February 27, 2015  

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Food, friendship and enthusiasm for a great cause are the bedrock of the partnership born in 2011 between Newk’s Cafe and The Children’s Center for Communication at Development at Southern Miss. Newk’s, and general manager David Cullop, a Children's Center alumni dad, has turned the third Thursdays of each month at his Newk's restaurant into “Third Thursday for The Children’s Center.”

War imagery and its influences will be the focus of a program hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.

The Mississippi Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at The University of Southern Mississippi recently traveled to Atlanta, Ga. to attend the annual Carlson Leadership Academy, sponsored by their national fraternity. During the conference, the chapter received its third Excelsior Cup in a row.

Dr. Bill Holcomb, associate professor and director of the Athletic Training Program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation has been selected to receive a 2015 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). Holcomb will receive his award in June at the NATA annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo.

The Eta Zeta chapter of Alpha Delta Pi at The University of Southern Mississippi travelled to Atlanta, Ga. recently to attend the District I District Leadership Conference. The District Leadership conference is a 3-day long officer training and leadership seminar held for each of the 6 Districts of Alpha Delta Pi at the beginning of each year.

University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Rodney D. Bennett and Dr. Steven G. Miller, interim vice president for the Gulf Park campus at Southern Miss, presented the Outstanding Staff Awards as well as the inaugural Students’ Choice Award at the 2015 Employee Appreciation Luncheon held Feb. 12 in the Hardy Hall ballroom.

University of Southern Mississippi researchers and Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg have established a collaborative research effort focused on Staph infection. From left, microbiology students Justin Batte of Laurel, Miss. and  Dhritiman Samanta of West Bengal, India; Dr. Luis Marcos, director of Forrest General’s Infection Prevention Department; and Dr. Mohamed Elasri, professor of microbiology at Southern Miss meet to discuss the next stage of the project in Elasri’s laboratory on the Hattiesburg campus. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning appointed Mississippi University for Women President Jim Borsig as Commissioner of Higher Education at a meeting held earlier today in Jackson.

 

In a competitive application process, Jennifer Brannock, associate professor and curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a participant in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute (ALI).

The EF-4 tornado that struck the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus two years ago significantly changed the front landscape with the loss of more than 75 trees.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, announced Feb. 11 the winners of the 29th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year, a new writer and new illustrator are celebrated.

The 2015 awards ceremony will be held April 9 during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. The winners receive a gold medallion as well as an honorarium of $1,000.

She withstood the hostility of fellow students and others as one of the first African Americans to integrate then all-white University of Georgia in 1961. In doing so, Charlayne Hunter-Gault leaned on the protection of her “body armor,” her metaphor for the values instilled by her family and community that raised her.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular University Forum Lecture Series will continue throughout the Spring 2015 semester with an acclaimed array of speakers scheduled to offer insightful presentations.

 

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is featuring a new exhibit by artist Joy Jennings. “The Art of Joy Jennings,” which is currently on display, is a collection of her oil on canvas artwork.

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating the birthday of Charles Darwin with an array of Darwin Day festivities set for Friday Feb. 13 on the Hattiesburg campus. 

The Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus is hosting the second annual Krewe of Southern Miss Mardi Gras Ball on Friday, Feb. 13, from 7 until 11 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom, located on the university’s campus in Long Beach.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Feb. 21, for anyone in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at BancorpSouth at 100 Hardy Street in Hattiesburg. This workshop is co-sponsored by BancorpSouth. Light refreshments will be provided.

For decades, Dr. Joe Paul, Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, has inspired numerous student leaders to live by his mantra of encouragement to leave the institution “better than they found it.”

The Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi is accepting applications through March 18 for its Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR).

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Feb. 14, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Andrew Jackson Conference Room on the first floor of the Warren Hood Building at 200 South President Street in Jackson.

Runners, walkers and friends of The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will be “ready, set, go” on Saturday, Feb. 28 when The Children's Center Classic kicks off. 

The University of Southern Mississippi has partnered with the Republic of Panama in an initiative known as Panama Bilingue [Bilingual Panama], a project implemented by the president of Panama to ensure his citizens are bilingual in Spanish and English.

With antibiotic-resistant Staph infection becoming more prevalent – especially in the southeastern U.S. -- researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi and Forrest General Hospital embarked on a campaign to reduce the morbidity and mortality in those affected by Staph infections.

 

For the past decade, Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) and the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COHCH) at The University of Southern Mississippi have been sharing the stories of real people who have lived through some of the most dramatic moments in the nation’s history. Beginning Feb. 2, this special program will begin airing Monday-Friday at 12:30 p.m. on MPB Radio.