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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach will sponsor the Industrial Audiometry and Hearing Conservation Certification course August 6-8 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Heritage Vision Center in Hattiesburg is hosting its annual July promotion with a portion of prescription eyeglass sales during the month benefiting The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Children’s Center, a clinical division in the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities while providing training for university students. 

It’s the stuff of dreams that became a reality in a University of Southern Mississippi laboratory.

 

Inspired by his own dream of a technology now considered revolutionary in the world of plastics research, polymer science professor Marek Urban developed a unique type of plastic material that turns red or “bleeds” when damaged.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi received a special surprise when Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves stopped by for a visit on Tuesday, July 10.

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has set a new record for gifts and pledges received during a single fiscal year at $20,336,110. The record eclipses the previous mark of $13.9 million from fiscal 2006 by 46 percent and also represents an increase of 300 percent over the amount raised last year. More than 4,620 donors participated in the record-setting effort.

Sarah Garrison, visiting instructor and Pat Sims, visiting associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Child and Family Studies, presented the workshop “Ethical Decisions Related to Confidentiality and Family Systems” recently at the 24th annual Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Inc. Conference in Meridian, Miss.

More than 200 key healthcare professionals from across Mississippi convened at The University of Southern Mississippi on June 29 for the 2nd Annual Mississippi Health Summit.

Chris McGee, associate director of facilities at recreational sports at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently enjoyed one of the most acclaimed opportunities a softball umpire can experience.

Dr. Ray Newman, a longtime health care executive and higher education scholar, has been named chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Managing issues associated with spectator violence at sports and other entertainment events will be the topic of the national forum at this year’s third annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans July 31-Aug. 2.

Nine of the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles will compete at M.M. Roberts Stadium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 as part of the Drum Corps International (DCI) Southern Series Tour.

The Sun Herald and The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will present the Issues + Answers lecture, “Pioneers of the Gulf: Sharing a Century of Knowledge about Gulf of Mexico Fisheries” Wednesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. in the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center auditorium.

 

When researchers and faculty members at Mississippi's research universities and institutions switch on their computers this morning, they have a new direct connection to the ultrafast Internet2 network via the new Jackson Internet2 connector site.

The University of Southern Mississippi has been named one of the nation’s top sales universities in an annual report announced by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF).

 

Southern Miss is the only Mississippi university listed among the top 60 recognized in the foundation’s annual salute to collegiate sales programs.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi held an orientation session Thursday, June 28 at the Peck House for persons interested in joining the organization.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, July 21 for residents with and without disabilities in Jasper and surrounding counties.

Faculty and graduate students in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work will aid in the Gulf Coast’s recovery from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill by addressing the mental health needs of those still impacted by the April 2010 disaster.

 

An allocation of more than $100 million in funds from the BP Health Settlement was designated for expanding residents’ access to health care and enhancing the skills of health care providers in the affected area. More than $8.2 million of that is going to Southern Miss for its role in the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Building Project (MBHCBP).

Dr. Tom Lansford, academic dean and political science professor at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, served as co-author of the new book, “The Obama Presidency: A Preliminary Assessment,” published by State University of New York Press.

Dr. Martha Saunders returned to The University of Southern Mississippi in 2007 pledging to “build trust, build a team and build a campus.” After five years of leading her alma mater as its ninth president, she returns to its faculty having done that and much more.

 

Saunders announced her resignation from the presidency in April and will leave her post on Friday, at which time she will join the faculty at Southern Miss Gulf Coast.

Freddie White-Johnson believes that The University of Southern Mississippi’s mission to illuminate and educate young minds is further enriched by its role as a life-saver.

 

And White-Johnson, program director of the Mississippi Network for Cancer Control and Prevention (MNCCP), will not rest until every underserved Mississippian becomes aware of the measures available in the fight against cancer.

A ceremony was held Tuesday, June 26 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus to recognize the university’s Tree Campus USA designation by the Arbor Foundation, one of only two in the state.

The Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg recently presented a check for $2,500 to the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi that will be used to help fund student scholarships.

A University of Southern Mississippi alumna who has served her alma mater in a variety of capacities is taking on a new role in its Division of Student Affairs.

Kristen Dupard may not write acclaimed poetry, but she certainly ranks among the elite when it comes to reciting and interpreting poems.

 

Dupard, who graduated from Ridgeland (Miss.) High School in May, was crowned the 2012 Poetry Out Loud national champion during the annual competition held last month in Washington, D.C. She plans to attend The University of Southern Mississippi as a freshman for the upcoming fall semester.