December 20, 2014  

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Physical education students, faculty and alumni from The University of Southern Mississippi received awards and recognitions at the Mississippi Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) 2014 Convention in Jackson, Miss. Nov. 6 -7.

Setting goals is one thing, but relentlessly pursuing and achieving them is another.

Susan Dobson, undergraduate coordinator and instructor in the Department of Public Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, proved hard work pays off in September when she completed her first Ironman triathlon in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently welcomed Jona Burton as coordinator of student life in the University’s Division of Student Affairs on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi, School of Social Work hosted its annual Fall Colloquium Friday, Nov. 14 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. This year’s event, “The USM School of Social Work Story,” celebrated the school’s 40-year history.

Two students from The University of Southern Mississippi have been hired by Edwards Street Fellowship Center, a Hattiesburg non-profit, as a result of a service learning course.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi and the Magnolia Business Alliance teamed up to provide an opportunity for budding businesswomen to learn more about how to grow their unique enterprises during a special forum held Dec. 2 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Endowments named for two retired University of Southern Mississippi faculty members honor their legacy of passion for their fields of study and helping their students succeed.

 

Named in honor of Dolly Loyd, an instructor in the Department of Marketing and Management from 1979 to 2004, the Dolly Loyd Marketing Scholarship Endowment will support a junior or senior majoring in marketing who holds a grade point average of 2.75 or better and demonstrates financial need. The Dr. Kenneth G. McCarty Endowed Scholarship in History, which is named in honor of Dr. Kenneth McCarty, a professor in the Department of History from 1960 to 1999, will support a student pursuing secondary teaching licensure in history/social studies.

In their latest report, The Four-Year Myth, Complete College America and its Alliance of States provides evidence to support the need for the Finish in Four campaign, launched recently by the Student Body Presidents of Mississippi’s eight public universities to encourage their fellow students to know their plans and graduate on time.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce it is partnering with Athletic Business, a resource for athletics, fitness and recreation professionals, to launch Gameday Security™, the only magazine devoted exclusively to safety and security at athletic venues on the professional, collegiate and high school levels, along with municipal recreation facilities and open-access endurance events.

“Military Advanced Education” (MAE) has awarded the University of Southern Mississippi the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. The Guide is published in the December issue of MAE and available online at www.mae-kmi.com.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance will feature the Repertory Dance Company as it performs its annual Studio 115 Dance Concert Dec. 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. The concert, an event showcasing junior and senior choreography projects, will be held in the Theatre and Dance Building in Studio 115 on the Hattiesburg campus. General admission is $5.

Just in time for the holiday break, a period when students typically apply for scholarships, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has launched an online program that provides incoming and current students an easier way to discover and apply for donor-funded scholarships.  

 

Created by Academic Works, the leading provider of scholarship management solutions for colleges, universities and foundations, the streamlined application process allows students to create a personal account and complete a general application.

Dr. Andrew Wiest doesn’t recall who the keynote speaker was at his college graduation. But the popular University of Southern Mississippi history professor, who will give the school’s fall 2014 commencement address, does remember his grandmother traveling from Kansas City, Mo. to see him receive his diploma.

The University of Southern Mississippi will usher in the holiday season with the annual “Lighting the Way of the Holidays” and “Songfest” celebrations in early December.

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive on Monday, Dec. 1, to examine all aspects of the University of Southern Mississippi Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief of Police Robert N. Hopkins announced today.

Students at The University of Southern Mississippi now have an opportunity to study geography abroad in Costa Rica in 2015.

 

Dr. David Harms Holt, associate professor of geography at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, will lead up to 24 students on a 17-day study abroad trip based at the Instituto Monteverde in Monteverde, Costa Rica May 9 – 25, 2015.  

For six years, graduate students and professors at The University of Southern Mississippi have worked hand-in-hand with the staff at DuBard School for Language Disorders to bring music education to students with language disorders.

The University of Southern Mississippi now offers a special course program that will appeal to individuals working for non-profit organizations. The Graduate Nonprofit Studies (NPS) Certificate is an interdisciplinary program appropriate for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who are currently employed in or wish to transition to the nonprofit sector and need additional or specialized training.

For the second time in the past three years, The University of Southern Mississippi has won the Donor Challenge sponsored by the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA). Chuck Stinson, director of marketing and media relations for MORA, presented a $500 donation and Donor Challenge trophy to Dianne Coleman, assistant to the dean in the College of Health, during a special ceremony held Friday, Nov. 21. College of Health ambassadors guided Southern Miss to the Donor Challenge win. The challenge is a form of college outreach that promotes the need for organ, eye and tissue donation. During the five-week challenge period, Southern Miss accounted for more donor designation than the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University combined. (Photo by Van Arnold, University Communications)

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation recently completed two special fundraising initiatives that resulted in gifts totaling more than $2.25 million toward the campaigns.

 

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a fundraising campaign that netted approximately $1.17 million. The Moffitt Health Center Campaign, launched to help provide a new student health services facility on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, raised approximately $1.08 million.

University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi will host an OpenCon 2014 satellite event for the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education and Open Data, Monday, Nov. 24 from 4-5 p.m. in Cook Library room 123 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Overall winners of the Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge at The University of Southern Mississippi included, from left, Ashley Edwards; Andrew Young; Thomas Kern; Kaitlin Horon; Gabriel Idakwo; and team advisor Dr. Chad Miller.  The students in the College of Business were members of "Team Creative Economy - Growing the Film Industry in Mississippi." The competition was held Nov. 17 at the Ogletree Alumni House. Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Economic Council, and the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) developed the Social Business Challenge and invited teams of students from the state’s public universities to compete in devising a creative solution and develop a business plan to address one of Mississippi’s biggest issues. "Team Creative Economy" will represent Southern Miss in the state competition at the State Capitol in Jackson next March. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Michael Mason and Kevin Smathers were honored as the 2014 Boardman Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi during the annual Honors Banquet held on Nov. 20 at the Thad Cochran Center.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design is hosting "Data Porn: Penetrating Information Design," a rich, visual display of the history of informaiton design that will be on display through Nov. 28 in the Learning Commons Gallery of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus. This exhibit is free and open to the public.