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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)

Mississippi Sen. Chris McDaniel came away impressed following his initial visit to the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Office of University Communications will move from its location in College Hall to the first floor on the east side of Bond Hall Monday-Tuesday, July 11-12. As a result, University Communications staff may be difficult to reach by office or phone for a short time during the move. Thank you for your patience as we make this transition.

The University of Southern Mississippi Katrina Research Center invites the community to a reception honoring Edgewater Cleaners for their support of two quilts made from volunteers’ t-shirts following Hurricane Katrina. The reception and quilt display will be held Friday, June 24, at 2 p.m. at Edgewater Cleaners, located at 2575 Pass Road in Biloxi.

Brett Favre stood on the sidelines at M.M. Roberts Stadium Tuesday morning looking every bit as fit and energetic as the NFL quarterback who carved out a Hall of Fame career.

 

Could he still play? “I can still throw the ball as well as I ever have. No question about that,” said Favre as he gazed out at the youngsters assembled for his inaugural 7-on-7 football camp on The University of Southern Mississippi campus.

Each summer students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi learn about different countries. On Monday, June 13 Father Tommy Conway, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hattiesburg, described life in his home country of Ireland.

 

Conway explained the type of currency used in Ireland, most popular foods and other ways in which that country differs from the United States.

Mississippi Court of Appeals Justice Virginia Carlton urged delegates to the 64th annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, held this week on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus, to embrace their goals and let nothing stand in their way to achieve them.

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has honored The University of Southern Mississippi with a Silver Anvil Award, signifying the highest level of achievement in public relations practices.

Fun-learning in both the field and lab is what makes summer camp at Southern Miss’ Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) equivalent to an educational vacation.

 

“We are expanding our educational offerings in an attempt to reach as broad an audience as possible,” said Chris Snyder, director of GCRL’s Marine Education Center. “We’ve introduced two new programs, Explore a Seashore for adults and Shark Fest for teenagers, in addition to our continued offering of Sea Camp for the younger children.”

FestivalSouth kicks into high gear this weekend with a full-slate of activities set for Saturday, June 11 in downtown Hattiesburg and The University of Southern Mississippi campus.

Students who enjoy the television drama “CSI” will want to participate in the hands-on experience provided by two University of Southern Mississippi forensic files camps set for later this month.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, June 25 for residents with and without disabilities in Forrest and surrounding counties.

The Southern Mississippi Area Health Education Center will host the annual “Coastal MP3C Cancer Control Conference: Understanding Cancer along the Mississippi Gulf Coast” from 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23.

The free conference is open to the public and will be held in the Fleming Education Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

Rising high school seniors from across Mississippi have converged on The University of Southern Mississippi campus as part of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State convention.

 

The 64th edition of Girls State will run from June 4-11 on the heels of Boys State which just concluded at Southern Miss. Girls State is designed to teach young women about the intracacies of state and local governance, including how judicial branches operate; the finer points of campaigning for elected office and how to craft and promote legislation in the simulated state of "Magnolia."

Seventeen Mississippi high school students are spending June 5-10 on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi as part of the High School Journalism Workshop.

Rising seniors at Madison Central High School attending the 72nd annual American Legion Boys State, held this week at The University of Southern Mississippi include, top row, left to right: Blake Breedlove; Evan Chancellor; Sam Martin; Shane Waller; and Zachary Smith; bottom row, left to right: Rod Bridges; Mike Jacobson; Hugh Warren; Austin Baney; Phillips King; and Kyle Moore.

Representatives from the End Zone restaurant in Hattiesburg presented a check for $3,570 to the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, June 2. The proceeds came from the End Zone’s annual golf tournament.

Chad Boudreaux, right, made the presentation to Wes Brooks, development coordinator at the DuBard School.

For more information about the DuBard School, call 601.266.5223 or visit http://www.usm.edu/dubard/

The University of Southern Mississippi will continue for another week hosting rising high school seniors from across the state for a special week of programs focusing on the political process when the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State comes to campus June 4-11.