December 21, 2014  

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Hattiesburg, Miss., has been named one of the 10 Best College Towns, 2014 by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small to mid-sized cities.

On July 1, 2014, the Southern Mississippi Alumni Association installed its executive committee for the 2014-15 fiscal year, and on Aug. 15, 2014, during the organization’s annual board of director’s orientation, welcomed six appointed board members, who will serve a three-year term. Individuals include alumni who are accomplished leaders in their communities who demonstrate strong commitment to the betterment of the University.

Residence halls at The University of Southern Mississippi were bustling Friday, Aug. 15 as freshman students began moving in for the 2014 Fall Semester. The upcoming semester includes the opening of a new residential complex on the Hattiesburg campus – Century Park South. Two of the complex’s three buildings will be occupied immediately with the third building scheduled to open in January. Classes for the 2013-14 academic year begin on Wednesday, Aug. 20. (Photo by Kelly Dunn)

 

Recent gifts from South Mississippi Home Health Foundation included $400,000 to the Nursing Building Campaign at The University of Southern Mississippi, which helped push the private fundraising initiative above the $6 million mark.

 

The contribution to the USM Foundation in support of the campaign will be used for the creation of an endowment to assist with the maintenance and operations of the new building, which will be called Asbury Hall, and will also result in the naming of the facility’s lecture hall.

The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), located at the Technology Learning Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, was recently named a U.S. Paralympic Sports Club. This designation, only one of two in the state of Mississippi, allows IDS to train athletes as a way to qualify for various U.S. Paralympics events.

Keynote addresses by renowned experts and interactive breakout sessions will highlight the 18th Annual DuBard Symposium: “Dyslexia and Related Disorders” set for Sept. 17-18 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

As enthusiasm surrounding the upcoming Golden Eagle football season rises, the Southern Miss Alumni Association has announced four Eagle Landing Tailgate locations for fans as they travel to road games in 2014.

The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized with a prestigious Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company presents the award annually to honor partners who have achieved superior performance.

Members of OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USM, will embark on an action packed schedule, when the program opens its 23rd year, on Sept. 15.

 

Fall offerings include: 35 classes, 57 seminars, three field trips, and eight additional seminars offered in the University Series.

In an effort to increase higher education opportunities for students, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi have entered into a new concurrent enrollment agreement allowing students in select academic programs to seamlessly complete degrees from both institutions.

 

At a press conference held Monday at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, MGCCC President Mary S. Graham and Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing that students may apply for concurrent enrollment in designated academic programs.

Early Connections, a learning center operated as a joint effort between The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies and Lamar County Schools, is taking applications now for fall enrollment.

Early Connections serves children of all abilities between the ages of 24 months and kindergarten. Children are provided a wide variety of learning opportunities that foster the development of cognitive, language, motor and social development. Daily activities are provided to advance literacy, math, science, art, and music. 

As an illustration of its continued support for the nursing program at The University of Southern Mississippi, HMP Nursing Services Inc., of Hattiesburg recently made generous gift commitments totaling $125,000 to be used toward the University’s Nursing Building Campaign and to endow an academic scholarship.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host an opening reception for the new exhibit, “Coastal Fascination,” by photographer Mike Ramsey. The reception will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 4 – 6 p.m. in room 204 of the library.

The exhibit, which features photographs taken throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, will be displayed on all three floors of the library through September 15. Ramsey, whose career spanned 37 years in the newspaper industry, is a resident of Bay St. Louis.

Volunteer Mississippi awarded AmeriCorps State grants to 13 organizations across the state earlier this month, including a pair of programs at the University of Southern Mississippi. These grants will support more than 100 AmeriCorps members who will focus on academic engagement and financial literacy training in South Mississippi.

Generating $15,560,117 during fiscal year 2013-14, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation reports its second highest fundraising total in gifts and pledges received during a single fiscal year. This represents an 82 percent increase over the amount raised last year.

 

This year’s giving total is a testament to the loyalty and commitment of the alumni and friends of Southern Miss,” said Shannon Fleming, executive director of the USM Foundation.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Aug. 9, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi has received a donation of $11,065 from the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, which represents proceeds from the organization’s annual “Night in Italy” benefit dinner.

Workers continue in the final stage of construction on two of three new buildings within the Century Park South residential complex at The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus on Wednesday, July 23. Both residence halls will open at the start of the fall 2014 semester, offering 450 beds for students. The third building within the complex is set to open in January and will include the new student health facility, the Moffitt Health Center. (Photo by Marissa McGillis)

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Kristin Howard has been chosen to participate in the 2014 Leadership Academy class which honors rising stars in the accounting profession.

 

In response to student interest as well as meeting industry needs, the Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has updated its master’s degree program with the new name of Master of Science degree in human capital development.

 

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Aug. 2, for residents with and without disabilities in Clay and surrounding counties.

A unique exhibit, titled “Coastal Fascination,” by photographer Mike Ramsey is currently on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus library in Long Beach.

A total of 13 sports facilities will be recognized for their achievements in security as part of the 2014 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 8-10, in Indianapolis, Ind. More than 400 security professionals and 56 vendor exhibits are expected for the national conference.

The University of Southern Mississippi Panama Study Abroad Group – which included students focused on business, logistics and human capital development -- visited the offices of InfosGroup in the City of Knowledge in Panama recently.