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The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi held its first-ever Risk Management for Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities course on May 11 in Dover, Delaware. The course focuses on developing prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery techniques at interscholastic athletic events, and for after-school activities.

In celebration of June as National Homeownership Month, a free community resource housing fair will be held Thursday, June 4, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center at 220 West Front St., in downtown Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) recently awarded six students officer commissions in a ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus, following their completion of the program.

The University of Southern Mississippi, in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard, announced today the establishment of a Coast Guard Auxiliary University Program (AUP) located on the university’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

From left to right, University of Southern Mississippi representatives Janeal McKee, student services coordinator; Mary Maner, alumna and vice president of the Women’s and Gender Studies Student Organization; and Kady Pietz, executive assistant to the Gulf Park campus vice president; present a check for $1,005 to Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence representatives Sandra Morrison, executive director, and LaDona Schwertman, transitional to permanent housing case manager.

 

The graduate nursing program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked as the state’s best and also included among the top programs nationwide in a recent assessment by U.S. News & World Report.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) concluded its series of educational high school events and competitions on Friday, May 1, by hosting its 8th annual SEP State Business Plan Competition on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach will offer a full schedule of events for the Summer Session. In addition to 40 classes, seminars, field trips and special events during the summer semester, a couple of events are new and unique on the schedule.

This past weekend as The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the class of 2015 with commencement exercises, the College of Arts and Letters recognized the accomplishments of some of its brightest students at a recent awards banquet.

As recent studies indicate that speech and hearing disorders are growing causes of disability for children in the U.S., May’s Better Hearing and Speech Month is the perfect time for parents to learn how to recognize the early signs.

 

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is encouraging parents to educate themselves through the Identify the Signs campaign, a national effort of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

University of Southern Mississippi students working toward a Master of Business Administration (MBA) have a number of options — and not just in terms of job opportunities post-graduation.

 

Southern Miss students have been able to take classes at the University’s campuses in Hattiesburg and in Long Beach for many years, and now the first students have begun working toward their MBA entirely through online offerings.

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President for Student Affairs Joe Paul did in his May commencement address what he’s done best in a 39-year career at his alma mater – give sound advice and guidance to students.

 

Paul, a Bay St. Louis, Miss. native shared life lessons from experiences and observations gained from working in the private sector and in student affairs administration at Southern Miss in two addresses Friday, May 8 at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus, and also during an address to Gulf Park Campus students on Saturday, May 9 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

 

 

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi has earned accreditation through the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) – indicating that it meets or exceeds professional standards, giving students an advantage with prospective employers and graduate schools.

University of Southern Mississippi biology professor Dr. David Beckett is serving in the role of  Grand Marshal-Distinguished Professor, an award recognizing a senior faculty member who has excelled in teaching, research and service.
 

By a twist of fate, two alumnae from The University of Southern Mississippi have crossed paths some 7,600 miles away from Hattiesburg, Miss.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Kelvin Barber will soon trade his life as a Hattiesburg college student for a new one as a system engineer with Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Mo.

 

Barber, a Natchez, Miss., native and Information Technology major at Southern Miss, will be working with Linux to update systems and software used in hospitals.

Natalya Ortolano and Meredith Barefield, biological science majors at The University of Southern Mississippi earned special recognition during the University’s Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity.

The newly created training program in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester. Graduates of the ABA Program will earn a Master of Science Degree in Psychology with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and will meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

 

Alanna Buckley and Ashley Moffett, graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently completed extensive training through the Institute for Disability Studies’ Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program.

Dr. Robert Lochhead, a former director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award May 1 at the Faculty Awards Reception and Ceremony, held at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Office of Student Activities at The University of Southern Mississippi recently recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of its 192 student organizations at the Student Organization Awards and Recognition ceremony. More than 120 nominations were collected, and a student affairs review committee determined the winners.

Students from The University of Southern Mississippi are joining the ranks of athletic trainers certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification.

Having already accepted a job out of state, Joe Paul was unable to participate in graduation exercises after earning his bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

But the longtime Southern Miss administrator will have an opportunity to amend that regret as the keynote speaker for Southern Miss’s spring 2015 commencement on Friday, May 8. He will also serve as the speaker for commencement at the University’s Gulf Park Campus on Saturday, May 9.  

Four University of Southern Mississippi students have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, marking the first time the University has produced this many winners in a single year.

 

Laken Kendrick, of Hattiesburg, Miss.; Abagail Williams, of Independence, Mo.; Dexter Dean of Clinton, Ala.; and Cassandra Reese, of San Diego, Calif., were granted the fellowships from a pool of 16,500 applicants. No other Mississippi college or university matched Southern Miss in NSF Fellowship winners for 2015.