November 29, 2015  

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He hasn’t faced the challenges getting where he’s going that Neal Page and Dell Griffith encountered in the 1987 comedy flick “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” starring Steve Martin and the late John Candy. But James Bueno Da Silva’s quest to travel to every University of Southern Mississippi away football game this season hasn’t come easy.


A Southern Miss sophomore from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Da Silva is determined to find a way to support the Golden Eagles either in person at M.M. Roberts Stadium or at the unfriendly home confines of their opponents - even if it means a 19-hour road trip to El Paso, Texas.

When University of Southern Mississippi Professor Sabine Heinhorst began mentoring Oak Grove High School distinguished scholar Nickolas Whitehead, she had no idea the tutelage would help him earn a bronze medal from an international competition.

The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department will have its policies and procedures examined by a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), on Monday, Oct. 31.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Office of University Communications received three professional awards at the 2011 Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) Awards Banquet in Point Clear, Ala.

The office includes Shelia White, director of university communications, Judy Isbell, director of web services, and Charmaine Schmermund, public relations associate.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Dr. MD Sarder, assistant professor and program coordinator in Industrial Engineering Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been selected as an Outstanding New Advisor Award winner in the faculty academic advising category from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) as part of the 2011 Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising.

Grace Claire Cordes, a sophomore from Vicksburg, Miss. will return to her hometown in late June to compete for the title of Miss Mississippi after qualifying for the event by winning the 2011 Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant Saturday night.

Ask renowned artist Terence Netter to describe the methodology he uses to capture his thoughts and imagination on canvas and the answer might surprise you.

University of Southern Mississippi Center for Policy and Resilience student representatives Jennifer Crosslin, Zach Mellen, and Daniel D. Guice III attended the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: “Remembrance, Renewal, Resilience” in Washington, D.C., in September.

Students in the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi will conduct their inaugural RecFest 2011 Monday, Oct. 10 from 8 a.m.-noon at Kamper Park in Hattiesburg.

The idea is to allow recreation therapy majors and recreation administration majors to bring what they learn in the classroom into practical action. Seniors in the Recreation Department will lead the juniors in different activities that promote team building and communication in an enjoyable, learning environment.

A new helmet produced by the sporting goods company Rawlings – using technology developed in the laboratories of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials – is designed to minimize the impact of collisions on the gridiron.


The Rawlings Neuro Responsive Gear (NRG) helmet includes dual protection inside the helmet combining a layer of foam reinforced by pneumatic cushioning made of pressurized “air bladders” that takes over and absorbs the energy from high-velocity contact, protecting the athlete.

In response to the current economy and high unemployment rates, The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach is hosting two information sessions at noon and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the WIN Job Center at 1911 Arcadia St. in Hattiesburg.

Homecoming spirit is soaring at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast as the first homecoming maid has been selected to represent the university’s Gulf Park campus and five teaching and research sites.


An expert panel of law enforcement and education officials brought together for a symposium sponsored by The University of Southern Mississippi agreed that bullying in schools could be quelled quicker through proactive measures.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance is set to present William Shakespeare’s powerful tragedy King Lear to audiences beginning Oct. 14, with a renowned classical actor performing in its lead role.

Count University of Southern Mississippi doctoral student Amit Kumar among the legion of scientists, researchers and laboratory assistants working around the clock to defeat Alzheimer’s Disease.


Thus far Kumar’s research has taken him from his homeland in New Delhi, India to the campus of Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss., and recently to Queensland, Australia as a presenter at the 4th Annual Protein Misfolding and Neurological Disorders Meeting.

Samantha Rayborn, a University of Southern Mississippi Honors College student from Hattiesburg, recently participated in the Emerging Scholars in Political Science Conference at The University of Michigan. She was one of only nine undergraduate and master's students selected from across the country to participate.

University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Professor of Gifted Education Dr. Frances Karnes was honored for her service to the field of gifted education with a key to the city of Hattiesburg by Mayor Johnny DuPree during the Mississippi Association for Gifted conference, held last week in Hattiesburg.

Eighteen University of Southern Mississippi students will compete Saturday, Oct. 8 for the title of Miss University of Southern Mississippi and the opportunity to advance to the state pageant.

An alliance between The Mississippi Polymer Institute and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi ( is already paying impressive dividends for manufacturing companies in this state. announced recently that during the fourth quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011, The Mississippi Polymer Institute provided technical assistance to five Mississippi-based manufacturing companies yielding $1.6 million in direct financial impact.

Additionally, 10 new jobs were created as a result of the successful completion of these projects.

Josh Boyles of Laurel, a freshman construction engineering technology student at The University of Southern Mississippi, died Saturday, Oct. 1. He was 25.

Dr. Rowena Elliott, associate professor of nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, is taking an active role in the fight against kidney disease.

Elliott, national president of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA), recently returned from a trip to New York City where she participated in the launch of “Pair Up,” a national awareness campaign addressing kidney disease. The event, held in Times Square, included celebrity spokesperson Laila Ali, daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

The Paint Southern Miss Pink Committee’s goal is to bring breast cancer awareness to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus, and there are a couple ways it is planning to get students, faculty and staff involved during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.

Dr. Katherine Nugent, director of the Southern Miss School of Nursing, has recently been appointed a second term as vice president of the Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

The University of Southern Mississippi is known for its leadership in the area of therapeutic recreation. 


This leadership will once again be prominent when the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) Board of Directors presents educational sessions at a conference set for Oct. 20 at the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.