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The Mississippi Legislature’s authorization of $20 million in state bonds will help elevate a new nursing building at The University of Southern Mississippi from the planning stage to the construction phase.

 

Southern Miss will receive the funding this year which will expedite plans for the building – to be named Asbury Hall and built on the Hattiesburg campus. The official name has not yet been considered for approval by the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) Board. Tentative plans call for construction to begin in 2014.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, will give the Spring 2013 Commencement address Friday, May 10 in two ceremonies at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.  

The LSU Police Department, in conjunction with the LSU Athletic Department, received the Sport Event Security Aware, or SESA, certification from the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

A free seminar by a renowned scientist in the field of metagenomics is set for 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 22, in the Caylor Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The presentation will be the fifth in the Grimes Distinguished Lecturer Series.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a free fair housing workshop on Tuesday, Apr. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Warren Hood Building at 200 South President St. in Jackson, Miss.

Dr. John O. Dabiri, Engineering and Applied Science Director, Center for Bioinspired Wind Energy, California Institute of Technology, will present “Jellyfish-Inspired Engineering” Tuesday April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center. 

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today a comprehensive landscaping plan to restore the southern edge of the University’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by an EF-4 tornado on February 10. The USM Foundation also announced a campus beautification campaign to generate private funds to help address the cost of the plan.

 

The landscape of the campus was drastically altered by the tornado with the loss of 75 trees and debris scattered across the front of the campus.

Community health science students at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast reached out to the university community by hosting the health fair, “Are Your Loved Ones in the Zone?,” during National Public Health Week April 1-7.

Just over two months ago, the Hattiesburg area was devastated by a deadly F-4 tornado. The School of Music at Southern Miss faced considerable losses but experienced an overwhelming outpouring from the community and the world.

The University of Southern Mississippi Steel Pan Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band 1 will be joined by some of the biggest names in music for a special concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 19 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

No need to ask University of Southern Mississippi junior Brandon Hersey if he believes dreams will come true. The Hattiesburg native is living one now as a winner of the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

 

Hersey is the University’s third Truman Scholar and the first African American student at Southern Miss to receive the coveted prize. Marie Holowach Federer won in 2011 and Lance Brown, competing in his home state of Alabama, was the first recipient in 1999. Hersey is one of only 62 national finalists chosen for the award and the lone student representing a Mississippi university.

The Gulf Region Intelligent Transportation Society (GRITS) and the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) hosted the Spring 2013 Regional Workshop that focused on Weigh-in-Motion technology and Interagency Coordination. The workshop was sponsored by Temple, Inc. and Neel-Schaffer.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted a training session for 14 individuals from China on March 23-25 in New York City. 

Founders’ Day on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus April 1 was a celebration of the institution’s past, its future and the people who have made it what it is today.

 

It was also the first day of the presidency of Dr. Rodney Bennett, the University’s 10th executive officer.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a free, fair housing workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center at 220 West Front St. in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast celebrated the completion of the historic restoration of Hardy Hall and Lloyd Hall with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 30 during the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received a vital financial boost from the Mississippi Legislature in the form of a general support bill that includes funds for renovation and repairs related to the Feb. 10 tornado that struck the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett began his first day (April 1) on the job speaking with members of local media and meeting with his executive cabinet this morning. Later he participated in the Founders’ Day activities as the university celebrated its 103rd anniversary.

 

“What a wonderful day to recognize the outstanding achievements of our students, faculty and staff and the founding of our university,” he said. “Today is also my first day and I cannot be more thrilled to make that statement. I look forward to a long tenure here.”

He’s enjoyed success and weathered storms - literal and figurative - in the last several months as interim president of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Now Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas will return to his roles as President Emeritus and professor of higher education as the University prepares for a new era of leadership under Dr. Rodney Bennett, who begins as president of the institution April 1.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast celebrated the completion of two new buildings with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 28 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Service to the community is an important component of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies’ TRIAD Service AmeriCorps project.

 

Project participants, who are Hattiesburg-area youth and young adults with developmental disabilities, routinely provide services to community organizations. But there was nothing routine about their service work on Feb. 13 and 14 just a few days after an F-4 tornado hit the Hattiesburg campus.

When GE Aviation announced its selection of Ellisville, Miss., for a new aircraft engine composite parts production facility, the Mississippi Polymer Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi and Jones County Junior College partnered to support the prestigious company’s hiring and workforce development needs.

With a $1 million gift commitment from Joe and Kathy Sanderson of Laurel, Miss., The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s College of Nursing Building Campaign has exceeded the $5 million mark on the way to reaching its $8 million goal.

Thomas Brown, President of Magnolia State Bank, has generously decided to purchase 1,000 student tickets for the Southern Miss NIT quarterfinal contest Wednesday night against BYU. Game time is set for 7 p.m., at Reed Green Coliseum.