November 21, 2017  

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J. Theresa Bush, assistant professor of costume design at The University of Southern Mississippi, played an instrumental role in helping the renowned stage production “Fly” garner eight nominations for the 27th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The awards will be presented on Feb. 26 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.

The following is a message from President Rodney D. Bennett regarding the University budget.

Dear Colleagues: 

For the second consecutive year, The University of Southern Mississippi has captured one of the top three awards at the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) Lantern Awards program.

 

In an ongoing effort to provide and maintain a safe and inclusive living and working environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct across all University campuses and research sites, The University of Southern Mississippi recently added a new position of deputy coordinator to its Title IX Office.

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced the 2017-18 recipient of the Conville Service-Learning Development Award, a $2,000 grant for graduates of USM’s Faculty Fellow Seminar on Service-Learning to pursue new service-learning initiatives.

Dr. Charkarra Anderson-Lewis has been named Interim Chair of the Department of Public Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, effective July 1.

Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, community education director at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), has been elected to the board of directors for the Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA).    

Dr. Maureen K. Martin leaves behind a 41-year legacy at The University of Southern Mississippi’s DuBard School for Language Disorders upon her retirement as the school’s director.

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.

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.

The University of Southern Mississippi honored 33 faculty members during a special ceremony last week to recognize their participation in the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Faculty Development Institute.

 

Representatives from the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC) at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies have been invited to speak at the 2017 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute hosted by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sarah Myers, M.S., CCC-SLP, assistant director for The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi was recently selected for the Area Development Partnership’s 2017 Leadership Pinebelt class.

Piggybacking on the success of the inaugural Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Faculty Development Institute last fall, The University of Southern Mississippi has launched a two-pronged approach for the Spring 2017 semester.

Dr. Monica Tisack-Kathmann has been named Director of the Mississippi Polymer Institute, the industrial outreach service of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

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

 

Dan DeMott has been named the new technology manager of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Technology Development funded through the Department of Defenses (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment National Security Technology Acceleration and Economic Diversification Efforts for the State of Mississippi initiative.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Technology  (SOST) has named Dr. Kelly Lucas director of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center (TMAC).

Dr. Lou Marciani, Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been recognized by the Security Industry Association with the SIA Insightful Practitioner Award.

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President for Finance and Administration Dr. Douglas Vinzant has announced the hiring of Krystyna Varnado as Associate Vice President for Human Resources. Varnado will be responsible for all aspects of human resources and serve as the University’s chief human resources officer.

Faculty and students from The University of Southern Mississippi recently attended the 34th annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference in Mobile, Ala.

 

Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM, Office of Vice President for Research at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be a featured speaker for Mississippi’s first TEDxJacksonWomen Conference set for Thursday, Oct. 27 in downtown Jackson.

Dr. Marcus Gaut, assistant professor in the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $2,500 grant to help establish a coalition of residents in the Irene Chapel and Palmer’s Crossing areas of Hattiesburg that will assess and address needs of those respective communities.

 

Dr. Ellen Elder and Dr. Elizabeth Moak, piano faculty from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, will travel to Lima, Peru, where they have been invited to perform at the National Conservatory of Music.