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Just one day after he helped break ground on a new College of Business building to be named in his honor, University of Southern Mississippi alumnus Charles “Chuck” Scianna was back on the Hattiesburg campus Friday to give the spring commencement address.

 

Scianna, who gave commencement addresses at two ceremonies at Reed Green Coliseum, had a straightforward message to the graduates. “Be true to yourself. Don’t try to fake it,” he said. “And be true to your school. Don’t forget where you came from.”

Eager and excited are the best words to describe Mary Margaret Halford as she prepares for her second year as editor of the Student Printz newspaper at The University of Southern Mississippi.

On Saturday, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students will begin their journey to the latter half of the university’s slogan, “Stay Here. Go Far.” With 304 candidates eligible for degrees from Southern Miss Gulf Coast, 258 spring and summer semester graduates will participate in the commencement ceremony at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

With just a few shovel turns of dirt, the long-imagined dream of a new home for the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi has taken a significant leap toward reality.

 

Southern Miss officials and noted dignitaries gathered on Thursday, May 10, to break ground on Scianna Hall, a 93,000-square-foot facility that will sit adjacent to the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, facing U.S. 49 South.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Health held its annual Faculty and Staff Award Banquet on Thursday, April 26. 

 

This year’s theme, SMASH-Ed, Southern Miss All-Stars of Health Education, featured Broadway trivia and a special dance number performed by the reigning Crowd Favorite from the Southern Miss Dancing with Deans, Dr. Michael Forster, and his partner Mrs. Dianne Coleman. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Career Services recently offered a seminar for preprofessional students designed to assist them in interview preparation, writing personal statements for applications, and overall resume and professional school application preparation. 

The seminar was sponsored by the College of Science and Technology Premedical and Health Professions Office.

Dr. Barry Farmer, chief scientist of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, visited the University of Southern Mississippi campus recently discussing advanced materials and their application, including being enablers for new technology and possible limiters for performance.

Gulf Coast History Student Named 2012 Jack Lucas Award Recipient

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast student Stacie Watts of Gulfport was recently named the recipient of the 2012 Jack Lucas Award, presented by the university’s Jack Lucas Award Committee and the Center for the Study of War and Society.

After years of intensive study, University of Southern Mississippi seniors in painting and drawing will celebrate their accomplishments by presenting their senior projects in the Museum of Artwith an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday May 8.

Approximately 1,900 students will mark a major milestone in their lives when they receive their diplomas at The University of Southern Mississippi this weekend during graduation ceremonies in Hattiesburg and Biloxi.

Tara Burcham, coordinator of public relations in the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi, won two professional awards at the 2012 Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) awards banquet held recently in Columbus, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology recently recognized student, faculty and staff award winners at the annual College of Science and Technology Awards Banquet held at the Thad Cochran Center.

Book signings typically take place in bookstores.

 

But Hot Coffee native Dwight Owens wanted to share his life story with those who helped give the tale a happy ending.

In celebration of its 90th anniversary, Mississippi Export Railroad Company established the Mississippi Export Railroad Gulf Coast Scholarship Endowment with a gift of $50,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation.

Dr. Frances A. Karnes, distinguished university professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, and Dr. Kristin R. Stephens, assistant professor at Duke University, have co-edited another book in the Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education published by Prufrock Press.

Two University of Southern Mississippi professors are culling through history’s classified section to gain insight into the world of slavery with the support of a $25,000 grant from the National Park Service (NPS).

 

Dr. Douglas Chambers and Dr. Max Grivno, faculty members in the Southern Miss Department of History, are launching a collaborative research project that will  document advertisements in Mississippi newspapers from 1790-1860 placed by masters seeking the capture and return of runaway slaves.

The School of Human Performance and Recreation (HPR) at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the Mississippi Strength and Conditioning Clinic on Saturday, June 9 at the HPR Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Industry professionals working in logistics, trade and transportation are invited to attend the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Summit Thursday, May 17, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the third floor of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The IAC Summit is presented by the university’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation.

Dr. Bridget Hayden, associate professor of Anthropology, and Dr. Michael Wittmann, associate professor of Marketing, have been selected to become the 2012 Trent Lott National Center Fellows at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Bay St. Louis chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) will present a check for $2,500 to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) on Saturday, May 5 at the Garfield Ladner Memorial Pier in Waveland.

Jim Franks first came to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in the summer of 1963 to participate in an undergraduate marine ichthyology course.  Some 50 years later, Franks has become one of the most recognized and recognizable scientists at GCRL.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Alaina Simmons is not just content with showing leadership and hard work on the local or state level. She is pioneering a new leadership role on the national level.

Four outreach/awareness sessions on employment for youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities will be held on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on May 7-8. All sessions will be held at the Technology Learning Center on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus at 730 East Beach Boulevard in Long Beach.

Returning to familiar territory, Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas has been selected to serve as the interim president for the University of Southern Mississippi, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning announced on Tuesday, May 1.