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Shelia Varnado, former executive director of Recover, Rebuild, Restore South Mississippi (R3SM), and University of Southern Mississippi President Emeritus Aubrey K. Lucas stand in front of the Lucas/Varnado Volunteer House Tuesday, March 25 after the facility was dedicated in their honor. Located on Buschman Street in historic downtown Hattiesburg, the Lucas/Varnado House provides space for the agency’s administrative offices and housing for volunteers who come to the area to participate in community service initiatives.

More than 120 students were recognized for academic achievement by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi during the College’s annual awards banquet held Monday, March 24 at the Thad Cochran Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received approval from the State College Board to name three new buildings and a student health center as part of the Century Park South residential complex.

The University of Southern Mississippi Enactus team raised more than 5,000 pounds for Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger Project Partnership for the third consecutive year.

Dr. Allan Eickelmann, instructor of philosophy and religion at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, will give a guest lecture titled “The Gift of Homosexuality: A Postmodern Christian Perspective” Thursday, March 27 from 11:45 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. in Lloyd Hall room 103 on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Alliance for Equality at Southern Miss Gulf Coast. For more information, contact the College of Arts and Letters at 228.214.3245.

The Department of Theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi routinely offers exciting theatric productions performed by tomorrow’s stars of stage, film, television and recording. These students hone their talents under the careful and thoughtful tutelage of outstanding professors at Southern Miss. One of these professors is Robin Carr.

This past fall, The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business partnered with Hattiesburg Clinic on a developmental project to provide an audit of the clinic’s information systems.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre continues its Spring 2014 season with Picnic by William Inge. All performances will take place in the Hartwig Theatre of the Theatre and Dance Building at Southern Miss. Performances are on March 28, 29 and April 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m. and March 30 at 2 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, in conjunction with Hattiesburg Clinic, will host the 2014 Spring Health Forum titled, “Hattiesburg ‘Midtown’: Health-Enhancing Economic and Community Development.” The event will be held Tuesday, April 15 from 12 - 3 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom II.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus students and employees, as well as students from local colleges, joined the university in celebrating the Big Event, a university-wide community service project held Saturday, March 22. Big Event projects spanned the Mississippi Gulf Coast as 120 volunteers worked on various projects in Bay St. Louis, Long Beach and Gulfport.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance will participate in the National Water Dance Project April 12, with an event scheduled for 3 p.m. on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at the intersection of U.S. Highway 49 and U.S. Highway 90 at the first dock.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance and Department of Theatre will present The Mystery of Other Lives April 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 6 at 2 p.m. The 50-minute performance combines both dance and theatrical elements in a contemporary form. The performance will be held at 416 East Pine Street in downtown Hattiesburg.

Diane Halpern, dean of Social Sciences at the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute and the McElwee Family Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College, will be the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2014 Hildman Colloquium in Psychology.

Halpern will present "Knowns and Unknowns About Cognitive Sex Differences" Wednesday, April 9 at 2 p.m. in the Trent Lott Center, rooms 103A-D on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and the public is invited.

The University of Southern Mississippi has selected 17 students earning their degrees from the Gulf Park campus for the 2013-2014 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host “Faith in the Age of Science: A Debate” featuring Dr. Michael Ruse of Florida State University and Dr. John Haught of Georgetown University as part of the university's Philosophical Fridays lecture series.

Made possible by the Fairchild Lecture Series, the debate is hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Religion in conjunction with the University Honors Forum, and will be held March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Trent Lott Center, Room 103 A-D. The public is invited to attend this free event.

For the fifth year in a row of great music and family fun, The University of Southern Mississippi will host its Jazz and Blues Festival Saturday, April 19, at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. This year’s festival includes a second stage to feature more musical performances than ever before.

 

Mac Forsyth, a professor of practice in the Department of Finance, Real Estate and Business Law at The University of Southern Mississippi will be the featured guest for a live broadcast of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting radio program “In Legal Terms.”

The broadcast is set for Tuesday, March 25 at 10 a.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 210 on the Hattiesburg campus. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this free event.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library presents the roundtable discussion, “Women of the Gulf Coast: A Historical Perspective,” on Tuesday, March 25, from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in room 204 of the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design will hold its annual Student Show, featuring more than 100 works of art created by students from March 25 to April 15 in the Cook Library Learning Commons Gallery. An awards ceremony and reception will be held April 1 at 6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

The registration deadline for the University of Southern Mississippi's Summer Gifted Studies and Leadership Studies Programs is March 31. Space is limited.

These programs are presented by the university's Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies. For more detailed information about these programs and the Center, visit www.usm.edu/gifted or call 601.266.5236.

Members of the Mississippi Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at The University of Southern Mississippi traveled recently to Atlanta to attend the annual Carlson Leadership Academy (CLA) sponsored by their national fraternity. CLA is a two-day conference that consists of a variety of involved workshops and presentations from distinguished alumni.

Human Capital Development Attend Academy of Human Resource Development Program Excellence Network Meeting

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, professor and chair of the Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, and Dr. Heather Annulis, professor of human capital development, participated in the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Program Excellence Network (PEN). 

For University of Southern Mississippi student Jeffrey George, this year’s Founders’ Day celebration will be especially significant, as he will take the oath of office as president of the school’s Student Government Association.

George, a sophomore from Covington, La. and other SGA executive officers elected this semester will be sworn in as part of the schedule of events on Thursday, March 27 that will mark the 104th anniversary of the university. Southern Miss was created by an act of the Mississippi Legislature in 1910, when it was first known as Mississippi Normal College.

Parents of children and youth with special health care needs in Mississippi can get the information they seek about health resources, services and supports for their children and family through the Mississippi Family 2 Family Health Information and Education Center.