October 25, 2014  

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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.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host summer semester 2014 registration and advisement for new and returning students Wednesday, May 21 from 2 – 6 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Betty Press, a University of Southern Mississippi photography professor in its Department of Art and Design, has been honored to be part of the last printed Silvershotz journal, featuring the work of 11 selected photographers across the country from members of (WIPI) Women in Photography International.

Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center (CSJFTC) has signed an agreement with the University of Southern Mississippi, formalizing an accord that will bring together the two major South Mississippi entities to address military transportation, logistics, and freight-based economic development innovations across the Gulf South.

The Industry Advisory Board of the Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS) met on April 30-May 1 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) to implement the research program for 2014.

 

Dr. Frances Lucas, vice president for the Gulf Park campus at The University of Southern Mississippi, was named 2014 Woman of the Year in the Education category by the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women at the organization’s annual spring luncheon, held May 6 in Jackson.

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.

Three graduate students from The University of Southern Mississippi have completed extensive training through the  Institute for Disability Studies’ Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities (LEND) program.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast employees who previously worked in the Administration Building on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach cut the ribbon to officially open the Administration Building Plaza Thursday, May 8. The Administration Building, which sustained major damage following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, was demolished allowing a new green space on campus. The space features the original footprint of the Administration Building’s foundation.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dale Center for the Study of War & Society will present the final War & Society Roundtable Discussion of the spring semester Tuesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Public Library.

Michael Sims believes his future is bright, and for that he credits The University of Southern Mississippi.

Rex Moak, 53, of Moss Point, and a graduate student at The University of Southern Mississippi, died suddenly in March of 2013 while working toward his dream of achieving a doctorate in higher education administration. But his dream did not end there.

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.

Marketing and Merchandising students at The University of Southern Mississippi enjoyed some hands-on retail experience during the annual “Passion for Fashion” event held April 7-11 on the Hattiesburg campus.

INCONTROL Simulation Solutions and The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi are proud to announce the first high school deployment of SportEvac at Menomonee Falls High School in Menomonee Falls, Wis.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi recognized its top students at its annual awards banquet Wednesday, April 23.

After 30 years of teaching at The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. James Pat Smith, professor of history, will attend his final Commencement ceremony as a full-time faculty member at the University. Smith has attended each Southern Miss Gulf Coast Commencement since they were held annually beginning in 1997.

Workers spray concrete onto the walls of the fountain that fronts the Lucas Administration Building at The University of Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, May 6. After many years of lying dormant, the fountain is undergoing a major renovation that is expected to be completed by this fall. The fountain was originally constructed in 1972. (Photo by Danny Rawls)

When University of Southern Mississippi senior Nicholas Powers accepts his undergraduate diploma on Friday, May 9, he will be extending a family tradition that began more than 80 years ago.

 

Powers, a music major and Ocean Springs, Miss., native, will become a fourth-generation Southern Miss graduate during the 2014 Spring Commencement ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus. The legacy began with his maternal great-grandmother, Lorene Rayburn (1932); continued with his maternal grandmother, Barbara Ann Conner, (1955) and followed with his father, Terrell Wayne Powers (1988).

University of Southern Mississippi broadcast journalism students took home the lion’s share of awards at the latest Associated Press college competition in a variety of categories among the TV and Radio divisions.

The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce a symbolic new initiative honoring our graduating Veterans and military students. 

 

Red, white and blue honor cords will be made available to any graduating Veteran, Active Duty and National Guard/Reserve Component Service Member or Army/Air Force ROTC commissioned students who would like to wear them during the Spring Commencement ceremonies later this week.

Two University of Southern Mississippi students studying broadcast journalism have earned highly competitive fellowships from Raycom Media, Inc.

Seniors Emily DeVoe of Mobile, Ala. and Hillary Stepney of Hattiesburg bested the competition that included students from some of the top journalism schools in the country, including those at the Universities of Missouri and North Carolina. The fellowships included two for reporting and one for meteorology, and provide practical, hands-on experience in preparation for careers in the broadcast industry.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) concluded its current series of educational high school events and competitions on Wednesday, April 30, with its 7th annual SEP Statewide Business Plan Competition.

Saying he “looked forward to our future together,” Dr. Rodney Bennett was officially inaugurated as president of The University of Southern Mississippi Friday, May 2 on the Hattiesburg campus during a ceremony held at Bennett Auditorium. An inauguration ceremony was also held at Southern Miss Gulf Coast in Long Beach May 1.