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In today’s world, there is a constant need for qualified teachers in our public schools. That is why The University of Southern Mississippi offers qualified teacher assistants currently working in the classroom a way to become certified teachers, all while staying in their community and working at their current jobs.

 

“Teacher assistants provide a great service to the K-6 community,” said Dr. Kelley Stricklin, Teacher Assistant Program (TAP) coordinator. “They play a key role in helping educate students by supplementing what the teacher is doing and helping build upon the quality of lessons and activities.”

A $900,000 grant from the Kellogg Foundation has been awarded to the University of Southern Mississippi’s Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM.  Funds will be used to help school children along the Gulf Coast learn math in new and exciting ways. 

The annual “Lighting the Way” event returns Wednesday, Nov. 30 to The University of Southern Mississippi to help usher in the holiday season and support the charitable outreach work of Hattiesburg’s Aldersgate Mission and Edwards Street Fellowship Center. Scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at the front entrance of the Hattiesburg campus, it will be presented by the Student Government Association, and members of the university and local communities are invited to participate.

How can teens be encouraged to stay healthy? One answer is to let other young people lead the way.

 

Since 2014, TRIAD Service AmeriCorps members have educated more than 765 middle and high school students with disabilities in the greater Hattiesburg area community and the greater Long Beach area community on how to be healthier. With new funding from Volunteer Mississippi, TRIAD members will continue to provide health education through 2017.

Sounds of the season will reverberate throughout the sanctuary at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg as The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents its Holiday Choral Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 8.

 

In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, The University of Southern Mississippi recently received a generous donation of $5,000 to The Eagle’s Nest – a student-run food pantry that offers basic essentials free of charge to University students and staff.

Faculty and staff in the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi began moving into the spacious confines of their new home – Asbury Hall – on Monday, Nov. 21. The new building is located on the western edge of the Hattiesburg campus.

Marathon and endurance event officials from across the country will converge on Dec. 12-14 in Biloxi, Miss. for the third annual National Marathon Safety and Security Summit, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

Nearly 400 high school students and educators from across Mississippi got a head start on Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 as the Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) kicked off its 10th annual series of youth symposiums and competitions earlier this month in Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Dec. 10, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dr. Raymond O. Biard Multipurpose Facility at the Jackson Revival Center at 4655 Terry Road in Jackson.

Steve Cannon, CEO of AMB Group, LLC, shared his leadership philosophy and techniques with business students earlier this month as part of the Inspired Leaders series coordinated by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that the Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) certification program has earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute Personnel Certification Accreditation Program (ANSI). ANSI’s accreditation program is recognized as a world-renowned leader in personnel credentialing.

 

Today, Nov. 14, state officials, in conjunction with the Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA) and The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School of Ocean Science and Technology, celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Marine Research Center, which is set to be completed in early 2018.

 

Commissioners of the Port Authority authorized advertisement for the $10 million structure, which will serve as the marine operations and research facility for USM’s School of Ocean Science and Technology, as well as enhance and beautify the industrial “front door” of the Port of Gulfport.

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.

Student-veterans from The University of Southern Mississippi will participate in the City of Hattiesburg’s annual Veterans Day Parade set for Friday, Nov. 11. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Hardy Street Baptist Church and will make its way east to Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Hattiesburg.

At the recent DuBard School Speakeasy, the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi presented awards to four members of the community who have made a positive impact on the organization throughout the years.

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies will host the EAGLE Saturday Gifted Studies Program Jan. 21 – Feb. 18, 2017 at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. This year’s programs embrace the initiatives of the STEAM movement: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.  Each course has been carefully designed to engage the young minds that will help to shape the future of Mississippi, our nation, and possibly the world.

The Inspired Leaders series at The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business continues on Thursday, Nov. 10 with a presentation by Steve Cannon, CEO of AMB Group, LLC. Cannon will address students at 1 p.m. in Scianna Hall’s McDonnell Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi has once again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

 

The Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement.

The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized for its commitment to providing educational services for student-veterans and their families with a spot in Military Times’ prestigious 2017 “Best for Vets” college rankings.”

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach will exhibit etchings and engravings by Gulfport printmaking artist, Michael Richardson.

High school cadets from the Jackson Public Schools System and the Mobile County Public Schools System will take part in the first JROTC STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Invitational set for Nov. 4-5 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

More than 350 high school students are expected to participate in the kickoff event for The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2016 Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) on Thursday, Nov. 3 in Jackson.

 

College of Nursing students at The University of Southern Mississippi completed a service learning project recently in conjunction with a program to assist the homeless population of the Hattiesburg area.