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It’s a time-honored adage that behind every successful man is a great woman. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) called upon that woman, his wife Gayle Wicker, to fill in for him Friday at The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2011 graduation.

 

Sen. Wicker was unable to fulfill his pre-arranged duties as speaker because of unanticipated legislative obligations in Washington, D.C. Gayle Wicker happily obliged, speaking at both ceremonies held at Reed Green Coliseum on the school’s Hattiesburg campus.

Renowned cartoon Ralph Dunagin, creator of “Dunagin’s People,” presented a vast collection of original artwork, plus a bonus gift, to The University of Southern Mississippi during a special ceremony held on Friday, Dec. 16.

John White, a doctoral student at The University of Sothern Mississippi, will performing in Handel’s Messiah with The Mississippi Chorus Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, Miss.

Dr. Marco Wolf’s class learned more than creative marketing while working on a project for the Harrison County Beautification Commission. The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students also learned important lessons about recycling and working together as a team.

No other Mississippi university receives more federal funding for chemical research and development or spends more on those initiatives than The University of Southern Mississippi, according to a report published by Chemical & Engineering News.

On Monday, Dec. 19, hazardous materials stored in the Chain Technology Building and Johnson Science Tower on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus will be picked up for disposal off campus.

A $6.3 million renovation of The University of Southern Mississippi’s College Hall is underway, with university officials eagerly anticipating the project bringing the nearly century-old building back to its original grandeur.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation proudly announced today that The Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards have moved to the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries from the New York Public Library. 

Half a century ago, renowned cartoonist Ralph Dunagin honed his art skills at The University of Southern Mississippi. Now the semi-retired creator of “Dunagin’s People” wants to give back to the school that gave him so much.

Mississippi’s governor-elect, University of Southern Mississippi alumnus Phil Bryant, was honored Thursday by the Southern Miss Alumni Association with the announcement of the creation of the Phil Bryant Executive Leadership Scholarship during a reception at the Trent Lott Center.

University of Southern Mississippi senior quarterback Austin Davis was named the second winner of the Burlsworth Trophy, on Friday, Dec. 9, in Springdale, Ark., at a ceremony hosted by the Springdale (Ark.) Rotary Club. The award is given to the nation's most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on. On hand to present the trophy to Davis was Marty Burlsworth, founder and CEO, of The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation.

State Sen. Michael Watson, of Pascagoula, visited the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, Dec. 8,  to learn about the services the school offers to children with communication disorders and their families.

For more information about the DuBard School call 601.266.6215 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/dubard

The senior class of 18 students in the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the ServSafe® examination.

University of Southern Mississippi Director of Athletics Richard Giannini announced his retirement today, effective in early January and will remain with the program through the coaching search process. 

University of Southern Mississippi head football coach Larry Fedora has accepted a similar position at the University of North Carolina, pending final Board of Trustees approval at a 9 a.m. meeting on Friday, Dec. 9 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders, right, and Interim Provost and Vice President for Research Denis Wiesenburg, left, welcomed a delegation from China’s Linyi University, led by its chancellor, Fengyun Ding, center, during their visit to the Hattiesburg campus Dec. 6. Representatives from the two universities, which have been exchanging faculty over the last two years, discussed opportunities for increased cultural and educational exchanges in the near future. (Photo by Danny Rawls)  

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 7 for the restoration of Elizabeth Hall and the newly appointed Health Sciences Building on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Dr. Lance Nail, dean of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, credits assistant professor Kimberly Goodwin for reinvigorating a dormant real estate degree program.

Scott Martin, co-owner of Bop’s Frozen Custard in Hattiesburg, lauded the fresh ideas dished out by University of Southern Mississippi students as part of a creative marketing class project.

Former University of Southern Mississippi professor Dr. Robert C. Bateman, Jr. received the 2010 Mississippi Section of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) “Chemist of the Year ” at the Mississippi ACS awards dinner held recently on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement is the recipient of funding for the 2011-2012 academic year for the Mississippi Service Learning Program (MSSLP).

Ryan Kelly, director of external relations in the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as the new executive director of the Mississippi Rural Health Association (MRHA).

Singer, songwriter and University of Southern Mississippi alumnus Jimmy Buffett, alongside his sisters Lucy Buffett and Laurie Buffett McGuane, performed a one-of-a-kind christening for their donated vessel, Miss Peetsy B, at the university’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs on Monday, Dec. 5.

 

In honor of their mother, Mary Loraine “Peets” Buffett, her children christened the boat with Jimmy’s own island style beverage, Land Shark Lager. The vessel’s donors and Southern Miss administrators welcomed the vessel with the university’s alumni, distinguished guests and the fifth grade Leadership Team from Taconi Elementary School, representing the many students who will benefit from the educational opportunities provided by the Miss Peetsy B.

The 2011 Conference USA champion Southern Miss football team has accepted a bowl invitation from the Sheraton Hawai`i Bowl to play Western Athletic Conference member Nevada (7-5). The game will take place on Dec. 24 from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, which will be a 7 p.m., CT start and ESPN will broadcast the Christmas Eve contest.