July 19, 2018  

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The Southern Miss Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics and the South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter, has announced the date for the 23rd Annual Eagle Fanfare sponsored by First Bank.

University of Southern Mississippi students Elizabeth Lee Karajman of Jackson, Miss.; Blake Dunaway of Summit, Miss.; and McKayla Butler of Harrisville, Miss., have been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program (MRDSP).

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Police Department has made an arrest in connection with two recent theft reports on its Hattiesburg campus.

A nationally competitive internship facilitated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is giving a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) undergraduate valuable research experiences she can leverage in graduate school and her career.   

Latisha Swygert, a senior psychology major from Clinton, Miss. and student in its prestigious Honors College, earned a spot in the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 2018 Summer Research Internship Program. The program introduces students to the field of drug abuse and addiction research through participation in eight-week research internships, working with NIDA’s distinguished scientists at universities across the country. Interns also receive a stipend and support for travel and housing.  

Dr. Sandra Nichols has been named the director of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)’s new School of Education.

 

Nichols, a native of Ellisville, will oversee one of the largest academic schools at the university with almost 1,000 students enrolled in three undergraduate degree and 13 graduate degree programs. Her role began July 1.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in the College of Business and Economic Development has been ranked as one of the top 50 online programs in the United States, according to bestcollegereviews.org.

Dr. Catherine Cole, a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) doctoral program in Human Capital Development, and her USM faculty mentor Dr. Heather Annulis, were featured guests on the June 25 episode of the Sirius XM radio show “Road Dog Trucking,” a daily afternoon show covering subjects relevant to the trucking community, including politics, economics, and social issues.

Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Al Rankins Jr. will spend his first hundred days in office touring the campuses to gain insights and perspectives on the university system from students, faculty, staff, elected officials and community leaders.

 

The College of Business has joined with the Small Business Administration and the Area Development Partnership to host a Small Business Roundtable from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday, August 6 at Scianna Hall on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Marine Education Center (MEC) has received two new sponsorships from Biloxi-based businesses, Sharkheads and Killer Bee Bait, towards the future development of summer camp programming.

 

The Delta Pi chapter of Delta Gamma sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) took home four major awards from Delta Gamma’s 68th Biennial Convention, held recently in Phoenix. Criteria for the awards includes excellence in programming, retention, recruitment, and financial stability.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association installed its executive committee for the 2018-19 fiscal year on July 1, with Hattiesburg native Kim Bradley assuming the duties of president. The committee is comprised of alumni who are accomplished leaders in their communities and demonstrate strong commitment to the betterment of the University.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Symphony Orchestra plans historic 99th concert season for 2018-19.  In the season, titled “Tribute,” the Symphony pays homage to a variety of composers, performers, conductors and cultures. 

With a renewed dedication to provide the very best in orchestral performances for our community and region, the orchestra transfers from the incredible leadership of Dr. Jay Dean to the interim direction of longtime collaborator, professor of music, Dr. Michael Miles.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate students in its Department of Human Capital Development (HCD) recently learned about succession management and planning in an executive format, three-week mini session course at the university’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Dr. Alan Thompson, Associate Professor and Distinguished Teaching Fellow in the School of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Security, has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR).

In the dozen years since its inception, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) has grown to become a recognized authority in training and education for security professionals across the globe.

Jasmine Whiteside still struggles to articulate all of the amazing aspects of her story. That’s understandable—she only recalls pieces of it.

Today, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) alumna and Hattiesburg native is a successful graduate student at The Ohio State University, well on her way to a doctoral degree and a career in a field that will benefit communities across the country. But as she progressed toward her USM graduation in 2013, she contracted a rare and life-threatening illness that left her in a coma. And when she awoke six months later, before she could think about the graduation stage, she needed to learn to speak and walk again, to read and write again, and to take care of herself again.

Laura Pazos now has more on her mind about the mind after participating in a highly selective national workshop on cognition and neuroscience.

Pazos, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) senior from Slidell, La. was selected for the 2018 Summer Workshop in Cognitive and Brain Sciences, held in June at the University of Delaware. The workshop provides undergraduate students with opportunities to engage in cognitive neuroscience research methods in a week-long program that also covers travel and accommodations.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, July 14, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education will host a unique and interactive forum regarding human genetic editing from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on the Hattiesburg campus.

A program based at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) since 2005 continues its original charge of assisting the state's elementary, middle and high schools, as well as juvenile detention centers and group homes, succeed in their implementatuon of behavior modification goals, while also advancing initatives created in recent years.

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, 2018.

Dr. Donald Yee, assistant professor of biological sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, and two of his graduate assistants are preparing to embark upon a research project in Puerto Rico that could yield transformative benefits to that U.S. territory and its 3.3 million inhabitants.

The Southern Miss Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics has announced the date for the 20th Annual Gulf Coast Beach Bash. All Southern Miss fans are invited to visit with Southern Miss coaches, athletes, cheerleaders and Seymour on Thursday, July 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center.