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Researchers from across the nation have visited The University of Southern Mississippi over the past few months in order to work with one of the largest Maya skeletal series. Their research will reveal much about the physical characteristics, health and culture of the Maya Indians whose remains were excavated at Tipu, an archaeological site in the Maya Mountains near the Belize-Guatemala border in Central America.

The year 2013 proved challenging and rewarding at The University of Southern Mississippi – from the devastation of an F-4 tornado to the naming of a new president.

 

Below are some of the highlights that helped shape what became a memorable year in the University’s history.

Segments of The University of Southern Mississippi's Holiday Choral Spectacular will air on area television stations over the next week. Taped during live performances at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg earlier this month, the program features the outstanding Southern Miss choral programs and symphony orchestra and area high school choirs in a musical evening hosted by Dr. Rodney Bennett.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host spring semester 2014 registration and advisement for new and returning students Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 2 – 6 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Orientation for new undergraduate students will be held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on January 8. Spring semester classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 14 and the last day to register for full-semester classes is Friday, Jan. 17.

Dr. Mark Miller, professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Geography and Geology, has been selected as the recipient of the Mississippi World Trade Center’s (MSWTC) 2013 “Excellence in International Education Award.” Miller received the award at the MSWTC annual meeting in Jackson, Miss.  

The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) will enter a transition phase at the conclusion of this year with the departure of Director Dr. Bryan Brister, who has accepted a position as chief operating officer with Voltea, an international water purification company. MPI Operations Leader Robert Thompson will assume the role of interim director.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach chartered two new student organizations during the fall semester. The Alliance for Equality and Student Veteran’s Association were both approved by the Student Organizations Council to serve as organizations for Southern Miss Gulf Coast students.

 

"Give a Child a New Book Day" has announced the initiative received 4,000 donated books for 2013, an increase of 330 books from 2012’s donation collection total. This means every child in the Hattiesburg area served by the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program will receive a brand new book for Christmas.

Emily Matthews, a second-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, captured second place for Best Student Leader Award at the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization Conference held last month in Chicago, Ill.

 

The American Heart Association celebrated their 2013 Heart Walk t-shirt contest winners, top fundraisers and top sponsors on Friday during a luncheon at the Four Points Sheraton in Biloxi. Among those recognized were Dr. Frances Lucas, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast vice president and campus executive officer, and Shanna Bordelon, secretary for the university’s Gulf Coast College of Education and Psychology.

Dr. Heather Pearson and Dr. Giselle Marks, both graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi doctoral program, took home significant awards from the New York Cosmetic Technology Transfer Conference held last month in Iselin, N.J.

The University of Southern Mississippi Film Program will sponsor a Master Class in Screenwriting course under the direction of renowned writer David Sheffield January 2-14 (including Saturdays) from 6-10 p.m. at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

Their sibling rivalry propelled Rebekah Young and her brother Jim Hubert Young III to Friday’s commencement ceremonies at The University of Southern Mississippi, where they joined other graduates receiving diplomas on the Hattiesburg campus Friday, Dec. 13. More than 1,100 students were candidates for degrees this fall semester as the university held two graduation ceremonies.

Rodney D. Bennett, president of The University of Southern Mississippi, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 29th annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo.

The Learning Commons at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is providing free Graduate Record Examination (GRE) study sessions during the fall and spring semester break.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host the Pine Belt Parade of Champions Monday, Dec. 16, at 5:30 p.m. on its Hattiesburg campus. The event, organized by area high schools, will honor three area state championship football teams including Bassfield, Forrest County Agricultural and Oak Grove high schools.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received a favorable ruling from U.S. District Court in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former professor.

The Office of University Communications has been honored by the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) with two awards, including one prestigious Lantern Award for its development of the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) website.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Black Studies, in collaboration with the city of Hattiesburg, Hattiesburg Historic Downtown Association and the Hattiesburg Convention Commission will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, when more than 1000 volunteers came to Mississippi from across the nation in 1964 to launch an unprecedented voter registration drive for African Americans.  

 

Film Program Offering 2-Week Screenwriting Course with Writer David Sheffield

The film program at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the intersession course, “Master Class in Screenwriting,” with Southern Miss alum and former Saturday Night Live writer David Sheffield. The course will be held Jan. 2 – 14 from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

With the required time period expired for filing new petitions to the United States Supreme Court, the Mississippi Supreme Court’s favorable ruling toward The University of Southern Mississippi in three cases involving former coaches with the women’s soccer program will stand.

Dr. Denis Wiesenburg, Provost at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced that Dr. Daniel Norton will join the University as Associate Provost for International Programs, beginning March 1, 2014. He takes over for Dr. Rafael Sánchez-Alonso, who has served in an interim capacity.

Jerry Holt, a 1983 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s photojournalism program and longtime member of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune photo staff, recently reflected on his coverage of the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa.

Holt was part of a news team the Star-Tribune sent to South Africa to cover the historic event, in which non-whites were allowed for the first time to vote in a presidential election. Mandela, who died Dec. 5, is the icon of the country’s anti-apartheid movement and was imprisoned for 27 years on charges of attempting to overthrow the government.

M.K. Turk, the winningest men’s basketball coach in the history of Southern Miss, passed away Friday morning. He was 71.

 

Turk spent 20 seasons as the head basketball coach at The University of Southern Mississippi and finished his career as the all-time winningest coach in school history with 301 Golden Eagle victories, one NIT championship, two NCAA appearances and six NIT appearances.