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The University of Southern Mississippi’s largest annual outreach initiative, The Big Event, is set for Saturday, April 14 when students, faculty and staff volunteers from the university fan out across the Hattiesburg area to give their time and energy to worthwhile community service projects. More than 300 volunteers are expected to participate.

Instead of taking a beach trip or relaxing at home, several youth and young adult members of the Institute for Disability Studies’ TRIAD Service AmeriCorps program spent part of their spring break holiday providing national service.

The School of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi will soon take a giant leap in healthcare education and training by offering the state’s first degree-granting nurse anesthesia program.

 

The new program will include 36 consecutive months of study and award a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. School of Nursing officials hope to receive final approval from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs in October with classes set to begin in January 2013.

Dr. Kim LeDuff, associate director of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, will present the 19th annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the university's Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

More than 500 students, parents, and community supporters gathered on March 29th for the College of Health’s annual Awards Night. 

This event is an opportunity for each school and department in the college to award their outstanding students and to recognize them for their accomplishments.  Awards were given for accomplishments ranging from academic success to extracurricular activity.

Dr. Steven Jackson received the Joseph A. Greene Excellence in Teaching Award during the annual College of Business Honors Banquet held April 4 at the Thad Cochran Center.

Jackson is an associate professor in the School of Accountancy at Southern Miss. Dr. Melinda Andrews and Dr. John Lambert were the other finalists for the Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Honors Banquet also included the induction of new members into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.

The following is a list of inductees into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society:

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi Air Force ROTC recently collected and donated Easter eggs filled with candy to students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders. 

Pictured (Back row: left to right): Mariana Zamarripa, of Purvis; Shenique Ress, of Bilxoi; and Melissa Keith, of Lincoln, Nebraksa. (Front row: left to right) Nicholas Igo, Mercedez Breland, Luke Flurry and Cece Reed. 

Gulf Coast Student Wins Kathanne W. Greene Award Annual Essay Competition

 University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast political science student Haddy Rikabi of Biloxi was recently named the winner of the Kathanne W. Greene Award Annual Essay Competition, sponsored by the Committee on Services and Resources for Women at Southern Miss.

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha D. Saunders announced today that Vice President for Research Dr. Denis Wiesenburg has been named as the university’s next provost, pending approval by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. The change is effective July 1.

The Office of Sustainability at The University of Southern Mississippi is planning a series of interactive events in conjunction with Earth Week (April 16-22).

The annual spring Roots Reunion live radio show returns to Hattiesburg's historic Saenger Theater Saturday, April 14th at 7 p.m.  for a celebration of the signature music of our state and region.

Mississippi’s leading broadcasters from across the state will meet with and mentor students for the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Day on April 19 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg will conduct its annual “A Night in Italy” spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, April 17 at Southern Oaks House & Gardens with proceeds benefitting The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Take-out or eat-in dinners will be available from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Southern Oaks on Richburg Road in Hattiesburg. Tickets are $10 each for a complete dinner consisting of spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, dessert and tea.

The 45th annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival will be held April 11-13 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. It is presented by the university’s School of Library and Information Science and de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.

Tyler Brown of Biloxi, Miss., a sophomore chemistry and polymer science double major in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Honors College, was recently named the school’s 19th recipient of a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia delivered a lecture on "The Methodology of Originalism" as part of The University of Southern Mississippi's Honors Forum Series on Wednesday, April 4.

In honor of Hattiesburg Hall's 100th birthday, members of the campus community are invited to join the Department of Residence Life staff and residents for cupcakes and lemonade on Thursday, April 12, at 3 p.m. in the Hattiesburg Hall Lobby.

The University of Southern Mississippi was well represented at the 2012 Mississippi State Level Science and Engineering Fair held at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi on March 27.

After three years of piloting the program, The University of Southern Mississippi English Department is ready for full implementation of Expanded Composition (English 100E/101E) on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses.

The Sun Herald and The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the Issues + Answers Lecture, “The Rise of America’s Second Tier Cities,”featuring Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Alexandra Castillo, a researcher with the National Food Service Management Institute, Applied Research Division (NFSMI, ARD) at The University of Southern Mississippi led a national webinar presentation on school nutrition and marketing strategies earlier this year in Los Angeles, Calif.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast History Professor, Dr. James Pat Smith, will give a book talk and sign copies of his recent publication, “Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story,” on Wednesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. in Room 204 of the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library in Long Beach.

Smith’s book, recently published by University Press of Mississippi, presents the fullest account yet written of the impact of this storm on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Betty Press, an adjunct instructor with the department of art and design at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Photography.

The University of Southern Mississippi Offices of the Provost and Vice President for Research will partner with the Aquila Digital Community (http://aquila.usm.edu/) to sponsor an open forum addressing the changing landscape of academic publishing Friday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to noon in Gonzales Auditorium, located in the Liberal Arts Building (room 108). This event is open to all members of the university community.