December 11, 2017  

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December 2017

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Audience members at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Fall 2017 Commencement no doubt noticed many graduating seniors sporting bright turquoise cords for the first time as part of their graduation ensemble.


ACT testing at The University of Southern Mississippi, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9, has been cancelled.

ACT will directly contact students scheduled to take the test on Saturday at a later date to reschedule.


Due to winter weather conditions, USM’s coastal operations at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, and Stennis Space Center in Hancock County will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8.


Due to additional accumulation of snow, USM’s Hattiesburg operations will be closed on Friday, Dec. 8. The Commencement ceremonies now scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. will proceed.


Volunteers who were scheduled to assist with Commencement are still needed if they are able to travel to campus safely.


The University requests that participants and visitors for the 3 p.m. Commencement ceremony arrive no earlier than 1:30 p.m. to allow for traffic from the first ceremony to fully vacate the area around Reed Green Coliseum.


Mississippi Department of Transportation recommends the following when traveling in winter weather conditions:


- Slow down. Should winter weather conditions become present, “black ice” can form.
- Allow more space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
- Brake early and gently to avoid skidding, and never slam on the brakes.
- Avoid distractions, such as talking or texting on a cell phone.
- Stay alert.


The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Police Department (UPD) has again earned the confidence of the state’s lead accrediting agency for law enforcement entities.


The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in December.


Links between firearms safety and suicide rates is the focus of research by an associate professor of psychology and two graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi that was recently featured in an academic journal.

Dr. Michael Anestis, director of the USM Department of Psychology's Suicide and Emotion Dysregulation Laboratory, along with clinical psychology doctoral students Sarah Butterworth of Fairfax, Va. and Claire Houtsma of Chicago, recently published “Perceptions of firearms and suicide: The role of misinformation in storage practices and openness to means safety measures” in the Journal of Affective Disorders.


The Mississippi State University Extension 4-H Program, in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and the UMMC/Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute, are developing the next generation of healthcare professionals through the Junior Master Wellness Volunteers (JrMWV’s) program. The JrMWV Program is a community health education and volunteer leader that partners with students in various disciplines such as the Allied Health Courses, Family and Consumer Science Courses, and individually focused clubs or organizations for training and delivery of health messages into the community. 


Mississippians who need help enrolling or re-enrolling in health coverage through only have through Dec. 15, the national deadline, to get coverage for 2018.