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The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that a new three-year grant in excess of $1M will allow the university to offer an accelerated program for veterans with training as medics in the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, or as U.S. Navy corpsmen to earn their bachelor of science degree in nursing.

Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi have joined forces to create high performance head protection materials, by combining the efforts of the School of Human Performance and Recreation and the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

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.

Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will begin work in Hattiesburg on Aug. 1, pending IHL Board approval.

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.

Dianne Coleman, assistant to College of Health Dean Dr. Michael Forster for recruitment and special projects, was nominated for the Mississippi Organ Donor Recovery Agency’s (MORA) Donation Advocate Spero Award. The inaugural Spero Award Ceremony was held July 10 in Jackson, Miss.

Melissa Ziegler, instructor in the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named a Fellow by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA).
A kinesiotherapy instructor, Ziegler also serves as executive director of the American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKTA), a national non-profit organization based in Hattiesburg.

Miriam Cabana, a former laboratory coordinator with The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing, died Friday, June 20. She was 67.

 

Dr. Maureen K. Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA), a national organization that certifies dyslexia therapists and practitioners.

Senior nutrition students at The University of Southern Mississippi recently applied what they learned from shelves of books to help individuals served through shelves of a community food pantry.

The management and owners of Half Shell Oyster House in Hattiesburg are making a habit out of helping The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. On Wednesday, June 25, Half Shell will donate, for the second time, 10 percent of its gross receipts from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. to the Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi held a welcoming reception for the inaugural class of the new master of education degree in dyslexia therapy on Monday, June 2, prior to the start of the group’s first in-person class. This is the first program of its kind in the State of Mississippi offered by a public institution.

 

A collaboration between the DuBard School for Language Disorders in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences in the College of Health and the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education in the College of Education and Psychology, this degree program will prepare graduates to become dyslexia therapists licensed by the Mississippi Department of Education.

 

A prominent University of Southern Mississippi alumnus brings his experience and expertise gained in the world of business as one of the newest members of the Mississippi State Board of Health.

 

Edward J. “Ed” Langton (’70), CEO and Chairman of the Board of Grand Bank in Hattiesburg, was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to the State Board of Health March 4 and was sworn in at its April meeting.

Exams do not always involve No.2 pencils and scantrons, a lesson quickly learned by students enrolled in the School of Human Performance and Recreation’s self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba) course at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Each year, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Recreational Sports honors outstanding student staff members and graduating seniors at the Student Staff Appreciation and Awards night. Southern Miss Rec Sports held the 2014 awards night at the end of the spring semester at the Payne Center.

 

The Downtown Hattiesburg Farmers Market honored The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work for its role in founding the market, with a plaque presented during Earth Day celebrations held April 24 at Town Square Park.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett handed out “diplomas” to 25 youngsters during a special 40th anniversary graduation ceremony at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development on Friday, May 16.

 

A total of 27 children comprised the 2014 graduating class at The Children’s Center. Those attending the ceremony included Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant. Following the ceremony, the Center held an open house to celebrate 40 years of service to Southern Miss and the surrounding area.

Graduation festivities at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will carry special significance this spring as the Center celebrates its 40th commencement service on Friday, May 16.

Dr. Tim Rehner has been selected to represent The University of Southern Mississippi as Grand Marshal during graduation on Friday, May 9 at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is accepting applications for admission into the spring 2015 class for the baccalaureate of nursing degree program. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2014.

Karolyne Rehner, a therapeutic recreation senior in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation, was inducted into the Center for Community and Civic Engagement Student Hall of Fame at the center’s Annual Awards Ceremony on April 22, 2014.
 

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree poses with seniors in the Medical Laboratory Science program at Southern Miss after proclaiming April 20-26 as National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week in the city.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Health, in conjunction with Hattiesburg Clinic, will present a Spring Health Forum from noon-3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Therapeutic recreation practitioners, students and educators from five states and six universities converged for a workshop recently co-hosted by the therapeutic recreation programs of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation and The University of South Alabama. More than 170 attended the event titled, “The Gulf Coast Coming Together for Therapeutic Recreation,” held at the C.E. Roy Community Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.