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With deadlines approaching to apply for financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host FAFSA Day by offering free sessions for high school seniors and college students who need assistance to complete federal and state forms for college financial aid.

Limited space is available for 6-8th graders for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris 2015 Summer Science Camp at The University of Southern Mississippi. The camp allows 48 students to attend a two-week long academic, residential summer science camp free of charge.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning voted recently to extend the contract of University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Rodney D. Bennett following a careful review of the university under his leadership.

 

“Dr. Bennett’s leadership has been a tremendous advantage for Southern Miss,” said Trustee Aubrey Patterson, President of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. “From leading the recovery effort after the tornado to numerous other building and beautification projects on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park Campuses, he has provided students with an excellent environment in which to live and learn. His focus on the students is evident in the progress made during his tenure.”

Dana Berry, assistant to the dean for Advisement and Records at The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology, has been named to the 2015 Leadership Pinebelt Class.

William Faulkner said, “To understand the world, first you must understand a place like Mississippi.” Taking a cue from one of the Magnolia State’s favorite sons, an English professor at The University of Southern Mississippi took students from her graduate seminar class on a literary field trip last fall.

Dr. Bernd Schroeder, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recognized as Distinguished Teacher at the recent Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Louisiana/Mississippi Section meeting.

University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi will host Institutional Repository (IR) Day on April 17 in Cook Library Room 123. IR Day will feature presentations, discussions and workshops on the value and importance of institutional repositories for promoting the scholarship and research of their university.

As a commitment to provide services to benefit students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi, three buildings have been renovated on the university’s Gulf Park campus—a Fitness Center, Health Center and a new facility to house the School of Social Work. The university celebrated the completion of these building projects with a ribbon cutting ceremony held Tuesday, March 17.

 

The completed building projects are located on Beach Park Place on the east side of the Gulf Park campus.

Tanner Shaw, a senior finance major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was awarded the prestigious Orrin W. Swayze Scholarship by the Mississippi Young Bankers Association during the group’s annual conference held earlier this month at Marriott’s Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Ala.

The Southern Miss Food Research Group, a collaboration of various departments at The University of Southern Mississippi that study food, will continue to host “The Culinary Communities of Mississippi: Farm, Table and Campus,” a lecture series that will explore how we cook, eat and grow food in Mississippi starting March 19.

 

More than eight million students participate in interscholastic athletics sports and after-school programs each year, along with 336 million spectators attending these events. When a school-based emergency or incident occurs, oftentimes it is the school personnel who are first to arrive on the scene.

The University of Southern Mississippi has selected 17 students earning their degrees from the Gulf Park campus for the 2014-2015 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

The University of Southern Mississippi's marching band, The Pride of Mississippi, emerged as the overall winner of the  International Band Parade in Limerick, Ireland, on Sunday. Twenty-four marching bands featuring 1,100 musicians from across Ireland, Europe and the United States performed in the 45th annual parade.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra closes its 95th season on Saturday, April 25 with a special performance by world-renowned dramatic soprano and Metropolitan opera star, Deborah Voigt.

While attending the 2015 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Research Conference in the Americas held last month in St. Louis, Mo., Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, chair and professor of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, was elected to serve as chair of the AHRD Program Excellence Network.

Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, chair and professor of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, led a contingent of current Human Capital Development doctoral and master’s program students to participate in the 2015 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Research Conference in the Americas held last month in St. Louis, Mo.

For the past 25 years, Dr. Virginia Crawford has held fast to the dream of a new health clinic at The University of Southern Mississippi. Now that her fondest wish has become a glorious reality, Crawford concedes that the Moffitt Health Center surpasses all of her expectations.

 

“This facility is better than I could have ever expected,” said Crawford, director of Student Health Services. “It is here to enhance the wellness culture for our campuses. I can’t wait for students, faculty, and staff to utilize it.”

Students from Mississippi Public Universities had the opportunity to showcase their ideas, creativity and ingenuity as they competed in the inaugural Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge, which was held today at the State Capitol in Jackson. The teams presented solutions to some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems and outlined ideas to help reach the goals established by Blueprint Mississippi.

 

Mississippi Valley State University received the first place award, with the University of Mississippi receiving the second place award and The University of Southern Mississippi receiving the third place award.

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses will be conducting volunteer work as part of the 6th Annual Big Event community service project on Saturday, March 21.

Katrina Knauer, a doctoral student in the polymer science program at The University of Southern Mississippi, took home a third-place award in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Regional Three Minute Thesis® (3MT®) competition held earlier this month in New Orleans.

The University of Southern Mississippi is one of only 20 institutions in the country to be hosting an ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp during the summer of 2015.

Do you currently rent an apartment or house, or are you interested in renting or possibly owning a home? Do you want to learn the best ways to locate a rental house or apartment or the costs of being a renter? Do you want to know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant and the benefits of renting versus owning?

Students representing the School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi will conduct a research study on March 21 and 28 visiting residences in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties.

The data collected will be used for a research study on the adaptation and resilience of Mississippi Gulf Coast residents with regard to psychological implications of different hazards, such as Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

For questions, contact Dr. Bret Blackmon at 228.214.3275.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Wednesday, Mar. 18, for anyone in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.