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Members of The University of Southern Mississippi Office of University Communication staff, as well as other staff members from various units across campus, took home awards from the annual College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM), held in May in Natchez, Miss.

Award winners and the categories they placed in are as follows:

·         First Place in PR Campaign to Jana Bryant, Beth Taylor and Shelia White for “University Communications and the BP Oil Spill”

Mississippi Court of Appeals Justice Virginia Carlton urged delegates to the 64th annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, held this week on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus, to embrace their goals and let nothing stand in their way to achieve them.

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has honored The University of Southern Mississippi with a Silver Anvil Award, signifying the highest level of achievement in public relations practices.

Some freshmen are prepared to confidently plunge into university life; others cautiously test the water with a toe. Jennie Thomas took the plunge.

Dr. Tom Lansford, academic dean and political science professor at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, served as a co-editor with Thomas Muller, William Overstreet and Judith Isacoff for the 2011 “Political Handbook of the World.”

The “Political Handbook of the World,” first published in 1928, is currently published annually by CQ Press. The publicationprovides detailed information on the government, economy, political status and history of more than 200 countries and territories, as well as 38 international organizations.

Fun-learning in both the field and lab is what makes summer camp at Southern Miss’ Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) equivalent to an educational vacation.

 

“We are expanding our educational offerings in an attempt to reach as broad an audience as possible,” said Chris Snyder, director of GCRL’s Marine Education Center. “We’ve introduced two new programs, Explore a Seashore for adults and Shark Fest for teenagers, in addition to our continued offering of Sea Camp for the younger children.”

FestivalSouth kicks into high gear this weekend with a full-slate of activities set for Saturday, June 11 in downtown Hattiesburg and The University of Southern Mississippi campus.

Michael King of Clear Lake, S.D., a doctoral student in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Communication Studies, received the Outstanding Tutor Award at the National Association of Communication Centers conference, held March 18-19 in Richmond, Va. King serves as a tutor for the Southern Miss Speaking Center.

Ed Pittman of Slidell, La., a May 2011 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Communication Studies program, received the Bob and Ann Weiss Undergraduate Paper Award at the National Association of Communication Centers Conference, held March 18-19 in Richmond, Va.

Students who enjoy the television drama “CSI” will want to participate in the hands-on experience provided by two University of Southern Mississippi forensic files camps set for later this month.

Dr. Kenneth Mauritz, professor of polymer science and engineering at the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, served as an expert for a recent article published by Fuel Cells Magazine.

Mauritz helped offer some insight into the importance of polymer materials and science to the advancement of PEMFC/DMFC component design and manufacture.

"These systems could not demonstrate viable technology without polymers, as there are no other materials with all the requisite properties," Mauritz explained in the article.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, June 25 for residents with and without disabilities in Forrest and surrounding counties.

The Southern Mississippi Area Health Education Center will host the annual “Coastal MP3C Cancer Control Conference: Understanding Cancer along the Mississippi Gulf Coast” from 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23.

The free conference is open to the public and will be held in the Fleming Education Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

University of Southern Mississippi senior finance major Tyler Hillis, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., recently received the inaugural CFA Society of Mississippi award.

The CFA Society of Mississippi is an affiliate organization of CFA Institute, the sponsors of the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst professional designation. To achieve the CFA designation, charter holders must have passed three rigorous exams covering investments, portfolio management and related concepts.

Rising high school seniors from across Mississippi have converged on The University of Southern Mississippi campus as part of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State convention.

 

The 64th edition of Girls State will run from June 4-11 on the heels of Boys State which just concluded at Southern Miss. Girls State is designed to teach young women about the intracacies of state and local governance, including how judicial branches operate; the finer points of campaigning for elected office and how to craft and promote legislation in the simulated state of "Magnolia."

Seventeen Mississippi high school students are spending June 5-10 on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi as part of the High School Journalism Workshop.

University of Southern Mississippi polymer science students Vipul Padman and Kathleen Davis took home impressive awards recently from the Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ Annual Scientific Seminar in Las Vegas.

Five College of Arts & Letters faculty and staff members were recently honored for their achievements and efforts at The University of Southern Mississippi over the past year.

Rising seniors at Madison Central High School attending the 72nd annual American Legion Boys State, held this week at The University of Southern Mississippi include, top row, left to right: Blake Breedlove; Evan Chancellor; Sam Martin; Shane Waller; and Zachary Smith; bottom row, left to right: Rod Bridges; Mike Jacobson; Hugh Warren; Austin Baney; Phillips King; and Kyle Moore.

Representatives from the End Zone restaurant in Hattiesburg presented a check for $3,570 to the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, June 2. The proceeds came from the End Zone’s annual golf tournament.

Chad Boudreaux, right, made the presentation to Wes Brooks, development coordinator at the DuBard School.

For more information about the DuBard School, call 601.266.5223 or visit http://www.usm.edu/dubard/

The University of Southern Mississippi will continue for another week hosting rising high school seniors from across the state for a special week of programs focusing on the political process when the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State comes to campus June 4-11.

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) was honored with the Outstanding Chapter designation at the organization’s annual conference held this spring in New Orleans. The Southern Miss chapter was one of only five to receive the honor and was presented to representatives of the chapter by the ACEI’s Emerging Educators Council.

The human resources program offered by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received a coveted stamp of approval from the world’s pre-eminent oversight organization.