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The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning appointed Mississippi University for Women President Jim Borsig as Commissioner of Higher Education at a meeting held earlier today in Jackson.

 

In a competitive application process, Jennifer Brannock, associate professor and curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a participant in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute (ALI).

The EF-4 tornado that struck the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus two years ago significantly changed the front landscape with the loss of more than 75 trees.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, announced Feb. 11 the winners of the 29th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year, a new writer and new illustrator are celebrated.

The 2015 awards ceremony will be held April 9 during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. The winners receive a gold medallion as well as an honorarium of $1,000.

She withstood the hostility of fellow students and others as one of the first African Americans to integrate then all-white University of Georgia in 1961. In doing so, Charlayne Hunter-Gault leaned on the protection of her “body armor,” her metaphor for the values instilled by her family and community that raised her.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular University Forum Lecture Series will continue throughout the Spring 2015 semester with an acclaimed array of speakers scheduled to offer insightful presentations.

 

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is featuring a new exhibit by artist Joy Jennings. “The Art of Joy Jennings,” which is currently on display, is a collection of her oil on canvas artwork.

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating the birthday of Charles Darwin with an array of Darwin Day festivities set for Friday Feb. 13 on the Hattiesburg campus. 

The Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus is hosting the second annual Krewe of Southern Miss Mardi Gras Ball on Friday, Feb. 13, from 7 until 11 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom, located on the university’s campus in Long Beach.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Feb. 21, for anyone in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at BancorpSouth at 100 Hardy Street in Hattiesburg. This workshop is co-sponsored by BancorpSouth. Light refreshments will be provided.

A childhood marked by numerous visits to doctors’ offices helped Miss University of Southern Mississippi Hannah Roberts develop a passion for two life-changing pursuits – reading and medicine.

 

Today, the Southern Miss senior from Mount Olive, Miss., is actively engaged in both arenas, having been accepted into the University of Mississippi School of Medicine while continuing to oversee a book donation project that has grown beyond her grandest expectations.

For decades, Dr. Joe Paul, Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, has inspired numerous student leaders to live by his mantra of encouragement to leave the institution “better than they found it.”

The Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi is accepting applications through March 18 for its Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR).

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Feb. 14, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Andrew Jackson Conference Room on the first floor of the Warren Hood Building at 200 South President Street in Jackson.

Runners, walkers and friends of The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will be “ready, set, go” on Saturday, Feb. 28 when The Children's Center Classic kicks off. 

The University of Southern Mississippi has partnered with the Republic of Panama in an initiative known as Panama Bilingue [Bilingual Panama], a project implemented by the president of Panama to ensure his citizens are bilingual in Spanish and English.

With antibiotic-resistant Staph infection becoming more prevalent – especially in the southeastern U.S. -- researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi and Forrest General Hospital embarked on a campaign to reduce the morbidity and mortality in those affected by Staph infections.

 

For the past decade, Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) and the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COHCH) at The University of Southern Mississippi have been sharing the stories of real people who have lived through some of the most dramatic moments in the nation’s history. Beginning Feb. 2, this special program will begin airing Monday-Friday at 12:30 p.m. on MPB Radio.

More than 1,000 researchers, students and professors from across the state will convene at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center on Feb. 26-27 for the Mississippi Academy of Sciences’ Annual Meeting.

Dr. Megan McCay, residence life coordinator for academic initiatives and assessment at The University of Southern Mississippi, speaks at a workshop during the Student Leadership Summit held Jan. 30 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Retired Maj. Gen. Jeff Hammond, left, talks with University of Southern Mississippi student Corey Henderson during the open house for the  Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Jan. 30. Henderson, a senior from Pearl, Miss. majoring in criminal justice and political science, served five years in the U.S. Marines. Hammond serves as director of the Center.

The Center’s mission is to offer sustainable conditions for a “military-friendly” education support program that provides veterans, service members (active duty, Reserve Component and National Guard), dependents (family members) and survivors (VSDS) the opportunity to pursue a degree at Southern Miss. For more information about the Center, call 601.264.4629 or visit: www.usm.edu/military-veterans.

The fifth annual Educators Connect conference, set for Tuesday, Feb. 17 at The University of Southern Mississippi, will offer sessions highlighting innovative strategies and practical resources for educators. The 2015 conference theme, Faculty Practices for Engaging Learners, emphasizes both traditional and innovative methods that have shown potential to improve student learning outcomes.

Hattiesburg’s fourth annual Caerus Mardi Gras Parade is set for Saturday, Feb. 7 beginning at 11 a.m., and members of The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus community are invited to the event. The parade has grown in popularity, with an increase in entries and crowds taking part in this signature Pine Belt event.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi and director of its Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, has been selected a Fellow with American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is one of only six psychologists chosen for the prestigious honor.