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Youngsters at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development wasted no time delving into the large stack of books donated by the Library and Information Science Student Association at The University of Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Dr. Richard W. Meiring, assistant dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University recently visited The University of Southern Mississippi campus to speak with healthcare preprofessional students interested in veterinary medicine.

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Health Preprofessional Honor Society recently hosted a week-long book sale featuring the MedTutor program.

The School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi hosted its annual Social Work Colloquium on Friday, Nov. 16 in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. This year’s event titled, “New Directions in Trauma Treatment: Implications for Social Work Policy and Practice,” featured a number of regionally and nationally-known speakers.

 “Sports Nutrition: Playing a Winning Game” served as the topic of the 3rd Annual Department of Nutrition and Food Systems Seminar held earlier this month at The University of Southern Mississippi. 

More than 80 students, faculty and community members attended the annual seminar which featured elements of nutrition as it relates to various professions and current topics. This year’s seminar featured three sports dietitians -- Jamie Mascari, Rebecca Turner and Tavis Piattoly.

Dr. Katherine Nugent, dean of the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected president of the Southern Educational Board (SREB) Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing.

Before gaining the presidency, Nugent served as vice president and board member.

The organization’s focus is to serve as a proactive advocate for greater excellence and access to nursing education in the 16 SREB states and the District of Columbia.

University of Southern Mississippi Professor Amal Mitra is a particularly proud father these days after watching his daughter, Paromita Mitra, capture the Miss Mississippi USA crown on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Harrah’s Event Center in Tunica, Miss.

The Provost’s Office is asking Southern Miss students and faculty to assist in the Fall 2012 Textbook Survey that is now available on SOAR. Faculty and students will find separate surveys, which must be completed before midnight on Friday, Nov. 16 to be included in the final results.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work will sponsor its Fall Colloquium -- “New Directions in Trauma Treatment: Implications for Social Work Policy and Practice” on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Mary Frances Nettles, director of the National Food Service Management Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded Kansas State University’s 2012 College of Human Ecology Distinguished Research Award.

The momentum that has been building within the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi received a significant boost recently with accreditations granted/renewed for several programs.

Amy Radican-Wald, a 2002 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi Master of Public Health program in the Department of Community Health Sciences, was elected as the Mississippi delegate to the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Governing Council by the Mississippi Public Health Association (MPHA) during the association's annual conference in Philadelphia, Miss., last month.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. in the Thad Cochran Center ballrooms II and III on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus for Virginia Berry, 63, a member of the university’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty who died Monday, Oct. 15 at her home in Hattiesburg. A reception will follow.

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball team took time out from preseason workouts to make their annual visit to The Children’s Center for Communication and Development on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Dr. Rowena Elliott, associate professor in the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been inducted as a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing.

Adina Manning and Kristen Lockhart, both Master of Public Health students at The University of Southern Mississippi, were selected as top abstracts and awarded scholarships by the Mississippi Public Health Association (MPHA) in order to attend and present at the association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, Miss., last month.

Dr. Bill Holcomb will serve as the new director of Athletic Training Education Program in the School of Human Performance and Recreation in the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Virginia Berry, an assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, died Monday at her home in Hattiesburg. She was 63.

The University of Southern Mississippi‘s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems recently participated in the filming of a national video for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Mississippi Food Network in Jackson.

In recognition of 50 years of service, the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi invites everyone to celebrate this significant occasion at its 50th Anniversary Open House on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 3:30-6 p.m.

The College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring the Hospice Foundation of America’s “Artificial Nutrition and Hydration Program” on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 9-11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Trent Lott Center.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development, in conjunction with the Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach, will host a one-day conference “Exceptional Learners, Exceptional Instruction” on Nov. 9 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Food and Nutrition Systems participated in the first Mississippi Farm to School Week in collaboration with Stone County’s Child Nutrition Director Myra Rayburn.

Arlen Cooper, a student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a Jonas Scholar by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.