October 25, 2016  

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University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff are lacing up their shoestrings in preparation for Health and Fitness Week, beginning today, Sept. 6 through Sept. 9, at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 

University of Southern Mississippi film students were offered the opportunity to capture history this summer in a developing documentary detailing a space relic’s journey from Louisiana to Mississippi.


In early June, 13 basic and advanced film studies students from the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach began filming the voyage of a forgotten spacecraft known as the S-IC-15, or Saturn V rocket stage, from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to the INFINITY Science Center in Pearlington.

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 September.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will host two continuing education opportunities for educators and early intervention specialists this fall.

Accounting students at The University of Southern Mississippi will have a unique opportunity to interact with professionals in the field as part of a “Meet the Firms” event set for Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Ellen Weinauer, dean of the Honors College at The University of Southern Mississippi, represented the University’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the 44th Biennial Convention held July 28-30 in Atlanta, Ga.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is widely regarded as one of the safest and most effective methods for treating children with autism. ABA methods allow children to achieve basic skills such as reading and conversing at an earlier age, and in some cases, more involved educational skills. 

In a presidential election year unlike any other, it’s almost impossible to go a day without hearing something about the two major party candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. For the people who are tired of hearing about them and politics in general, Dr. Joseph Weinberg, associate professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi has bad news for you: politics is not going away anytime soon.     

The University of Southern Mississippi is known throughout the Southeast for its outstanding arts programs and is one of 36 institutions in the country to be accredited in all areas of the arts. Bringing further acclaim to the University is the announcement that Southern Miss is now an official training site for Lessac Kinesensics.

Dr. Suzanne McKee-Waddell’s long history of working with exceptional students makes her the clear-cut choice to serve as interim director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings will kick off the 2016-17 season with Pride Preview. This free concert will be held Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at Centennial Green on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, and all are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic dinners to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment.

College of Business faculty members at The University of Southern Mississippi got their Fall 2016 Semester kick-started on Monday, Aug. 22 with a special presentation from Paul Harper, regional sales manager for AT&T in North Carolina.

The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College will celebrate four decades of providing unique and challenging academic experiences for students at its 40th anniversary gala Friday, Sept. 9. The event will be held at The Venue in The Bakery Building, located at 127 Buschman St. in historic downtown Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of History is hosting an instructional workshop on National History Day in Mississippi Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10-11:30 a.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. The free workshop is for high school and middle school teachers, students and parents, as well as homeschooling parents of middle and high school aged children and will be held in the Liberal Arts Building 101.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host seven influential scholars, artists, activists, and scientists in 2016 and 2017 as part of its featured lecture series, University Forum and the Armstrong-Branch Lecture. From an actress whose beloved characters have become part of our cultural legacy to a scientist who wants to change how we think about humans’ origins, this year’s speakers are guaranteed to spark conversations.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature some new faces among its faculty when the 2016-17 academic year begins on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Dr. Jason Azoulay, Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop selective sensing technologies for detecting and analyzing pollutants in Gulf Coast ecosystems.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale is in search of new members to join its community choir.


Based on the University's Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale is a local community singing group organized and orchestrated through the University’s School of Music.

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and The University of Southern Mississippi have received a $5.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to implement professional development and coaching on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in order to improve educational outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities, in Mississippi.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting the 20th Annual DuBard Symposium: Dyslexia and Related Disorders on September 14-15, 2016 at the Cochran Center at the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to serve on the board of directors for the Mississippi Public Health Institute (MSPHI).

Hannah Cole’s passion for interior design provided the impetus for an unexpected, life-changing experience this summer as an intern with global architectural firm Gensler in New York City.


Cole, a University of Southern Mississippi senior from Belleville, Ill., spent 10 weeks (June 1-August 5) working with Gensler’s Digital Design Team. The company, which boasts more than 2,700 clients worldwide, occupies three floors of famed Rockefeller Center in New York.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently honored 13 students with a ceremony for completing the rigorous, one-year hydrographic science program.


Family and friends gathered Aug. 4 in the Fleming Education Center (FEC) Auditorium on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach to recognize 13 students who successfully completed the Master of Science degree in hydrographic science, which covers all aspects of geodesy and hydrographic science during a continuous 50-week curriculum.

Dr. Keith Rushing, research scientist at the Institute of Child Nutrition, Applied Research Division (ICN, ARD), a research center of The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, evaluated the effectiveness of the pilot Team Up for School Nutrition Success workshop.