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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.

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will conduct an on-site assessment August 4-7 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Regional Public Safety Institute (SRPSI) to ensure compliance with Mississippi standards and Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) standards. Law enforcement agencies seeking to be accredited by CALEA are required to comply with 159 professional standards in order to achieve accreditation status.

Several administrative changes have taken place in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi for the start of the 2014-2015 year.

 

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected president of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 6.  He will become President-Elect at the August 2014 APA meeting, take over as President in August 2015 and become Past President in August 2016.

Two University of Southern Mississippi alumni with experience as administrators in the school’s Division of Student Affairs have been named to manage its Greek Life operations.

Charles Childress, assistant director of Conference and Fraternity Housing at the university, will serve as director of the Office of Greek Life. Megan Wilkinson, currently the operations manager for the Union Complex, will take on the role of assistant director. Both will begin their duties August. 1.

Richard Fenton, vice president of Corporate Security and Parking Services, Ilitch Holdings, was presented the Distinguished Leadership Award during the 2014 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition July 8-10 in Indianapolis.

The Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling at The University of Southern Mississippi is accepting applications for admission into the fall 2014 master of education in school counseling and guidance services degree program offered at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

A total of 9 sports security professionals will be recognized for their leadership in addressing safety and security issues as part of the 2014 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 8-10, in Indianapolis, Ind. More than 400 security professionals and 56 vendor exhibits are expected for the national conference.

 

A total of 13 sports facilities will be recognized for their achievements in security as part of the 2014 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 8-10, in Indianapolis, Ind. More than 400 security professionals and 56 vendor exhibits are expected for the national conference.

The University of Southern Mississippi Panama Study Abroad Group – which included students focused on business, logistics and human capital development -- visited the offices of InfosGroup in the City of Knowledge in Panama recently.

 

Police officers at The University of Southern Mississippi joined forces with other area law enforcement agencies for an active shooter training exercise on Wednesday, July 2 at Pulley Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

The Epsilon Delta Chapter of Chi Omega Fraternity at The University of Southern Mississippi was recognized with the “Chapter of Excellence” Award and the “Founder’s Cup” at the fraternity’s national convention in Orlando, Fla., June 25-29.

 

Lorenzo Spencer, a junior at University of Southern Mississippi, was recently selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP). Lorenzo is the son of Lorenzo and Cheryl Spencer of Hattiesburg, Miss.

Thomas Schmidt of Ocean Springs, Miss. received a second lieutenant commission into the U.S. Army after completing the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at The University of Southern Mississippi during the spring 2014 semester. ROTC helps train college students to become an officer in the U.S. military.

Ten students from the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently participated in Digi Day, an opportunity for students in SLIS to obtain service hours and digitization experience while assisting the digital lab with existing projects. Elizabeth La Beaud, manager of the University Libraries’ digital lab, and Emilie Aplin, president of the Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA), organized the event.

As temperatures rise throughout the long, hot days of summer in South Mississippi, so too does the presence of mosquitoes. And with that pesky insect comes the threat of West Nile Virus.

 

The mosquito-transmitted disease has been on the upswing nationwide over the past several years. It is estimated that the virus has killed more than 1,500 people and infected more than 50,000 Americans in the last 15 years.