November 21, 2017  

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Sheena Allen knew the Silicon Valley CEO stereotype when she moved out west a few years ago. She knew that stereotype looked very little like her. She came from a different place and did not receive an Ivy League education.

 

She knew those differences could be — in marketing speak — her unique selling proposition. And it was clear that Sheena Allen Apps was never going to be the typical Silicon Valley tech company.

For students stuck on campus for the holiday break, it was a taste of home. For international students who likely were experiencing their first Thanksgiving, it was a time to sample an American tradition.

Students in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business were recognized for outstanding academic achievement during the fall 2017 honors program held Friday, Nov. 17 on the Hattiesburg campus.

A grant-funded program administered through The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems is helping underserved fifth-grade students in a tri-county area of the state improve their self-esteem and develop better eating habits.

The Southern Miss Alumni Association is pleased to announce the promotion of BayLee Long to the position of assistant director for programs and constituent relations. Long has served as the Association’s manager of programs since February 2015 and coordinated many of the organization’s internal functions, including Homecoming festivities, planned Eagle Landing tailgates and managed rental operations of the Ogletree house.

Longtime Sanderson Farms executive and former State College Board President Robin Robinson was honored as the 2017 Boardman Alumna of the Year by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business in a special ceremony held Friday, Nov. 17 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Leaders of Mississippi’s public universities received The Seven Seals Award at the Board of Trustees meeting held Thursday, Nov. 16 in Jackson. The Award was presented by the Mississippi Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (MSESGR) in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission. Major General Janson D. Boyles, Adjutant General of Mississippi, presented the awards.

Small businesses are an important economic driver in Mississippi. The Mississippi Small Business Profile, 2017, published by the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, reports that Mississippi small businesses employed 432,231 people, or 47.7 percent of the private workforce, in 2014 and that small businesses created 5,423 net jobs in 2014.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced that the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award has tripled the winners’ prizes to $3,000.

Gloria Peterson, food service associate, joins 200 of Aramark’s outstanding team members from around the world who have been named to the company’s 2017 Ring of Stars class. This milestone was recognized by Aramark during an exclusive celebration in October.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies currently has grant funds available statewide for people with disabilities and their families interested in becoming homeowners. A community grant workshop will be held Monday, Nov. 20, from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Mississippi Library Commission at 3881 Eastwood Drive in Jackson.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will bring together top safety and security industry leaders representing intercollegiate athletics as well as commercial sport and entertainment facilities during the week of January 15-19, 2018 at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Florida.  

In keeping with the spirit of the season of giving, The University of Southern Mississippi Student Government Association (SGA) has designated the Hattiesburg Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club as the beneficiary of its annual Lighting the Way for the Holidays charity fundraiser. The event is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the south lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Kenyan native Nuala Ribeiro learned a significant lesson during her recent internship with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies – that a “societal change of attitude” is crucial to ensuring disability rights.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus will host a college visit day exclusively for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) students on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 3-6:30 p.m.

 

The longest-running Greek Life philanthropic event at The University of Southern Mississippi and a local holiday season favorite will be held Friday, Nov. 17 from 5-7:30 p.m. when USM’s Epsilon Delta chapter of Chi Omega Sorority hosts Songfest at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.

J. Theresa Bush, assistant professor of costume design at The University of Southern Mississippi, played an instrumental role in helping the renowned stage production “Fly” garner eight nominations for the 27th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The awards will be presented on Feb. 26 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 16 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in honor of the school’s 55th anniversary. During the event, the school will also honor Dr. Maureen K. Martin who retired as director in June 2017 after 41 years of service. Her retirement recognition will take place at 5 p.m.

Determining the ultimate fate of the thousands of American military personnel unaccounted for in World War II is central to Jason Dawsey’s work with The National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Dawsey, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, recently joined the museum as special projects historian in residence with its Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. He is also involved in the museum’s new Institute for the Study of War and Democracy.

Longtime Sanderson Farms executive and former State College Board President Robin Robinson has been named the 2017 Boardman Alumna of the Year by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business. She will be honored during a special ceremony set for Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. in Scianna Hall’s McDonnell Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Speech and Debate team had a successful performance at a recent tournament in Shreveport, La. and looks forward to its next event. The team will host the British National Debate Team Friday, Nov. 10 in the International Center, room 101 at 3:45 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. The free event is open to the public, and will feature a debate on artificial intelligence.

From the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903 to putting man on the moon in 1969, the 20th Century was a remarkable time for the aerospace field. In the 21st Century, we have even greater opportunities for more incredible progress in flight and space. Through education, research and service, Mississippi Public Universities are at the leading edge of that progress. Seizing these opportunities takes teamwork of many, including government, military, business and academia.

Faculty and student musicians from The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music will present Mozart’s Gran Partita on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The holiday season is a time of giving and receiving but many homeless families are not able to give because they are in need of receiving from their communities to stabilize them in decent housing. Homelessness is a devastating experience for families with children and homeless households need assistance in ending their homelessness.