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The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a book talk and book signing with Betty Hancock Shaw, author of “Images of America: Gulfport,” on Wednesday, July 27, at 10 a.m. in room 204 of the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Dr. Terry Hazen, a leading authority on oil biodegradation will deliver a free seminar at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, in the Caylor Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL).

Milling and paving of streets on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus will begin Monday, July 11.

Fan violence at sporting events will be the focus of one of the panel discussions making up the schedule of events for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security’s (NCS4) National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition Aug. 2-4 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

Danielle Bishop, center, assistant curator for The University of Southern Mississippi’s de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, talks to a delegation of national librarians to the 2011 American Library Association (ALA) convention, held recently in New Orleans. The delegates took time out during the convention to visit the Hattiesburg campus and learn more about the collection’s holdings. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

University of Southern Mississippi international student Raul Anzola of Colombia, center, participates in a panel discussion about experiences studying abroad among international and American students at the Southern Miss International Center. The student conversations were part of a discussion coordinated by the Southern Miss Center for International Education to welcome IDP Education representatives from India, Cambodia, and Saudi Arabia on a recent visit to the Hattiesburg campus, where the international guests also enjoyed a luncheon and performance by the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra’s Cuban String Quartet. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Dong-Young LEE has an extra spring in his step, and for good reason. A visiting security scholar from South Korea at The University of Southern Mississippi's National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), Young is celebrating the news that Pyeongchang, South Korea was chosen as the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The founding director of the state’s Museum of Southern Jewish History will present at the opening reception for a University of Southern Mississippi exhibit spotlighting the work of an internationally acclaimed children’s literature author and illustrator.

Whitney Miller, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna from Poplarville, Miss. and winner of the first MasterChef title from season one of the Fox television show, autographs copies of her new cookbook, “Modern Hospitality” Tuesday at A Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) will hold its annual installation of its executive officers for 2011-2012 at noon Tuesday, July 12 at the Trent Lott Center.

Dane Reiter, former manager of The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association’s constituent relations, is the Association’s new associate director for internal operations. The Petal native and Southern Miss alum will oversee accounting, database management, human resources and office management functions of the Association.

Whitney Miller, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna and winner of the first MasterChef title from season one of the Fox television show, will see a dream come true Tuesday, July 5 with the national launch of her new cookbook “Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm”.

Melissa Morrow enjoyed her experience so much in the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Summer Field Program that she stayed for a second term.

 

“There’s a difference between learning something from a book and learning something in the field,” said Morrow, a senior majoring in marine biology at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. “It’s easy to memorize information from a book but that doesn’t half-way compare to working with the specimen itself. There’s also a thrill factor of being in the field.”

The role of social media in today’s society has taken on greater significance with the unprecedented explosion of networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

 

And the 2011 National Sport Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition will address this growing phenomenon with a panel discussion titled, “The Role of Social media in Understanding and Managing Spectator Sports Events.” The conference, hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, is set for Aug. 2-4 in New Orleans.

Excitement came in the form of new wheelchairs at the Technology Learning Center (TLC) on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Four new sportschairs -- the largest order received since Hurricane Katrina -- were delivered to the TLC by Harlon Matthews, a nationally ranked wheelchair athlete and representative for Eagle Sportschairs.

With more than 100,000 fans attending races on any given weekend, NASCAR President Mike Helton keeps safety and security at the forefront of his thoughts.

 

And that makes Helton the ideal expert to deliver one of the keynote addresses at the 2011 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for Aug. 2-4 in New Orleans. Helton is scheduled to deliver his speech on the conference’s opening day.

University of Southern Mississippi alums Kimberly Schramm and Tanya Powell were recognized recently as the Physical Therapy/Physical Therapist Assistant Team of the Year by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Schramm and Powell have worked together for six year at Petal Physical Therapy, a service of Hattiesburg Clinic.

Volunteers, members of the community and representatives of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast gathered at Edgewater Cleaners in Biloxi June 24 to recognize the business for its contribution to a special project honoring Hurricane Katrina volunteers for their service to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Margaret Buttross-Brinegar gave The University of Southern Mississippi more than 30 years of unfailing service. Along the way, she gave thousands of developmentally challenged children unwavering support and direction. And now she’s ready to give retirement a try.

 

Buttross-Brinegar, longtime director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at Southern Miss, is retiring at the end of this month noting that “the center and I am ready for a new chapter. This change just feels right.”

Students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi were treated to some Irish dance steps courtesy of the Kreisler family on Wednesday, June 22. Brian, Debbie and Erin Kreisler of Petal, Miss., mixed the dancing with music on the flute and drum for the students who have been studying about Ireland this summer.

Debbie Kreisler has been performing and teaching Irish dancing for approximately 15 years.

In partnership with the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and Mississippi Power, the University of Southern Mississippi will host the state’s introductory economic development course, “True South Basic Economic Development Course” Sept. 19-22 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Recent grants provided by NASA to The University of Southern Mississippi have not only enhanced research efforts but also helped strengthen the partnership between the space agency and the university.

While The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast hosted its spring commencement ceremony May 15, graduates Brian Alexander and Todd Avera continued enhancing their education nearly 5,000 miles away at one of the world’s most widely known film festivals.

Eve Elias, left, regional director for the American Heart Association, presents University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders with a plaque designating the university as a “Top A” fundraiser for last year’s Heart Walk. In conjunction with campus food services company Aramark, the university secured more than $15,000 in donations for the organization through the annual event. (Photo by Kelly Dunn)