionals and 56 vendor exhibits are expected for the national conference.

The University of Southern Mississippi Panama Study Abroad Group – which included students focused on business, logistics and human capital development -- visited the offices of InfosGroup in the City of Knowledge in Panama recently.

 

Police officers at The University of Southern Mississippi joined forces with other area law enforcement agencies for an active shooter training exercise on Wednesday, July 2 at Pulley Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Dr Pepper Snapple Group and national non-profit KaBOOM! Has awarded The Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi a $9,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant to use toward the purchase of an Imagination Playground in a Cart™ play system. 

Four outstanding public relations practitioners, including Gulfport leader, Shelia White, who recently retired as Director of University Communications for the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, will be inducted into the Southern Public Relations Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held in Starkville on July 25.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) at The University of Southern Mississippi became the new owners of the research vessel R/V Tom McIlwain during a ceremony held June 19 in Ocean Springs, Miss. The vessel was transferred to GCRL from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

As part of the Office of Sustainability’s Climate Action Plan, The University of Southern Mississippi is working toward climate neutrality -- a net zero carbon footprint by 2050. The goal is to have zero impact on the environment from campus operations.

 

Officials with the National Center for Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi are making final preparations for the 5th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 8-10 in Indianapolis, Ind.

The University of Southern Mississippi and the City of Hattiesburg earned a No. 24 ranking in a recent list of the “50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S.” as chosen by GreatValueColleges.Net. Southern Miss was the only Mississippi college or university to make the list.

Aaron Broussard, left, student service coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus, joins Evelyn Diann Spratlin as she places a memorial brick honoring her son, Robert Louis Avery, Jr., during a Golden Eagle Memorial Service in his honor on Friday, June 20. A Sport Coaching major, Avery died last November 28 in a car accident.

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Judy Day Isbell