December 18, 2014  

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Greek Life students at The University of Southern Mississippi can still find plenty of reasons to LOL, but the GPA is taking maximum precedence these days.

 

Joshua Schutts, assistant dean of students at Southern Miss, notes that the average grade point average for all Greek students currently sits at 3.07 – the highest number school officials can recall since at least the 1990s.

Dr. Shahid Karim, associate professor of biological sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study the disease-transmitting agents present in ticks and other blood-feeding anthropod vectors.

The first annual TRIAD (Training, Resources and Information for the Advancement of Disability Service) Service Celebration brought tears of joy for those receiving special recognition.

Classes will resume on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus on Thursday, while Southern Miss Gulf Coast will remain closed due to anticipated continuing effects of Tropical Storm Isaac.

 

Although conditions on the Hattiesburg campus are expected to improve throughout Thursday, students who are unable to commute safely to the Hattiesburg campus for Thursday classes are asked to alert their professors or contact the Office of Student-Oriented Services at 601.266.4025 beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

 

All campus offices will resume operations as well. For continuing University of Southern Mississippi updates related to Tropical Storm Isaac, continue to visit http://www.SouthernMiss.info

The nonprofit Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Mobile Service Office will be at the following locations Sept. 4-7 in South Mississippi to personally provide counseling and claim filing assistance to veterans and their families. Like all DAV services, help from the Mobile Service Office is free.

The Hurricane Katrina commemoration event hosted by the Katrina Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 29, has been postponed until further notice.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses will be closed Tuesday-Wednesday, Aug. 28-29 due to the anticipated effects of Tropical Storm Isaac.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will be closed all day Tuesday, August 28, and all day Wednesday, August 29. Tuesday and Wednesday classes will not meet due to the anticipated effects of Tropical Storm Isaac.

 

Continue to monitor usm.edu/gulfcoast and local media outlets.

 

* Updates regarding operations on the university’s Hattiesburg campus will be released early Monday afternoon.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach will be offering programs focused on management and leadership in September and October on the Hattiesburg campus.

The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi has just wrapped up the fifth successful year of project SEED, a high school mentoring program.

Six years ago, Mississippi schools were given a mandate to provide healthy living initiatives to thousands of students statewide. And now, a recent study shows that message may be getting through to the state’s youngest students.

 

Since 2003, Dr. Jerome Kolbo, with the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, and a team of researchers have looked at obesity rates among students in Mississippi. For the first time ever, obesity rates are declining for elementary-aged students.

Does a school board’s management style play a significant role in student academic achievement?

 

That’s the question University of Southern Mississippi educational leadership professor Dr. David Lee and some of his graduate students hope to answer through a research project examining correlations between high and low-achieving school districts and the behavior, decisions and personalities of the boards that govern them.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Hattiesburg for Dr. Dana Ragsdale, professor emeritus in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, who died Aug. 1 at her residence. She was 66.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently enrolling for an after-school program to serve young struggling readers.

 

The Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP) is designed for students ages 5 through 10 with challenges in reading, spelling and written language, who may or may not have a diagnosis of dyslexia.

Dr. Noel Polk, a University of Southern Mississippi professor emeritus of English and international expert on the work of Nobel Prize-winning Mississippi author William Faulkner, died Tuesday in Jackson, Miss. He was 69.

With just a hint of autumn in the air, students congregated on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach on Wednesday, Aug. 22 for the first day of classes in the 2012 Fall Semester.

The customary hustle and bustle returned to The University of Southern Mississippi campus today (Aug. 22) as students scurried to classes for the first day of the 2012 Fall Semester.

 

For sophomore Darrionne Myles, of New Orleans, the new academic year inspires a mixture of excitement and nervousness.

As part of the 100 Years of Championships and Commencements celebration, Southern Miss will hold The 100 Years Gala on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

A rainy morning couldn’t dampen the spirits of the incoming freshmen who descended upon The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Friday, Aug. 17 to make it their new home for the fall 2012 semester and beyond.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomed six new members to its staff this fall, including three speech-language pathologists (SLPs), two teacher assistants and a communications coordinator.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) recently received a Gary LaGrange Endowment that will be used to support the Center’s activities and mission.

The University of Southern Mississippi hopes to alleviate some of the stress military personnel already face by providing free textbooks to soldiers at Camp Shelby.

 

Thanks to a recent initiative conceived by Southern Miss Provost Dr. Denis Wiesenburg and the University’s deans, soldiers taking introductory courses in English, math and psychology at Southern Miss can obtain their textbooks free of charge from the Camp Shelby Educational Support Fund established through the USM Foundation.

Lucy Matthews Hunt of Vicksburg, Miss. was honored during the spring 2012 semester as The University of Southern Mississippi’s top student teacher by the Mississippi Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (MACTE).

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi (MEP.ms) has announced that The Mississippi Polymer Institute provided outstanding technical assistance to four Mississippi-based manufacturing companies, yielding $2.9M in direct financial impact during the 2012 fiscal year.