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June 30, 2015

The School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi has adopted a new name - The School of Kinesiology - and a new director in Dr. Scott Piland.  

 

After a year-long process, the name change was officially approved in April by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

The School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi has adopted a new name - The School of Kinesiology - and a new director in Dr. Scott Piland.  

After a year-long process, the name change was officially approved in April by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

June 16, 2015

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has announced the appointment of Stace Mercier as its interim executive director, effective June 1, 2015.

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has announced the appointment of Stace Mercier as its interim executive director, effective June 1, 2015.

Mercier replaces Shannon Fleming who resigned as executive director on May 31 to return to his home state of Arkansas to accept a position at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock as Senior Director of Development and Chief Development Officer at the Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS.

June 10, 2015

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.

 

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.

The position will help USM students thrive through retention initiatives, recognition of student excellence and opportunities for active learning. It will also support faculty through programs that enhance orientation and mentoring, as well as support for advising.

June 9, 2015

Dr. Jim Black, an alumnus of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi, was presented the Dissertation Award during the Association for Talent Development (ATD) 2015 International Conference and Exposition held last month in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Jim Black, an alumnus of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi, was presented the Dissertation Award during the Association for Talent Development (ATD) 2015 International Conference and Exposition held last month in Orlando, Fla.

May 28, 2015

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) has named Pam Moeller the new Director of External Relations.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) has named Pam Moeller the new Director of External Relations.

Moeller, who previously served as the assistant to the Director of GCRL for 8 years, will be in charge of developing and fostering relationships with local and regional businesses, governmental groups, non-governmental associations, and residents to promote the research and educational capabilities of the GCRL. Moeller will take over her new role on June 1st.

May 26, 2015

Dr. Maureen Ryan has been named interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will serve in the absence of Dr. Steven R. Moser, who was recently named interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Maureen Ryan has been named interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will serve in the absence of Dr. Steven R. Moser, who was recently named interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
 
Ryan has a long and impressive record of service to the University. She joined the faculty at Southern Miss in 1983 as assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Lab.

May 26, 2015

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Steve Miller its new vice president for the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss., pending approval by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.

 

Miller has served for the past 12 months as interim vice president for the Gulf Park campus. During that time, the campus has seen tremendous growth with several projects completed under Miller’s leadership including: three new Gulf Park facilities – a health center, a fitness center and a building to house the School of Social Work.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Steve Miller its new vice president for the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss., pending approval by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Miller has served for the past 12 months as interim vice president for the Gulf Park campus. During that time, the campus has seen tremendous growth with several projects completed under Miller’s leadership including: three new Gulf Park facilities – a health center, a fitness center and a building to house the School of Social Work.

May 12, 2015

This past weekend as The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the class of 2015 with commencement exercises, the College of Arts and Letters recognized the accomplishments of some of its brightest students at a recent awards banquet.

This past weekend as The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the class of 2015 with commencement exercises, the College of Arts and Letters recognized the accomplishments of some of its brightest students at a recent awards banquet.

With a smile and a handshake, Dean Steven R. Moser proudly congratulated the outstanding undergraduate and graduate students chosen by each academic unit and recognized the two overall winners in the college.

“These students exemplify everything that we hope to see in graduates from Arts and Letters,” Moser said.

May 8, 2015

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi has earned accreditation through the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) – indicating that it meets or exceeds professional standards, giving students an advantage with prospective employers and graduate schools.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi has earned accreditation through the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) – indicating that it meets or exceeds professional standards, giving students an advantage with prospective employers and graduate schools.

The department is the first in Mississippi to receive accreditation by ASBMB for its Bachelor of Science in Chemistry emphases in Biochemistry and American Chemical Society-certified Biochemistry.

May 6, 2015

The newly created training program in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester. Graduates of the ABA Program will earn a Master of Science Degree in Psychology with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and will meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

 

The newly created training program in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester.

Graduates of the ABA Program will earn a Master of Science Degree in Psychology with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and will meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

May 4, 2015

The Office of Student Activities at The University of Southern Mississippi recently recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of its 192 student organizations at the Student Organization Awards and Recognition ceremony. More than 120 nominations were collected, and a student affairs review committee determined the winners.

The Office of Student Activities at The University of Southern Mississippi recently recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of its 192 student organizations at the Student Organization Awards and Recognition ceremony. More than 120 nominations were collected, and a student affairs review committee determined the winners.

Student Activities presented the following awards for the 2014-2015 school year:

Outstanding New Student Organization: Alpha Chi Omega

May 1, 2015

Having already accepted a job out of state, Joe Paul was unable to participate in graduation exercises after earning his bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

But the longtime Southern Miss administrator will have an opportunity to amend that regret as the keynote speaker for Southern Miss’s spring 2015 commencement on Friday, May 8. He will also serve as the speaker for commencement at the University’s Gulf Park Campus on Saturday, May 9.  

Having already accepted a job out of state, Joe Paul was unable to participate in graduation exercises after earning his bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi.

“I finished in the mid-year term in March, and by the May 1975 commencement I was working at a full-time job in Louisiana,” said Paul, who is Vice President for Student Affairs at Southern Miss.

April 28, 2015

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology recently recognized faculty, staff, and alumni award winners at the Annual College of Science and Technology Awards Banquet.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology recently recognized faculty, staff, and alumni award winners at the Annual College of Science and Technology Awards Banquet.

April 27, 2015

Dr. Patricia Biesiot, associate dean in the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi, was presented flowers and an eagle plaque by the college’s Dean Dr. David T. Hayhurst at the Annual College of Science and Technology Awards banquet.

Dr. Patricia Biesiot, associate dean in the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi, was presented flowers and an eagle plaque by the college’s Dean Dr. David T. Hayhurst at the Annual College of Science and Technology Awards banquet.

