August 2, 2015  

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One of the hardest things for college graduates can be translating their education into a job in the real world, but thanks to a workshop sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS), some Southern Miss doctoral students have a leg up on their competition.

Executive officers for The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association of Officer Professionals were sworn in recently during an installation ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus.

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi community are mourning the passing of Lance Logan, an undergraduate College of Business student from Vicksburg, Miss. and former vice president of the university’s Student Government Association.


“We all knew Lance as both an outstanding student and leader at our university, and we are saddened by this loss,” said Southern Miss Vice President for Student Affairs Dr.  Joe Paul. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”


Student Counseling Services (SCS) is offering support for those impacted by Mr. Logan’s death.  Regular SCS hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; after hours, call 601.606.HELP (4375); online, visit or contact SCS director Deena Crawford at

A University of Southern Mississippi alumnus serving as deputy commander for the Mississippi Army National Guard’s 47th Civil Support Team (CST) returned to his alma mater this week, where the unit conducted special training exercises on its Hattiesburg campus.


Major Ronald Green of Jackson, who graduated from the university with undergraduate degrees in accounting and biological sciences in 1997 and 2000, respectively, joined his team as they conducted special training exercises at Wilber (Panhellenic) Hall.

Four University of Southern Mississippi students earned valuable hands-on experience in helping children and young adults with disabilities as part of a summer internship at the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS).

The Southern Miss football program, in conjunction with Forrest General Hospital, is putting on a Football 101: Chalk Talk for Women Clinic, Thursday, July 28, from 6-9 p.m., in the Touchdown Terrace of Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium.

A social media conference, PubCampMS, will be held Saturday, July 30 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the R.C. Cook University Union on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

This conference will focus on both the foundations of public media and the uses of social media for students, faculty and staff at Southern Miss. Last year's PubCamp was held at the offices of Mississippi Public Broadcasting and featured sessions such as Social Media and Disaster Response, Social Media and Business, Teaching Kids Social Media and Libraries Creating Context.

Continued severe weather is expected to continue today (July 13) and through the rest of the week. These strong storms can most likely be expected in the afternoon hours, but could occur unexpectedly at any time.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, July 16 for residents with and without disabilities in Leflore and surrounding counties.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a book talk and book signing with Betty Hancock Shaw, author of “Images of America: Gulfport,” on Wednesday, July 27, at 10 a.m. in room 204 of the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Dr. Terry Hazen, a leading authority on oil biodegradation will deliver a free seminar at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, in the Caylor Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL).

Milling and paving of streets on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus will begin Monday, July 11.

Fan violence at sporting events will be the focus of one of the panel discussions making up the schedule of events for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security’s (NCS4) National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition Aug. 2-4 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

Danielle Bishop, center, assistant curator for The University of Southern Mississippi’s de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, talks to a delegation of national librarians to the 2011 American Library Association (ALA) convention, held recently in New Orleans. The delegates took time out during the convention to visit the Hattiesburg campus and learn more about the collection’s holdings. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

University of Southern Mississippi international student Raul Anzola of Colombia, center, participates in a panel discussion about experiences studying abroad among international and American students at the Southern Miss International Center. The student conversations were part of a discussion coordinated by the Southern Miss Center for International Education to welcome IDP Education representatives from India, Cambodia, and Saudi Arabia on a recent visit to the Hattiesburg campus, where the international guests also enjoyed a luncheon and performance by the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra’s Cuban String Quartet. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Dong-Young LEE has an extra spring in his step, and for good reason. A visiting security scholar from South Korea at The University of Southern Mississippi's National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), Young is celebrating the news that Pyeongchang, South Korea was chosen as the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The founding director of the state’s Museum of Southern Jewish History will present at the opening reception for a University of Southern Mississippi exhibit spotlighting the work of an internationally acclaimed children’s literature author and illustrator.

Whitney Miller, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna from Poplarville, Miss. and winner of the first MasterChef title from season one of the Fox television show, autographs copies of her new cookbook, “Modern Hospitality” Tuesday at A Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) will hold its annual installation of its executive officers for 2011-2012 at noon Tuesday, July 12 at the Trent Lott Center.

Creating the ultimate fan experience remains a cornerstone for sport venue operators, organizers, researchers and developers across the globe.


And few people are more qualified to discuss the myriad technology geared toward sports fans’ satisfaction than Cisco Systems executive David Holland, who will deliver one of the keynote addresses at the 2011 National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition set for Aug. 2-4 in New Orleans.

Dane Reiter, former manager of The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association’s constituent relations, is the Association’s new associate director for internal operations. The Petal native and Southern Miss alum will oversee accounting, database management, human resources and office management functions of the Association.

Whitney Miller, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna and winner of the first MasterChef title from season one of the Fox television show, will see a dream come true Tuesday, July 5 with the national launch of her new cookbook “Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm”.

Melissa Morrow enjoyed her experience so much in the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Summer Field Program that she stayed for a second term.


“There’s a difference between learning something from a book and learning something in the field,” said Morrow, a senior majoring in marine biology at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. “It’s easy to memorize information from a book but that doesn’t half-way compare to working with the specimen itself. There’s also a thrill factor of being in the field.”

For former University of Southern Mississippi varsity swimmer Keith Kennedy, Mike Giles was more than just his head coach. He was also a father figure and mentor to him and his teammates.