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The Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has partnered with Special Olympics of Mississippi to host the Area Three Games on Saturday, August 8, at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Volunteers are needed to assist with nearly 100 athletes participating in the games.

Doctoral students from the United States and abroad have descended upon The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach to participate in a new, cutting-edge program in International Development.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, August 8, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The National Food Service Management Institute has been renamed the Institute of Child Nutrition, after it was determined a name change would better reflect a growth in its resources and services, as well as its mission of promoting the continuous improvement of child nutrition programs. The Applied Research Division of the Institute is housed in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health.

The Gulf Coast Metro Chapter of The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association will host the 17th annual Beach Bash event from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, July 24 at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business began relocating July 15 to Scianna Hall, its new home, from Joseph Greene Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

On May 10, 2012, Southern Miss officials broke ground on Scianna Hall, a 93,000-square-foot facility located next to the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship. It is named in honor of Southern Miss alumnus Charles “Chuck” Scianna, who committed $6 million toward the project. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the facility will be held in September.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology is re-opening its cadaver lab for kinesiology doctoral students. Students pursuing their Ph.D. in kinesiology are using the space to study the inner workings of the human body.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Brenna Landis, a resident of Biloxi who is working on a double major in English and political science, recently attended the 6th annual Citizens’ Climate Lobby International Conference in Washington, D.C. June 21 – 23. The goal of the conference is “bringing together 1,000 volunteers dedicated to building the political will for a livable world.”

Gary Cook, senior laboratory coordinator and equipment manager in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, is hanging up his lab coat after 35 years.

Recent University of Southern Mississippi graduate Stephanie Lane McCracken of D'Iberville has been awarded a fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

The Drum Corps International Tour will return to The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Wednesday, July 22 for the 2015 edition of DCI Southern Mississippi. World-class corps will headline the exciting event’s lineup at M.M. Roberts Stadium beginning starting at 7 p.m.

Kristen Dupard of New Orleans was crowned Miss University of Southern Mississippi during a ceremony Monday, July 13 in the President’s Conference Room of the Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Dupard ascended to the role in place of Hannah Roberts, who won the Miss Mississippi Pageant in June.
 

Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Southern District Commissioner Tom King presented a check to University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett July 13 that will provide a majority of funding for a new pedestrian, multi-use pathway on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Public Health has been selected as a scholar to participate in the 2015 National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Translational Health Disparities course.

The Southern Miss Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the successful completion of the trademarking and registering process for the new Southern Miss Golden Eagle logo.  

Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Interim Associate Provost for Gulf Park, effective August 1. The appointment follows Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Moser’s decision to suspend the position’s original search process until a permanent provost is named.

Heritage Vision Center in Hattiesburg is sponsoring its annual July promotion with a portion of prescription eyeglass sales during the month benefiting The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi has received a $1.6 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support advanced nursing education and practice.

Dr. Elaine Molaison has been named the new chair of the Department Nutrition and Food Systems (NFS) in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, effective July 1. Molaison replaces Dr. Kathy Yadrick, who after serving 12 years as chair wishes to spend more time in the classroom.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Tuesday, July 14, for anyone in Jones and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Dr. Sabrina Bryant, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Medical Laboratory Science, has been elected president of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science –– Mississippi (ASCLS-MS). She served as president-elect during 2014, and will become president in July.

The University of Southern Mississippi research community applauded the news today that Mississippi has reached an agreement in principle with British Petroleum (BP) to settle claims related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

University of Southern Mississippi student Bianca Stewart of Gulfport has been selected as a scholar in the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Scholars Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. The program is designed to prepare undergraduate college students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

The University of Southern Mississippi will honor Hannah Roberts, 2015 Miss Mississippi, with a welcome home reception at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg Campus on Saturday, July 11, at 2 p.m.

 

Roberts, who is a May 2015 Southern Miss graduate, was crowned Miss Mississippi last Saturday in Vicksburg. Remarks from University President Rodney D. Bennett and Roberts will be made at 3:15 p.m. The reception is open to the public.