May 29, 2015  

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The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a workshop on fair housing at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at the Mississippi State Extension Building at 982 Second South Street in Woodville, Miss.

The workshop will focus on fair housing, housing discrimination, the housing rights of individuals, how to file a housing complaint and other fair housing information. Refreshments will be provided.

Dr. Frances A. Karnes, Distinguished University Professor and director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been honored in the 2011-2012 National Association of Professional Women’s Legacy registry.  Karnes was honored for her standards of excellence in the field of gifted education, her extensive publications and community involvement.

Dr. Martha Saunders, president of The University of Southern Mississippi, announced today she is stepping down from that position effective June 30, 2012. She will return to the classroom as a member of the faculty at Southern Miss Gulf Coast this fall.


“After five of the most professionally enriching years of my career, I have decided to step down as president of The University of Southern Mississippi for personal reasons,” Saunders said. “It has been an honor to serve with you as we, together, have moved our beloved university forward to record enrollments, increased private giving and exciting new building projects. I believe I am leaving Southern Miss better than I found it and look forward to being a part of its future as a member of the faculty.”

State Sen. Willie Simmons (D-Cleveland), chairman of the Highway and Transportation Committee, will be the guest speaker at The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation’s Industry Advisory Council Summit. The event will be held in Long Beach May 17 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the third floor of the Southern Miss Gulf Park Library.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Human Performance and Recreation will offer its annual summer Learn to Drive Program June 4-22 on the Hattiesburg campus. Students can choose between morning and afternoon sessions, 8-11 a.m. and  noon-3 p.m.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Tuesday, May 1, for residents with and without disabilities in Grenada and surrounding counties. 

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the USDA Rural Development office at 2330 A Sunset Drive in Grenada.

An ongoing commitment to sustainability has landed The University of Southern Mississippi among the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges” as designated by The Princeton Review.

If you have a child, or know of one, who is struggling with reading, writing or spelling, then The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi has a special summer program that can help.

The DuBard School is currently accepting applications for it unique Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP) which will be held June 4-July 12 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The out-client program is designed specifically for children who:

The second annual Round for Roots Radio golf tournament will be held Thursday, May 24 at the Hattiesburg Country Club.

Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, recently received a special invitation from Damian and Jermaine Johnson, owners of the No Grease chain of barber shops in Charlotte, N.C., to give a talk and sign copies of his book, Knights of the Razor: Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom.

For the third straight year, University of Southern Mississippi broadcast journalism students earned the coveted Associated Press Award in four major categories.

Elected officials from practically every corner of Mississippi were on hand for the “Basic Community Economic Development” course held April 24 at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.

Relay for Life, a popular annual event supporting the work of the American Cancer Society, will be held April 27-28 at Pride Field on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. It will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27 and conclude at 6 a.m. Saturday, April 28.

Robert Byrd, a first-year doctoral student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism, recently received the Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award for Social Sciences, Business and Education at the University of South Alabama, the highest honor a thesis can receive from the university.

Hattiesburg will come alive when the popular Festival South returns for its third season June 9 - 23 with the sounds of music all day, every day in Mississippi’s only multi-genre arts festival.

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries final Science Café for the spring 2012 semester is Tuesday, April 24 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery, located next to Starbucks in room 105A.

Representatives from the Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada (Butler Snow) Foundation presented a check for $25,751 to The University of Southern Mississippi Children’s Center for Communication and Development on Monday, April 23 to be used for its project focusing on Early Intervention, Literacy and School Readiness for Young Children with Significant Disabilities.

Wendy Atkins-Sayre, assistant professor of Communication Studies and Speaking Center director at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently published a co-edited book on communication centers and oral communication programs in higher education.

Dr. Mary Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC), will serve as the spring 2012 commencement speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History continues its work capturing the stories of those whose livelihood depends on the Gulf Coast’s seafood industry, which was threatened by the ecological disaster.


With the support of a grant from the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Center has talked with crabbers, shrimpers and oyster harvesters across the Gulf of Mexico about the challenges the disaster has presented to their way of life and the foodways of the region.

The American folk tradition of moonshine has long been associated with the white hillbillies of Appalachia. But an exhibit at the The University of Southern Mississippi will examine the role African Americans played, along with their white counterparts, in its production and subversion of the laws of prohibition in South Mississippi.

Employment has been a problem for many Mississippians in recent years, but the employment outlook for Mississippi’s youth and young adults with disabilities, particularly individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, is especially bleak.

A group of Canadian geese take in the sun and surroundings at Lake Byron Wednesday on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) approved a proposal to restore the School of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi to college status during its monthly meeting today in Jackson.