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A University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who made a historic financial contribution to his alma mater last year will serve as its spring commencement speaker.

 

Chuck Scianna, president of Sim-Tex, L.P. in Waller, Texas and a 1975 graduate of Southern Miss’ College of Business, will give the commencement address at two ceremonies Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Reed Green Coliseum.

Artists and authors who have enriched the lives of both young and old alike were honored Thursday at the 45th annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Literature Festival on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

 

Jane Yolen, author of more than 300 books and winner of the coveted Caldecott Medal, was honored with the festival’s top honor, the Southern Miss Medallion.

2012 College of Health Awards at The University of Southern Mississippi

Chair of Ambassadors   

Kristen L. O'Flarity

Outstanding Ambassador            

Rebecca K. Bishop

Senior Ambassadors      

Nicole L. Ballard

Rebecca K. Bishop,

Emily R. Buras

Meaghan A. Clark,

Gabrielle C. Darville

Shamari N. Griffin

Junenette R. Harris

Darron L. Magee

Sarina Murry

One hundred years ago this week, the RMS Titanic, a state-of-the-art British ocean liner sailing on its maiden voyage, struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sunk. More than 1,500 passengers lost their lives in this catastrophic maritime incident that was the catalyst for a comprehensive international treaty addressing maritime operations.

Approximately 20 educators and other professionals from across the state attended the Missing Links in Academics workshops at the DuBard School for Language Disorders on April 12-13.

The two-day course is designed for second through eighth grade teachers, reading specialists and speech-language pathologists. Participants learn multisensory techniques for improving student performance in reading, writing and comprehension.

The course will be held again November 1-2, and continuing education units are available through The University of Southern Mississippi and ASHA.

The University of Southern Mississippi men’s a capella group, The Spirit of Southern (SOS), will host a memorial concert for Steffan Myers Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Administrators, faculty, staff and students at The University of Southern Mississippi commemorated the 100th anniversary of Hattiesburg Hall’s opening with a special birthday celebration on Thursday, April 12.

University of Southern Mississippi sophomore Tyler Brown, of Biloxi, Miss., has been awarded the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society’s Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship.

The University of Southern Mississippi will offer an introductory course emphasizing elected officials’ role in community and economic development on Tuesday, April 24 on the Hattiesburg campus. The course is the first of its kind to be offered in this region of the state.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science will get a new neighbor and potential research partner with the recent announcement by Gov. Phil Bryant that the National Oceans and Applications Research Center (NOARC) will be located at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss.

International Education at The University of Southern Mississippi will present its annual International Food Fair Thursday, April 12 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Baptist Student Union on the university’s Hattiesburg campus.

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

The University of Southern Mississippi’s largest annual outreach initiative, The Big Event, is set for Saturday, April 14 when students, faculty and staff volunteers from the university fan out across the Hattiesburg area to give their time and energy to worthwhile community service projects. More than 300 volunteers are expected to participate.

Instead of taking a beach trip or relaxing at home, several youth and young adult members of the Institute for Disability Studies’ TRIAD Service AmeriCorps program spent part of their spring break holiday providing national service.

The School of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi will soon take a giant leap in healthcare education and training by offering the state’s first degree-granting nurse anesthesia program.

 

The new program will include 36 consecutive months of study and award a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. School of Nursing officials hope to receive final approval from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs in October with classes set to begin in January 2013.

Dr. Kim LeDuff, associate director of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, will present the 19th annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the university's Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

More than 500 students, parents, and community supporters gathered on March 29th for the College of Health’s annual Awards Night. 

This event is an opportunity for each school and department in the college to award their outstanding students and to recognize them for their accomplishments.  Awards were given for accomplishments ranging from academic success to extracurricular activity.

Dr. Steven Jackson received the Joseph A. Greene Excellence in Teaching Award during the annual College of Business Honors Banquet held April 4 at the Thad Cochran Center.

Jackson is an associate professor in the School of Accountancy at Southern Miss. Dr. Melinda Andrews and Dr. John Lambert were the other finalists for the Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Honors Banquet also included the induction of new members into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.

The following is a list of inductees into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society:

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi Air Force ROTC recently collected and donated Easter eggs filled with candy to students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders. 

Pictured (Back row: left to right): Mariana Zamarripa, of Purvis; Shenique Ress, of Bilxoi; and Melissa Keith, of Lincoln, Nebraksa. (Front row: left to right) Nicholas Igo, Mercedez Breland, Luke Flurry and Cece Reed. 

Gulf Coast Student Wins Kathanne W. Greene Award Annual Essay Competition

 University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast political science student Haddy Rikabi of Biloxi was recently named the winner of the Kathanne W. Greene Award Annual Essay Competition, sponsored by the Committee on Services and Resources for Women at Southern Miss.

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha D. Saunders announced today that Vice President for Research Dr. Denis Wiesenburg has been named as the university’s next provost, pending approval by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. The change is effective July 1.

The Office of Sustainability at The University of Southern Mississippi is planning a series of interactive events in conjunction with Earth Week (April 16-22).

The annual spring Roots Reunion live radio show returns to Hattiesburg's historic Saenger Theater Saturday, April 14th at 7 p.m.  for a celebration of the signature music of our state and region.

Mississippi’s leading broadcasters from across the state will meet with and mentor students for the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Day on April 19 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.