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Fifteen-hour days have become the norm for USA Today Assignment Editor Kim Willis, but the 1986 University of Southern Mississippi graduate cannot imagine a different line of work.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism is accepting applications for the Southern Mississippi High School Journalism Workshop, which will be held on the Hattiesburg campus June 5-10.

Southern Miss Panhellenic Council Brings Home Award

The College Panhellenic Council at The University of Southern Mississippi brought home the Panhellenic Relations Award during the annual Southeastern Panhellenic Conference held April 2 in Atlanta, Ga.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating a group of volunteers whose support and guidance has helped the school grow and prosper over the last 20 years.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of DuBard School’s Advisory Board. The staff at DuBard honored the hard work and commitment of the board during the group’s quarterly meeting on April 18.

Volunteers from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, Miss., helped children at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi with a special spring project on Wednesday, April 20.

Pictured in the photo is DuBard student Morgan Clark, 11, from Petal, Miss.

On Wednesday, April 20 members of Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society donated art supplies to the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The annual donation allows students to complete many educational projects. In the photo, Kathleen Davis and Lauren LaBeaud present the art supplies.

Members of the Beta Alphi Psi sorority donated 80 Easter baskets filled with treats to students at the Dubard School for Language Disorders on April 20.

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for Financial Information students and professionals. In the photo, Sara Shorter, left, of Laurel, Miss., and Autumn Brown of Silverhill, Ala., deliver the baskets to the students.

Two University of Southern Mississippi Honors College students from Jones County, Miss. have been accepted into one of the most prestigious law schools in the country.

The sight of pelicans and other native waterfowl coated in oil from last year’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico sent University of Southern Mississippi polymer science professor Dr. Robert Lochhead straight to the laboratory.

 

After countless hours of testing and experimentation, Lochhead, along with polymer science colleagues Dr. Sarah Morgan and Dr. Daniel Savin, developed a dispersant that could make future oil spills a lot less catastrophic.

Following a preliminary investigation of a fire that occurred this morning at The University of Southern Mississippi’s M.C. Johnson Natatorium, officials with the University Police Department, the University Safety Department, the Hattiesburg Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office have determined the event was accidental.

Thirteen University of Southern Mississippistudents put their research know-how to the test and took home top awards and prizes from the 2nd Annual College of Arts and Letters Undergraduate Research Conference held Saturday, April 16 on the Hattiesburg campus.
 

After four years of training and many late nights, 14 University of Southern Mississippiart students will celebrate the culmination of their academic career with an exhibition of senior projects in the Southern Miss Museum of Art from April 21 – May 13.

The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture, in partnership with the Office of Professional Development and Outreach, host “An Introduction to Sustainable Living Course” May 16-20 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

Family and friends of the late Leon Eubanks came together Tuesday to honor his memory and love of nature, both of which continue blooming at his beloved Lake Thoreau in Hattiesburg, Miss.

 

Located on Thoreau Road off of West Fourth Street in Hattiesburg, the property was donated to the University Foundation in 2000 by the Eubanks family with the intention that it be utilized as a nature preserve for scientific, educational and aesthetic purposes. It is managed by the Southern Miss Department of Biological Sciences.

Dr. Jennifer Walker, assistant professor of biology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been named the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award given by the university’s College of Science and Technology.

With the rise in popularity of yoga in recent years, more and more westerners are opening to the practice of kirtan, chanting mantras as a form of meditation and spiritual practice.

Celebrated New Orleans mantra musicians Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band will perform Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. at The University of Southern MississippiOsher Lifelong Learning Institute. The band includes Johnson on vocals and harmonium; vocalist and percussionist Gwendolyn Colman; and Alvin Young on fretless bass and guitar. 

Sea Camp registration is in full swing accepting registrations for its 24th consecutive year as a popular marine science day camp for children ages 6-13.

 

The focus of this year’s camp is threatened and endangered marine species. Campers will learn to fish, crab, seine and sieve at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Marine Education Center in Ocean Springs. Registration for this year’s event closes May 13.

A comprehensive forum discussion on risk management will kick off the 2011 National Sport Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition set for Aug. 2-4 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, La.

The Women’s Studies Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast hosted a day-long educational event for high school junior and senior girls interested in achieving higher education.

The University of Southern Mississippiis in the process of conducting a nationwide search for a dean to take the helm of its College of Arts and Letters.

 

Dr. Denise von Herrmann, who became dean in July 2008 after having served as interim dean for 18 months, has accepted the position of Provost at Oglethorpe Universityin Atlanta, Ga. Her last day with Southern Miss will be June 30.

South Mississippi musicians will showcase their talents at Roots Reunion, a live radio show, from 7- 9 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in Hattiesburg’s Historic Saenger Theatre.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Frantz Salomon has been selected as the 2010-11 Student Employee of the Year.

 

Salomon, a music major originally from Chicago, Ill., works in the Student Activities Hub on the Hattiesburg campus.

Gulf Coast Research Lab’sEarth Day coordinatorStephanie Taylor and Southern Miss graduate student Ryan Vandermeulen test two Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in a pool Friday in preparation for the lab’s Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 16.

A University of Southern Mississippi professor renowned internationally for his research on dolphin behavior and cognition will be the featured speaker for the next Science Café at Starbucks coffee shop in Cook Library Monday, April 18 from 6-7:30 p.m.