March 3, 2015  

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The University of Southern Mississippi will present Mary Poppins Feb. 26 – March 1, 2015. Tickets go on sale in November, with first priority given to Symphony season ticket holders and members of Partners for the Arts.

Can algae from deep below the ice of Antarctica possibly survive on Mars?


This is a question researchers from The University of Southern Mississippi, along with dozens of high school students in Mississippi and Alabama, are hoping to have answered after their research project, “Pioneering Mars,” boards the International Space Station (ISS).

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host an opening reception for the new exhibit, “Coastal Fascination,” by photographer Mike Ramsey. The reception will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 4 – 6 p.m. in room 204 of the library.

The exhibit, which features photographs taken throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, will be displayed on all three floors of the library through September 15. Ramsey, whose career spanned 37 years in the newspaper industry, is a resident of Bay St. Louis.

Volunteer Mississippi awarded AmeriCorps State grants to 13 organizations across the state earlier this month, including a pair of programs at the University of Southern Mississippi. These grants will support more than 100 AmeriCorps members who will focus on academic engagement and financial literacy training in South Mississippi.

Polymer science students at The University of Southern Mississippi will see how their research translates into the marketplace in a project supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

Generating $15,560,117 during fiscal year 2013-14, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation reports its second highest fundraising total in gifts and pledges received during a single fiscal year. This represents an 82 percent increase over the amount raised last year.


This year’s giving total is a testament to the loyalty and commitment of the alumni and friends of Southern Miss,” said Shannon Fleming, executive director of the USM Foundation.

Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will begin work in Hattiesburg on Aug. 1, pending IHL Board approval.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Aug. 9, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

Golden Eagle Welcome Week, a three-day program designed to help incoming freshmen and transfer students at The University of Southern Mississippi acclimate to campus life, is set to take place Aug. 17-19.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi has received a donation of $11,065 from the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, which represents proceeds from the organization’s annual “Night in Italy” benefit dinner.

Thirteen graduates of the Joint International Hydrographic Applied Science Program (JIHASP) at The University of Southern Mississippi will be recognized during a special ceremony set for Thursday, July 31 at the Stennis Space Center campus in Hancock County, Miss.

Workers continue in the final stage of construction on two of three new buildings within the Century Park South residential complex at The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus on Wednesday, July 23. Both residence halls will open at the start of the fall 2014 semester, offering 450 beds for students. The third building within the complex is set to open in January and will include the new student health facility, the Moffitt Health Center. (Photo by Marissa McGillis)

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Kristin Howard has been chosen to participate in the 2014 Leadership Academy class which honors rising stars in the accounting profession.


In response to student interest as well as meeting industry needs, the Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has updated its master’s degree program with the new name of Master of Science degree in human capital development.


The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi awarded the Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) certification to some of the top professsionals in the industry during the 2014 National Sports Safety and Security and Exhibition July 8-10 in Indianapolis. It is the nation’s first professional security credential designed for those responsible for the planning and overall security operations of sport venues and events.

Dr. Robin Overstreet, professor emeritus in the Department of Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, will receive the Eminent Parasitologist Lectureship Award at the American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) Conference set for July 24-27 in New Orleans.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Aug. 2, for residents with and without disabilities in Clay and surrounding counties.

The American Red Cross South Mississippi Chapter will honor four Pine Belt-area veterans for their service to country and community at the second annual Stars and Stripes: Salute to the Military on Thursday, July 24, from 6-10 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi Thad Cochran Center Ballroom on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Professor Philip Bates finds himself in elite company as the winner of the 2014 Paul K. Stumpf Award  -- presented biannually to exceptional scientists in plant lipid research.

Dianne Coleman, assistant to College of Health Dean Dr. Michael Forster for recruitment and special projects, was nominated for the Mississippi Organ Donor Recovery Agency’s (MORA) Donation Advocate Spero Award. The inaugural Spero Award Ceremony was held July 10 in Jackson, Miss.

Melissa Ziegler, instructor in the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named a Fellow by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA).
A kinesiotherapy instructor, Ziegler also serves as executive director of the American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKTA), a national non-profit organization based in Hattiesburg.

The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), located at the Technology Learning Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, recently received a grant from the U.S. Paralympics Committee to connect the sport of kayaking with veterans from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (VA).

This summer, Mississippi INBRE Research Scholars are proving that ground-breaking research is not solely conducted by those with a doctorate degree. This dedicated group of 31 undergraduate students from all parts of Mississippi is making biomedical research discoveries that could save lives in the future and will further them in their goals of entering the biomedical research field.


One such student is Terra Parker, recent graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in biology and a chemistry minor.

A unique exhibit, titled “Coastal Fascination,” by photographer Mike Ramsey is currently on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus library in Long Beach.