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More than eight million students participate in interscholastic athletics sports and after-school programs each year, along with 336 million spectators attending these events. When a school-based emergency or incident occurs, oftentimes it is the school personnel who are first to arrive on the scene.

Sensing her stressed-out students needed some puppy love headed into finals week, University of Southern Mississippi Honors College Dean Ellen Weinauer arranged for a therapeutic meeting Dec. 8 between some four-legged fur babies and the scholars.

With the end of the year approaching, many university and college students are feeling stressed as they prepare for final semester exams. To help curb that anxiety, The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with the Visiting Pet Teams of South Mississippi to provide registered therapy dogs throughout the week of exams at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi fall 2014 Senior Show in Painting and Sculpture Exhibit, which showcases senior works, will remain up and running in the Gallery of Art and Design in the George Hurst Building until Dec. 12. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Compassion can be given in many different ways, but for a child, the warmth and comfort of a new, stuffed, cuddly friend means more than we grown-ups know.

The learning process never really stops, especially for the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi. History professor Dr. Susannah J. Ural and history doctoral student E. Allan Branstiter recently attended a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) workshop to advance their knowledge of digital methods for studying military history.

When it comes to affordability, The University of Southern Mississippi’s undergraduate accounting degree rates among the nation’s best in the newest rankings announced by Accounting Degree Review.

 

Accounting Degree Review researched the undergraduate education costs of all the schools in the United States accredited in accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier accreditation agency in the world for business and accounting programs. There are currently 170 institutions with AACSB accounting accreditation.

William C. Takewell, student activities manager at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named the Outstanding New Professional for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region III. Takewell was recognized during the ACUI Regional III Conference last month in Atlanta, Ga.

Physical education students, faculty and alumni from The University of Southern Mississippi received awards and recognitions at the Mississippi Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) 2014 Convention in Jackson, Miss. Nov. 6 -7.

Setting goals is one thing, but relentlessly pursuing and achieving them is another.

Susan Dobson, undergraduate coordinator and instructor in the Department of Public Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, proved hard work pays off in September when she completed her first Ironman triathlon in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently welcomed Jona Burton as coordinator of student life in the University’s Division of Student Affairs on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi, School of Social Work hosted its annual Fall Colloquium Friday, Nov. 14 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. This year’s event, “The USM School of Social Work Story,” celebrated the school’s 40-year history.

Two students from The University of Southern Mississippi have been hired by Edwards Street Fellowship Center, a Hattiesburg non-profit, as a result of a service learning course.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi and the Magnolia Business Alliance teamed up to provide an opportunity for budding businesswomen to learn more about how to grow their unique enterprises during a special forum held Dec. 2 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Endowments named for two retired University of Southern Mississippi faculty members honor their legacy of passion for their fields of study and helping their students succeed.

 

Named in honor of Dolly Loyd, an instructor in the Department of Marketing and Management from 1979 to 2004, the Dolly Loyd Marketing Scholarship Endowment will support a junior or senior majoring in marketing who holds a grade point average of 2.75 or better and demonstrates financial need. The Dr. Kenneth G. McCarty Endowed Scholarship in History, which is named in honor of Dr. Kenneth McCarty, a professor in the Department of History from 1960 to 1999, will support a student pursuing secondary teaching licensure in history/social studies.

In their latest report, The Four-Year Myth, Complete College America and its Alliance of States provides evidence to support the need for the Finish in Four campaign, launched recently by the Student Body Presidents of Mississippi’s eight public universities to encourage their fellow students to know their plans and graduate on time.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce it is partnering with Athletic Business, a resource for athletics, fitness and recreation professionals, to launch Gameday Security™, the only magazine devoted exclusively to safety and security at athletic venues on the professional, collegiate and high school levels, along with municipal recreation facilities and open-access endurance events.

“Military Advanced Education” (MAE) has awarded the University of Southern Mississippi the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. The Guide is published in the December issue of MAE and available online at www.mae-kmi.com.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance will feature the Repertory Dance Company as it performs its annual Studio 115 Dance Concert Dec. 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. The concert, an event showcasing junior and senior choreography projects, will be held in the Theatre and Dance Building in Studio 115 on the Hattiesburg campus. General admission is $5.

Just in time for the holiday break, a period when students typically apply for scholarships, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has launched an online program that provides incoming and current students an easier way to discover and apply for donor-funded scholarships.  

 

Created by Academic Works, the leading provider of scholarship management solutions for colleges, universities and foundations, the streamlined application process allows students to create a personal account and complete a general application.

Dr. Andrew Wiest doesn’t recall who the keynote speaker was at his college graduation. But the popular University of Southern Mississippi history professor, who will give the school’s fall 2014 commencement address, does remember his grandmother traveling from Kansas City, Mo. to see him receive his diploma.

The University of Southern Mississippi will usher in the holiday season with the annual “Lighting the Way of the Holidays” and “Songfest” celebrations in early December.

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive on Monday, Dec. 1, to examine all aspects of the University of Southern Mississippi Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief of Police Robert N. Hopkins announced today.

Students at The University of Southern Mississippi now have an opportunity to study geography abroad in Costa Rica in 2015.

 

Dr. David Harms Holt, associate professor of geography at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, will lead up to 24 students on a 17-day study abroad trip based at the Instituto Monteverde in Monteverde, Costa Rica May 9 – 25, 2015.