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The Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Miss will host the first roundtable discussion of the fall semester on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.  Held each month at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, the event is open to the public.

“Our resilience can help us weather the darkest of storms,” declared University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett during a celebration held Friday, Sept. 5 to mark the restoration and recovery of the Hattiesburg campus from a tornado that struck the Pine Belt region 19 months ago.

 

A large group of Southern Miss supporters, including Gov. Phil Bryant, convened for the event just outside the iconic Ogletree House – one of the University’s five original buildings -- that suffered extensive damage from the Feb. 10, 2013 storm. The ceremony included an official re-opening of the Ogletree House, recognition of landscape improvements and tours of renovated arts facilities.

 

Annalise Hays is getting support for her study of the effects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on preschool students through the University of Southern Mississippi's Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).

The International Federation of Fly Fishers – Gulf Coast Council (IFFF-GCC) is holding the Gulf Coast Fly Fair at the Ocean Springs Civic Center on Sept.12 and 13 with proceeds being donated to the University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s doctoral program in Counseling Psychology tops the rankings of similar programs in the U.S. according to California-based Korpis, a data analytics company.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will host a series of programs this fall focusing on the impact The University of Southern Mississippi has on higher education in the state and nation, as well as its contributions to our area’s quality of life. Other topics will address general issues associated with higher education.

The Mississippi Dance Festival Concert will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at Studio 115 of the Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. General admission is $5.

The 4th annual WUSM Tailgate Concert Series will return this fall to the University of Southern Mississippi home football games with a unique line-up of artists heard and requested on WUSM-Southern Miss Radio, including one of USM’s own, Jarekus Singleton.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Human Performance and Recreation (HPR) welcomes two new faculty members.

A project to upgrade security and limit unauthorized access to the Hillcrest Residence Hall gravel parking lot is ongoing. These upgrades include additional fencing and gates at access points on West 7th Street and Service Drive, increased lighting for the lot, and a security kiosk that will be manned during the evening hours.

Students from Mississippi Public Universities will have the opportunity to do well by doing good as they develop business plans to tackle some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems and help reach the goals established by Blueprint Mississippi.

 

The Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge was announced by Gov. Phil Bryant, Mississippi Economic Council President and CEO Blake A. Wilson and Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank M. Bounds at a press conference held today in Jackson.

Through an $8.3 million award that resulted from the medical settlement following the BP/Deepwater Horizon disaster, the School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi is helping to integrate mental and behavioral health into a primary care medical facility.

Graduate students and faculty from The University of Southern Mississippi attended the 2014 Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA) hosted by The Center for Sports Engineering Research at the City Campus of Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England.

Eagle Dining strives to give The University of Southern Mississippi a taste of home with the launch of the “Just Like Home Recipe Contest” for the 2014-2015 academic year.

 

The contest invites all students, faculty and staff to pick his or her favorite recipe from home and submit it to Eagle Dining. The top five finalists will be featured in a cookbook at the end of the Spring 2015 semester.

The unique work of five internationally-known artists will be featured on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi as part of an outdoor sculpture exhibition that will run from September 2014 through February 2016.

The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate significant post-tornado recovery achievements with a special ceremony set for 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 5 on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will feature a grand reopening of the Ogletree House, the iconic home of the University’s Alumni Association that suffered extensive damage from the Feb. 10, 2013 storm. The event will also include recognition of major restoration projects involving the front campus landscape and arts facilities.

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), right, is shown an adaptive beach wheelchair for persons with disabilities by Dr. Rebekah Young, grant coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies. The wheelchair, along with other adaptive equipment, is housed at the institute’s Technology Learning Center on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Sen. Cochran toured the Gulf Park campus Aug. 21 with Dr. Steve Miller, interim vice president for the Gulf Park campus at Southern Miss, and Dr. Gordon C. Cannon, vice president for research at Southern Miss, to learn more about the educational and community resources available through the university. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

To celebrate the beginning of the school year, Hub Dance Collective (HDC) will perform “Ground.Sound.Rebound.REMIXED.” August 22-23 at 7:30 p.m.  The performance will be held at the Theatre and Dance Building, Studio 115 on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.  There is a $10 general admission fee and a student fee of $5.

The first day of the fall semester is underway at The University of Southern Mississippi, bringing with it the promise of a fresh start, the excitement of endless possibilities and inspiration to achieve new goals.

Jenny Tate has been selected as the Campus Communication Officer for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, Miss.

 

Tate, currently the Chief of Marketing and Development for the Mississippi Museum of Art, replaces Shelia White in the position. As Campus Communication Officer, Tate will be responsible for the campus’ marketing and public relations efforts and will oversee three staff members in the areas of news and media relations, web, and creative services. She will begin working in her new role on Monday, Aug. 25.

 

Daniel Murin is using the research skills he honed in the biochemistry laboratories at The University of Southern Mississippi in the fight against one of the world’s most feared diseases.

 

Murin, a doctoral student at the renowned Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, is on a team of scientists that contributed to the development of a treatment for the Ebola virus known as ZMapp. The antibody cocktail, which showed promise in animal models, was recently used to treat two patients who contracted the disease in Africa.

Dr. Clayton Kuklick, a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Human Performance and Recreation, recently accepted a position at West Virginia University (WVU) as a full-time teaching assistant professor in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), located at the Technology Learning Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, will host “Popsicles in the Park” Monday, Aug. 25, from 3 – 5 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a popsicle and check out the institute’s Eaglet Town Playground, as well as facility tours of the IDS lending library.

Hattiesburg, Miss., has been named one of the 10 Best College Towns, 2014 by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small to mid-sized cities.