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Dr. Frances Lucas, right, vice president for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, accepts the campus’s Fit-Friendly designation from Jessica Breazeale, heart walk director with the American Heart Association. For receiving designation in the Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition Program, the American Heart Association recognized the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach as an employer who champions the health of their employees by creating physical activity programs within the workplace. These programs and facilities, which are provided to both students and employees at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, include a fitness center, marked walking trail on campus, and a yoga class, among a variety of other programs. Presented on National Walking Day and during Public Health Week, the recognition presentation was followed by a one-mile walk around campus. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast College of Arts and Letters, Gulf Coast Libraries and Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society present “An Evening of Jazz and Poetry” Thursday, April 17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

“An Evening of Jazz and Poetry” is a free event and will feature local jazz trio, 11th Hour Trio, and poetry from Baton Rouge performance poet and teaching artist Donney Rose. For more information, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/jazz-poetry or call 228.214.3245.

University of Southern Mississippi seniors Benjamin Arnold and Tanner Jones are among five college students recently named as Mississippi Young Bankers Scholars.

The University of Southern Mississippi Clinical Psychology Graduate Student Organization (CPGSO) will be host "BBQ & Blues" at the Keg and Barrel April 5 from 12 – 4 p.m. to raise money for its Client Assistance, Retention, & Enrichment (C.A.R.E.) fund, which pays for therapy and assessment services for clients unable to pay due to financial hardships.

The Mississippi Legislature honored former University of Southern Mississippi football star Ray Guy, who was recently elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with a plaque and resolution during a special ceremony held Tuesday, April 1 at the State Capitol in Jackson. Guy took a few moments to address the legislators and also posed for photos with members of the Legislature who are Southern Miss graduates. Guy serves as director of the University’s M-Club/Community Relations.

(Photo Courtesy of Southern Miss Athletics)

Did you know that a landlord cannot “steer” a person to a particular apartment or listing? Did you know a landlord cannot refuse to rent to a family with kids? Did you know a service animal is not a pet?

 

All of the above questions are important ones to remember during April, which serves as National Fair Housing Month.

With a renewed focus on creating pathways to completion for University of Southern Mississippi students, the institution’s students, faculty and staff have accomplished a great deal during the first year under Rodney D. Bennett’s leadership. Today, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, marks the anniversary of his official start as the University’s 10th president.

On April 21, 2011, a pre-dawn fire swept through the Johnson Natatorium at The University of Southern Mississippi. The flames and intense heat destroyed all SCUBA equipment, a week before students were to take their open water certification dives.

Three years later the SCUBA program, offered by the university’s School of Human Performance and Recreation, is back. Students are able to earn college credit for courses ranging from basic certification to specialties such as advanced diver and rescue diver. In some cases students may apply these skills to a future profession, such as marine biology or therapeutic recreation.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus celebrated the university’s Founders’ Day with a reception honoring employees for continuous service of 10, 20, and 30 years to Southern Miss. In recognition of their service, honored employees received a commemorative pin from the university.

University of Southern Mississippi student Lindsey Pellittieri has been recognized with one of the Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Awards, presented annually by Volunteer Mississippi and the Office of Gov. Phil Bryant to reward Mississippians who make a difference in their communities and state.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host a free African-American Genealogy workshop Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. in room 204 of the Gulf Coast Library, located on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will present Showbiz Showstoppers, a one-night-only spectacular featuring numbers from some of Broadway’s best musicals at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

 

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) launched its annual series of regional qualifier business plan competitions on March 25-26 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. 

 

The University of Southern Mississippi honored its best and brightest during the annual Founders’ Day Ceremony, held March 27 in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus with the institution marking its 104th anniversary.

During National Walking Day and Public Health Week, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will be recognized by the American Heart Association for achieving Fit-Friendly status. This recognition will be presented Wednesday, April 2, at 11:45 a.m. under the Friendship Oak on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach followed by a one-mile walk around campus.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for individuals interested in obtaining a master of education degree in dyslexia therapy. This will be the first program of its kind in the state of Mississippi offered by a public institution.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, April 5, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

The Repertory Dance Company (RDC) at Southern Miss will present two concerts, CONN X US Dance concert, and Divergent Spectrum Dance Concert. Each performance showcases the skillful dancers of the Southern Miss Repertory Dance Company.

Each performance is uniquely choreographed around the site and provides an opportunity for viewers to experience the venues in an atypical fashion. The first of the two site-specific dances is the CONN X US Dance Concert on March 26 and March 27 at 7 p.m. Performances will be held at Brewsky's Bar and Grill In Hattiesburg.

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.