January 31, 2015  

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The first floor residents of Luckyday Citizenship Hall on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus were named “Best Residential Community” by the National Association of College and University Residence Hall (NACURH) for November, 2014.

Multiple staff members at The University of Southern Mississippi have received recognition for their work in the field of public relations from the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

Dahlia Amato, a second-year doctoral student at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a finalist for one of the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.

 

Amato, a native of Jakarta, Indonesia, is pursuing her doctorate in polymer science under the tutelage of Dr. Derek Patton. She is one of only 77 applicants chosen as finalists from approximately 1,200 applicants nationwide. Thirty fellowships will be awarded in March. Amato is the first Southern Miss student to become a Soros Fellowship finalist.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, in conjunction with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), has developed a national risk management training and assessment program for interscholastic athletics and after-school activities across the country.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Multicultural Programs and Services will give students an opportunity to learn more about African American history and culture in February through its Black History Month programs.

Last fall, The Department of Theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi was selected as a broadcast venue for Britain’s illustrious National Theatre.

On Jan. 27, Southern Miss, one of a few designated locations in the country specifically chosen and equipped to broadcast National Theatre Live’s productions, will open the 2015 season with DV8’s JOHN, followed by Treasure Island. Both productions will be held in Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Aquila, the University of Southern Mississippi digital repository containing scholarly works created by faculty, staff and students, recently logged its 200,000th download. With new projects in the works for 2015, the site shows no signs of slowing down.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) will host an evening with award-winning nature photographer Tom Ulrich at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in GCRL’s Caylor Auditorium.

As the United States and Cuba resume diplomatic relations after more than half a century, The University of Southern Mississippi offers a study abroad program on the Caribbean island nation May 9-24.

Economic trends and forecasts will take center stage during the Economic Outlook 2015 Forum set for Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Friday, Jan. 23, for any residents of Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

In March, members of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band will be traveling to Dublin, Ireland to participate in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In order to help defray costs for attendees, the students themselves have organized a 5k run and one mile fun run dubbed the Screamin’ Eagle Dash.

 

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature 60-plus original watercolor and mixed media art pieces of Rosemary Wells, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, at an exhibit in February.

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interracial and Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast will be held Monday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 a.m. in The Thad Cochran Center Ballroom on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The event is presented by the Mu Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

In keeping with its founding mission, The University of Southern Mississippi continues to distinguish itself in training teachers for the state, nation and world.

 

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards recently ranked Southern Miss sixth in the country in producing new National Board Certified Teachers in 2014. Initiated more than 25 years ago, National Board Certification gives teachers the opportunity to achieve standards beyond those required by the state in which they work. Other desired outcomes of the program are recognition and retention of high quality teachers and ongoing improvement in schools across the country.

 

Partnered with the 29th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Coastwide Celebration, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host “An Evening of Poetry and Jazz” Thursday, Jan. 15 from 6-9 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The Office of Student Activities at The University of Southern Mississippi has organized the inaugural Student Leadership Summit to teach students practical tips and tools to enhance their leadership skills.

Dr. Hank M. Bounds, Commissioner of Higher Education in Mississippi, has been named President of the University of Nebraska by the Nebraska Board of Regents following visits to the campus last month.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Wednesday, Jan. 21, for anyone in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

With the final touches almost in place, the University of Southern Mississippi will welcome students to Scott Hall on Friday, Jan. 9 as part of the new Century Park South residential complex.

 

Scott Hall follows the fall 2014 openings of Vann Hall and Luckyday Citizenship Hall in the magnificent Century Park South complex. Also known as Building A, Scott Hall will include the new Moffitt Health Center, scheduled to open later in the spring semester.

The Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the first roundtable discussion of the 2015 spring semester Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. Held each month at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, the event is free and open to the public. All events begin at 6 p.m. at the library.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Jan. 24, for residents with and without disabilities in Clay and surrounding counties.

Evan S. Dillard, president and chief executive officer of Forrest Health, will serve as grand marshal for the 30th annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo. The event is set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21 at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center on U.S. Highway 49 South in Hattiesburg.

In partnership with the 29th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Coastwide Celebration, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host an inaugural film festival with a screening of the documentary, “Aboveboard: Port of the Future.” The documentary, along with a panel discussion, will be held Thursday, Jan. 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.