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University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett extended a personal thank-you via Skype today (Feb. 21) to sixth-grade students in California for their contributions to the Oseola McCarty Scholarship Fund.

 

Bennett spoke with members of the class at Alice G. Mulcahy Middle School in Tulare, Calif., and their teacher, Matt Johnson, who introduced the students to McCarty’s story recently as part of a discussion about philanthropy. McCarty, a Hattiesburg, Miss., washerwoman, left the vast majority of her life savings to The University of Southern Mississippi for the establishment of a perpetual scholarship

Executive officers for the Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi were chosen during an election held on the Hattiesburg campus Feb. 18.

An inauguration ceremony for the new officers will be held March 27 at 3 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium during the university’s Founders’ Day activities.

New works are being exhibited by the Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The first new exhibit on display features the works of coast artist, Olivia Simon. In celebration of Black History Month, the second exhibit on display features selections from the private collection of Edward G. McCormack, associate dean and professor for Southern Miss Libraries.

A recent article about the racial history of the American Beard written for the magazine, “The Atlantic,” featured references to the book, “Knights of the Razor: Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom,” by Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, March 1, for residents with and without disabilities in Forrest and surrounding counties.

Brady Leatherwood, a senior social work major at The University of Southern Mississippi, is helping nursing home residents with dementia find joy and re-discover their memories.

Leatherwood and her adviser Karen Aderer, an instructor in the School of Social Work, make weekly visits to residents at the Driftwood Nursing Center in Gulfport, Miss. During the visits they apply individualized music intervention ideally 30 minutes before sundowning, the most agitated period for a person with dementia.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi announced today (Feb. 19) the winners of the 28th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Delta Delta Delta sorority raised $68,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in 2013.

After Kyla Jacobs graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in May 2013, she started a career in the non-profit sector where she could use the knowledge learned from her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. Although she had a love for non-profit organizations, only six months later, a unique opportunity became available which combined a variety of career interests Jacobs enjoys.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will kick off its spring 2014 season with its presentation of Clybourne Park. All performances will take place in the Tatum Theatre of the Theatre and Dance Building at Southern Miss. Performances are Feb. 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will be held Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.

The Student Government Association (SGA) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host a “Dinner and Learn” event featuring State Representative Jeramey D. Anderson (D) who represents district 110 in Mississippi. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Hardy Hall University Club on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Snarky Puppy, a Grammy Award-winning jazz/funk/world music fusion band is providing a free  educational workshop on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2–4 p.m., at Brewsky’s on West Fourth Street in Hattiesburg.  

 

The Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) at The University of Southern Mississippi with the leadership of Michigan Technology University and Ocean Springs Upper Elementary is hosting the first Family Transportation Activity Night from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Ocean Springs Upper Elementary School. 

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its annual summer youth programs this year in Leadership Studies, Gifted Studies and its program for the Academically Talented on the Hattiesburg campus. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register for the programs soon, as space is limited.

University of Southern Mississippi Professor Scott Milroy is not ready to prove life exists on Mars. However, he is one giant leap closer to discovering whether or not a living organism could survive on the Red Planet.

 

Milroy recently learned that his NASA-funded “Pioneering Mars” project has been selected for payload integration and flight aboard the International Space Station. Milroy’s project is one of only two chosen from the NASA ISS National Laboratory Education Project (NLEP) for transport to the ISS sometime in 2015.

Drawing from his experiences growing up in the segregated Mississippi Delta, renowned author Clifton Taulbert says he’ll bring a message of hope when he gives the annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

Crystal Garner, a junior broadcast journalism and computer science major from Meridian, Miss., was recently selected to attend the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, which will be held this summer on the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans, La.

 

While some students learned what it takes to be a nurse, others learned more about the film industry. These hands-on activities, among a number of others, were the highlight of today’s events at The University of Southern Mississippi’s “Showcase” held on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

Showcase was an open house event created to give high school juniors, seniors, and college transfer students actual hands-on lessons learned while earning a university degree. These activities and lessons also showed students what their career could be like after graduation.

University of Southern Mississippi student Jasmine Thomas was awarded the Mary Peterson Scholarship to attend the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values National Black Greek Letter Conference held earlier this month in Indianapolis, Ind. The conference is designed to teach leadership skills to those involved in Greek life.

The oil and gas industry will be the focal point of Spring Lecture Series presented at The University of Southern Mississippi on Feb. 21, Feb. 28 and March 7 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance will host Dancing Against Substance Abuse Monday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. The dance event, choreographed by Performance and Choreography student Alexis Barbaresi, will be held in the Thad Cochran Grand Ballroom.

The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society will host a high school tournament for debate teams hoping to qualify for the Grand National Speech and Debate Tournament of the National Catholic Forensics League. The Biloxi Catholic Forensics League Tournament will be held Feb. 21-22 at Joseph Green Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

In an effort to help University of Southern Mississippi international students with transportation to the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Southern Miss Gulf Coast Vice President and Campus Executive Officer, Dr. Frances Lucas, fourth from left, initiated the new International Student Bike Loan Program. The university purchased 15 bicycles on loan to international students for the semester. Students, selected by raffle, will have the opportunity to borrow a university bicycle at the start of each academic semester.

The Center for Undergraduate Research is holding two sessions of a workshop covering preparation and submission of proposals for competition in the Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR), in which undergraduate students may receive up to $1,000 to support independent research conducted with a faculty mentor.

Dr. Doug Masterson in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will present the workshops on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. Both will be held in The Speaking Center in Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus and will be simulcast to Southern Miss Gulf Coast.