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Eddie Lewis, a retired University of Southern Mississippi business professor who founded the school’s international business program, died Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg. She was 80.

In an effort to create better synergy, while strengthening the overall administrative structure, the School of Human Performance and Recreation (HP&R) at The University of Southern Mississippi has instituted a significant reorganization plan.

The University of Southern Mississippi will observe International Education Week Nov. 11 -Nov. 15 with its Center for International Education, along with participating departments, hosting a variety of programming focused on the benefits of international education and exchange.

The Technology Learning Center (TLC) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host the Mississippi Gulf Coast Limb Loss/Amputee Support Group meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 4 – 6 p.m.

Regular meetings for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Limb Loss/Amputee Support Group are held from 4 – 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the TLC. The support group is a partner of the Amputee Coalition Support Group Network and the Amputee Empowerment Partners.

As the nation remembers President John F. Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago, the Department of English on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will present the “JFK 50 Years Gone: Fall 2013 Film Series” with a discussion and two-part screening of Oliver Stone’s JFK.

The Gulf Coast Library on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is hosting a new exhibit featuring the works of coastal nature photographers.

The University of Southern Mississippi today announced its membership in the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), a national organization of universities and companies who seek to build stronger working relationships.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received a verbal notification from the U.S. Army that the Southern Miss Army ROTC program, previously slated for closure in 2015, has been instead placed on extended probationary status.

Graduate Students Present Papers at Historical Association Conference

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast graduate students Colleen Smith of Ocean Springs and Stacie Watts of Gulfport, both students in the university’s College of Arts and Letters, presented papers at the recent Gulf South Historical Association Conference in Pensacola, Fla.

The University Research Council at The University of Southern Mississippi will host presentations by the 2013 Excellence in Research and Creative Activity award winners Friday, Nov. 8, during the annual University Research Awards Day.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a free fair housing workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 1:30 p.m. at the Robert C. Irwin Library at 1285 Kenny Hill Ave. in Tunica, Miss.

Sharon Catledge, family nurse practitioner in Student Health Services at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected president of the Mississippi Board of Nursing.

Eaglepalooza, the annual free concert in historic downtown Hattiesburg sponsored by The University of Southern Mississippi Student Government Association, is set for Friday, Nov. 15 from 6-11:30 p.m. The event will be held at the corner of Batson and Main Streets.

State Rep. Toby Barker, left, and State Sen. Billy Hudson speak to attendees of the Mississippi Association of Staff Council Organizations (MASCO) Day, held recently on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus and hosted by the Southern Miss Staff Council. The two area elected officials spoke about issues impacting higher education in Mississippi, including those that will be addressed in the next legislative session.

Dr. J. Paige Buchanan, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named Chemist of the Year by the Mississippi Section of the American Chemical Society. Buchanan received the award at the organization’s awards banquet at Jackson State University.

With the diverse expertise among faculty and administrators at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Office of University Communications has organized a quick reference directory titled the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Expert Listing.

The listing features Southern Miss Gulf Coast faculty and administrators who are available to speak and be interviewed on a variety of topics. In addition to their topics of expertise, the listing provides contact information and official university titles.

The University of Southern Mississippi Faculty Senate will host its annual Legislative Forum Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 3-4:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus in the Trent Lott Center, first floor. All area state representatives and senators have been invited to participate.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance will present Dance for Film Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. Showings are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. both nights in the Media Room at Boardwalk Apartments, which has limited seating. Admission is $5, check or cash only.

The Department of Food and Nutrition Systems at the University of Southern Mississippi recently teamed up with Stone County’s Superintendent Dr. Gwen Miller, and Child Nutrition Director Myra Rayburn, to participate in Mississippi’s Farm to School Week.

Kelsey Lingsch, a graduate from the Department of Food and Nutrition Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi, received the Kathleen Stitt Award for her project titled “Mississippi’s First Annual Farm to School Week: Evaluation of School Participation” at the School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work and the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP) co-hosted a two-day training on Integrated Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A) on Oct. 23-24.

David McRaney, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, spoke to students on the Hattiesburg campus recently about his career in media and new book, “You are Now Less Dumb,” a sequel to his earlier book “You are not so Smart,” which received high praise from critics and enjoyed successful sales figures worldwide. The books are based on his popular website http://youarenotsosmart.com/ which McRaney describes as “a celebration of self-delusion.”

McRaney is a former editor of the university’s student newspaper, The Student Printz. He later was a reporter for the Hattiesburg American and is now web manager for WDAM-TV. For more information about McRaney and his work, visit http://davidmcraney.com/.

The Bay St. Louis chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) will be announcing the donation of a fish hauling trailer to the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at the Sunset on the Bay event at the St Stanislaus Café in Bay St. Louis.

Dr. Frances Lucas, vice president and campus executive officer for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was named the 2013 Woman of the Year by the Lighthouse Business and Professional Women during their Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony held in October at the Biloxi Civic Center.