Southern Miss graduates who will be performing this year as members of the Saintsations include, from left to right: Andre’El Brown, Brandy Jarvis, Alexis Barbaresi Weeks, Tasia Poyadou Lamb, Elizabeth Kiehn and Summer Rials. (Submitted photo)
This upcoming football season, New Orleans Saints fans from across the Gulf South can expect to see a familiar face or two as six University of Southern Mississippi alumnae have joined the NFL organization as new members of the Saintsations.
Competing against approximately 150 women for a chance to become a member of the renowned Saintsations, aspirants underwent a three-part audition held in April that included a dance audition, formal interview and football quiz, respectively. In the end, 33 finalists were chosen, with six of those from Southern Miss.
Dr. Joshua Otaigbe, a professor of polymer science at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected as a Fellow in the National Academy of Engineering in Nigeria.
National Academy membership is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, placing Otaigbe among an elite group of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education. It recognizes eminent scientists who have emerged as pioneers in new and developing fields of technology, made major advancements in traditional fields of engineering or developed innovative approaches to engineering education.
College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college, has ranked The University of Southern Mississippi’s online nurse practitioner degree program among the most affordable options nationwide. In its Top 10 listing, Southern Miss ranked No. 4 in affordability.
Prior to the 2016 Drum Corps International Tour performance at M.M. Roberts Stadium on July 27 at 7 p.m., The University of Southern Mississippi Trombone Choir will be joined by School of Music alumni to perform the National Anthem.
The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), in partnership with Metro Area Community Empowerment (MACE), seeks volunteers to assist with the 40th annual Wheelchair Softball World Series to be held Aug. 10-13 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi.
Robbie Ingram, Manager of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Innovation and Commercialization Accelerator, shared his expertise in technology-based economic development as a participant in an international roundtable held last month in Lyon, France.
The University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded a $3 million grant by the United States Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to develop three pilot programs to aid regions whose economic health is dependent upon defense initiatives.