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The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi celebrates Black History not just in February, but also throughout the year in its faculty research, courses and internships, sponsored readings and performances and exhibits.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, March 7, for anyone in Pike and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

More than 91 companies were represented during The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2015 Spring Career Fair held Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi now serves as a Certiport Authorized Testing Center where students, faculty, and members of the community can earn professional certification in business software. Certiport offers certification in software programs such as Microsoft Office, MTA, IC3, Adobe, and QuickBooks.

The University of Southern Mississippi has added a valuable resource to its exploration and research efforts beneath the Gulf waters with the purchase of the “Point Sur” vessel from the San Jose State University Research Foundation.

How can students use prefixes and suffixes to learn vocabulary and increase comprehension? How can we teach them to analyze text to increase reading comprehension?

 

Answers to these questions and more will be provided at Missing Links in Academics, a two-day seminar offered March 24-25 from 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. at the DuBard School for Language Disorders on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

After introducing a fitness center and offering healthier food options at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, the university’s campus in Long Beach has now been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. This designation was awarded to the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus for providing opportunities for employees to live a healthier lifestyle.

Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health and professor of social work at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be a guest speaker at the 79th Annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meeting.

Dr. Tamara Hurst, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work, has been appointed to Gov. Phil Bryant’s task force on human trafficking.

Dr. Matthew Griffis, an assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), was recently awarded a 2015 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recently welcomed BayLee Long as the organization’s new manager of programs.

As The University of Southern Mississippi celebrates Black History month, Southern Miss Theatre opens its spring theatre season in Tatum Theatre with By The Way, Meet Vera Stark. Lynn Nottage, a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screenwriter, explores stereotypes and typecasting in her playful, sharp and poignant work.

 

 

 

From the hilarious musings of a beloved comedian to the wisdom of an oft-quoted civil rights heroine, the University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage’s rich collection of interviews with Magnolia State natives is recognized as one of the premier repositories of its kind in the nation.

State Treasurer Lynn Fitch lauded the vision and leadership that helped fuel designs for a new College of Nursing building currently under construction at The University of Southern Mississippi during a visit to the Hattiesburg campus on Thursday, Feb. 19.

A renowned advocate for children with exceptional abilities was recognized for her service to the field of gifted education Feb. 19 when The University of Southern Mississippi honored Dr. Frances A. Karnes at a reception on the Hattiesburg campus.

For the fifth year in a row, local artist Elizabeth Huffmaster has been commissioned to provide a one-of-a-kind painting representing this year’s Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival. Held at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, this year’s festival will take place Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Graphic design students at The University of Southern Mississippi are learning their craft from one of the best in the country.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Southern Quarterly is now included in the Project Muse database, a collection of electronic journals that is a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content. This collaboration will help fulfill the University's goal of recruiting outstanding students and faculty.

Dr. Ruth Ann Taylor Cade, a retired University of Southern Mississippi faculty member, died Feb. 15 at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg. She was 77.

Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour, professor of international development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, led a contingent of current International Development doctoral program students to participate in the 52nd annual Academy of Economics and Finance Conference held earlier this month in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dr. Robert Pauly, associate professor of international policy and development at The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Tom Lansford, professor of political science at Southern Miss, and Jack Covarrubias, director of the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus Learning Commons, served as co-authors for the paper, “The Obama Administration’s Homeland Security Policy and the 2012 Campaign.”

The annual Summer Learn to Drive Program at The University of Southern Mississippi will be held June 8-26 on the Hattiesburg campus. The program is open to students beginning at age 14 and entering the ninth grade or older, and school credit may be earned with verification of attendance.

The Kennard Scholars Program, a pilot retention program under the Dean of Students Office at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently announced its inaugural class. The program, launched in the fall 2014 semester, includes a cohort of 10 undergraduate students. They include, from left: Justin Keys; LaDarrius Milton; Rhonda Schexnayder; Ariel Knight; Rachel Young; Brelana Coleman; Anna Francis; Lonnie Craig; and Jay Denson.

The Kennard Scholars Program honors Clyde Kennard, who attempted to integrate Southern Miss in the 1950s. The program offers a variety of resources to aid students in their ability to pay for college, personal and academic development and pursuit of a degree. Services include the Supplemental Instruction, a Mentor Program, Academic Readiness Workshops and the Enrichment for Excellence Series. Together, these programs are available to help students develop the skills necessary to succeed.

For more information about the Kennard Scholars Program, contact the Southern Miss Dean of Students Office at 601.266.6028.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library, in partnership with the Alliance for Equality student organization, has established a Diversity Book Club. For the club’s first meeting, the award-winning documentary, “The Times of Harvey Milk,” will be featured Monday, Feb. 23 beginning at 12:15 p.m. in the Learning Commons, located on the first floor of the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.