November 24, 2015  

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Russ Willis, vice president of Administrative Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced that Linda Rasmussen will become the university’s new Director of Human Resources, effective Nov. 1.

South Mississippi youth and young adults with disabilities have an opportunity to provide community services through a unique program offered by the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi will present free community workshops throughout the month of October for the library’s “60 Minutes to Success” initiative. The one-hour sessions will be held in the library room 213 on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

University of Southern Mississippi alumnus Tom Brantley brings his trombone talents back to Hattiesburg, but this time with a collection of his talented friends that form Rhythm and Brass.

Dr. Joseph Kolibal, interim chairman of the Department of Mathematics at The University of Southern Mississippi, attends the opening reception of the Cook Library Art Gallery Wednesday on the Hattiesburg campus. The gallery, located in the lobby of the library next to Starbucks Café, includes works that are part of the university’s permanent collection, including the painting Kolibal is observing here, “The Empty Chair” by Southern Miss alumnus Anthony DiFatta. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

University of Southern Mississippi French instructor Keltoum Rowland will be recognized as the Honorary Consul of France to the state Thursday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. at a special ceremony in the Thad Cochran Center, where her first duty in her new role will be to honor four World War II veterans.

Funeral services are set for Friday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg for Dr. Herschel Q. Peddicord, Jr., a retired associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Southern Mississippi, who died Sept. 18 at Forrest General Hospital. He was 84.

An Alabama resident retired from management in the private sector has transformed a hobby into a trade that has customers and students from across the country seeking his products and instruction in the area of metal shaping.  


Making schools and their surrounding communities safer will be the focal point of an important conference titled, “Building Resistance and Resiliency to Violence, Defiant Groups and Bullying Symposium” set for Oct. 4-5 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi will present the free community workshop, “Learn How to Use Microsoft Office,” Thursday, Sept. 29, from 3 – 4 p.m. in the library room 213 on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, Oct. 8 for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health recently began a public relations campaign with the goal of increasing visibility and understanding of the programs and courses offered. 


Referred to as the “College of Health Top 20,” the campaign aims to inform students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the top reasons to become part of the College of Health.

The Department of Human Resources reminds all employees to remember that Open Enrollment is scheduled for Oct. 3-7 in McLemore Hall, third floor lobby. 


The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dr. Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is currently recruiting qualified applicants who want to take their education to new heights.

The registration deadline has been extended until all spaces are filled for the Career Explorations for Girls Conference, set for Saturday, Oct. 8 at The University of Southern Mississippi. The event will be co-hosted by the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at Southern Miss and the Spirit of Women at Forrest General Hospital.

A unique meeting space that includes selections from The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art’s permanent collection will be unveiled at an opening reception by Southern Miss President Martha Saunders Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. in Cook Library, room 105a next to Starbucks Café.    

University of Southern Mississippi students and faculty can now perform most SOAR self-service functions on the go using their mobile devices through SOAR mobile.

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders joined local and state public officials, business leaders and citizens Friday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Forrest County Industrial Park in welcoming a new industry to Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials will honor and memorialize the late Sidney Lauren, a leader in the coatings industry, on Friday Sept. 23 with the dedication of the Sidney Lauren Memorial Learning Center. The center is made possible by a generous donation from the Coatings Industry Education Foundation (CIEF).

François Rabbath, a world-renowned bassist, will be playing along with The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. The concert, entitled “Vive La France,” will feature works composed and arranged by Grammy-nominated American composer and bassist Frank Proto.

Inspired by the sacrifices made by American soldiers, members of The University of Southern Mississippi Custodial Services staff recently collected non-perishable food items, drinks, bottled water and paperback books to send to troops serving overseas.

Recipients have been chosen for the 2011 Butch Oustalet Gulf Coast Outstanding Faculty Awards in the areas of service, teaching and research at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

To know Nicole Marquez is to witness the resolve of the human spirit, acknowledge the power of modern medicine and realize the authenticity of miracles.


People just don’t fall six stories from an apartment rooftop and live to discuss the horrific incident. Let alone, return to the dance floor. This amazing University of Southern Mississippi graduate has accomplished both … and then some.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) is set to commence its fifth successive year in Mississippi high schools with a student symposium on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Ronald E. Whitehead Advanced Technology Center on the campus of Jones County Junior College.