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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.

Football helmets are under attack from more than just opposing players on the field. Every season environmental factors wear on a helmet, potentially compromising its ability to protect the player.

More than 150 students, parents, faculty and staff gathered for The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health annual student awards night, held April 1 at the Thad Cochran Center. Each school and department in the college awards its students for outstanding academic success and extracurricular activities.

Did you know that a landlord cannot “steer” a person to a particular apartment or listing? Did you know a landlord cannot refuse to rent to a family with kids? Did you know a service animal is not a pet?

 

All of the above questions are important ones to remember during April, which serves as National Fair Housing Month.

On April 21, 2011, a pre-dawn fire swept through the Johnson Natatorium at The University of Southern Mississippi. The flames and intense heat destroyed all SCUBA equipment, a week before students were to take their open water certification dives.

Three years later the SCUBA program, offered by the university’s School of Human Performance and Recreation, is back. Students are able to earn college credit for courses ranging from basic certification to specialties such as advanced diver and rescue diver. In some cases students may apply these skills to a future profession, such as marine biology or therapeutic recreation.

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.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for individuals interested in obtaining a master of education degree in dyslexia therapy. This will be the first program of its kind in the state of Mississippi offered by a public institution.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, in conjunction with Hattiesburg Clinic, will host the 2014 Spring Health Forum titled, “Hattiesburg ‘Midtown’: Health-Enhancing Economic and Community Development.” The event will be held Tuesday, April 15 from 12 - 3 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom II.

Allan Rowe, a graduate student in The School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi, and assistant professor Dr. Laura Richard will present on “The Need for Mental Health Services in Mississippi Public Schools” at the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Social Workers' annual conference.

Presenters will be joined by faculty and staff attending the conference, “All People Matter” in Biloxi, Miss. on March 26-28. In conjunction with the conference, the school will host its annual alumni reception.

The management and owners of Half Shell Oyster House in Hattiesburg are opening their hearts and wallets to support The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at the University of Southern Mississippi.