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A total of 10 sports facilities will be recognized for their achievements in security as part of the 2015 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition July 6-9 in Orlando, Fla. More than 450 security professionals and 55 vendor exhibits are expected to attend the national conference.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Tuesday, June 23, for anyone in Oktibbeha and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Very few families have put down roots – both literally and figuratively – anywhere like the Berry family has at The University of Southern Mississippi. Recently several family members celebrated three generations of Berry’s attending the University with a ceremony on the grounds of the Hattiesburg campus.

One of Mississippi’s architectural icons and the centerpiece of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will undergo major repairs later this year.

 

Work to stabilize the foundation and replace approximately 72 pieces of deteriorating terracotta from the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building, will begin after Sept. 8. The $2.55 million project also includes brick masonry repointing, replacement and cleaning, and repairs and revisions to the building’s porches and columns to improve access in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Cracking and joint separation have also become visible in the structure, leading to moisture infiltration.   

Dr. Sheree Watson, an associate professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, died June 9 at Forrest General Hospital. She was 58.

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.

 

When GE Aviation announced its selection of Ellisville, Miss., for its new jet engine composite parts production facility, the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) and Jones County Junior College (JCJC) partnered to support the prestigious company’s hiring and workforce development needs.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism has announced the names of the participants for the 2015 Remembering Hurricane Katrina Multimedia High School Workshop, to be held on the Hattiesburg campus June 14-21.

Kristen Dupard wrapped up her spring semester and looks back at an an amazing time in her life.

When she got on a plane in New Orleans in early spring, Dupard knew she was in for an exciting four days. But she had no idea exactly how exciting. She traveled to Miami for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

The University of Southern Mississippi honored the outstanding achievements of students, faculty, staff and graduating seniors at their 2014-2015 Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education (IMAGE) awards banquet.

The Office of Admissions at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach recently hired Ashley Burton as an admissions counselor to focus on university recruiting in the business, government, and industry sectors along the Gulf Coast, including the military and gaming workforce.

The Project SEARCH® program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) hosted a job fair last month on the Hattiesburg campus to promote the hiring of youth with disabilities.

 

A total of 8 sports security professionals will be recognized for their leadership in addressing safety and security issues as part of the 2015 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 6-9 in Orlando, Fla. More than 450 security professionals and 60 vendor exhibits are expected for the national conference.

Dr. Jim Black, an alumnus of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi, was presented the Dissertation Award during the Association for Talent Development (ATD) 2015 International Conference and Exposition held last month in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Joy Greiner, a former professor and administrator at The University of Southern Mississippi, died May 19 in Dallas.

A memorial service for Dr. Greiner will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20 at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg. A reception for friends and colleagues will follow at 2 p.m. in room 218 of the Thad Cochran Center on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

A team comprised of University of Georgia researchers and colleagues in the ECOGIG -- Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf -- Research Consortium has neared the midway point in a three-and-half-week-long research cruise on board the R/V Endeavor, a vessel owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University of Rhode Island.

The Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach hosted its second annual awards ceremony last month recognizing the program’s “Guest Gurus,” 2014-2015 graduates, and presenting awards to students and alumnus.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is currently exhibiting artwork created by members of the university’s faculty and staff.

He doesn’t claim the moniker “dolphin whisperer,” but Dr. Stan Kuczaj’s expertise on the popular marine mammal has earned him international recognition for his study of the species’ cognitive and communicative abilities, including in a recent edition of National Geographic

Emily DeVoe a 2014 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, and the winner of a plethora of Associated Press awards for her coverage of the Pine Belt during her time at Southern Miss, recently accepted a job as a reporter with television station WKRG in Mobile, Ala.

 

Teachers, speech-language pathologists, dyslexia specialists and other professionals who work with individuals with dyslexia/specific learning disabilities in reading now have access to a new product to aid in the remediation of dyslexia.

 

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi released today (June 3) the Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP), a program for students who struggle with reading, writing and spelling.

 

Jennifer Brannock and Sarah Mangrum in University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi are recipients of a Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Brannock and Mangrum will receive $10,000 and University Libraries was one of 75 organizations to receive the grant, which total more than $1 million.

The United States Army has awarded a $4.9 million research contract to The University of Southern Mississippi for development and evaluation on a helmet liner designed to provide enhanced head protection for warfighters.

 

The Southern Miss Pneumatic Cushioning helmet liner was developed in the laboratories of Dr. Jeff Wiggins, director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, in collaboration with Dr. Trent Gould, associate dean in the College of Health and professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Dr. Scott Piland, assistant director and associate professor in the School of Kinesiology. The primary objective of this two-year program is to develop next generation pneumatic cushioning systems which exceed the blunt impact performance standard of current Army helmets in cold, ambient, and hot testing conditions.

Paul Turner, director of Event Operations and Security for the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium, will be presented the Distinguished Leadership Award during the 2015 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition July 6-9 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The event is presented by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.