February 12, 2016  

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The University of Southern Mississippi has named Robert D. Gholson its new General Counsel, effective March 7, 2016, pending completion of a successful background check. Mr. Gholson will succeed Jon Mark Weathers, who won the post of Circuit Court Judge, Place 2, in last November’s election.

Samantha McCain, APR, recently joined The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi as the new communications coordinator.

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi will open a new production of the sensational music drama Carmen Feb. 18 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium. Glorious voices, sets, costumes, props and lights are accompanied by the incomparable Symphony Orchestra in this enormous production.

December is a month filled with special occasions and, for most people, it is the month of the year to take time out of busy schedules and be mindful of others in the community who might need some extra love and care.

For AmeriCorps members, though, December is another month that members get to do what they truly love to do all year long: provide service. The TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program members are especially thankful this month provides ample opportunities to get involved and continue to make active contributions to the community.

Financial experts expressed cautious optimism about the U.S. economy for 2016 during the annual Economic Outlook forum held Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The R/V Jim Franks made its way from New Iberia, La. after a 12-hour journey to the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi last week. The 60-foot research vessel is the newest addition to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) fleet and will replace the R/V Tom McIlwain, which is being retired later this year.

 

Planning for the R/V Jim Franks began in 2012 with the actual on-site construction at the GEO Shipyard beginning in early 2015.

Jerry Mitchell, a McArthur Award-winning journalist with the Jackson, Miss. Clarion-Ledger, will be the first speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s spring 2016 University Forum series. His presentation, “Civil Rights Cold Cases,” is set for Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Marriage and Family Therapy Student Organization and Department of Child and Family Studies will host “50 Shades of Safe” Friday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Payne Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The program will feature presentations designed to help female students learn how to stay safe in a variety of situations, and will also serve as a research project conducted within the department.
 

Students at The University of Southern Mississippi are well on their way to becoming licensed Applied Behavior Analysis therapists. The first cohort of students recently finished their first semester of the new master’s degree program in psychology with an emphasis in ABA therapy.

Despite trends that show many colleges and universities losing traction in the highly competitive battleground for research funding, The University of Southern Mississippi has maintained its position in the latest ratings from the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host its annual Arbor Day celebration Friday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. on the south side of the Payne Recreation Center on the Hattiesburg campus. This year’s ceremony will feature planting of an edible orchard with assistance from students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders.

 

“We’re always excited about Arbor Day, and especially this year with the establishment of an edible orchard,” said Haley McMinn, assistant director of sustainability for the Physical Plant. “What could be more fresh and sustainable than having an orchard right here on our campus?”

Dr. Ann Blankenship, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling at The University of Southern Mississippi, will participate in a live audience participation talk show to be streamed on Google+ page and You Tube Feb. 16 at 12:30 p.m. CST. This episode of “Café UCEA” will focus on the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and be presented by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced the winners of the 30th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year, a new writer and new illustrator are celebrated.

The 2016 award ceremony will be held April 7 during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the USM Hattiesburg campus. The winners receive a gold medallion as well as an honorarium of $1,000.

Devotees of children’s literature from across the country and beyond will return to The University of Southern Mississippi April 6-8 for its annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, which will mark its 49th year in 2016 as one of the most important events connected to the literary genre.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Student Government Association, in collaboration with the USM Title IX Office, The Shafer Center for Crisis Prevention and Alpha Chi Omega is sponsoring programming in February, March and April on the Hattiesburg campus to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence in conjunction with the national campaign “It’s on Us.”
 

Dr. Elizabeth Moak, associate professor of music at The University of Southern Mississippi, will give a solo piano recital Friday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The solo piano recital will honor the 350th birthday year of Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, and the 70th birthday year of Judith Lang Zaimont.

A faculty member and student from the College of Health are The University of Southern Mississippi’s recipients of the annual Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) award.

Dr. Elaine Molaison, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, and junior exercise science major John Davenport of Moss Bluff, La. are recipients of the HEADWAE Outstanding Faculty and Students Awards. They were honored the Mississippi Legislature and at a luncheon Feb. 2 in Jackson.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology has been ranked among the nation’s Top 50 graduate programs by the resource guide CounselingPsychology.org. The Southern Miss program stands at No. 13 in the national rankings.

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member is a co-investigator on a grant-funded collaborative project designed to train medical students to help patients dealing with substance abuse.

Dr. Michael Madson, associate professor of counseling psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, is working with the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson on integration of a substance abuse component in the UMC curriculum. Madson is director of the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program in USM’s Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic.

Economic trends and forecasts will be the primary focus for the Economic Outlook 2016 forum set for Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Live Oak Writing Project teacher consultants Sarah Bailey and Jennifer Butler have successfully mentored three students to prestigious writing awards by the Eudora Welty Foundation. The students were participants in a Scholastic Writing Workshop held last fall and sponsored by the Live Oak Writing Project (LOWP).

Dr. Larry A. Sparkman, director of the Luckyday Citizenship Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been voted President of the Board of Directors for the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA). Sparkman has been a board member for the past three years serving on various national committees.

 

They’ve forged change with both the written word and direct action, and they’ll share the story of how they did it  during The University of Southern Mississippi’s spring 2016 University Forum series.

Jerry Mitchell, an award-winning journalist with the Jackson, Miss. Clarion Ledger known internationally for his work that has led to justice for murdered civil rights leaders; Lilly Ledbetter, who put gender pay inequity in the spotlight and inspired legislation to address it; and Barbara Ehrenreich, a New York Times best-selling author whose work has exposed corporate excess and the economic challenges faced by the middle class, all make up another star-studded lineup for the popular, long-running USM program.

Each year during February, high school students from throughout the southeastern United States convene on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus to enjoy an inspiring, music-filled weekend.

 

The Southern Miss School of Music will host hundreds of students Feb. 5 - 7 during the All-South Honor Band weekend.