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Nationally recognized speakers and round table discussions will highlight the 3rd Annual Gulf Coast ADVANCE faculty retreat set for Friday, Feb. 26 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cedar Point research facility in Ocean Springs.

University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English Philip Kolin will discuss his new book of poems dedicated to the late Emmett Till on the Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Think Radio program “Mississippi Edition” Thursday, Feb. 25 from 8:30 - 9 a.m. The weekday news show is hosted by Karen Brown.

Challenged to develop a plan for combating obesity and health issues in Mississippi, a team of students from The University of Southern Mississippi devised a strategy that propelled them to victory in the second annual Social Business Challenge competition held earlier this month in Jackson.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mapp Family Foundation will present The Children’s Center Institute, a conference focused on learning strategies for children with significant disabilities and complex communication needs, set for April 4 – 8 at Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

A Holocaust survivor aided by a unit of African American soldiers from Mississippi will be in Hattiesburg Tuesday, Feb. 23 to speak at the screening of a documentary detailing his ordeal as a prisoner of the Nazis near the end of World War II.

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education will partner with Mississippi State Science & Engineering Fairs (MSEF-Region I) to host a Science and Engineering Fair for middle and high school students in grades 7-12 on Friday, Feb. 26. This all-day affair will be located in the Thad Cochran Center at The University of Southern Mississippi.

First-year University of Southern Mississippi student Lisa Brackeen credits the head-start she received through the University’s unique Jump Scholars Program with making her transition to college life a seamless one.

 

The Jump Scholars Program, launched in 2014, is a summer program for select incoming freshmen who want to get a “jump” on their classes and get connected quickly to the Southern Miss experience. 

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.

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.

A $196,800 grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is helping to extend a culture of wellness on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The extension of the Health is Golden campaign, originally launched on USM’s campus in Hattiesburg, is providing recreational activities, wellness programs and educational services to students, faculty and staff.

 

On Thursday, February 11, Southern Miss officials launched the Health is Golden at Gulf Park campaign with a check presentation by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation to the University.

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.

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.

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).