October 5, 2015  

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Mother’s Day weekend will be extra special for Earma Ford as she watches her son, Timothy Adams, walk across the stage at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast commencement ceremony Saturday, May 11 to pick up his bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Eileen Dominguez, a tourism management major from Honduras, spent the majority of her spring semester as an intern with American Greetings Corp.

Chad R. Miller, University of Southern Mississippi assistant professor of Economic Development, was voted chair-elect of the American Society for Public Administration's (ASPA) Transportation Policy & Administration section. Miller was elected at the recent national ASPA conference in New Orleans.

Caitlin Leumas of Mandeville, La., a senior in the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, received the C.L. Dews, Jr. Distinguished Student Scholar Athlete Award based on her athletic, academic and leadership abilities.

The Accelerator, The University of Southern Mississippi’s technology commercialization center, has announced the additions of GE Aviation, Radiance Technologies, and Vatican Capital to its list of tenants.

Lt. Col. James Troy Wicktom, right, chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Aerospace Studies, was recognized for his 20 years of service Friday, May 3 during a retirement ceremony at Gonzalez Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Presenting Wicktom with a certificate recognizing his two-plus decades of service to his country in the U.S. Air Force is Col. Rigel Hinckley. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi has selected 14 students earning their degrees from the Gulf Park campus for the 2012-2013 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Students were selected based on leadership, extracurricular activities and community contributions throughout their academic career. Additionally, students must graduate in the current academic year. Undergraduate students are required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and graduate students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.75.

The Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) at the University of Southern Mississippi has recognized four students with this year's CCCE Service award. The students selected are Lindsey Pellittieri, Amber Hammons, Ned Nelson and Tyler Meador.

Pellittieri is a dedicated member of Campus link  AmeriCorps.  She also participates in many volunteer opportunities on campus such as Autism weekend and summer camps and has participated in 4 alternative break trips

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music has named Dr. Jamie Standland, assistant director of bands for the School, as director of the The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band heading into the 2013 season.

The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College, in conjunction with the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, hosted a reception on Wednesday, May 1 for students who applied for these awards in 2012-13.

The Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi hosted its first Alumni Group Dinner on Wednesday, April 24 at Lake Terrace Convention Center. 

The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will perform, “Rock and Roll of the 1970s,” at two concerts in the Fleming Education Center auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The concerts will be held Friday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, at 3 p.m.

Mark Rigsby, associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Art and Design department and director of the Museum of Art was selected as one of America’s finest artists and craftsmen and recently exhibited at the 31st annual Smithsonian Craft Show on April 24-29 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.  Martha Stewart served as honorary chairman and special guest.

University of Southern Mississippi students Stephanie Abby and Alex Piper have not stopped smiling since bringing home top honors from competition that boasted thousands of contestants from institutions across the nation. The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) is an educational initiative hosted by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has announced Dr. Shannon Fleming as its next Executive Director, effective June 3. In this role, Fleming will serve as the chief staff executive for the USM Foundation, in addition to serving as the director of development for the University, and will be responsible for the Foundation’s strategic leadership, attainment of goals and objectives, coordination of fundraising activities and board management.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett joined representatives of GE Aviation, along with local, state and federal officials Tuesday for the grand opening of the company’s new 344,000-square-foot composites manufacturing facility in Ellisville.


The plant, known as GE Ellisville Composites, is a $56 million company investment that will create 250 jobs. Previously, the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials collaborated with GE Aviation on technology and advanced material development for the company’s Batesville Composites Operation in Batesville, Miss.

Representatives from six different European countries spent three days touring the Mississippi Polymer Institute and related facilities at The University of Southern Mississippi earlier this month as part of a clean technology project.

Registration is now open for fall enrollment at the Early Connections Learning Center. Spaces are available for children ages 1 to 4.


Early Connections Learning Center is operated by the Lamar County School District in partnership with The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies, Mississippi’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service.

Each year, The University of Southern Mississippi hosts its Founders Day Ceremony in conjunction with the founding of the University on March 30, 1910.  During this ceremony, faculty, staff and students are recognized for their accomplishments and awards are presented to deserving recipients.

Exemplifying the excellence demonstrated in the College, several college faculty, staff and students that were recognized during this year's ceremony included:

Andrew L. Goldsmith of Easton, Pa., a third-year doctoral student in the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, received the Graduate Student Research Award for his paper and presentation titled “Whistleblowing Intention in Sport: The Role of Motives and Cost-Benefit Analysis” at the Ninth Annual Southern Sport Management Conference in Troy, Ala.

Donna Langford, co-chair of the board for The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been recognized for her generosity and giving spirit with Mississippi’s 2013 Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award.

Five audiology doctoral students from the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received the prestigious white coat, signifying their transition from academic studies to clinical health sciences.

The official opening of GE Aviation’s new plant in Ellisville, Miss., will mark a significant uptick in the partnership between the manufacturing giant and The University of Southern Mississippi.

A University of Southern Mississippi Honors College student is the recipient of a prestigious National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship.

Kendall Moore, Jr., a sophomore computer science major from Madison, Miss. and a Presidential Scholar at Southern Miss, earned the award that includes funding for two academic years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time summer internship at a NOAA facility. It is named for retired U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings of South Carolina.