April 19, 2019  

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Dr. Thomas O’Brien, a professor in The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Education, is USM’s recipient of the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) 2019 Diversity Award for Excellence. The selection of Dr. O’Brien for this honor was based on the breadth of his teaching and publication record, and range and duration of his community service projects demonstrating a lifelong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Jennifer Brannock, professor and curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana in The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Libraries’ Special Collections, has earned the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)’s Learning History Research and Innovation Award, sponsored by Gale, A Cengage Company.

An organization devoted to advancing the study of military history has chosen one of its longtime members and University of Southern Mississippi (USM) educator to serve it in an important and prestigious role.

Dr. Susannah Ural, a professor of history at USM and widely recognized expert on the American Civil War, was recently named to the board of trustees for the Society for Military History (SMH). Established in 1933 as the American Military History Foundation, renamed in 1939 the American Military Institute, and renamed again in 1990 as the SMH, its membership has included many of the world's most prominent scholars, soldiers, and citizens interested in military history.

Ross Walton, a researcher and digital production engineer for The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COHCH) delivered an online presentation on the history of Holiday Inn hotels to a group that included members of the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) marketing team. The purpose of the presentation was to familiarize Holiday Inn brand management and marketing team members with the storied history of the iconic brand.

Dr. Kenneth G. McCarty, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Professor Emeritus of History and former president of the Mississippi Historical Society, died Tuesday, April 2 in Hattiesburg. He was 83.

Funeral services for Dr. McCarty are set for Saturday, April 6 at noon at University Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, where he was a member, following a visitation that begins at 10 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg, with Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM at The University of Southern Mississippi, experienced a day like no other earlier this week. 

 

At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, hand to her chest with tears in her eyes, Cwikla walked on stage to receive the 2019 Ada Lovelace Award in New Orleans. Cwikla was honored with the 2019 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Educator Award. She was the only Mississippi educator to be nominated.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Trenton Gould as dean of the University’s College of Education and Human Sciences, effective April 1.

 

Gould has served as interim dean of the new College of Education and Human Sciences since July 2018, when the college debuted as part of the University’s ongoing academic reorganization plan. He is the inaugural dean of the college.

For the second consecutive year, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work has captured five top honors at the annual conference of the National Association of Social Workers-Mississippi chapter.

Dr. Rebecca Newton, assistant professor in the School of Professional Nursing Practice at The University of Southern Mississippi, won the Mississippi Nursing Association Faculty Member of the Year Award at the 14th annual Nightingale Awards Gala held earlier this month in Jackson, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music has a long and prestigious reputation for preparing some of the world’s finest music educators. With an eye toward the classroom of the future, the school is pleased to welcome Ashley Allen, Assistant Professor of Music Education (choral), and Melody Causby, Assistant Professor of Music Education (instrumental).

The National Association of Social Workers-Mississippi state conference in March couldn’t have a more perfect theme for the University of Southern Mississippi: Elevate Social Work.

The university’s School of Social Work will be taking it to the top with a large number of presenters who are faculty, staff, students, alumni or former adjunct professors – the most of any university or college. The conference is March 6-8 in Natchez.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Scientist Danielle Bailey was recently selected to join the 2019 Ocean Exploration Trust’s (OET) Science Communication Fellowship Program.

Dr. Steve Miller, Vice President for The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus and Pam Moeller, Director of External Affairs for USM’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering, have been selected for the 403rd Wing Honorary Commander Program at Keesler Air Force Base (AFB).

Dr. Shannon Campbell, director of the Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the Marsha N. Hamilton Spirit Award by the Mississippi Development Authority.

Dr. Kevin Greene, assistant professor of history and director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) recently made a presentation based on his first book, "The Invention and Reinvention of Big Bill Broonzy" in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums (Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum) as part of the “History is Lunch” series Feb. 13.

For a third time in four years, a University of Southern Mississippi faculty member has won the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Outstanding Mentor Award. The award acknowledges and honors a full-time, tenured faculty member from its 106 CSGS-member institutions who has successfully mentored graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level in the Southern region.

Dr. Andrew Wiest, Distinguished Professor of History at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), will be a guest speaker for a symposium Feb. 9 at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, titled "Guadalcanal: Turning Point in the Pacific.”

The 14th annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), continues Tuesday, Feb. 12 when associate professor of history Dr. Allison Abra presents “Those Very Gallant Women: Gender and Espionage in World War II Europe." Presented by USM’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, this program will be held at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101, on the Hattiesburg campus.

The theme for this year's McCarthy Lecture Series is “Spy Games: War & Espionage in the Twentieth Century." These events are free and open to the public.

Pam Moeller, Director of External Relations for The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering, has been selected to take part in the 2019 Class of Leadership Mississippi.

Sharing fascinating subject matter with a broader audience, while gaining valuable research and exhibit production skills, is central to the purpose of the Student Curator Program offered through University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). 

Barely two years old, an innovative faculty development initiative at The University of Southern Mississippi has blossomed into a resounding success.

 

USM’s ACUE (Association of College and University Educators) Faculty Development Institute is an intensive, 10-week program featuring participants engaged in a subset of ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices, which focuses on research-based techniques for promoting active learning, improving assessment techniques, and designing effective courses.

Dr. Rose Jones, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Education and an expert in early childhood education, shared her research at the annual Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) conference, held Nov. 7-9 in Pensacola, Fla.

Siblings Alden and Field Bennett earned degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi during fall 2018 commencement, making them third-generation graduates of the school.

The two Oak Grove (Miss.) natives were among approximately 1,200 who were candidates for degrees this semester, becoming alumni of USM’s College of Business and Economic Development. Alden earned his MBA, while younger brother Field secured a degree in marketing.

A University of Southern Mississippi social work professor and social work alumna were named field instructors of the year at the annual School of Social Work Fall Colloquium.

 

Dr. Susan Hrostowski, associate professor, and one of her former students, Alix Dearing of Merit Health Gulf Oaks in Biloxi, were honored at the November event, which also featured speakers from around the state and Alabama.