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The general consensus among health care professionals is that Mississippi will remain near the bottom of major health-related statistics unless a unified effort is made to combat the problem.

 

With collaboration as the overarching theme, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health has taken the lead role in planning and organizing the first Mississippi Health Summit set for April 29 at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.

The Rochelle Harper Band, Southern Miss Faculty Jazz Quintet, Jerry Ball Jazz and Blues Quintet, and Jason Ricci are all gearing up for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast 3rd annual Jazz and Blues Festival to be held Saturday, April 23.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Economic and Workforce Development has launched a new Graduate Certificate in Economic Development that teaches the basics of the practice of economic development. 

University of Southern Mississippi Centennial homecoming queen and public relations student Denotra Logan is preparing for her next conquest – the Emmy award-winning Semester in Washington Journalism program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

William Thompson of Madison, Miss., was recently recognized at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Thompson, a coastal sciences major and masters student, is the son of Kevin and Tracey Thompson. He is a representative of the Graduate Student Senate and a member of the Marine and Estuarine Graduate Student Association.

Shane Hand of McCalla, Ala., was recently recognized at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Hand, a graduate student, is the son of Benny and Linda Hand. He has served on the Graduate Student Senate.

Hand’s work, “Transmitting Whiteness: Librarians, Children, and Literacy in the southern United States”, was selected by the Graduate Senate and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies as the top paper in his department. Winners receive recognition and a monetary award.

Amber Clark of Hattiesburg, Miss., was recently recognized at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Clark, a comparative politics major, is the daughter of Robert and Jodi Clark. She serves as president of Southern Miss College Democrats and vice president of Voices for Planned Parenthood.

Sister Saideh Bey of Laurel, Miss., was recently recognized at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Bey, a graduate student and social work major, is the daughter of the late Sammy Taylor and Velma Taylor Bey and the mother of Yunal Talib Said Bey.

Melissa Adams of Brookhaven, Miss., was recently recognized at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Adams, a biological sciences major, is the daughter of James Stein of Waco, TX, and Cindy and Boyd Hudson of Brookhaven, Miss. She is married to Kenneth Adams and has one child, Katie Adams.

Celeste Wheat of Petal, Miss., was recently recognized at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Wheat, a higher education administration major, is the daughter of Bill and Nell Wheat. She is vice president of the College of Education and Psychology Scholars.

Vendetta Tardy of New Orleans, La., made a choreographic debut at the Repertory Dance Company’s Spring Dance Concert at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Tardy, a junior dance major, is the daughter of Walter Tardy of New Orleans, La., and Vendetta Lockley of New Orleans, La.

In “Multiples of Many,” Tardy dived into multiple personalities. Inspired by conversations with family and friends, and bolstered by research on Dissociative Identity Disorder, this quartet featured gothic music with high-risk throws and partnering.

Manuela Staneva of Sofia, Bulgaria, was recently recognized at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Staneva, who received her masters in public health, is the daughter of Stefan and Manuela Staneva of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Nicole Musselwhite of Ocean Springs, Miss., was recently recognized at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Musselwhite, an anthropology major, is the daughter of Charles and Rebecca Musselwhite.

Marvin Tyler Sasser of Garfield, Ga., was recently recognized at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Amit Kumar of Delhi, India, was recently recognized at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Kumar, a biochemistry major, is the son of Shri. Ram Narain Singh and Shrimati Raj Kumari. 

Joshua Frazier of Pulaski, Miss., made a choreographic debut at the Repertory Dance Company’s Spring Dance Concert at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Frazier, a dance performance and choreography major, is the son of Michael and Stacey Frazier of Pulaski, Miss., and Hilda and Daryl Champion of Ocean Springs, Miss. Frazier is a Luckyday Scholar.

Melissa DeAngelo of Moss Point, Miss., was recently recognized at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi.

DeAngelo, a doctoral student and educational leadership major, is the daughter of Will and Dolores Keenum of Moss Point. She is married to Nicholas DeAngelo and has two children, Elias and Jacob.

Haipeng Cai of Wuhan, China, was recently recognized at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Cai, a computer science major, is the son of Zhixin Cai and Mingan Chen of Wuhan China.

Cai’s work, “Effects of Seeding Methods on Diffusion Tensor Magnetic Resonance Imaging”, was selected by the Graduate Senate and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies for the Yarbrough Award and as the top paper in his department. Winners receive recognition and a monetary award.

Domagoj Anic of Schwalbach, Hessen, Germany, was recently recognized at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Anic, a business administration master’s student, is the son of Zvonimir Anic and Ljilijana Radak Anic. He is a member of the men’s tennis team and the Business Student Advisory Council.

The University of Southern Mississippi has extended the registration deadline for this year’s Leadership Studies Program, presented by the university’s Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies.

Training for participating students will include leadership development and avenues for becoming leaders in schools, communities and religious affiliations. The one-week residential program designed for students in grades 6 -11 will be held on the Hattiesburg campus June 12-17.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) will host a free Earth Day Celebration for the community from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at the lab, which is located at 703 East Beach Drive in Ocean Springs.    

T.A. Barron left his job as president of a venture capital company more than 20 years ago, spurred by an inextinguishable desire to pour himself into writing and a deep fear of painful regret.

Thursday, he was awarded the Southern Miss Medallionat The University of Southern Mississippi’s 44th annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. It was yet another accolade vindicating his decision in what has been a successful career as a children’s literature and nature book writer.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth will be held July 3-22 on the Hattiesburg campus and hosted by the Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies. Application deadline is Saturday, April 30. 

The three-week residential program is a cooperative effort with the Duke University Talent Identification Program that provides a balance of educational, cultural, and recreational experiences. It serves eligible students currently enrolled in grades 7 through 10.

The Live Oak Writing Project at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is offering Camp Live Oak, which features a variety of weeklong summer youth camps for students in grades 3 through 8. Camp sessions, except during the week of July 4, are from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.