November 16, 2018  

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Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA), the national college honor society for journalism and mass communication, has awarded University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Communication Professor Dr. David R. Davies a $1,000 grant to help fund his research on newspapers thriving in the digital marketplace.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Allyson Easterwood as Vice President for Finance and Administration, effective January 1, 2019, pending approval by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

James Wilcox, the Director of the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE) at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected by his peers to a three-year term (2019-2022) on the Executive Committee for the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE). 

 

When Galit Kaunitz realized there was a food pantry on campus at The University of Southern Mississippi, she began allocating part of her monthly grocery budget to donate. Now, the School of Music faculty member is trying to make an even bigger impact – and she’s bringing dozens of her colleagues and music students into the mix as well.

Captain Brian Connon, U.S. Navy (ret) has been named the director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Hydrographic Science Research Center (HSRC).

 

Connon joined the HSRC in September 2018 after a 28-year career as a naval officer. A graduate of USM's Hydrographic Science Master's Degree program, he commanded the Navy's Fleet Survey Team and was Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Before becoming the HSRC Director, he served as director of the Maritime Safety Office at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Dr. Andrew Wiest, a distinguished professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), will give a talk on his newest book, Charlie Company’s Journey Home: The Forgotten Impact on the Wives of Vietnam Veterans Thursday, Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby. Admission is free.

Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, interim associate director of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), is a long-time champion for young people with disabilities and their inclusion in community activities and the workforce.

David Cochran and Joohee Lee have a pretty good idea about how prepared Mississippi Gulf Coast residents are for the next Big One, whether it be a natural or a manmade disaster.

 

The short answer: Less and less prepared every day, as the memories of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 diminish – and as the turnover in population produces new residents who never experienced the disasters in the first place. 

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents “An Equal Say,” a faculty recital featuring Dr. Ben McIlwain, trombone, and Dr. Ellen Elder, piano, on Oct. 18. The free recital will take place in Marsh Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Series recital, featuring cellist Dr. Alexander Russakovsky with accompanist Yumi Nomoto at 8 p.m. on Sept. 24. Located in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus, the event is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Police Department (UPD) along the Mississippi Gulf Coast has transitioned from a UPD Gulf Coast Division to a UPD Gulf Coast Patrol Division, and promoted officer Patrick Williams to lead the division’s safety efforts. The Gulf Coast Patrol Division serves the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Halstead and Cedar Point locations in Ocean Springs, and the Marine Research Center at the Port of Gulfport.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents a Faculty Lecture Recital with Dr. Ed Hafer, Dr. Galit Kaunitz, and Dr. Ellen Elder on Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This free recital will feature music written for oboe and piano by composers affected by the Holocaust and World War II.

As a way to open the 2018 fall semester at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Hub Dance Collective (HDC) will perform “Meet Me Again,” Aug. 30-31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance Building, Studio 115 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Amy Rosonet-Lebert, clinical instructor in the School of Speech & Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) site visitor for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

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.