June 27, 2017  

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The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) has been presented with the Above and Beyond Award by the Mississippi Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office.

Local residents are invited to participate in another Wag n’ Walk fitness event slated for Saturday, July 8, on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach. 

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett has been named chair of the Conference USA Board of Directors. Bennett, who will serve a two-year term as chair, was elected by his peers from among the league’s university presidents at the June board meeting.

Brandon Bergeron, a junior at University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP). He is the grandson of William and Rannah Rushing of Tylertown, Miss.     

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 July.

A former University of Southern Mississippi track star has hit the ground running in a new role with her alma mater.

Paige Jones, a 2014 USM graduate, recently joined Southern Miss Career Services as its job location and development coordinator. Her responsibilities include helping students find off-campus part-time jobs, assisting with resumes/cover letters, budget management and planning part-time jobs fairs, among other duties.

The School of Kinesiology at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes a new athletic training faculty member.

Dr. Jeffrey Parr served as a visiting instructor during the 2016-17 academic year. After a national search, Parr is joining the faculty as interim program director of athletic training.

Campus Link AmeriCorps at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received approximately $380,000 in federal funding for 2017-18 to continue its work providing tutoring and mentoring for disadvantaged youth through its public school and non-profit agency partnerships in the Pine Belt. The funding award comes through the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS).

Larry Buendorf, Chief Security Officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2017 National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition on July 11-13 in Orlando, Fla. The event is presented annually by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

University of Southern Mississippi officials are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Cindy, which currently is expected to make landfall either late Wednesday or early Thursday in southwest Louisiana and east Texas.

The countdown to an unforgettable season of live music under the stars in Hattiesburg is underway. The Levitt AMP Hattiesburg Music Series’ lineup of artists will perform at Chain Park each Friday at 7 p.m. from July 7 to Sept. 8. The free, family-friendly outdoor concerts will showcase musical talents while also celebrating Mississippi’s bicentennial.

The National Weather Service office in New Orleans has issued a flash flood watch for Pearl River, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and much of southeastern Louisiana beginning early Tuesday, June 20, through the evening of Thursday, June 22, due in part to heavy rains from a weather system moving northward from the central Gulf of Mexio that could potentially become Tropical Cyclone 3.

Although some of its members were separated by continents and oceans, Lijie Zhou’s dissertation committee came together June 14 - virtually and face-to-face - to review the University of Southern Mississippi graduate student’s dissertation defense.

Eight sports security professionals under the age of 40 will be recognized for their leadership in addressing safety and security issues as part of the 2017 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition, set for July 11-13 in Orlando, Fla. This year’s theme is “Building Resiliency in the Sports Safety and Security Industry.” More than 400 security professionals and 60 vendor exhibits are expected for the national conference.

Loretta Williams, a student in the Master or Professional Accounting program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a Newton D. Becker Scholarship.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Construction will conduct its inaugural USM-MCEF (Mississippi Construction Education Foundation) Building Futures Summer Camp June 25-29 for students in grades 8-10.

Dr. Jameela Lares, professor of English in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters, has been named the Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Humanities for 2017-2019.

Digital fabrication tools have become increasingly available to the average consumer interested in designing prototypes for medical, education, engineering, and more.

 

Dr. Anna Wan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at The University of Southern Mississippi, has created Southern Miss’s first publicly available makerspace -- Eagle Maker Hub.

Delores McNair, administrative assistant/information specialist in the office of the Dean of Students at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently named Educational Office Professional of the Year by the USM chapter of the Association of the Office Professionals (AOP). McNair received the honor at the USM AOP’s annual membership recognition luncheon June 13.

University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) Director Monty Graham was recently announced as chairman of the newly formed Ocean Task Force by Gov. Phil Bryant on June 1.

Six sports security professionals will be recognized for their leadership in addressing safety and security issues as part of the 2017 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 11-13, in Orlando, Fla. This year’s theme is “Building Resiliency in the Sports Safety and Security Industry.” More than 400 security professionals and 60 vendor exhibits are expected for the national conference.
 

The College of Business chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) at The University of Southern Mississippi inducted 48 students and one faculty member this spring. Beta Gamma Sigma is a business honorary that recognizes academic excellence in business studies only at schools that are AACSB accredited (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business).

A passion to address the plight of low-income areas in Mississippi and beyond inspired Dr. Mark M. Miller, professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at The University of Southern Mississippi, to author his latest book: Economic Development for Everyone: Creating Jobs, Growing Businesses, and Building Resilience in Low-Income Communities.

A total of 10 sports facilities will be recognized for their leadership in addressing safety and security issues as part of the 2017 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 11-13, in Orlando, Fla.