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Three University of Southern Mississippi employees have been selected for the Area Development Partnership’s prestigious Leadership Pinebelt program's Class of 2015.

The University of Southern Mississippi School Psychology Service Center will launch a new social skills development program this summer for children with autism spectrum disorder and their peers. The program begins June 2 to include sessions from 1-3 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for eight weeks.

In honor of Earth Day, Miss University of Southern Mississippi, Hannah Roberts visited Oak Grove Primary School in Lamar County on Wednesday, April 22, to conduct science experiments and read from the book “It’s Earth Day (Little Critter)”.

Limited space is available for 6-8th graders for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris 2015 Summer Science Camp set for June 14-27 at The University of Southern Mississippi. The camp is open to students across Mississippi and the application deadline is May 1.

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that occurred on April 20, 2010 not only triggered an unprecedented contamination of the northern Gulf of Mexico, but also yielded an unparalleled research effort to gauge the effects of the massive oil spill.

 

Five years after the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, scientists at The University of Southern Mississippi continue to lead the way in mapping and analyzing the oil spill’s effects on the Gulf waters’ fragile ecosystem.

The Marine Industries Science and Technology (MIST) Cluster program, managed by The University of Southern Mississippi, will host its second quarterly Small Business Summit on Monday, April 27, on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The summit will be held from 7:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center.

One of the best ways to learn is through experience. For university students, getting real-life experience alongside classroom education is a win-win combination. That’s exactly what four graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi are getting at the DuBard School for Language Disorders.

 

Emily Murray from Mandeville, LA, Olivia Ryals from Columbia, MS, Sheridan McClendon from Greenville, MS and Christi Carrier from Niceville, FL are currently working on their master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Southern Miss and work part time at the DuBard School as graduate assistants.

When Hattiesburg Rotary contacted the Southern Miss Children’s Center’s then-director, Margaret Buttross Brinegar, to tell her Rotary had chosen the Center as Rotary’s 2005 beneficiary, Brinegar’s response, after “Thank you,” was, “What do we need to do to help?”  The generosity of Hattiesburg Rotary, and the spirit of partnership between Rotary and The Children’s Center, has been a tradition every year since that first conversation.

Dr. Joseph S. Paul has worked at The University of Southern Mississippi for more than 40 years, spending the last 21 as vice president for Student Affairs. In February, Paul announced his retirement from the vice president’s position, effective June 30, 2015.

 

In celebration of his service to Southern Miss, the Southern Miss Alumni Association will host a Retirement Roast in his honor on Friday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom, located on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association has announced that festivities for Homecoming 2015 will occur on Saturday, Oct. 17, when the Golden Eagle football team battles Conference-USA rival University of Texas at San Antonio at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

In a follow-up to last season’s smash hit musical, Rent, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will present the exhilarating rock musical Spring Awakening, adapted by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater from the original play by Frank Wedekind.

 

The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome Dr. Jeffrey Grey, an international expert on military history, as the featured speaker for the Annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series on Monday, April 13.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is hosting various events throughout the week of April 12 in honor of National Library Week.

United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s Volunteer Hattiesburg will partner with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement to hold a community volunteer fair on Thursday, April 16 to provide an opportunity for the community of Hattiesburg and Southern Miss students to connect with local non-profit agencies and discover volunteer opportunities.

The largest construction project in The University of Southern Mississippi’s 105-year history culminated today (April 9) with the official ribbon-cutting of Century Park South – a new student housing complex on the University’s Hattiesburg campus.

 

A large group of Southern Miss faculty, staff, students, state officials and other friends of the University gathered on the grounds of Spirit Park to celebrate the $55.6 million project. Century Park South brings state-of-the art residence halls to Southern Miss, providing 954 beds for freshmen and other scholarship students.

Did you know a landlord cannot refuse to rent to a family with kids? Did you know a service animal is not a pet? Did you know that a landlord cannot “steer” a person to a particular apartment or listing?  

 

April is National Fair Housing Month and The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) recognizes that fair housing laws and practices should be highlighted in April as well as all other months of the year.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) are excited to offer a new Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Security Management.

Mississippians have always liked living and working in their home communities. Mississippians with disabilities are no exception. House Bill 836, adopted by the Mississippi House of Representatives and Senate on March 31, will provide new opportunities for people with disabilities to use their skills and strengths as part of the state’s workforce.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will host a 2015 Youth Health Equity Fellowship in conjunction with the Southeastern Health Equity Council. Lavonne D. Brown, a doctoral student in the School of Health Science at Jackson State University, has been selected as the participating fellow.

 

Brown will participate in research on the healthy food initiative from May through August. Her work includes the development of a regional food resource directory and preparation of communication strategies to increase the awareness of health equity issues.

The University of Southern Mississippi will pay special tribute to its graduate students with a variety of activities tied to Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 6-10 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) will host a seminar series, Deepwater Horizon:  A scientist’s perspective,” which will begin on April 20, the fifth anniversary of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Department of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi has selected Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson, distinguished professor in marine science at the University of South Carolina, as the 2015 Denis and Jean Wiesenburg Distinguished Lecturer in Ocean Science. As the distinguished lecturer, Benitez-Nelson will give two presentations focused on the marine environment.

The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated Founders’ Day 2015 on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses with the awarding of service pins, recognition of academic achievement among students and the installation of Student Government Association officers.

 

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Southern Miss gathered on Monday, March 30 to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the University’s legislative founding.

The University of Southern Mississippi, which is focused on creating a caring and civil community for all, will host Civility Week March 31 – April 2 on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The theme, “Uphold the Black and Gold,” will promote the university’s demonstration of respect for others and the true Golden Eagle values of students, faculty and staff.