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Don’t call on Dr. Andy Wiest to fix your leaky faucet, repair a fence, or construct a new deck. His handyman skills prove him to be otherwise.

Reconsider asking him to coach your child’s sports team. He freely admits his own athletic exploits were never letterman-worthy.

But in the classroom, The University of Southern Mississippi distinguished professor of history scores high marks for his pedagogy. Now, Dr. Wiest takes that talent to Hattiesburg’s Sacred Heart High School, where this fall he’s teaching a dual enrollment version of USM’s world civilizations course (HIS 102). Students in the class earn college credit while meeting requirements for high school graduation.

Lonnie Young, Registered Piano Technician in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music, was a featured presenter to more than 670 attendees, including piano service specialists, manufacturers and suppliers from around the world, at the 61st annual Piano Technicians Guild Convention and Technical Institute in Lancaster, Pa.

Dr. Alan Thompson, Associate Professor and Distinguished Teaching Fellow in the School of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Security, has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR).

A study of the economic impact of restoration of rail service along the Gulf Coast was presented by University of Southern Mississippi (USM) professor Dr. Yuanyuan Zhang June 18 during a press conference hosted by the Southern Rail Commission (SRC) at the Gulfport (Miss.) Train Depot.

The SRC partnered with USM’s Trent Lott National Center for the study, examining the potential for economic growth that European-style rail service would have in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. Dr. Zhang is a research professor working with the Trent Lott Center and USM’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation.

Ask Liz Fromkin how she feels about her time at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development, and she will talk your ear off about her immense admiration for her coworkers and the work they do every day. She will tell you how for 10 years she has watched in awe from the sidelines as The Children’s Center clinicians perform tiny miracles in the lives of infants and children with complex disabilities.

What started as a pilot program designed to enhance and expand classroom teaching strategies has continued to gain in popularity among University of Southern Mississippi faculty members committed to student achievement.

“I love that our clinicians are always looking for ways to better themselves, expand their knowledge in their field, and find new ways to treat the little ones in their care,” said Sarah Case-Price, director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. And in this particular instance, Case-Price is referring to Dr. Courtney Turner, a Center audiologist.

Dr. Trellis Green, a retired University of Southern Mississippi (USM) associate professor of economics, died June 4 in Colorado. He was 67.

A memorial service for Green will be held Saturday, June 23 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hattiesburg.

Rebecca Newton, assistant professor in the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been chosen to participate in the inaugural AACN-Apple Digital Innovation Bootcamp: From Content to Action, set for July 9-12 in Austin, Texas. Newton is one of 30 nursing faculty from across the nation – and the only educator from Mississippi -- selected for the bootcamp.

Dr. H. Quincy Brown, an assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Department of Human Capital Development, recently received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of West Florida College of Education and Professional Studies, where he earned his doctorate. The Moss Point, Miss. native joined the Southern Miss faculty in 2014.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Association of Office Professionals (AOP) named Rusty Anderson Administrator of the Year and Alfreda Horton Office Professional of the Year for 2017-2018 during its Membership Appreciation event May 30 at the Baptist Student Union on the Hattiesburg campus.

Marketing and public relations professionals at The University of Southern Mississippi have captured more than two dozen awards as part of annual competitions held by the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) and the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM).

Christy Arrazattee, director of The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) Center for Community Engagement, was honored at the 2018 Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning with its Outstanding Practitioner of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement award.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Ocean Science and Engineering Director Monty Graham has recently been named to the national Board of Directors for Ocean Exploration Trust, Inc.

Three veteran University of Southern Mississippi educators with distinguished records of achievement in teaching, research and service will serve as grand marshals for the university’s spring 2018 commencements.

University of Southern Mississippi chemistry Professor and Associate Provost Dr. Doug Masterson has been chosen as one of 50 national Advocates by the Society for Science & the Public who will work to assist underrepresented students in finding opportunities to participate and compete in science research competitions.

Dr. Maureen Ryan has filled many leadership roles advancing the academic mission of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) over more than three decades. Now, she’ll have a role in shaping its future.

Approximately 400 audiologists and speech-language pathologists from across the state gathered for the Mississippi Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Continuing Education Conference last month in Natchez, Miss.

State Sen. John Polk, left, and State Rep. Missy McGee presented Dr. Jay Dean with a RESOLUTION on the occasion of his retirement as conductor of the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, April 24. The presentation was made at the conclusion of the Turandot performance at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on USM’s Hattiesburg campus. (Photo by Kelly Dunn) 

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate School announced its two most prestigious awards at the Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Student Research Symposium Awards Luncheon held March 26 on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Chris Winstead as the founding dean of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The appointment is effective July 1, pending approval from the Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning.

Exciting research conducted by University of Southern Mississippi geology Professor Mark Puckett will be featured during a special TV presentation “35 Million Years Down the Chickasawhay” set to air on Mississippi Public Broadcasting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.

On Tuesday, April 3, Mayor Toby Barker presented Dr. Jay Dean with a key to the city in honor of his storied 30-year career at The University of Southern Mississippi, and for his commitment as a pioneer of the arts in the Hub City.

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi community and area residents will bring awareness to suicide prevention when the USM Department of Psychology hosts the “Out of the Darkness Walk” on the Hattiesburg campus. The event, set for April 28 from 8:30 – 11 a.m. at the Bruce and Virginia Wilgus Fitness Trail, located next to the Payne Center on the Hattiesburg campus, is being held in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s efforts to save lives and give hope to those affected by suicide.