November 22, 2017  

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J. Theresa Bush, assistant professor of costume design at The University of Southern Mississippi, played an instrumental role in helping the renowned stage production “Fly” garner eight nominations for the 27th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The awards will be presented on Feb. 26 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.

The following is a message from President Rodney D. Bennett regarding the University budget.

Dear Colleagues: 

For the second consecutive year, The University of Southern Mississippi has captured one of the top three awards at the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) Lantern Awards program.

 

A remarkable donation to a culinary research project at the University of Southern Mississippi has been made in honor of a 1920 alumna of the school.

Anderson Orr, a resident of Norfolk, Va. and native of Carthage, Miss. recently gave more than 2,500 cookbooks he has collected to the McCain Library and Archives at USM. The donation is a tribute to his mother, the late Lessie Katherine Amsler of Leakesville, Miss., who graduated from Southern Miss when it was known as Mississippi Normal College (MNC).

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will perform its second concert of the season, “Classical Companions,” Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Jim Coll, Chief Communication Officer at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been honored by the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) as a Senior Practitioner. The honor, which was bestowed on seven public relations professionals in the region this year, honors SPRF members who are “recognized by their peers as veteran public relations professionals with high ethical standing.”

Dr. Andrew Wiest, a University of Southern Mississippi professor and one of the country’s leading experts on military history, is serving on the Department of the Army Historical Advisory Subcommittee (DAHASC).

In an ongoing effort to provide and maintain a safe and inclusive living and working environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct across all University campuses and research sites, The University of Southern Mississippi recently added a new position of deputy coordinator to its Title IX Office.

Dr. Vijay Rangachari, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently awarded one of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) most competitive grants, the Research Project Grant or R01. This grant will enable him to further his research on Alzheimer’s disease.

The Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi Humanities Council will co-sponsor an event Sept. 1 featuring a screening by Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) of excerpts from renowned filmmaker Ken Burns' new documentary television series on the Vietnam War.

Dr. Chad Miller, associate professor in the Department of Economic Development, Tourism, and Sport Management at The University of Southern Mississippi, served as a featured speaker for an International Economic Development Council webinar held recently.

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced the 2017-18 recipient of the Conville Service-Learning Development Award, a $2,000 grant for graduates of USM’s Faculty Fellow Seminar on Service-Learning to pursue new service-learning initiatives.

Dr. Keith Radley, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, was named the 2017 Lightner Witmer Award winner by the American Psychological Association’s Division of School Psychology.

Dr. Charkarra Anderson-Lewis has been named Interim Chair of the Department of Public Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, effective July 1.

Dr. Shea Kidd Houze, director of New Student and Retention Programs at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to serve as one of seven national faculty members for the Orientation Professionals Institute, which is part of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA).

Hattiesburg mayor Toby Barker’s nomination of University of Southern Mississippi staff member Delores McNair to serve on the Hattiesburg Public School District’s Board of Trustees was approved by the city council July 18.

“There are three things I love: traveling, teaching and getting a chance to tell people about Jesus,” said University of Southern Mississippi student Michael Coats after returning from his second mission trip to Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, community education director at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), has been elected to the board of directors for the Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA).    

The University of Southern Mississippi Chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) was recognized with the Rachel Maynard Communication Award at the National Association of Educational Office Professionals for its newsletter, The Voice. The award was presented recently at the NAEOP’s annual conference and institute in Greenville, S.C.

The University of Southern Mississippi Chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) held its officer installation ceremony July 7 on the Hattiesburg campus.

A research paper regarding the effects of alcohol-related cues on racial discrimination co-authored by Dr. Elena Stepanova, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been accepted for publication by the European Journal of Social Psychology: Stepanova, E. V., Bartholow, B. D., Saults, J. S., and Friedman, R. S. (2017) Effects of Exposure to Alcohol-related Cues on Racial Discrimination. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2325

Dr. Maureen K. Martin leaves behind a 41-year legacy at The University of Southern Mississippi’s DuBard School for Language Disorders upon her retirement as the school’s director.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett has been named chair of the Conference USA Board of Directors. Bennett, who will serve a two-year term as chair, was elected by his peers from among the league’s university presidents at the June board meeting.

The School of Kinesiology at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes a new athletic training faculty member.

Dr. Jeffrey Parr served as a visiting instructor during the 2016-17 academic year. After a national search, Parr is joining the faculty as interim program director of athletic training.