In recognizing Biesiot’s 26-plus years of service, Hayhurst called her “one of the most important people to me” in the College of Science and Technology. “Dr. Biesiot has been invaluable to me. More importantly, she has helped the College,” said Hayhurst.

April 13, 2015

Dr. Joseph S. Paul has worked at The University of Southern Mississippi for more than 40 years, spending the last 21 as vice president for Student Affairs. In February, Paul announced his retirement from the vice president’s position, effective June 30, 2015.

 

In celebration of his service to Southern Miss, the Southern Miss Alumni Association will host a Retirement Roast in his honor on Friday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom, located on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Joseph S. Paul has worked at The University of Southern Mississippi for more than 40 years, spending the last 21 as vice president for Student Affairs. In February, Paul announced his retirement from the vice president’s position, effective June 30, 2015.

In celebration of his service to Southern Miss, the Southern Miss Alumni Association will host a Retirement Roast in his honor on Friday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom, located on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

March 19, 2015

Dana Berry, assistant to the dean for Advisement and Records at The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology, has been named to the 2015 Leadership Pinebelt Class.

Dana Berry, assistant to the dean for Advisement and Records at The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology, has been named to the 2015 Leadership Pinebelt Class.

Leadership Pinebelt has trained emerging and existing leaders since 1989 in greater Hattiesburg. Designed to broaden the base from which emerging leadership is derived, Leadership Pinebelt serves as a catalyst for increasing diversity among future leaders.

February 23, 2015

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recently welcomed BayLee Long as the organization’s new manager of programs.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recently welcomed BayLee Long as the organization’s new manager of programs.

BayLee, an Athens, Tenn., native, earned a degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013. In May of 2015 BayLee will receive a master’s degree in higher education/student personnel from the University of Mississippi.

February 6, 2015

For decades, Dr. Joe Paul, Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, has inspired numerous student leaders to live by his mantra of encouragement to leave the institution “better than they found it.”

For decades, Dr. Joe Paul, Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, has inspired numerous student leaders to live by his mantra of encouragement to leave the institution “better than they found it.”

Today, Paul, having clearly made Southern Miss better than he found it, announced his retirement from the vice president’s position, effective June 30, 2015. Paul, 61, steps down after serving the institution for 39 years, spending the last 21 as vice president.

December 19, 2014

It was 1984 and the movie “Terminator,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger was released along with Apple’s new Macintosh computer. And on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Lawrence Mead began his career as a Golden Eagle.

It was 1984 and the movie “Terminator,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger was released along with Apple’s new Macintosh computer. And on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Lawrence Mead began his career as a Golden Eagle.

Mead, a native of Michigan, has been teaching at Southern Miss for 30 years, “Plus one semester,” he says jokingly. Mead, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, recently announced his retirement from the University.

December 17, 2014

Citing a desire to streamline his focus on other responsibilities, Dr. Eric Powell has announced his resignation as executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), effective Dec. 16, 2014.

Citing a desire to streamline his focus on other responsibilities, Dr. Eric Powell has announced his resignation as executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), effective Dec. 16, 2014.

Powell has served as executive director at GCRL since September 2012. “For the staff that have worked for me for the past two years, I deeply appreciate your hard work and confidence in me as director,” said Powell.

December 4, 2014

The University of Southern Mississippi recently welcomed Jona Burton as coordinator of student life in the University’s Division of Student Affairs on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently welcomed Jona Burton as coordinator of student life in the University’s Division of Student Affairs on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

As coordinator of student life, Burton will oversee and assist student organizations, clubs and activities on campus to ensure all students have access to a range of opportunities that will serve to enhance and deepen their learning experience.

December 3, 2014

Endowments named for two retired University of Southern Mississippi faculty members honor their legacy of passion for their fields of study and helping their students succeed.

 

Named in honor of Dolly Loyd, an instructor in the Department of Marketing and Management from 1979 to 2004, the Dolly Loyd Marketing Scholarship Endowment will support a junior or senior majoring in marketing who holds a grade point average of 2.75 or better and demonstrates financial need. The Dr. Kenneth G. McCarty Endowed Scholarship in History, which is named in honor of Dr. Kenneth McCarty, a professor in the Department of History from 1960 to 1999, will support a student pursuing secondary teaching licensure in history/social studies.

Endowments named for two retired University of Southern Mississippi faculty members honor their legacy of passion for their fields of study and helping their students succeed.

November 25, 2014

Students at The University of Southern Mississippi now have an opportunity to study geography abroad in Costa Rica in 2015.

 

Dr. David Harms Holt, associate professor of geography at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, will lead up to 24 students on a 17-day study abroad trip based at the Instituto Monteverde in Monteverde, Costa Rica May 9 – 25, 2015.  

Students at The University of Southern Mississippi now have an opportunity to study geography abroad in Costa Rica in 2015.

Dr. David Harms Holt, associate professor of geography at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, will lead up to 24 students on a 17-day study abroad trip based at the Instituto Monteverde in Monteverde, Costa Rica May 9 – 25, 2015.  

During this trip, students will learn how to see the country through the eyes of a scientist; students will study physical geography, biogeography, sustainable development and human geography.

October 24, 2014

Applications for faculty awards at The University of Southern Mississippi are due to the Office of the Provost during the month of November, beginning Nov. 3. The awards include the Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence; Excellence in University Service; Excellence in University Teaching; and Grand Marshal-Distinguished Professor.  

Applications for faculty awards at The University of Southern Mississippi are due to the Office of the Provost during the month of November, beginning Nov. 3. The awards include the Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence; Excellence in University Service; Excellence in University Teaching; and Grand Marshal-Distinguished Professor.  

Details about each award, including deadline for application, are as follows: