August 27, 2015  

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The Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Heather Stur and Dr. Kevin Greene the new co-directors of the University’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COHCH) effective July 1.

A remarkable collection of artwork is now on view for the second time at The University of Southern Mississippi. “Drawing on Katrina: Mississippi Children Respond to the Storm” was first introduced in the summer of 2006 and featured approximately 300 works of art from South Mississippi children in kindergarten through the fifth grade.

Dr. Deanne Stephens Nuwer has been named Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus. Nuwer has previously served as an associate professor of history and history pedagogy at the Gulf Park campus.

Hannah Roberts, the reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, held a trunk show at the Hattiesburg campus’ Trent Lott Center on Thursday, June 18 in advance of the Miss Mississippi Pageant set for June 25-27 in Vicksburg.

Many know the phrase “the big bang theory.” There’s even a top television comedy series with that as its title. According to scientists, the universe began with the “big bang” and expanded to the size it is today. Yet, the gravity of all of this matter, stars, gas, galaxies, and mysterious dark matter, tries to pull the universe back together, slowing down the expansion. 

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves visited the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, June 18 to announce new legislation to benefit students with special needs across the state.

The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome the nation’s first class of undergraduates seeking a degree in Marine Science with an emphasis in hydrography when the 2015-16 Fall Semester begins in August.

In recognition of outstanding student achievement, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus recently hosted the 2015 Awards Day Ceremony in the Hardy Hall ballroom on the university’s campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has announced the appointment of Stace Mercier as its interim executive director, effective June 1, 2015.

After two weeks of training, 34 undergraduate students are prepared to better serve the health needs of their community through the Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (Mississippi INBRE) Service Scholars program in partnership with My Brother’s Keeper out of Jackson, Miss.

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.