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Student Health Services at The University of Southern Mississippi has achieved continuing accreditation through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes Student Health Services from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

A live oak tree that did not survive replanting last spring at The University of Southern Mississippi was replaced today (Feb. 10) by another mature live oak. Last May five live oaks were transported from a grower in Florida and replanted on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus as part of a major landscaping restoration project. The remaining four are alive and thriving today. More than 75 trees were lost when an EF-4 tornado struck the campus on Feb. 10, 2013. (Photos by Kelly Dunn)

Olivia Ann Hurst and Catherine Lott, staff members at The University of Southern Mississippi, were recognized at the Pine Belt chapter of Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) annual awards banquet held last month in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Dr. Brian Gearity, assistant professor of sport coaching education at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation, served as guest editor for the just released edition of the Strength and Conditioning Journal.

On Monday, Feb. 10, The University of Southern Mississippi marked a year since a destructive EF-4 tornado struck its Hattiesburg campus, damaging buildings and destroying trees, primarily at its front entrance next to Hardy Street.

University officials are pleased with progress to restore the campus and look forward to completing all work connected with recovery from the storm by the end of 2014.

A discussion on why African Americans had to fight for the right to serve their country during World War II will be given by Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 11:45 a.m. The discussion will be held at the Bay St. Louis Library as part of their “Authors and Characters Speaker Series.”

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for the Study of War & Society will host the second War & Society Roundtable of the spring semester Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. Each lecture of the War & Society Roundtable series will be held at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, located at 329 Hardy Street in downtown Hattiesburg. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, was recently a guest on a broadcast of the Scholars' Circle, a syndicated public affairs radio show in Los Angeles.
 

The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome sociologist Dr. Yuki Kato to the Hattiesburg campus Feb. 12 when its Department of Anthropology and Sociology begins a new lecture series. Dr. Kato will present “Food Justice for Whom? Examining the Opportunities and Challenges of Making Local Food Accessible to the Food Desert.”

This lecture is part of the Anthropology-Sociology Research Colloquium and will meet at noon in the Liberal Arts Building, room 204. The event is free and open to the public.

Vincent Chaney, a University of Southern Mississippi student and filmmaker who was part of a team that produced last year’s popular documentary “subSIPPI,” will speak about the film for the University Forum Series Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I.

 

A forum featuring student candidates running for elected office with the University of Southern Mississippi Student Government Association (SGA) will be held Monday, Feb. 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I on the Hattiesburg campus. Members of the university community are invited to attend.

SGA elections are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, with runoff elections set for Thursday, Feb. 20 if necessary. For more information, contact the Student Government Association at 601.266.4407 or Associate Dean of Students Wynde Fitts at wynde.fitts@usm.edu.

Children who are hearing impaired and are age five years old or younger are the focus of deaf education and early oral intervention services offered by The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The Children's Center is a clinical program in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi is home to one of the country’s top military history programs through the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society. In an effort to help the Center reach even loftier heights, the USM Foundation has launched the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society Campaign.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates offered a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of White House politics and policies as the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg, Miss.

 

Gates, who also served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, shared details of his professional life with the packed audience. The presentation included excerpts from his recent autobiography, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.”

 

After applying to the Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR), four University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students were selected for the program. These students, in collaboration with their faculty sponsors, will receive funding support for independent research, as well as scholarly and creative activity.

University of Southern Mississippi student Rachael Reeves recently placed second in the national “Press the President” writing contest for her submission, “The Government’s Responsibility in the American Obesity Epidemic.”

Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour, professor of international development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, recently authored the paper, “Exchange Rate Volatility and Imports Demand for the Islamic Republic of Iran,” which will be published by Inderscience Publishers.

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating the birthday of Charles Darwin with its first “Darwin Day” Feb. 14 on the Hattiesburg campus. 

 

The event features exhibits, morning spotlight talks by a group of diverse Southern Miss students and professors and afternoon events featuring a Darwin Quiz and teaching workshop. 

Two members of The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society recently competed at the Worlds Universities Debating Championship in Chennai, India. Seniors Brandon Hersey and Michael Sims, along with coach Frankie Glennis-Watts, left for India on Christmas day and spent over a week in the city of Chennai, India.

More than 100 high school students participated in a hands-on business symposium hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE) on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Biological Sciences will host three Night at the Museum overnight outreach activities this spring. These unique adventures at the popular science museum are “overnight retreats” for students in grades 4-8.

To commemorate and educate about the history of civil rights in America, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which will feature three different discussions and their accompanying documentary films. Each discussion will be held from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and follow with the film at 6 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries will host a talk about its de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection on Tuesday Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery, located next to Starbucks.

Renowned African-American author Clifton Taulbert will headline The University of Southern Mississippi’s Black History Month programming when he will be the guest speaker for the annual Branch-Armstrong Lecture Series Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.