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The University of Southern Mississippi has selected Dr. Cyndi Huff Gaudet to represent the University as Grand Marshal during the 2016 Spring Commencement ceremonies for the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses, May 13 and 14.

The Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus hosted its third annual awards ceremony Friday, April 29 on the University’s campus in Long Beach. 

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Casey Malone Maugh Funderburk as Associate Provost for the Gulf Park Campus, effective May 10.  Maugh Funderburk’s appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi honored students and faculty during its annual Awards Ceremony held Friday, April 22 in the Scianna Hall McDonnell Auditorium.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Maureen Ryan as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, effective May 1. Ryan’s appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

The University of Southern Mississippi represented well at the annual state conference for the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM), held April 6-8 in Jackson, taking home nine awards, including a sweep of the competition’s top prizes. The Judges’ Choice Award, the Professional Achievement Award and the Student of the Year Award, were among the honors won by USM.

Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been recognized with the inaugural “Dean of the Year” award by Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) honor society.

 

The 11th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang) will be held March 21-24, 2016 in New Orleans, La. University of Southern Mississippi faculty members will represent the University at this biennial meeting.

Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, Chair and Professor in the Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, led a group of faculty, students and alumnus as participants in the 2016 Academy of Human Resource Development International Research Conference in the Americas Feb. 18-22 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dr. Kevin Greene, associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and History at The University of Southern Mississippi, received special recognition today (Feb. 18) by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning during a Black History Month celebration in Jackson.

Challenged to develop a plan for combatting 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 University of Southern Mississippi has named Robert D. Gholson its new General Counsel, effective March 7, 2016, pending completion of a successful background check. Mr. Gholson will succeed Jon Mark Weathers, who won the post of Circuit Court Judge, Place 2, in last November’s election.

Samantha McCain, APR, recently joined The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi as the new communications coordinator.

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).

Dr. Larry A. Sparkman, director of the Luckyday Citizenship Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been voted President of the Board of Directors for the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA). Sparkman has been a board member for the past three years serving on various national committees.

 

Dr. Max Grivno, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been presented the Humanities Scholar Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council as part of the council’s 2016 Public Humanities Awards.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Steven R. Moser its new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, pending approval by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.

 

The announcement follows a national search that included outreach to more than 600 potential applicants and culminated in University visits with the top three candidates, who were selected from a pool of more than 60 applicants.

Nicole Ruhnke has accepted the position of assistant director for communications at The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association.

University of Southern Mississippi staff members Megan Burkes, Christy Bjork, and Kady Pietz have been selected as Top 10 Under 40 nominees for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce One Coast Awards. The winners will be announced on Nov. 17 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.

Dr. Janie Butts and Dr. Karen Rich, both members of the nursing faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi, were invited presenters at the University of South Alabama’s Sigma Theta Tau (international Honor Society for nursing) chapter meeting on Sept. 17. Their presentation was titled: “Theoretical Foundation in DNP Education.”

Dr. John Bailey, a professor in the Nurse Anesthesia Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been accepted to full membership in the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP), the leading professional society in the United States for biomedical scientists who investigate the basic mechanisms of disease.

A single number Hot Line and exclusive e-mail account are among the significant changes announced recently by Aramark, Eagle Dining in the Southern Miss Catering department.

A commitment to help elevate The University of Southern Mississippi will remain a guiding force for Stace Mercier as she transitions from interim Executive Director of the USM Foundation to a permanent role as the Foundation’s chief officer.

 

Dr. Shea Kidd Houze was recently named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Director of New Student and Retention Programs. This new department will provide a structure for combining, reorganizing, and growing existing University initiatives under a new umbrella.