October 6, 2015  

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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.

Members of the Project Green Challenge Conscious College Road Tour spent most of Friday, April 26 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus promoting healthy lifestyle tips and sustainability awareness. Organization members visited 12 college campuses across the country to inform, raise awareness and inspire conscious living. Members of the Southern Miss student organization Sustainability Advocates also participated in the event. (University Communications photos by Van Arnold)

Dr. Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi and editor of the Southern Quarterly, was recently interviewed by Peter Menkin, religion writer for both the San Francisco Examiner and the Church of England Newspaper.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi held its annual Trike-A-Thon on Thursday, April 25 as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Children from the center were joined in the effort by University Police officers and Southern Miss sorority members. (University Communications photo by Chloe Rouse)

Dr. Christopher Barry, an associate professor and director of clinical admissions with the Department of Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be interviewed today, April 25 from 3-4 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT) in a teleconference hosted by The Practice Institute (http://thepracticeinstitute.com/) as part of its Interviews with the Authors series. To register for the teleconference, visit the website and click on the calendar date located on the right hand side of the page.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the 2013 Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. This year’s ceremony will feature guest speaker Karen Sock, president and CEO of Sock Enterprises Inc.

An information session presented April 18 at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center gave soldiers who attended insight into the  career training opportunities offered through The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT).

To describe the race to acquire national scholarships in higher education as competitive is a little like saying Niagara Falls is wet.


Under the tireless guidance of National Scholarship Officer Robyn Curtis, the University of Southern Mississippi has emerged as a major player in these fierce competitions. And nothing exemplifies that success more than the current year which has produced two Goldwater Scholars; a Truman Scholar and two Fulbright Student Finalists.

Dr. Thomas J. Lipscomb, associate dean in the College of Education and Psychology for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast and professor in the Department of Educational Studies and Research, accepted the 2013 Dean’s Cup presented by the Office of the Academic Dean at Southern Miss Gulf Coast.

Awarded the Dean’s Cup for a second year in a row, the College of Education and Psychology received the award based on overall student grade point average, student retention from the previous year to the current year and the college’s graduation rate. The Dean’s Cup was presented at the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Awards Day Ceremony on April 23. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

Students in the Department of Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management at The University of Southern Mississippi will present their capstone projects during the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association’s monthly meeting on Thursday, April 25.

The Speech and Debate team of The University of Southern Mississippi competed at the 100th anniversary tournament and convention of Pi Kappa Delta National Honor Society, March 13-17 on the campus of Webster University in St. Louis. The field of competition included 86 colleges and universities from across the U.S., with seven students representing Southern Miss at the tournament.

The University of Southern Mississippi announces the 2013 Spring Senior Show, hosted by the Department of Art and Design in the College of Arts and Letters. Presented in three different phases and places, it features works by graduating seniors on display now through May.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism recently earned the Minority Recruitment and Retention Award from the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA).

Charles “Chuck” Kershner, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who served as executive editor of the Clinton (N.Y.) Courier, died April 14 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 70.

University of Southern Mississippi students recently won awards in Jackson at the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters annual contest honoring the best in broadcast journalism in the state for 2012.

The fifth annual “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes,” designed to raise awareness of sexual assault and funds to support the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention, will be held Thursday, April 25 from 6-9 p.m. at the Payne Center Sports Field on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

The Mississippi Legislature’s authorization of $20 million in state bonds will help elevate a new nursing building at The University of Southern Mississippi from the planning stage to the construction phase.


Southern Miss will receive the funding this year which will expedite plans for the building – to be named Asbury Hall and built on the Hattiesburg campus. The official name has not yet been considered for approval by the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) Board. Tentative plans call for construction to begin in 2014.

The Department of Marine Science and Center for Gulf Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced the inauguration of the “Denis and Jean Wiesenburg Distinguished Lecture in Ocean Science.”