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The Forrest County Emergency Management Agency is advising local residents to be prepared for the potential impact of a severe weather system predicted to move through the Pine Belt and other parts of the state this afternoon. The Southern Miss Police Department urges students, faculty and staff to use caution today in making decisions about travel to and from the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Conditions associated with this weather system could include strong thunderstorms, heavy rains and high winds. Monitor local news via television, radio and internet for updates.

Vendors who want to be part of the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival now have until Feb. 15 to take advantage of the reduced registration rate of $25. After Feb. 15, the rate increases to $40 for the 10’ x 10’ space. The free event will be held Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.  

More than 100 high school students from across the state participated in the second annual Polymer Science High School Day Jan. 28 at The University of Southern Mississippi, hosted by its School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

As part of a community service project, representatives from the Hattiesburg Noonday Optimist Club delivered a basket of books to the Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi on Monday, Jan. 31.

Jennifer Ducksworth, president of the local Optimist Club, noted that the contribution followed the organization’s theme for 2011: “Bringing out the best in kids.”

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, Feb. 12 for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong Chamberlain and Raylawni Branch, the first African American students at The University of Southern Mississippi, reflected on their experiences and impact on the history of the university and civil rights movement last Thursday at University Forum.

What better place to observe, assess and brainstorm sports security preparedness than during the country’s grandest sporting event – the Super Bowl?

 

That’s exactly where Steve Miller and Hobbie Regan, both staffers at The National Center for Spectators Sports Safety and Security, (NCS4) will be when the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Feb. 6 in Arlington, Texas.

Effective Jan. 1, 2011 new federal legislation reduces the social security taxes withheld from employees from 6.2% to 4.2% for calendar year 2011.

Also, effective Dec. 31, 2010 The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (stimulus bill) which included “The Making Work Pay” tax credit ended.

Human Resources reminds all participants age 18 and older to complete the HealthQuotient health risk assessment after January 1, 2011 to be eligible for the wellness/preventive benefits. The Web site for the HealthQuotient is https://www.webmdhealth.com/Mississippi.

Those who do not have Internet access can call WebMD at 1.866.789.4594 to request a paper copy. The HQ must be completed each year prior to a wellness/preventive visit for participants to be eligible for these benefits.

Dr. Mike Forster, dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, characterizes the expanding population of aging Americans as “a tsunami we had better get ready to face.”

With a gift of $10,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, alumnus E.G. Warren has established the E.G. and Darlene Warren Scholarship Endowment.

Gulf Coast residents can experience a combination of film screenings, music and dance concerts as part of the Spring 2011 Gulf Coast Arts Series hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus.

University of Southern Mississippi English and theatre students will spend four days learning the ropes from an established American playwright as part of the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Playwrights’ Series Jan. 27-30.

Countertenor Darryl Taylor and pianist Brent McMunn will together be in concert in Hattiesburg on February 3, as part of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s Connoisseurs Chamber Music Series.

Vicki Killingsworth, a retired staff member of the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi was recognized with the 2010 Leadership in Advocacy Award by the Association of University Centers on Disability at its annual conference award gala in Washington, D.C.

A persistent cough and runny nose are just about as prevalent in late January as heavy coats and high electric bills.

 

At the Bedie Smith Clinic on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, physicians, nurses and support staff have seen a steady stream of patients suffering from cold and flu-like symptoms.

Centennial Celebration Fall 2010 Commencement graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi’s double major program in elementary education and special education were honored by the university’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education (CISE) in a ceremony prior to the fall commencement.

 

Department faculty and graduates pictured include, from left, Dr. David Daves, chairman of the department; graduates Becky Waldrup, Jennifer Roberts, Amanda Pennypacker and Jennifer Finley; and CISE professor Dr. Elizabeth Hillman.

Issues involving our aging population will be the centerpiece of two public forums sponsored this week by The University of Southern Mississippi College of Health.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, Feb. 5 for residents with and without disabilities in Pike and surrounding counties.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the McComb Public Library at 1022 Virginia Ave., in McComb, Miss.

Statistics compiled by the National Assessment of Educational Progress indicate that 45 percent of Mississippi fourth-grade students lack the basic reading skills necessary for academic success.

 

In many cases, dyslexia is the primary contributor to reading deficiency.

University of Southern Mississippi students who would like to study in London this summer while also earning academic credit are invited to a British Studies interest meeting Thursday, Jan. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the International Center, room 101.

An array of eclectic media will fill the walls of The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art for the inaugural exhibit of the New Year.

 

The opening reception for works by Hattiesburg photographer Lt. David Holland and sculptor/artist Claudia DeMonte begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 in the museum.