November 25, 2015  

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University of Southern Mississippi Provost Dr. Denis Wiesenburg has announced that Dr. Patricia Biesiot, associate dean in the College of Science and Technology, will serve as interim dean during the college’s period of transition.


The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) will host a program Wednesday, Sept. 11 to recognize and promote charitable services and other community outreach efforts that honor the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

According to U.S. News and World Report, The University of Southern Mississippi has the 134th best English doctoral program in the nation. The rankings are determined by peer assessments, and this milestone represents the national reputation of Southern Miss English faculty and students and their extraordinary productivity.

In the corner of an Alaskan high school classroom hangs a bulletin board adorned with enough University of Southern Mississippi references to make any alumnus black and gold with envy.


The school is North Pole High -- and the teacher is Sherri Young, a 1984 Southern Miss graduate and mother of three students currently enrolled at the university. Katie Young, 22, is a senior English licensure major; Emma, 20, is a junior advertising major and Matthew, 19, is an incoming freshman who plans to major in history.

People of all ages took part in The University of Southern Mississippi Technology Learning Center’s (TLC) 2013 Gulf Coast Tennis and Softball Clinic this summer on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The free sports clinic catered to 45 participants with various physical disabilities.

Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour, professor of International Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, authored the recently published book, “The Fundamentals of Money and Financial Systems.”

A major landscape project currently underway on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will be accentuated by the presence of a towering golden eagle statue commissioned and donated by alumnus Chuck Scianna.


The bronze statue, designed by Idaho artist/sculptor David Anderson, will be positioned at the apex of the All-American Rose Garden that faces Hardy Street. The sculpture measures approximately 22-foot tall by 20-foot wide and will sit atop an 8-foot high pyramid-shaped base. A smaller version of the sculpture will be erected on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, symbolically tying the campuses together.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host fall semester 2013 registration from 2 – 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 and Wednesday, Aug. 14 in the Fleming Education Center at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Last year the Mississippi Polymer Institute partnered with NASA to develop a new tool for evaluating cleaning solutions/solvents that are more environmentally friendly than the ones currently used on NASA’s rocket engine parts. 


Students who want to attend The University of Southern Mississippi and study to become a teacher can get help meeting that goal through a new program established by the State Legislature.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Aug. 10, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

With technology evolving at warp speed, staying abreast of current trends is crucial to the professionals who work in related fields. Especially those involved with higher education.

In response to the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, this year’s National Forum, “Maintaining Safety and Security at Open Access Sporting Events: Different Challenges, Same Principles,” provided attendees with a set of protective measures to establish more secure environments at events with open access areas.

A memorial service for Dr. Gerry Cadenhead Fletcher will be held on Wednesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Dr. Fletcher, former dean of the College of Nursing and dedicated supporter of Southern Miss athletics, died Monday, July 22 at Forrest General Hospital. She was 73.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recently announced the selection of officers for its 2013-2014 Executive Committee. The committee’s membership includes alumni who are accomplished leaders in their communities who demonstrate strong commitment to the betterment of the university.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett announced today that Gen. Jeff Hammond has accepted a position at the university as Special Assistant to the President for Military and Veterans Student Affairs. Hammond, a Southern Miss alumnus and retired two-star Army general, will begin work in his new role on Aug. 1.

There is no better way to learn about international development than to travel to Europe for a firsthand lesson. Students and faculty in the International Development Doctoral Program (IDV) at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus recently returned from a two-week study abroad trip in Brussels, Belgium, and Munich, Germany.

Artists of Gulfport Galleria of Fine Art are currently exhibiting art works at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The library will host an artist reception Thursday, July 25, from 4 – 6 p.m.

A Netherlands based software firm, INCONTROL Simulation Solutions, has announced intentions to open an office in Hattiesburg, Miss., and operate out of the Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi campus.


The firm’s new office location is a result of a partnership with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi. 


When Zavation needed expert guidance and production of a new medical device, the company looked no further than the Mississippi Polymer Institute.


University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett announced today (July 18) that Bill McGillis would become the university’s next athletics director.


Bennett made the announcement at a gathering of hundreds of Southern Miss students, alumni, employees and fans at the university’s Trent Lott Center.

Dennis Cunningham, Executive Vice President for Security, National Hockey League, was presented the Distinguished Leadership Award during the 2013 National Center for Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition July 16-18 in Orlando, Fla.

Julie Hammond-White, an associate professor and director of dance education in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance, has been selected for the 2013 Excellence in Higher Education Award from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi has received a donation of $11,050 from the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, which represents proceeds from the organization’s annual “Night in Italy” benefit dinner.