November 28, 2015  

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The Drum Corps International Tour will return to Hattiesburg Wednesday, July 24 for the 2013 edition of DCI Southern Mississippi. Top corps, including the 2012 World Champion Blue Devils, will compete at The University of Southern Mississippi's M.M. Roberts Stadium starting at 7 p.m.

Jason Powell, a Collins, Miss. native who is a detective with The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department, received the department’s prestigious Medal of Valor during a ceremony held on the university’s Hattiesburg campus in June.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory vessel Miss Peetsy B, recently converted to allow the use of waste vegetable oil as fuel, will make its maiden voyage under the new engine system on Wednesday, July 17 in Ocean Springs, Miss.

Learn more about earning the college degree you have always wanted by attending The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast’s information session Tuesday, July 23 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Orange Grove Community Center, located at 14416 Dedeaux Road in Gulfport.

Patricia Munn, an instructor in the School of Accountancy at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named the 2013 Outstanding Educator by the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA).

A national forum to discuss the Boston Marathon bombings will be one of the highlights at the 2013 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition that gets underway next week in Orlando, Fla.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi has received yet another international recognition for professional development programs, this one from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach will host the Industrial Audiometry and Hearing Certification Workshop on Aug. 5-7 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

Topics to be covered will include introduction to audiometry, physics and measurement of sound, anatomy and physiology of hearing conservation, audiometric testing, employee education, otoscopy, interpretation and record-keeping and medical-legal aspects of hearing conservation.

A University of Southern Mississippi geography professor’s research on an underwater Gulf Coast forest that may date back around 80,000 years could yield important clues about the region’s climate and habitat.

The community is invited to attend the Mississippi Partnerships for Employment (MSPE) Awareness Session on Tuesday, July 16, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi Technology Learning Center on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Dr. Casey Maugh, assistant professor of communication studies at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, recently had her book chapter “Blogging for Peace: Realistic job preview strategies from the 21st century Peace Corps volunteer” published in Volunteering and Communication: Studies from Multiple Contexts.

One definition of the word amazing is “surprisingly great.” That is a perfect way to describe Racheal Barnes . . . surprisingly great. 


On May 27, Barnes walked away with a title befitting that description when she was named Miss Amazing for the State of Mississippi at the Petal Community Center. She won the Miss category that recognizes young adults ages 24 – 27.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) held its installation of officers for 2013-2014 during a ceremony/luncheon July 9 at the R.C. Cook University Union Hall of Honors.

Approximately 40 vendors participated in the Minority Business Expo Tuesday, July 9 on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, part of an initiative of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning known as the Mississippi Public University Minority Economic Opportunity Initiative.

Three University of Southern Mississippi international business students have been recognized by the French American Chamber of Commerce-Gulf Coast Chapter (FACC) for their efforts in producing a critical economic development report and for developing directories and promotional materials for the organization.

The comments heard around midnight could have come from any of the campers assembled last month as part of the Inclusive Indoor Camping Trip held on the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast has opened the Gulf Coast Center for Child Development in Pass Christian to serve as a state-of-the-art learning facility and child care program for children age eight weeks through five years.

A workshop held June 28 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus provided teachers of students with special needs information about the latest technology they can use to advance learning in their classrooms.

Dr. David Butler, associate professor in the International Development Doctoral Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, will begin a study on health changes following disasters using a $1.3 million grant. It is the largest grant ever received in the university’s College of Arts and Letters.

Ann Branton, professor and grants administrator, retired after 22 years with the University of Southern Mississippi at the end of June. Branton also served as head of cataloging and bibliographic services for University Libraries.

Mississippi’s young people, including those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, should be afforded the opportunity for competitive, meaningful employment and productive lives as citizens of this state. To that end, the Mississippi Partnerships for Employment project will hold regional awareness sessions across the state to provide information on Employment First.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health hosted the 3rd Annual Mississippi Health Summit on June 26 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Approximately 180 healthcare professionals attended sessions to discuss issues and exchange ideas.

Caleb Faulkner, an incoming freshman chemistry and biochemistry major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Project SEED program. This is the first SEED scholarship awarded to a Southern Miss student.

Dr. Heidi Lyn, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, co-authored a paper recently published by the journal Frontiers in Psychology showing the comparison of communication by baby apes and humans, which implicates the theory of how language evolved in humans.