September 23, 2014  

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He’s not just the best in Mississippi. Now, University of Southern Mississippi U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) cadet and National Guardsman Sgt. William Landrum is also the top solider in the Southeast.

The Office of Disability Accommodations at The University of Southern Mississippi presented awards of recognition to an outstanding instructor, staffer and student for exemplary service during the 2013-14 academic year.


Dr. Frances Lucas, Vice President of the The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, was inducted into the Roland Weeks Leadership Hall of Fame Class of 2013 on Wednesday, April 23 as one of 10 top community leaders.

Dr. Patricia Biesiot, left, interim dean for The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology, and Dr. Gregory A. Carter, interim associate dean for the Gulf Coast operations of the College of Science and Technology, were awarded the 2014 Dean’s Cup presented by the Office of the Academic Dean at Southern Miss Gulf Coast.

Receiving its first Dean’s Cup recognition, the College of Science and Technology was presented the award based on overall student grade point average, student retention from the previous year to the current year and the college’s graduation rate. The Dean’s Cup was presented at the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Awards Day Ceremony on April 10. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

In recognition of outstanding student achievement, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus hosted the 2014 Awards Day Ceremony in the Hardy Hall ballroom on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Premedical and Health Professions Office, housed in the College of Science and Technology Dean’s Office, recently hosted faculty from the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Dental Hygiene program who presented information on the program to students.

As part of autism awareness month, the Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi will hold a “Screening for Autism Day” in several cities throughout the State. 

The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will perform, “Groovy Peace, Baby!” at two concerts in the Fleming Education Center auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The concerts will be held Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 23, mass communication professionals from across the state will visit with students from The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for Mississippi Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Day. The event will be held in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.  

Elena Azadbakht, a reference librarian for health sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently received the 2014 EBSCO American Library Association (ALA) Conference Sponsorship. The award provides up to $1,000 in reimbursements for expenses to attend the 2014 ALA Conference in Las Vegas June 26 – July 1.

The University of Southern Mississippi Counseling Psychology Student Government will hold the second annual Voodoo Run 5K Saturday, April 26 at Walthall Park, located at the corner of Walnut and Rebecca Avenues in downtown Hattiesburg. The event is a fundraiser for the university's Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic to help it provide mental health services to Southern Miss students and community members.

The Technology Learning Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus is hosting Limb Loss Awareness Education Day on Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event, designed to heighten community awareness of those living with and caring for limb loss, will be held at the Technology Learning Center, located on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

~~After weeks of anticipation, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus student Stephanie McCracken was “shocked and honored” to receive official word from Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett that she was selected as a 2014 Truman Scholar. McCracken is the only recipient chosen from a Mississippi institution.

A veteran Gulf Coast law enforcement officer has been chosen to lead the police department at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Ben Dedwylder, who was the assistant superintendent of security at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, was promoted last week to lieutenant and head of the Gulf Coast division of University Police. He will manage operations at Gulf Park, Point Cadet and Cedar Point.

The annual Golden Eagle Powwow at The University of Southern Mississippi will include School Day April 17 on the Hattiesburg campus.  The powwow’s activities focus on the history and lifeways of Southeastern American Indians, with guided opportunities for real-world applications of math, science, social studies and language arts.

The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate Earth Week 2014 with a full schedule of activities set for April 21-25 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Chief among those will be a ceremony to announce a Tree Campus USA designation by the Arbor Foundation. A special ceremony will be held on Earth Day -- Tuesday, April 22 -- at 8 a.m. on the brick pathway of West Memorial Plaza, just south of Forrest County Hall.

The University of Southern Mississippi's institutional repository, The Aquila Digital Community, commemorated a significant milestone on March 20 as the site logged its 100,000th full text download. Aquila, which collects and preserves the research and scholarship of Southern Miss faculty and students, launched in January 2012 and has grown rapidly in the past two years.

The Clothesline Project, a national violence awareness and prevention program, will be held at The University of Southern Mississippi April 21-24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Weathersby Lawn, located between Shoemaker Square and Walker Science Building on the Hattiesburg campus. This free event, held in conjunction with Sexual Assault Crisis Month, is open to the public.

University of Southern Mississippi history professor Kenneth Swope’s latest book details the second to last empire in China, the Ming Dynasty, including its traumatic fall in “The Military Collapse of China’s Ming Dynasty, 1618-1644.”

The Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi will participate in World Book Night April 23 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the U.S. Post Office on South 40th Avenue in Hattiesburg. During the event, faculty and students from the department will distribute free books to the public.

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree poses with seniors in the Medical Laboratory Science program at Southern Miss after proclaiming April 20-26 as National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week in the city.

Approximately 1,000 middle and high school students from across the country will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus May 17 for the prestigious SeaPerch National Challenge underwater robotics competition.

Tyler Brown, a senior polymer science major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been recognized by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) with financial support to attend graduate school.

For Christopher Paul Curtis, writing books for children is no chore.

“I’m one of the luckiest people in the world, doing something I love,” said Curtis, the winner of the Southern Miss Medallion, presented to him at the recent Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival