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For former University of Southern Mississippi varsity swimmer Keith Kennedy, Mike Giles was more than just his head coach. He was also a father figure and mentor to him and his teammates.

In an effort to restore valuable information the City of Long Beach lost when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students and assistant professor of geography, Dr. David Holt have spent the past six months piecing together research and data for the city’s cemetery.

 

The project, funded by a $7,250 grant from the Learn and Serve America program, involved Holt and more than 50 geography students working diligently on mapping, photographing and researching each plot within the 100-year-old cemetery.

The role of social media in today’s society has taken on greater significance with the unprecedented explosion of networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

 

And the 2011 National Sport Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition will address this growing phenomenon with a panel discussion titled, “The Role of Social media in Understanding and Managing Spectator Sports Events.” The conference, hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, is set for Aug. 2-4 in New Orleans.

Members of an NBC film crew got to see exactly how a new oil dispersant created by University of Southern Mississippi polymer science professors works while videotaping an addition to the NBC Learn library.

Excitement came in the form of new wheelchairs at the Technology Learning Center (TLC) on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Four new sportschairs -- the largest order received since Hurricane Katrina -- were delivered to the TLC by Harlon Matthews, a nationally ranked wheelchair athlete and representative for Eagle Sportschairs.

With more than 100,000 fans attending races on any given weekend, NASCAR President Mike Helton keeps safety and security at the forefront of his thoughts.

 

And that makes Helton the ideal expert to deliver one of the keynote addresses at the 2011 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for Aug. 2-4 in New Orleans. Helton is scheduled to deliver his speech on the conference’s opening day.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Miranda Minor of Columbus, Miss., captured first place honors for her business launch plan at the 2011 Emerging Minority Business Leaders (EMBL) program held at West Liberty University in Wheeling, W.V.

Minor’s team wrote a launch plan for a new type of protective wear that can be worn by nurses to prevent finger pricks when using needles to administer medication. Her team consisted of fellow EMBL participants from across the country.

University of Southern Mississippi alums Kimberly Schramm and Tanya Powell were recognized recently as the Physical Therapy/Physical Therapist Assistant Team of the Year by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Schramm and Powell have worked together for six year at Petal Physical Therapy, a service of Hattiesburg Clinic.

Volunteers, members of the community and representatives of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast gathered at Edgewater Cleaners in Biloxi June 24 to recognize the business for its contribution to a special project honoring Hurricane Katrina volunteers for their service to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Margaret Buttross-Brinegar gave The University of Southern Mississippi more than 30 years of unfailing service. Along the way, she gave thousands of developmentally challenged children unwavering support and direction. And now she’s ready to give retirement a try.

 

Buttross-Brinegar, longtime director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at Southern Miss, is retiring at the end of this month noting that “the center and I am ready for a new chapter. This change just feels right.”

Students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi were treated to some Irish dance steps courtesy of the Kreisler family on Wednesday, June 22. Brian, Debbie and Erin Kreisler of Petal, Miss., mixed the dancing with music on the flute and drum for the students who have been studying about Ireland this summer.

Debbie Kreisler has been performing and teaching Irish dancing for approximately 15 years.

Jeremy Noble of Mobile, Ala., a doctoral student in counseling psychology in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology, is the recipient of a prestigious competitive travel grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Stephen McCay of Gulfport, Miss., a graduate student in political science at The University of Southern Mississippi, was elected National Associate for Finance of the National Association of College & University Residence Halls, Inc. (NACURH) at the organization’s annual conference in May.

In partnership with the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and Mississippi Power, the University of Southern Mississippi will host the state’s introductory economic development course, “True South Basic Economic Development Course” Sept. 19-22 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Recent grants provided by NASA to The University of Southern Mississippi have not only enhanced research efforts but also helped strengthen the partnership between the space agency and the university.

While The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast hosted its spring commencement ceremony May 15, graduates Brian Alexander and Todd Avera continued enhancing their education nearly 5,000 miles away at one of the world’s most widely known film festivals.

Dr. Rebecca Woodrick, director of equal opportunity and affirmative action at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been appointed by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to the 2011 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has chosen five current and former University of Southern Mississippi students in its effort to prepare the next generation of top science educators and researchers.

Eve Elias, left, regional director for the American Heart Association, presents University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders with a plaque designating the university as a “Top A” fundraiser for last year’s Heart Walk. In conjunction with campus food services company Aramark, the university secured more than $15,000 in donations for the organization through the annual event. (Photo by Kelly Dunn)

Mississippi Sen. Chris McDaniel came away impressed following his initial visit to the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Office of University Communications will move from its location in College Hall to the first floor on the east side of Bond Hall Monday-Tuesday, July 11-12. As a result, University Communications staff may be difficult to reach by office or phone for a short time during the move. Thank you for your patience as we make this transition.

The University of Southern Mississippi Katrina Research Center invites the community to a reception honoring Edgewater Cleaners for their support of two quilts made from volunteers’ t-shirts following Hurricane Katrina. The reception and quilt display will be held Friday, June 24, at 2 p.m. at Edgewater Cleaners, located at 2575 Pass Road in Biloxi.

Brett Favre stood on the sidelines at M.M. Roberts Stadium Tuesday morning looking every bit as fit and energetic as the NFL quarterback who carved out a Hall of Fame career.

 

Could he still play? “I can still throw the ball as well as I ever have. No question about that,” said Favre as he gazed out at the youngsters assembled for his inaugural 7-on-7 football camp on The University of Southern Mississippi campus.

Dr. Frances Karnes, Distinguished University Professor of Gifted Education in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education and director of the Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, is included among the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).