October 22, 2014  

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A 21-member search committee began work on Monday toward identifying the University of Southern Mississippi’s next athletic director.


The committee is charged with assisting University President Dr. Martha Saunders with the selection of the next athletic director, and is chaired by Spencer Adams, president of the University’s Athletic Foundation, and Chad Driskell, Saunders’ executive assistant for External Affairs.

To say the staff of the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi simply strives to help Mississippians with disabilities would be vastly understating the group’s mission. Their commitment runs much deeper than that.

The University of Southern Mississippi Chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) recently presented proceeds from its annual Santa’s Bargain Basement Mega Garage Sale in December to the United Way of Southeast Mississippi.

The current issue of the Southern Quarterly, titled "African American Identities," celebrates Black History Month. Edited by University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Professor of English Philip Kolin, it contains scholarly essays on black literature, art, music as well as original poetry by four distinguished black authors plus a bibliography on black architects.

Kerri Jones Paul, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna from Pass Christian, Miss. will appear on the season premiere of the CBS reality television show “The Amazing Race” Sunday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time. She will be joined on the show by her cousin, Stacy Bowers, also of Pass Christian.

The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host this month’s session of the Spring Poetry Reading Series featuring Dr. Casey Maugh on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. in room 204 of the Gulf Park campus library in Long Beach.

The most important aspect of embracing diversity is for individuals to recognize that no matter how different we all seem from the outside, we’re all still human and face similar challenges.


That’s the philosophy held by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dr. Kim LeDuff, associate professor and associate director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, who says her work as an educator allows her to fulfill her commitment to inclusiveness and educating people about the importance of diversity in an increasingly multicultural society.

Tuesday’s much anticipated “Dancing with the Deans” event at a packed Thad Cochran Center Ballroom on the University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus treated its audience to a mix of Fred Astaire-style agility and a few disco-inspired flashbacks.


Featuring Southern Miss administrators and their dance partners, the event was held in conjunction with the formal kickoff of the university’s 2012 Campaign for Southern Miss.

Officers with The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department will teach a self-defense class Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. – noon in the Hall of Honors, located on the second floor of the R.C. Cook University Union.

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of the Provost recently announced members of its faculty as recipients of various prestigious grants and honors. Excellence in instruction, research, leadership, mentorship, librarianship and service to the university were among the key criteria used in selection of the recipients.

The many facets of motherhood will be open for discussion and interpretation during the inaugural Mother/Nature Conference, set for March 16-17 at The University of Southern Mississippi. The conference, sponsored in part by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, will be held at the Thad Cochran Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Residence Life will establish two Native American residential communities on campus beginning fall 2012 semester. The purpose of these living-learning communities is to help make the transition to college smoother for Native American students and offer them a home at Southern Miss where their culture can be strengthened.

Presidents and chancellors from 16 universities met in Dallas Sunday to discuss future conference membership plans and agreed to work on forming a new intercollegiate athletic association that would begin competition in the 2013-14 academic year.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Thursday, Feb. 23 for residents with and without disabilities in Warren and surrounding counties.

Students can make their summer 2012 semester one they’ll never forget through The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular British Studies Program, set for June 28 – July 29.

University of Southern Mississippi administrators and members of their staffs are ready to show off their best moves on the dance floor in conjunction with the formal kickoff of the university’s 2012 Campaign for Southern Miss.  

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Educational Studies and Research will host the Lecture Series in Higher Education beginning Friday, Feb.10 at 11 a.m. in Owings-McQuagge Hall, room 134.

Motorists that routinely travel onto the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus are reminded that access will be temporarily limited in certain areas on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 9 due to the city of Hattiesburg’s first Caerus Mardi Gras Parade.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is no stranger to presenting top quality music with top quality talent. This month, both will be featured in two concerts in one week.

University of Southern Mississippi students will join members of the faculty and staff as part of the entrepreneurial venture known as Startup Weekend, set for Feb. 10-12 at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.

Local artists and crafts vendors are invited to be part of the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, April 7 at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the African-American Genealogy Workshop, taught by Anne Anderson and Joyce Griffith of the Ocean Springs Genealogical Society, Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. in room 204 of the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

An article in a recent issue of the Journal of Hydrology details how a team of scientists headed by researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi found that Hurricane Katrina had minimal long term impact on the water quality of the East Pearl River in southwest Mississippi.


The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is sponsoring a student essay contest in conjunction with Black History Month. Entry deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 17