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The University of Southern Mississippi will host the Gulf Coast Celebration of the Inauguration of Dr. Rodney D. Bennett as the tenth president of the university on Thursday, May 1, from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Hardy Hall ballroom on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Some 376 miles from the Gulf of Mexico sharks were spotted in downtown Memphis, Tenn. But not to worry, these sharks were preserved specimens taken to Memphis area elementary and middle schools as part of an outreach program by the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center (MEC).

The Office of Disability Accommodations at The University of Southern Mississippi presented awards of recognition to an outstanding instructor, staffer and student for exemplary service during the 2013-14 academic year.

 

Dr. Frances Lucas, Vice President of the The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, was inducted into the Roland Weeks Leadership Hall of Fame Class of 2013 on Wednesday, April 23 as one of 10 top community leaders.

Dr. Patricia Biesiot, left, interim dean for The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology, and Dr. Gregory A. Carter, interim associate dean for the Gulf Coast operations of the College of Science and Technology, were awarded the 2014 Dean’s Cup presented by the Office of the Academic Dean at Southern Miss Gulf Coast.

Receiving its first Dean’s Cup recognition, the College of Science and Technology was presented the award based on overall student grade point average, student retention from the previous year to the current year and the college’s graduation rate. The Dean’s Cup was presented at the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Awards Day Ceremony on April 10. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

In recognition of outstanding student achievement, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus hosted the 2014 Awards Day Ceremony in the Hardy Hall ballroom on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

~~After weeks of anticipation, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus student Stephanie McCracken was “shocked and honored” to receive official word from Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett that she was selected as a 2014 Truman Scholar. McCracken is the only recipient chosen from a Mississippi institution.

A veteran Gulf Coast law enforcement officer has been chosen to lead the police department at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Ben Dedwylder, who was the assistant superintendent of security at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, was promoted last week to lieutenant and head of the Gulf Coast division of University Police. He will manage operations at Gulf Park, Point Cadet and Cedar Point.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach has reached record enrollment in the number of students enrolled to earn their master’s degree. For the spring 2014 semester, a total of 361 graduate students are working to earn one of 11 master’s degrees available to students at the university’s Gulf Park campus.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, along with Dr. D. Jay and Beverly Grimes, will be hosting a free seminar by Dr. Bill Hogarth, director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) Tuesday, April 22 at 5 p.m. at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education. This will be the sixth presentation in the Grimes Distinguished Lecture Series.

After The University of Southern Mississippi Technology Learning Center (TLC) Golden Eagles wheelchair basketball team won the Gulf Coast Conference Championship for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA), the group headed to Louisville, Ky. to compete in the 2014 NWBA national championships where they finished the season 17th in the nation among more than 300 other Division III teams.

The second installment of the four-part seminar series, “Catch More Fish with Science,” will be held Thursday, April 17 at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL).

The Women’s and Gender Studies Student Organization at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus is giving a free performance of the play, “The Vagina Monologues,” Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Photographer Martin J. Dain was one of the few who photographed author William Faulkner at Rowan Oak, the writer’s home in Oxford. A selection of those images, compiled in the traveling exhibit, “Faulkner’s World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain,” are on display through May 2 at the Evelyn Gandy Cultural Center, located on the third floor of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate Homecoming 2014 on Nov. 8, when the football Golden Eagles take on Conference USA rival Marshall at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work, Department of Biological Sciences, and Center for Science and Mathematics Education will host a Science Careers and Research Encounters program for teachers, counselors, and ninth through twelfth students on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Lloyd Hall on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

University of Southern Mississippi student Bethany Cuevas of Long Beach won the title of Miss Mid-South this past January and will have the chance to compete for the title of Miss Mississippi this summer in Vicksburg.

Dr. Benjamin P. Horton, professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, will present “Is Sea-Level Rising?” on Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hardy Hall ballroom at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

University of Southern Mississippi students and employees, as well as representatives of the American Heart Association, celebrated National Walking Day and Public Health Week with a one-mile walk around the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Prior to the walk, the university was presented the Fit-Friendly designation from the American Heart Association. For receiving designation in the Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition Program, the American Heart Association recognized the university as an employer who champions the health of their employees by creating physical activity programs within the workplace. These programs and facilities, which are provided to both students and employees at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, include a fitness center, marked walking trail on campus, and a yoga class, among a variety of other programs. (Southern Miss University Communications photos by Charmaine Schmermund)

Dr. Frances Lucas, right, vice president for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, accepts the campus’s Fit-Friendly designation from Jessica Breazeale, heart walk director with the American Heart Association. For receiving designation in the Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition Program, the American Heart Association recognized the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach as an employer who champions the health of their employees by creating physical activity programs within the workplace. These programs and facilities, which are provided to both students and employees at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, include a fitness center, marked walking trail on campus, and a yoga class, among a variety of other programs. Presented on National Walking Day and during Public Health Week, the recognition presentation was followed by a one-mile walk around campus. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast College of Arts and Letters, Gulf Coast Libraries and Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society present “An Evening of Jazz and Poetry” Thursday, April 17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

“An Evening of Jazz and Poetry” is a free event and will feature local jazz trio, 11th Hour Trio, and poetry from Baton Rouge performance poet and teaching artist Donney Rose. For more information, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/jazz-poetry or call 228.214.3245.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus celebrated the university’s Founders’ Day with a reception honoring employees for continuous service of 10, 20, and 30 years to Southern Miss. In recognition of their service, honored employees received a commemorative pin from the university.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host a free African-American Genealogy workshop Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. in room 204 of the Gulf Coast Library, located on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

During National Walking Day and Public Health Week, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will be recognized by the American Heart Association for achieving Fit-Friendly status. This recognition will be presented Wednesday, April 2, at 11:45 a.m. under the Friendship Oak on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach followed by a one-mile walk around campus.