July 23, 2016  

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A veteran University of Southern Mississippi administrator is leading an international organization advancing best practices and procedures for auditing services in higher education.

Vijay Patel, director of the Office of Internal Audit for The University of Southern Mississippi since 2000, is president of the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA). The ACUA president serves as executive officer of the organization, with duties that include enforcement of its bylaws and policies; execution of all resolutions and proceedings of ACUA and the board; and execution of all contracts other than those delegated to the executive director for the day-to-day operation of the Association.

André J. Heath, Assistant to the Dean for Recruitment, Retention and Strategic Initiatives in the College of Science and Technology has been awarded The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg Campus Staff Council Service Award by the USM Staff Council.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will have three new department chairs in place when the 2016 fall semester begins – although each is certainly no stranger to the college, or the University.

 

A University of Southern Mississippi alumnus has been picked to lead its Department of Geography and Geology as chairman.

Dr. Mark Puckett, who earned undergraduate degrees in biology and geology from USM in 1983, returns to Southern Miss from the University of North Alabama where he was a professor of geology and director of its Center for Sustainability Studies.

Officials at The University of Southern Mississippi did not have to look far in finding a new executive director for the Moffitt Health Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Dr. Melissa Brown Roberts, who has served as assistant director for the past five years, has been named the University’s health services leader following the retirement of Dr. Virginia Crawford last month. Crawford had served in that capacity since 1989.

Life at The University of Southern Mississippi has been nothing short of golden bliss for longtime employee Ann Billings.

 

Come June 30, Billings, who is currently the interim dean of admissions and enrollment management in the Office of Admissions, will say farewell to her only employer after dedicating 33 years of service to the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The legacy of James “Jim” S. Franks, senior research scientist at The University of Southern Mississippi, was featured Saturday, June 18 as guests gathered at the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi to celebrate the commissioning of the University’s newest research vessel.

Students and faculty participating in The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular British Studies program witnessed history June 23 as the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU) in the much anticipated “Brexit” referendum and British Prime Minister David Cameron resigned.

A faculty member in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism has been selected for a fellowship in public relations with the Plank Center for Leadership.

Two University of Southern Mississippi faculty members have been working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to learn more about the impact and effectiveness of technology designed to help individuals stay safe in an emergency.

Dr. Shannon Campbell, Director of the Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi, participated in the U.S. Army War College 62nd Annual National Security Seminar in Carlisle, Pa., June 6-9.

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Director of University Communications and Gulf Park Campus Communication Officer Jenny Tate was recently elected president of the College of Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM).

Cassie Hicks, director of Housing at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), has been named as one of 12 members of the inaugural Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee.

Identifying solutions to some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems was the focus of the “Advancing Mississippi: Research for a Better Mississippi for More Mississippians” Conference held last week in Jackson.

 

Several University of Southern Mississippi staff members were honored for their work at the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) 2016 Conference held May 22-24 in Ocean Springs, Miss. The CPRAM awards recognizes exceptional work by communications, marketing and public relations professionals at colleges and universities across the state of Mississippi.

Melody West Wilson, a former administrative assistant with The University of Southern Mississippi, died May 15 at her home in Rawls Springs. She was 63.

University of Southern Mississippi Police Capt. Lisa Carter has been recognized by The Hattiesburg Hundred as part of the group’s inaugural push to honor area law enforcement officers and first responders.

Andre Heath, assistant to the dean for strategic initiatives for the College of Science and Technology, has been recognized as The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Student Activities’ Student Organization Advisor of the Year.

Teaching, research and service by members of The University of Southern Mississippi faculty was honored and supported with various awards and grants May 6 during the annual Faculty Awards Day at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The event was sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the USM Faculty Senate.
 

All one needs to know about the passion and integrity of longtime business Professor Dr. William C. “Bill” Smith can be gleaned from his own career summation.

 

“I have never had a single day when I regretted coming to work. This is the best job on the planet,” said Smith, who plans to retire on June 30 after 37 years as a professor and administrator at The University of Southern Mississippi.

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.