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The University of Southern Mississippi’s African American Student Organization (AASO) will hold its first reunion August 30 – Sept. 1 in Hattiesburg with a variety of events designed to reconnect former students who were members of the organization.

Dr. Tom Lansford, academic dean and professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was editor for the “Political Handbook of the World 2013.”

The School of Construction at the University of Southern Mississippi, in collaboration with The Mississippi Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., will hold a Building Information Modeling Educational Seminar on Sept. 13 at the University’s Hattiesburg campus.

 

The Pride of Mississippi marching band at The University of Southern Mississippi has started a contest to allow fans to vote on the music for its Oct. 5 performance at the Golden Eagles’ home game against Florida International.

Every year, Hattiesburg’s music lovers anxiously await the announcement of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra season. This year’s season features special guests from classical celebrities to the Beach Boys.

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi football team took part in Go Gold Day during a visit to the DuBard School for Language Disorders on Thursday, Aug. 22.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students cross the bridge at Bear Creek on the first day of fall semester classes at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The completion of five major building projects allowed all classes to return to the Gulf Park campus since it was damaged by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

(Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

A new semester began Wednesday, August 21 at The University of Southern Mississippi, as freshmen became acquainted with their new home and returning students took the next step toward graduation.

 

Faculty, staff and students were positioned across the Hattiesburg campus to answer new students’ questions concerning directions and where their classes are located, while also providing information about student resources and the various campus organizations that match their interests.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a “Back-to-School Bash” from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Peck House/Asbury Annex, 3601 Pearl St. in Hattiesburg.

The social gathering is designed as a fall membership and business meeting for returning members and new, or prospective, members interested in learning more about the programs OLLI offers.

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will host a “9/11 Observance Reception” Wednesday, Sept. 11 to recognize and promote charitable services and other community outreach efforts that honor the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett challenged students gathered for Freshman Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 18 to complete the academic requirements necessary to earn their degrees in four years.

 

“It is my desire and hope that I will have the opportunity to shake your hands and hand each of you a degree from this fine institution in four years,” said Bennett to an enthusiastic turnout of approximately 1,200 students at Reed Green Coliseum. “You have been given an invaluable gift as a college student. It is your responsibility to make the most of your time here.”

Unseasonably cool weather and overcast skies greeted approximately 1,500 incoming freshmen as they moved into residence halls on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Friday, August 16 to begin the fall 2013 semester and the next chapter in their lives.

 

University employees and students, along with community members, welcomed the new students and their parents while also helping them move into their rooms in Century Park, Wilber Hall, Roberts Hall and Jones Hall.

Reflecting on the impact made by Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast eight years ago, the Katrina Research Center (KRC) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will present Patchwork and Tales: Two Women Reflect on Katrina. The Hurricane Katrina anniversary event will be held Thursday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the KRC, located on the third floor of the library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The online Master of Science for Logistics, Trade and Transportation at The University of Southern Mississippi has been approved by the American Society of Transportation & Logistics Board of Examiners as an approved Certified in Transportation and Logistics academic program.

The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation in Ruleville, Miss., recently received a generous donation of $9,000 from the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler.

Barnes & Noble, the official bookstore for The University of Southern Mississippi, has a new location on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The new 1,470-square-foot bookstore is now located in Hardy Hall and features a more expanded area for general university merchandise.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) recently held its Fall 2013 Industry Advisory Council Roundtable at the Trent Lott National Center on the Hattiesburg Campus.  

Keynote addresses by renowned experts and interactive breakout sessions will highlight the 17th Annual DuBard Symposium: Dyslexia and Related Disorders set for Sept. 18-19 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

To improve the standardization of sports safety and security training and background screening for traffic/parking attendants, gate security, ticket takers, ushers, guest services representatives, cleaning attendants, concession staff and retail associates, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi now offers a Certified Sport Venue Staff (CSVS) Certification.

In order to facilitate a smooth transition for new and returning students at The University of Southern Mississippi, the University Police Department will be blocking lots, closing streets, and directing traffic on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16-17. Hattiesburg motorists should be aware of congestion on West Fourth Street as residents return to Century Park.

University of Southern Mississippi officials are pleased with efforts to rebound from an EF-4 tornado that damaged buildings and landscaping on its Hattiesburg campus six months ago.

 

The storm roared through the Pine Belt Feb. 10 and struck the south side and main entrance of the university. Approximately 75 trees were destroyed and the front of the historic Ogletree House was severely damaged, along with some of the university’s fine arts facilities.

The completion of five major building projects on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach signifies the return of the beachfront campus since damage sustained from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

 

“We are delighted to announce that we have fully returned to the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus following the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina,” said Dr. Frances Lucas, Southern Miss Gulf Coast vice president and campus executive officer. “We worked hard to restore the original beauty of this campus, and update the classrooms for more stimulating student engagement."

The University of Southern Mississippi will host a State Employee Day as part of the weekly Farmers Market event from 3-6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will exhibit the work of local wood turner, Breck Whitworth, throughout August and September.