December 18, 2014  

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Efforts to better serve the students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus have been enhanced with the filling of two associate dean positions so that each of the University’s six academic colleges now have a full-time academic administrator working locally in Long Beach.

 

Why do some balls bounce higher than others; why are some easier to aim and throw, and which balls are better for playing at the beach? 

 

As part of Mississippi’s Early Learning Collaborative, 4-year-olds at the Early Connections Learning Center explored the different attributes of balls, such as size, weight, and composite. 

University of Southern Mississippi student Julian Walker, featured alongside Oscar winning actress Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington in the movie “Blackbird,” is the guest speaker at University Forum Tuesday, Sept. 16. His presentation will be held in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom II at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus, and admission is free.

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi will move significantly closer to seeing a longtime dream become a reality with the official groundbreaking of Asbury Hall set for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Finding the best health care information can at times be overwhelming for families of children and youth with special health care needs in Mississippi. However, resources and one-on-one assistance are available.

Keishawna Smith, new parent/liaison for the Mississippi Family 2 Family Health Information and Education Center, can assist families of children with special health care needs to be partners in the decisions made concerning the health of their children.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi received a $1,500 check from Kevin Harrison, owner of Heritage Vision Center, on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Personnel from Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Forrest County will work with University of Southern Mississippi Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets Thursday, Sept. 11 on the Hattiesburg campus in an annual anti-terrorism training session from 3-5:30 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that its Fall 2014 entering class is the most academically talented in the institution’s recorded history.

 

With a renewed focus on student recruitment, retention, progression and graduation, the University’s newest students have the highest grade point average of any entering class. In addition, retention and graduation rates have improved.

 

A graduate student and one of his mentor professors at The University of Southern Mississippi are featured authors of a new weblog for an academic journal, following a positive response to an article the two wrote for the publication.

University of Southern Mississippi student Keeyuania Pannell has seen her commitment to education pay off handsomely in the form of a $5,000 scholarship from Blackboard Inc.

University Police advises Hattiesburg area residents to be aware of two individuals, one identified as a white male and another a black male, driving a dark gray vehicle and  going door-to-door today in West Hattiesburg/Lamar County soliciting money for the Southern Miss baseball team. These individuals do not represent the University, the Southern Miss Baseball Team or the Southern Miss Athletics Department.  If you are approached by these individuals making this request, you may contact your local law enforcement agency or University Police at 601.266.4986.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2014 University Forum begins Tuesday, Sept. 9 with James Inabinet, director of the La Terre Bioregional Center. Inabinet will present "Human Ecology, Pathways to Sustainability, and the Earth Circle Exhibit.”

The Mississippi Polymer Institute provided technical assistance to six Mississippi-based manufacturing companies yielding over $4 million in direct financial impact and resulting in the creation of 36 new jobs in Mississippi, according to data compiled by InnovateMEP Mississippi.

Marathon officials from across the country will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Dec. 16-18 for the National Marathon Safety and Security Summit, hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

The Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Miss will host the first roundtable discussion of the fall semester on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.  Held each month at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, the event is open to the public.

“Our resilience can help us weather the darkest of storms,” declared University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett during a celebration held Friday, Sept. 5 to mark the restoration and recovery of the Hattiesburg campus from a tornado that struck the Pine Belt region 19 months ago.

 

A large group of Southern Miss supporters, including Gov. Phil Bryant, convened for the event just outside the iconic Ogletree House – one of the University’s five original buildings -- that suffered extensive damage from the Feb. 10, 2013 storm. The ceremony included an official re-opening of the Ogletree House, recognition of landscape improvements and tours of renovated arts facilities.

 

Annalise Hays is getting support for her study of the effects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on preschool students through the University of Southern Mississippi's Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).

The International Federation of Fly Fishers – Gulf Coast Council (IFFF-GCC) is holding the Gulf Coast Fly Fair at the Ocean Springs Civic Center on Sept.12 and 13 with proceeds being donated to the University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s doctoral program in Counseling Psychology tops the rankings of similar programs in the U.S. according to California-based Korpis, a data analytics company.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will host a series of programs this fall focusing on the impact The University of Southern Mississippi has on higher education in the state and nation, as well as its contributions to our area’s quality of life. Other topics will address general issues associated with higher education.

The Mississippi Dance Festival Concert will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at Studio 115 of the Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. General admission is $5.

The 4th annual WUSM Tailgate Concert Series will return this fall to the University of Southern Mississippi home football games with a unique line-up of artists heard and requested on WUSM-Southern Miss Radio, including one of USM’s own, Jarekus Singleton.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Human Performance and Recreation (HPR) welcomes two new faculty members.

A project to upgrade security and limit unauthorized access to the Hillcrest Residence Hall gravel parking lot is ongoing. These upgrades include additional fencing and gates at access points on West 7th Street and Service Drive, increased lighting for the lot, and a security kiosk that will be manned during the evening hours.