April 19, 2014  

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While the state of Mississippi faces a teacher shortage in critical needs areas throughout the state, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is working to help alleviate those shortages through customized licensure programs, as well as promoting financial aid incentives for students offered by both the university and the state.

University of Southern Mississippi department chairs and directors are reminded that applications for the 2014 Faculty Senate Junior Faculty Awards are due to the Office of the Provost by Jan. 27, with applications for the Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship award due by March 17.

The Center for Black Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will kick off its events honoring the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer with a Freedom Day reenactment march in historic downtown Hattiesburg Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m.

 

Organized by Southern Miss students in the “Remembering Now, ’64” group, this event will serve as a testament to the courageous volunteers of Freedom Summer who took risks to secure the civil liberties of others, said Dr. Sherita Johnson, director of the university’s Center for Black Studies.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library welcomes two new exhibits on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The new exhibits feature landscape photography by daughter Rosemary Rowe and her father Bryan Rowe, as well as the exhibit, “Map and Geographical Imagery in Editorial Cartoons of the 1960-1970s.”

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries will host a talk about Mississippi timber industry materials housed in its Special Collections on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery, located next to Starbucks.

Wilton C. Jackson II, a junior broadcast journalism major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the $1,500 Hiliary H. Holloway Scholarship on behalf of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

 

University of Southern Mississippi associate professor of history Susannah Ural’s latest book captures the challenges and horrors of the Civil War through the voices of the families directly impacted by the conflict that shattered a nation.

Local artists and crafts vendors are invited to be part of the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, April 19 at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Five members of The University of Southern Mississippi staff received the Department of Human Resources’ Staff Excellence Award for 2013 during the University Staff Council’s Holiday Open House in December, held at the Trent Lott Center.

Economic trends and forecasts will take center stage during the Economic Outlook 2014 symposium set for Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host a Comparative Cognition and Communication meeting featuring a presentation by Dr. Vincent Janik of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Focusing on the communication of bottlenose dolphins, the event will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 in Hardy Hall 316.

Dr. Heather Annulis, professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Human Capital Development, and her Performance Technology II class visited PamLab in Covington, La., during the fall semester to explore the implementation of various training and performance analyses and interventions designed to improve productivity and competence at the worker, work process or organizational levels. 

When it comes to teaching individuals with language disorders, including the written language disorder of dyslexia, the DuBard School for Language Disorders’ phonetic, multisensory teaching-learning strategy, the DuBard Association Method®, has the credentials to back it up.

In celebrating the rich history and culture of the Mississippi Delta, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast invites the community to events featuring a roundtable discussion and musical presentation. “From the Flatlands to the Coast: Bringing the Mississippi Delta to the Mississippi Gulf Coast” will be held Jan. 30-31 at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach and the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs, respectively.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a comprehensive Multisensory Math: Using Manipulative Objects to Teach the Common Core course on Feb. 6-7 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The Mu Gamma Alpha chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will host the 8th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interracial and Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 20 beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society recently competed in the Red River Swing Tournament (two tournaments in one weekend) at Louisiana State University – Shreveport. The tournament is 39 years old, and the field of competition included 26 colleges and universities. Eight students represented Southern Miss at the tournament. 

 

Researchers from across the nation have visited The University of Southern Mississippi over the past few months in order to work with one of the largest Maya skeletal series. Their research will reveal much about the physical characteristics, health and culture of the Maya Indians whose remains were excavated at Tipu, an archaeological site in the Maya Mountains near the Belize-Guatemala border in Central America.

The year 2013 proved challenging and rewarding at The University of Southern Mississippi – from the devastation of an F-4 tornado to the naming of a new president.

 

Below are some of the highlights that helped shape what became a memorable year in the University’s history.

Segments of The University of Southern Mississippi's Holiday Choral Spectacular will air on area television stations over the next week. Taped during live performances at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg earlier this month, the program features the outstanding Southern Miss choral programs and symphony orchestra and area high school choirs in a musical evening hosted by Dr. Rodney Bennett.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host spring semester 2014 registration and advisement for new and returning students Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 2 – 6 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Orientation for new undergraduate students will be held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on January 8. Spring semester classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 14 and the last day to register for full-semester classes is Friday, Jan. 17.

Dr. Mark Miller, professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Geography and Geology, has been selected as the recipient of the Mississippi World Trade Center’s (MSWTC) 2013 “Excellence in International Education Award.” Miller received the award at the MSWTC annual meeting in Jackson, Miss.  

The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) will enter a transition phase at the conclusion of this year with the departure of Director Dr. Bryan Brister, who has accepted a position as chief operating officer with Voltea, an international water purification company. MPI Operations Leader Robert Thompson will assume the role of interim director.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach chartered two new student organizations during the fall semester. The Alliance for Equality and Student Veteran’s Association were both approved by the Student Organizations Council to serve as organizations for Southern Miss Gulf Coast students.