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Kelly Liles is turning fashion despair into hope.

Liles, a University of Southern Mississippi freshman biological sciences major, started “Dresses of Hope” in the summer of 2010. The nonprofit organization provides formal attire to young women in financial need.

University of Southern Mississippi students Michael Sims of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Hannah Roberts of Mount Olive, Miss., have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships which recognize the nation’s next generation of top research scientists.

 

Sims is a junior majoring in polymer science and chemistry, while Roberts is a sophomore chemistry major. Southern Miss accounts for two of the four Goldwater Scholarships awarded this year to students in Mississippi.

The Center for Child Development at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg will host Family Fun Day Sunday, April 14 from 1-5 p.m. in celebration of National Week of the Young Child. Admission is $5 for children and free for adults with proceeds to benefit the Center's playground.

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection Book Group at The University of Southern Mississippi will meet Thursday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. to discuss Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Month. The meeting will be held in the de Grummond Exhibit Room on the second floor of Cook Library, located between the library administration office and the School of Library and Information Science.

The Division of Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg will host a reception Wednesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in the president’s conference room in the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building for students recipients of scholarships funded through the annual Southern Miss-Comcast Golf Classic.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted a training session for 14 individuals from China on March 23-25 in New York City. 

Founders’ Day on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus April 1 was a celebration of the institution’s past, its future and the people who have made it what it is today.

 

It was also the first day of the presidency of Dr. Rodney Bennett, the University’s 10th executive officer.

Outstanding students in all of the academic areas of The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health were recognized at an awards event on Tuesday, April 2, in the Thad Cochran Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus celebrated the university’s Founders’ Day with a reception honoring employees for continuous service of 10 and 20 years to Southern Miss. In recognition of their service, honored employees received a commemorative pin from the university.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a free, fair housing workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center at 220 West Front St. in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi's annual International Food Fair, featuring native delicacies prepared in part by international students,  will be held Thursday, April 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baptist Student Union.  A $2 donation per person is requested.

For more information, contact the Center for International Education at 601.266.4344.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library will host a reception Monday, April 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. for the “Spring Fling” art exhibit currently on display. The exhibit, featuring artwork by several artists associated with the Pass Christian Art Association (PCAA), will be on display in the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach through June 17.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast celebrated the completion of the historic restoration of Hardy Hall and Lloyd Hall with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 30 during the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

University of Southern Mississippi social work students enrolled in a required field experience class gained invaluable experience following the Feb. 10 tornado that struck the Pine Belt in a disaster case management initiative facilitated by the American Red Cross.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received a vital financial boost from the Mississippi Legislature in the form of a general support bill that includes funds for renovation and repairs related to the Feb. 10 tornado that struck the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett began his first day (April 1) on the job speaking with members of local media and meeting with his executive cabinet this morning. Later he participated in the Founders’ Day activities as the university celebrated its 103rd anniversary.

 

“What a wonderful day to recognize the outstanding achievements of our students, faculty and staff and the founding of our university,” he said. “Today is also my first day and I cannot be more thrilled to make that statement. I look forward to a long tenure here.”

He’s enjoyed success and weathered storms - literal and figurative - in the last several months as interim president of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Now Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas will return to his roles as President Emeritus and professor of higher education as the University prepares for a new era of leadership under Dr. Rodney Bennett, who begins as president of the institution April 1.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast celebrated the completion of two new buildings with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 28 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Nicki Elizabeth Relan, a University of Southern Mississippi senior nursing major, is following a career path she set in motion many years ago as a kindergarten student in Diamondhead, Miss.

Service to the community is an important component of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies’ TRIAD Service AmeriCorps project.

 

Project participants, who are Hattiesburg-area youth and young adults with developmental disabilities, routinely provide services to community organizations. But there was nothing routine about their service work on Feb. 13 and 14 just a few days after an F-4 tornado hit the Hattiesburg campus.

When GE Aviation announced its selection of Ellisville, Miss., for a new aircraft engine composite parts production facility, the Mississippi Polymer Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi and Jones County Junior College partnered to support the prestigious company’s hiring and workforce development needs.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi paid tribute to distinguished faculty members and students during its annual Honors Banquet held Tuesday, March 26 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Bret Becton received the Joseph A. Greene Teaching Award, while Dr. Fujun Lai took home the Louis K. Brandt Publication Award. Other award winners from each department include the following:

Accounting:

Becker CPA Review 50 % Scholarship – Aaron Thomas

Beta Alpha Psi Award – Katie Carona

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will perform the concert “Fit for a King” Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, and on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Biloxi.

With a $1 million gift commitment from Joe and Kathy Sanderson of Laurel, Miss., The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s College of Nursing Building Campaign has exceeded the $5 million mark on the way to reaching its $8 million goal.