November 24, 2014  

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Dr. Beth Bryant-Claxton brings a wealth of experience as a clinical psychologist and administrator into her new role as executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies.

For the first time, the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will offer online courses in its acclaimed MBA program, beginning in January, 2015.

The 70th annual Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant will feature 14 students competing for the event title at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. General admission is $7 and $5 for students.

The event, hosted and produced by the Southern Miss Student Government Association, is a preliminary to the Miss Mississippi Pageant. Participants also compete for valuable scholarship funds.

The Mississippi Opera will present the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company’s production of The Merry Widow, Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Madison Square Center for the Arts in Madison, Miss. located at 2103 Main St.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will hold the 2nd annual National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit on Jan. 27-29, 2015 at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, La.

The final presentation in the 10th annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series at The University of Southern Mississippi will spotlight Dickey Chapelle, the first female war correspondent killed in combat.

A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at St. Johns Family Funeral Home in St. Augustine, Fla. for Dr. David Goff, former director of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, who died Sept. 30 at St. Augustine Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 66.

Jasmine Thomas, a senior at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a study abroad grant from the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society that will provide an opportunity to teach elementary school students in London next year.


Thomas, a native of Picayune, Miss., is one of 50 students nationwide to receive the award from Phi Kappa Phi – the country’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

University Libraries will participate in Open Access Week Oct. 20 – 24 in an effort to provide the The University of Southern Mississippi academic and research community the opportunity to learn about the potential benefits of open access.

Melissa Ziegler, instructor of kinesiotherapy in the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been appointed as a state captain for Mississippi in the South central Region by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA). In this role, Ziegler will be a point of contact for all medically-based fitness centers in the state to keep them informed about the activities and events impacting member facilities.

Dr. Douglas Casa, a nationally recognized expert in the study of exertional heat stroke, heat illness and sudden death in sports, spoke to athletic training students in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation Oct. 1. 

Tucked away on a corner of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, the Institute for Disability Studies Gulf Park Campus is the new name for a facility that is renowned for its service to those in need.

The Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus hosted a live stream of The National Dialogue on Career Pathways on Sept. 23, in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services.

The University of Southern Mississippi community is gearing up for a week of events to celebrate this year’s Homecoming with the theme “All That Glitters is Gold.”

The International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) recently presented The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) with its Conservation Award. The award is given annually to “individuals, groups or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the conservation of our fisheries’ resources”. 

University of Southern Mississippi Police have arrested Velton Williams, of Hattiesburg, in connection with an alleged threat to the Hattiesburg campus posted last week on the social media application Yik Yak.


The first lecture in the 2014-15 Anthropology and Sociology Colloquium Lecture Series features Dr. Christy Mello from The University of Southern Mississippi who will present, "Activism and Community Health: The Politics of Food, Racism, and Neoliberalism in Southeast Grand Rapids, Michigan." Free and open to the public, this event well be held Thursday, Oct. 2 at 12:15 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 204.

The Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg recently presented a check for $2,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The donation will provide funding for three Sertoma Scholarship recipients in the department.

The Children's Center for Communication and Development at Southern Miss welcomed the Lady Eagles basketball organization on Tuesday, Sept. 30 to celebrate the pair's annual play date.  For the fourth year the Lady Eagles have taken a morning off from practice and studies to reach out to the Center's children who are all under the age of six and have special needs.

A U.S. Small Business Administration award of $523,742 will help the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) at Stennis Space Center fortify its mission to put Mississippi on the map as a “center of activity” for the nation’s marine science and technology industry.

Jennifer Torres, professor in the Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently won the Seawall Art Award for her sculpture “Home for Everyone” at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center’s 2014 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in Portsmouth, Va. in September.

Charmaine Schmermund, assistant director of public relations at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus, received two awards at the 2014 Southern Public Relations Federation’s (SPRF) annual conference last month in New Orleans.


The Southern Miss Food Research Group, a collaboration of various departments at The University of Southern Mississippi that study food, will host “The Culinary Communities of Mississippi: Farm, Table and Campus,” a lecture series that will explore how we cook, eat and grow food in Mississippi.

The first lecture will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Peck House-Asbury Annex on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. "The Carrot and the Stick: The Role of Government in Nutrition" will be presented by Dr. Joseph Weinberg, a political science professor at Southern Miss.

The Department of English on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus will present a Fall 2014 film series titled “The Open Road and the American Frontier” with the first screening and discussion on Oct. 23. The series explores various responses to the closing of the American frontier.