June 29, 2017  

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During the month of February, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music is celebrating International Musician Month. Every weekday, international music students will be playing noon mini-concerts at Hattiesburg eateries -- Java Werks and T-Bones -- or the Fresh Food Company (on the Southern Miss campus).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s entertainment industry program is searching for promising musicians to compete for the South City Records Artist Development Project 2017. This project could lead to one or more qualified artists being signed with South City Records.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its 3rd Annual Children’s Center Classic on Feb. 25.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing has been recognized as one of the nation’s best online graduate nursing programs in rankings recently released by U.S. News & World Report. In its 2017 rankings edition, U.S. News places the Southern Miss College of Nursing at No. 57 nationally – the highest spot for any Mississippi college or university.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) has contracted with The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) for the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC). The MECIC is a statewide program that will provide quality training and technical assistance to early childhood educators who teach infant, toddler, and preschoolers and serve young children with disabilities in their childcare centers and preschool programs.

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.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Jan. 28, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Robert “Taylor” Carley, the first young adult self-advocacy coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), has been recognized for his leadership contributions by receiving an Emerging Leader Scholarship.
 

The start of a new year is always a great time to start a new project or begin to learn something new. No matter your age or expertise, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi has more than 100 seminars and courses scheduled this spring that just might help you keep your resolutions going strong all year long.

Tommy Thornton, Executive Director of Hattiesburg Clinic, will serve as grand marshal for the 32nd Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo, set for Feb. 17-18 at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center.

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 this month.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees reaffirmed the accreditation of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), during its annual meeting in Atlanta, Dec. 3-6, 2016.

 

SACSCOC is the acknowledged accrediting body for degree-granting institutions (public, private for-profit and private not-for-profit) in the southeastern United States and is recognized by the United States Department of Education to conduct accreditation activities. SACSCOC, through a peer review process, conducts a comprehensive review of its nearly 800 member institutions every 10 years.

Economic trends and forecasts will take center stage during the Economic Outlook 2017 Forum hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi at two different venues this year -- the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach on Thursday, Jan. 12 and the Hattiesburg campus on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized by Affordable College Online as one of the Best Online Master’s Degrees for 2016. Southern Miss earned the sixth position on the list among thousands of U.S. colleges with online master’s degree options.

Following high school, some young adults go to college, while an equal number go to work. Other young people, particularly those with disabilities or who are racially and economically diverse, may not find their path to adulthood so easily.

Career Services at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received a $2,500 gift from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, which also awarded the University’s Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families a $500 gift.

The application deadline is near for the Saturday Gifted Studies Program, conducted by the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. Students who have not submitted an application by Saturday, Dec. 10 will not be able to participate in the program.

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.