November 30, 2015  

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation has partnered with the Gateway Program at Anatomies of Hattiesburg on a cutting-edge fitness referral program designed to improve patient wellness.

University of Southern Mississippi alumni made history in Tuesday’s state elections, with Phil Bryant becoming the first graduate of the university to win the governorship and Hattiesburg mayor Johnny DuPree running as the first African-American Democratic nominee for governor since the Reconstruction era.  

As the reality sank in that she had just captured the Miss Mississippi USA title, University of Southern Mississippi senior Myverick Garcia had a sobering thought: “Oh man, I hope I’m not one of those girls that cry.”

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) will hold its fall membership drive Thursday, Nov. 17 from 3-5 p.m. in the lobby of McLemore Hall. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Former Congressman Gene Taylor, whose career in the United States House of Representatives spanned more than 20 years, has donated all of his congressional documents to University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of University Communications will open an information center on the Hattiesburg campus on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 4-6:30 p.m., prior to the Golden Eagles’ football game versus Central Florida.

The University of Southern Mississippi wants Pine Belt area residents to help ring in the holiday season as part of the 5th Annual Lighting the Way for the Holidays set for Sunday, Dec. 4 on the Hattiesburg campus.


Festivities begin at 6 p.m. in front of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the event is free and open to the general public.

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 23 the road between the Thad Cochran Center and Walker Science Building on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus will be closed to all vehicular traffic, except for emergency, service and delivery vehicles.

The College of Education and Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi will host an accreditation visit by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in March 2012. 

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) at The University of Southern Mississippi are sponsoring a variety of canned food collection drives Nov. 12 -20 as part of “Let’s SAAC Hunger” week.

The Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, N.Y. has named University of Southern Mississippi adjunct faculty member Betty Press’ book I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom In Image and Proverb as being among 20 outstanding photobooks produced in 2011.

Nervous excitement ultimately turned into relaxing enjoyment for a group of Oak Grove High students who participated in a day of job shadowing at The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Proceeds in the amount of $10,000 were raised at this year’s 13th annual Shell Finish Line/Southern Miss Alumni Association Golf Tournament, held Oct. 21 at the Hattiesburg Country Club, the official club of the Alumni Association. The funds will be used to support the one-time, $1,000 Robert D. Pierce II Legacy Scholarships at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library will host a book talk and signing with local author Terry I. Miles Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the library, room 204 at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Three University of Southern Mississippi students were delegates to the United States Military Academy’s (USMA) annual National Conference on Ethics in America (NCEA), held recently in West Point, N.Y.

The transition to adult health care can be a challenging and stressful time for youth with special health care needs.


The Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi is striving to make the transition a smooth one through a pair of important awareness projects during the month of November.

As six winners from the Southern Miss Comcast Golf Classic get ready to take the green in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, Nov. 13, University of Southern Mississippi students are also reaping the rewards from another successful golf tournament.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Psychology and the Tourette’s Syndrome Association will host a free Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics program Friday, Dec. 2 from 8:30 -11:30 a.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom 1.  The program will provide authoritative information on comprehensive behavior assessment and treatment for tics.

Dr. John J. Kmiec, Jr., research associate at The University of Southern Mississippi Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute (WLPI), is the lead author for a book chapter in Measuring ROI in Learning and Development: Case Studies from Global Organizations published by ASTD Press.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design will display the works of graduating seniors in the department’s final exhibit of the semester with an opening reception Nov. 29 from 5-7 p.m. at the Southern Miss Museum of Art. The exhibit runs through Dec. 16 and features the artistry of 12 of the department’s students.

Funeral services are 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Main Street United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg for Dr. Don George, University of Southern Mississippi Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication, who died at Regency Hospital in Hattiesburg Nov. 3. He was 98.

The School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will conduct a research study on Saturday, Nov. 12, involving randomly selected residences in Bolivar, Coahoma, and Washington Counties.

The researchers, who will collect data from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., are students from Southern Miss, Delta State University, Mississippi Valley State University and Jackson State University. The data collected will be used for a research study concerning the effects of the Mississippi River flooding in 2011.

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

Michael Sims, a University of Southern Mississippi sophomore polymer science major from Hattiesburg, makes a point during a debate about the Occupy Wall Street movement. The event was held Thursday on the school’s Hattiesburg campus and sponsored by the Southern Miss Debate Society, which is open to all students at the university regardless of their major.