May 25, 2015  

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The 2015 Petal - Southern Miss Powwow will be held in Petal at Willie Hinton Park with School Day Thursday, April 16 and the powwow activities April 17-19. The event is a celebration of Native American traditions. Music, social dance, arts and crafts are part of the schedule for the Powwow, which will also include food and novelty vendors.

One of the best ways to learn is through experience. For university students, getting real-life experience alongside classroom education is a win-win combination. That’s exactly what four graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi are getting at the DuBard School for Language Disorders.

 

Emily Murray from Mandeville, LA, Olivia Ryals from Columbia, MS, Sheridan McClendon from Greenville, MS and Christi Carrier from Niceville, FL are currently working on their master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Southern Miss and work part time at the DuBard School as graduate assistants.

Gov. Phil Bryant, along with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett, today announced USM’s plan to launch an emphasis area in Applied Behavior Analysis in its psychology master’s degree program. Applied Behavior Analysis, also known as ABA therapy, is widely regarded as an effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

When Hattiesburg Rotary contacted the Southern Miss Children’s Center’s then-director, Margaret Buttross Brinegar, to tell her Rotary had chosen the Center as Rotary’s 2005 beneficiary, Brinegar’s response, after “Thank you,” was, “What do we need to do to help?”  The generosity of Hattiesburg Rotary, and the spirit of partnership between Rotary and The Children’s Center, has been a tradition every year since that first conversation.

A graduate education training project spearheaded by polymer Professor Derek Patton has placed The University of Southern Mississippi among an elite group of awardees in the inaugural National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program.

 

Patton, associate professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, served as the principal investigator on a collaborative proposal titled: “NRT: Training Next-Generation Scientists with Experimental, Theoretical, and Computational Competencies for Complex Interfaces (INTERFACE).” The award is just above $2.8 million, covering five years.

Alpha Chi Omega sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its first philanthropic event, “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” Thursday, April 16 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Pride Field on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. The Southern Miss Student Counseling Services will serve as event co-sponsor, which will also include a “Take Back the Night” rally. 

In celebration of National Undergraduate Research Week, the Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold a colloquium Wednesday, April 15 at noon in room 110 in Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus, showcasing Eagle Scholar research projects that have won external recognition.

As the end of another school year comes to a close and parents search for summer activities for their children, The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of English and the official Southern Miss Quiddich Team have partnered to host the second annual Camp Quidd-Litt, a one of a kind one-week summer program on the Hattiesburg Campus. 

 

The Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi will honor retiring dance professor Shellie Nielsen at the upcoming Repertory Dance Company’s (RDC) Spring Concert. The performance will be held April 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and April 19 at 2 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and military and $6 for students.

It’s Paul Zelinsky’s hope that the 2015 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi was a source of inspiration for all its participants, particularly school teachers and librarians who attended, to keep doing what they do best: motivate young people to read.

Dr. Joseph S. Paul has worked at The University of Southern Mississippi for more than 40 years, spending the last 21 as vice president for Student Affairs. In February, Paul announced his retirement from the vice president’s position, effective June 30, 2015.

 

In celebration of his service to Southern Miss, the Southern Miss Alumni Association will host a Retirement Roast in his honor on Friday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom, located on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association has announced that festivities for Homecoming 2015 will occur on Saturday, Oct. 17, when the Golden Eagle football team battles Conference-USA rival University of Texas at San Antonio at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

In a follow-up to last season’s smash hit musical, Rent, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will present the exhilarating rock musical Spring Awakening, adapted by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater from the original play by Frank Wedekind.

 

The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome Dr. Jeffrey Grey, an international expert on military history, as the featured speaker for the Annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series on Monday, April 13.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is hosting various events throughout the week of April 12 in honor of National Library Week.

United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s Volunteer Hattiesburg will partner with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement to hold a community volunteer fair on Thursday, April 16 to provide an opportunity for the community of Hattiesburg and Southern Miss students to connect with local non-profit agencies and discover volunteer opportunities.

The largest construction project in The University of Southern Mississippi’s 105-year history culminated today (April 9) with the official ribbon-cutting of Century Park South – a new student housing complex on the University’s Hattiesburg campus.

 

A large group of Southern Miss faculty, staff, students, state officials and other friends of the University gathered on the grounds of Spirit Park to celebrate the $55.6 million project. Century Park South brings state-of-the art residence halls to Southern Miss, providing 954 beds for freshmen and other scholarship students.

Did you know a landlord cannot refuse to rent to a family with kids? Did you know a service animal is not a pet? Did you know that a landlord cannot “steer” a person to a particular apartment or listing?  

 

April is National Fair Housing Month and The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) recognizes that fair housing laws and practices should be highlighted in April as well as all other months of the year.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) are excited to offer a new Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Security Management.

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) and the Southern Students About Service (SSAS) at The University of Southern Mississippi are dedicated to helping individuals in recovery.

Mississippians have always liked living and working in their home communities. Mississippians with disabilities are no exception. House Bill 836, adopted by the Mississippi House of Representatives and Senate on March 31, will provide new opportunities for people with disabilities to use their skills and strengths as part of the state’s workforce.

The Honors College at the University of Southern Mississippi will host an “Out of the Darkness” Campus Walk benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Saturday, April 18 at Pride Field at 5 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus.

The third annual VooDoo 5K Run will be held Saturday, April 18 at 8 a.m. at Walthall Park in downtown Hattiesburg in conjunction with the annual Downtown Crawfish Jam. Proceeds benefit The University of Southern Mississippi Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic, which provides mental health services at a reduced cost to qualified Hattiesburg area residents.

The 48th Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate the genre of children’s literature April 8-10 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Presented by the university’s School of Library and Information Science, the festival also recognizes promising new talent in the field during the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award ceremony.