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Sixteen high school students from across Mississippi spent the week of June 15-20 at The University of Southern Mississippi learning how to be journalists as part of the Remembering “Freedom Summer” Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recently welcomed Lauren Richards as the organization’s new manager of programs.

 

Richards, a Ridgeland, Miss., native, earned a degree in elementary education from Southern Miss in 2011.

University of Southern Mississippi student Wilton Jackson received a special surprise recently with a resolution from the Mississippi House of Representatives honoring his scholastic achievements and internship as a USA Today correspondent.

A classroom full of energy and excitement is a rarity during the hot summer months when students would prefer to be sleeping in or out on the beach. Yet, for the past two weeks, 22 student interns with the Mississippi IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (Mississippi INBRE) have been eagerly attending training sessions before they begin work throughout the community.

The management and owners of Half Shell Oyster House in Hattiesburg are making a habit out of helping The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. On Wednesday, June 25, Half Shell will donate, for the second time, 10 percent of its gross receipts from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. to the Center.

Leaders with a vested interest in the economic potential of maritime industries and marine technologies along the northern Gulf Coast gathered on Thursday, June 5 for the 2014 Marine Technologies Economic Forum hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi on its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

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

The University of Southern Mississippi’s plan to build a new pedestrian pathway on the Hattiesburg campus received a major boost on Wednesday, June 4 when Southern District Highway Commissioner Tom King presented a check for $683,560 to the University.

 

Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett accepted the check provided by the Mississippi Department of Transportation as part of a grant which originated through Transportation Alternative Program funds distributed by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. The grant is an 80/20 match – meaning that MDOT contributes $683,560 toward construction of the new pathway, while Southern Miss pays approximately $171,000.

The University of Southern Mississippi held a welcoming reception for the inaugural class of the new master of education degree in dyslexia therapy on Monday, June 2, prior to the start of the group’s first in-person class. This is the first program of its kind in the State of Mississippi offered by a public institution.

 

A collaboration between the DuBard School for Language Disorders in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences in the College of Health and the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education in the College of Education and Psychology, this degree program will prepare graduates to become dyslexia therapists licensed by the Mississippi Department of Education.

 

After more than 20 years of service to the Institute of Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi – including the past six as executive director – Dr. Royal P. Walker Jr., has announced he is retiring, effective May 30.

A prominent University of Southern Mississippi alumnus brings his experience and expertise gained in the world of business as one of the newest members of the Mississippi State Board of Health.

 

Edward J. “Ed” Langton (’70), CEO and Chairman of the Board of Grand Bank in Hattiesburg, was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to the State Board of Health March 4 and was sworn in at its April meeting.

Dr. Royal P. Walker Jr., executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that recommends disability policy to the Administration, Congress and other federal agencies.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) at The University of Southern Mississippi, along with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR), will be releasing approximately 5,000 juvenile spotted seatrout this week, which have been reared in ponds at the Lyman Fish Hatchery.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies will conduct autism screening for children ages 5 years and under in Tupelo from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on May 29 at the Lee County Library at 219 North Madison St. An April screening was canceled last month as a result of inclement weather.  

The Office of University Communications at The University of Southern Mississippi captured numerous awards during the annual College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) conference held May 19-20 in Tupelo, Miss.

 

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett handed out “diplomas” to 25 youngsters during a special 40th anniversary graduation ceremony at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development on Friday, May 16.

 

A total of 27 children comprised the 2014 graduating class at The Children’s Center. Those attending the ceremony included Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant. Following the ceremony, the Center held an open house to celebrate 40 years of service to Southern Miss and the surrounding area.

Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center (CSJFTC) has signed an agreement with the University of Southern Mississippi, formalizing an accord that will bring together the two major South Mississippi entities to address military transportation, logistics, and freight-based economic development innovations across the Gulf South.

Graduation festivities at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will carry special significance this spring as the Center celebrates its 40th commencement service on Friday, May 16.

Three graduate students from The University of Southern Mississippi have completed extensive training through the  Institute for Disability Studies’ Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities (LEND) program.

Rex Moak, 53, of Moss Point, and a graduate student at The University of Southern Mississippi, died suddenly in March of 2013 while working toward his dream of achieving a doctorate in higher education administration. But his dream did not end there.

Marketing and Merchandising students at The University of Southern Mississippi enjoyed some hands-on retail experience during the annual “Passion for Fashion” event held April 7-11 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Workers spray concrete onto the walls of the fountain that fronts the Lucas Administration Building at The University of Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, May 6. After many years of lying dormant, the fountain is undergoing a major renovation that is expected to be completed by this fall. The fountain was originally constructed in 1972. (Photo by Danny Rawls)

When University of Southern Mississippi senior Nicholas Powers accepts his undergraduate diploma on Friday, May 9, he will be extending a family tradition that began more than 80 years ago.

 

Powers, a music major and Ocean Springs, Miss., native, will become a fourth-generation Southern Miss graduate during the 2014 Spring Commencement ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus. The legacy began with his maternal great-grandmother, Lorene Rayburn (1932); continued with his maternal grandmother, Barbara Ann Conner, (1955) and followed with his father, Terrell Wayne Powers (1988).

The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce a symbolic new initiative honoring our graduating Veterans and military students. 

 

Red, white and blue honor cords will be made available to any graduating Veteran, Active Duty and National Guard/Reserve Component Service Member or Army/Air Force ROTC commissioned students who would like to wear them during the Spring Commencement ceremonies later this week.