October 7, 2015  

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The University of Southern Mississippi Thad Cochran Center was recently filled with people from all over the campus who assisted the Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (Mississippi INBRE) program over the last year.

For Dr. Faye Gilbert, serving as president of the Southern Business Administration Association (SBAA) means honoring a commitment to provide students with the most rewarding college experience possible.


Dr. Jennifer Lemacks, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, has landed a National Institutes of Health grant for research focused on examining community-based solutions for health disparities in underserved populations.

As the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina nears, a decade-old play based upon the devastating storm will make a revival during special performances next month in Hattiesburg and Ocean Springs, Miss.

The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi has fortified its leadership team with the naming of two new directorships. Dr. Rebekah Young has been named associate director, while Dr. Jerry R. Alliston has been named community education director.

The national branch of the Military Order of the Purple Heart has awarded The University of Southern Mississippi its “Purple Heart University” designation. The designation signifies the University’s commitment and service to student-veterans wounded in combat while serving in the military and who now attend Southern Miss.

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.