December 18, 2014  

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One of the country’s most successful educators will be the keynote speaker for the second annual Making Connections Conference, an event sponsored in part by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Education and Psychology. Designed for teachers and school administrators, it will be held June 11-13 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

A classroom full of energy and excitement is a rarity during the hot summer months when students would prefer to be sleeping in or out on the beach. Yet, for the past two weeks, 22 student interns with the Mississippi IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (Mississippi INBRE) have been eagerly attending training sessions before they begin work throughout the community.

The management and owners of Half Shell Oyster House in Hattiesburg are making a habit out of helping The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. On Wednesday, June 25, Half Shell will donate, for the second time, 10 percent of its gross receipts from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. to the Center.

Young women from all over the state of Mississippi have been on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus June 1-6 to participate as delegates in the 66th annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.

 

The program’s hands-on citizenship training provides upcoming high school seniors the opportunity to learn about politics on local, county and state levels by creating their own cities and campaigning for elected office in the state of “Magnolia.”

The sacrifices made by Allied soldiers on D-Day to liberate Europe from the Nazis were honored June 5 at The University of Southern Mississippi during a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the event, held at the Liberal Arts Building’s Gonzales Auditorium.

Leaders with a vested interest in the economic potential of maritime industries and marine technologies along the northern Gulf Coast gathered on Thursday, June 5 for the 2014 Marine Technologies Economic Forum hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi on its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

As Americans commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II”s D-Day military operation, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a special event June 5 at 5 p.m. in room 108 of the Liberal Arts Building to recognize the occasion.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the photographs of award-winning civil rights photographer Herbert Randall Jr. are being displayed in the University of Southern Mississippi’s Cook Library Art Gallery and Learning Commons Gallery. The exhibit, titled Freedom Summer, 1964: The Photographs of Herbert Randall features 43 of nearly 2,000 photographs taken during the historic summer of 1964.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, June. 28, for residents with and without disabilities in Forrest and surrounding counties.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s plan to build a new pedestrian pathway on the Hattiesburg campus received a major boost on Wednesday, June 4 when Southern District Highway Commissioner Tom King presented a check for $683,560 to the University.

 

Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett accepted the check provided by the Mississippi Department of Transportation as part of a grant which originated through Transportation Alternative Program funds distributed by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. The grant is an 80/20 match – meaning that MDOT contributes $683,560 toward construction of the new pathway, while Southern Miss pays approximately $171,000.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced the participants for the Remembering “Freedom Summer” Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach chartered two new student organizations during the spring semester. EcoEagles and Sigma Mu: Science and Math Club are both approved to serve as organizations for Southern Miss Gulf Coast students.

Bobby Chain, a former mayor of the city of Hattiesburg and a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, died Saturday, May 31 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. He was 84.

The University of Southern Mississippi held a welcoming reception for the inaugural class of the new master of education degree in dyslexia therapy on Monday, June 2, prior to the start of the group’s first in-person class. This is the first program of its kind in the State of Mississippi offered by a public institution.

 

A collaboration between the DuBard School for Language Disorders in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences in the College of Health and the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education in the College of Education and Psychology, this degree program will prepare graduates to become dyslexia therapists licensed by the Mississippi Department of Education.

 

The Southern Connection Leadership Team has been selected for the upcoming 2014 – 2015 academic year.

Throughout the year, the team of student leaders will serve as hosts for orientation and registration events, Gold Rush, and as leadership ambassadors for a variety of university events, including Commencement and Welcome Week.

Elections were held during the spring semester at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus for the 2014 – 2015 Student Government Association (SGA).

After more than 20 years of service to the Institute of Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi – including the past six as executive director – Dr. Royal P. Walker Jr., has announced he is retiring, effective May 30.

More than 250 young women from across the state will be on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus June 1-6 for the 66th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Magnolia Girls State. The weeklong program educates delegates about the mechanics of democracy through simulated political campaigns, legislative and judicial processes in the fictitious state of “Magnolia.”

A prominent University of Southern Mississippi alumnus brings his experience and expertise gained in the world of business as one of the newest members of the Mississippi State Board of Health.

 

Edward J. “Ed” Langton (’70), CEO and Chairman of the Board of Grand Bank in Hattiesburg, was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to the State Board of Health March 4 and was sworn in at its April meeting.

While The University of Southern Mississippi’s de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection is well known for H. A. and Margaret Rey’s Curious George contributions or those of Ezra Jack Keats, it also home to the works of more than 1,200 authors and illustrators, including critically acclaimed author John Green.

Dr. Royal P. Walker Jr., executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that recommends disability policy to the Administration, Congress and other federal agencies.

The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its annual Summer Learn to Drive Program June 2-20 on the Hattiesburg campus. The program fee is $275 and includes a morning session from 8-11 a.m. and an afternoon session from 12-3 p.m.

The Mississippi Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at The University of Southern Mississippi traveled to Atlanta during the spring 2014 semester to attend the annual Carlson Leadership Academy (CLA), sponsored by its national fraternity.

Exams do not always involve No.2 pencils and scantrons, a lesson quickly learned by students enrolled in the School of Human Performance and Recreation’s self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba) course at The University of Southern Mississippi.