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The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi has fortified its leadership team with the naming of two new directorships. Dr. Rebekah Young has been named associate director, while Dr. Jerry R. Alliston has been named community education director.

The Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has partnered with Special Olympics of Mississippi to host the Area Three Games on Saturday, August 8, at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Volunteers are needed to assist with nearly 100 athletes participating in the games.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, August 8, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The Gulf Coast Metro Chapter of The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association will host the 17th annual Beach Bash event from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, July 24 at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The Southern Miss Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the successful completion of the trademarking and registering process for the new Southern Miss Golden Eagle logo.  

Heritage Vision Center in Hattiesburg is sponsoring its annual July promotion with a portion of prescription eyeglass sales during the month benefiting The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi has received a $1.6 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support advanced nursing education and practice.

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

The University of Southern Mississippi will honor Hannah Roberts, 2015 Miss Mississippi, with a welcome home reception at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg Campus on Saturday, July 11, at 2 p.m.

 

Roberts, who is a May 2015 Southern Miss graduate, was crowned Miss Mississippi last Saturday in Vicksburg. Remarks from University President Rodney D. Bennett and Roberts will be made at 3:15 p.m. The reception is open to the public.

Mississippi residents now have another way to support the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation by purchasing a historic automobile license plate that bears the foundation’s name.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, July 11, for anyone in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi has adopted a new name - The School of Kinesiology - and a new director in Dr. Scott Piland.  

 

After a year-long process, the name change was officially approved in April by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Former astronaut Bernard A. Harris Jr., reminded a group of attendees at a summer camp bearing his name that the same wide-eyed wonder they exhibit today helped catapult him to heights he once considered unrealistic.

 

Harris addressed a group of 46 elementary and middle school students on Friday, June 26 to close out the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Southern Miss camp, held June 14-27, featured rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from 33 different schools in 21 cities across the state.

Youth education initiatives – that included guidance from The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work – helped the City of Hattiesburg earn recognition as a “Most Livable” City in America by the 2015 City Livability Awards Program.

Four young women with ties to The University of Southern Mississippi will compete in the annual Miss Mississippi Pageant later this week in Vicksburg, Miss. Those include, from left to right: Arrielle Dale, Miss New South (dance major at Southern Miss); Hannah Roberts, Miss University of Southern Mississippi (May 2015 graduate); Bethany Cuevas, Miss Mid-South (Gulf Park Campus student); Kaylee Scroggins, Miss Metro Jackson (fall 2015 incoming freshman at Southern Miss).

 

Want to learn how to improve your credit score and get the score you need to qualify for a mortgage loan? The Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) program is sponsoring a free credit education workshop on Friday, July 10.

The University of Southern Mississippi, in collaboration with the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, has been approved for a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute that will focus on improving lives for residents of the Mississippi Delta region.

MBA alumni were welcomed back to The University of Southern Mississippi at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach on Tuesday, June 16, for the first reunion in the program’s more than 50-year history.

Today, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program (EPA Gulf Program) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will serve to increase cooperation between the two in areas of mutual interest.

 

USM President Rodney D. Bennett and Diane T. Altsman, EPA Gulf Program Chief of Staff signed the MOU at the University’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Miss. The agreement formalizes a partnership between Southern Miss and the EPA Gulf Program and will provide environmental education opportunities to students at GCRL.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves visited the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, June 18 to announce new legislation to benefit students with special needs across the state.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Tuesday, June 23, for anyone in Oktibbeha and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Very few families have put down roots – both literally and figuratively – anywhere like the Berry family has at The University of Southern Mississippi. Recently several family members celebrated three generations of Berry’s attending the University with a ceremony on the grounds of the Hattiesburg campus.

One of Mississippi’s architectural icons and the centerpiece of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will undergo major repairs later this year.

 

Work to stabilize the foundation and replace approximately 72 pieces of deteriorating terracotta from the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building, will begin after Sept. 8. The $2.55 million project also includes brick masonry repointing, replacement and cleaning, and repairs and revisions to the building’s porches and columns to improve access in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Cracking and joint separation have also become visible in the structure, leading to moisture infiltration.   

When GE Aviation announced its selection of Ellisville, Miss., for its new jet engine composite parts production facility, the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) and Jones County Junior College (JCJC) partnered to support the prestigious company’s hiring and workforce development needs.