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The Southern Miss Department of Athletics announced Thursday that local businessmen Jim and Thomas Duff have made a significant financial contribution and will have the school’s Athletic Center named in their honor.

 

The building, which will now be called the Jim and Thomas Duff Athletic Center as recognition of the second largest gift ever given to the Southern Miss Athletics Department, was opened in the fall of 2002 and has been called simply the Athletic Center until now.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Friday, Aug. 24 for residents with and without disabilities in Yazoo and surrounding counties.

Three Pine Belt area transfer students have received full scholarships to The University of Southern Mississippi through the University’s Jubilee Scholarship Program.

 

Sarah “Katie” Folkes is a recent graduate of Jones County Junior College; Jaci Aymond earned her two-year degree from Pearl River Community College, while Hayley Moreland graduated from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Next year, the Mannoni Performing Arts Center will reopen after a brief hiatus following renovation work. To celebrate the refreshed hall, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music plans a show on an epic scale and a first for Hattiesburg – Stephen Sondheim’s chilling, Tony Award–winning musical, Sweeney Todd. Performances will be Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013.

To be completely prepared for the 2012-13 academic year, Ashley Cangelosi, the manager of Transition Programs in the Office of the First Year Experience (FYE) at The University of Southern Mississippi, offers important advice for incoming freshmen.

Seatrout Population Enhancement Cooperative, a partnership among the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Mississippi since 2005, will release thousands of spotted seatrout fingerlings into the waters of Saint Louis Bay the week of Aug. 13-17 at Cedar Point Boat Launch, Bay St. Louis, Miss. and Merlin Necaise Boat Launch on the Wolf River.

The Division of Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received a $15,000 scholarship endowment from Comcast to benefit students within the division’s various departments/programs.

 

Mike Davenport, center, director of operations at Comcast presented the check to Dr. Joe Paul, right, vice president for Student Affairs and Dr. Eddie Holloway, dean of students.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Friday, Aug. 17 for residents with and without disabilities in Washington and surrounding counties.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host fall 2012 orientation for new undergraduate students at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the Fleming Education Center at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Registration and advisement for new undergraduate and new graduate students will be held from 2-6 p.m.

Ryan Hensarling, a doctoral student in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been accepted to attend the 14th Annual National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering Aug. 12-25 in Argonne, Ill., and Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Economic and Workforce Development is offering the True South Economic Development Course Sept. 17-20 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Lab, led by Director Dr. Stan Kuczaj, has emerged as one of world's leading authorities on dolphin behavior.

The renowned Dore Program learning system, with an office already in Jackson, Miss., has now expanded to Hattiesburg by opening a new branch inside the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

IDS Co-Director Dr. Jane Siders said the partnership with Dore provides an opportunity for Southern Miss to be involved in ground-level research of a treatment procedure that shows tremendous success internationally.

The University of Southern Mississippi Technology Learning Center (TLC) honored the team members, coaches and supporters of the 2011-2012 TLC Golden Eagles wheelchair basketball team at a celebration ceremony held July 27 at the TLC facility on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Dr. Mike Forster, dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as one of the top 100 Awesome Deans of Public Health by the online publication MPHProgramsList.com.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries will host the free webinar, “Proposal Writing Basics,” for nonprofit groups looking for guidance on how to write grant proposals on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 12 – 1 p.m. in room 213 of the Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently participated in the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center College and Career Festival held on the Hattiesburg area base. 

The event is designed to assist transitioning soldiers, veterans, civilian employees and family members with career employment and educational opportunities. 

The University of Southern Mississippi will host a free screening of a new documentary film called “Green Fire,” which features the life and work of legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold on Sunday, July 29.

A fun walk, fitness demonstrations and free health screenings will highlight the 2012 Hattiesburg Regional Health Fair set for Friday, July 27 at the Payne Center on The University of Southern Mississippi campus.

Chad Driskell, executive assistant to the president at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Area Development Partnership’s Board of Directors created when former Southern Miss President Martha Saunders stepped down in June.

The University of Southern Mississippi has joined more than 640 institutions of higher learning from across the country on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, July 28 for residents with and without disabilities in Clay and surrounding counties.

Preliminary construction work has begun on Scianna Hall, future home of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

A temporary fence has been erected to encircle the project area, formerly known as Loyalty Field.

University of Southern Mississippi student Courtney Smith and Mississippi State University student Clifford P. Hutt have been selected to participate in the highly competitive John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. They were nominated for the program through the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC).