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Whether you come back each year or are making a special trip to visit your alma mater in 2015, homecoming is a time for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to celebrate all things Black and Gold at The University of Southern Mississippi. “Golden Eagles: All In” is the theme for this year’s homecoming week Oct. 12-18.

 

“I think homecoming is a time that our alumni can rekindle the spirit of their college years,” said Executive Director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association Executive Director Jerry DeFatta.

Dr. John Bailey, a professor in the Nurse Anesthesia Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been accepted to full membership in the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP), the leading professional society in the United States for biomedical scientists who investigate the basic mechanisms of disease.

The annual Security and Fire Safety compliance document is now available on the University of Southern Mississippi Police Department’s website at http://www.usm.edu/police/annual-securityfire-safety-report.
 

A single number Hot Line and exclusive e-mail account are among the significant changes announced recently by Aramark, Eagle Dining in the Southern Miss Catering department.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Sustainability, iTech and LE Scrap Recycling are sponsoring the first ever Southern Miss Community E-Waste disposal day Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Payne Center parking lot on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is an opportunity for proper disposal of unwanted electronic items.
 

Dr. Lilian Hill and Dr. Eric Platt, faculty members in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Educational Studies and Research, are recipients of the 2015 Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education.

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) recently named Dr. Claire Kimberly, an assistant professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, as the 2015 recipient of the Cindy Winter Scholarship Award.

Mary Schaub, assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded 2016 Alumna of the Year from her alma mater, the University of Wyoming.

A commitment to help elevate The University of Southern Mississippi will remain a guiding force for Stace Mercier as she transitions from interim Executive Director of the USM Foundation to a permanent role as the Foundation’s chief officer.

 

Dr. Shea Kidd Houze was recently named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Director of New Student and Retention Programs. This new department will provide a structure for combining, reorganizing, and growing existing University initiatives under a new umbrella.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi hosted a reception Aug. 21 recognizing the fall 2015 class of Eagle Scholars. The faculty recipients of the 2015 Donald Drapeau Undergraduate Mentorship Award were also honored.

Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Council on Economic Education. Her three-year term became effective July 30.

Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Ray Guy joked that he knows “there is one street name I will never forget” after a roadway bearing his name was dedicated on Tuesday, July 28 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

 

Guy, a former first-team All-American punter at Southern Miss, watched with pride as University workers unveiled “Ray Guy Way” on a signpost fronting the Duff Athletic Center.

Exercise is commonly prescribed to improve cardiovascular health, but since individuals with spinal cord injuries cannot move their legs, alternatives must be sought. Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology are evaluating other methods to improve cardiovascular health among individuals with this challenge.

A documentary inspired by a University of Southern Mississippi history professor’s book on the famed Vietnam combat infantry unit “Charlie Company” has been nominated for a coveted Emmy award.

 

Dr. Andrew Wiest, founding director of the university’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, is the author of “The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam,” on which the National Geographic documentary “Brothers in War” is based. It has been nominated for the award in the Outstanding Historical Programming-Long-Form category.

The University of Southern Mississippi Thad Cochran Center was recently filled with people from all over the campus who assisted the Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (Mississippi INBRE) program over the last year.

For Dr. Faye Gilbert, serving as president of the Southern Business Administration Association (SBAA) means honoring a commitment to provide students with the most rewarding college experience possible.

 

Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Interim Associate Provost for Gulf Park, effective August 1. The appointment follows Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Moser’s decision to suspend the position’s original search process until a permanent provost is named.

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi has received a $1.6 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support advanced nursing education and practice.

The School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi has adopted a new name - The School of Kinesiology - and a new director in Dr. Scott Piland.  

 

After a year-long process, the name change was officially approved in April by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Dr. Davin Wallace, an assistant professor in the Department of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a prestigious Early-Career Research Fellowship by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Gulf Research Program.

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has announced the appointment of Stace Mercier as its interim executive director, effective June 1, 2015.

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.

 

Dr. Jim Black, an alumnus of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi, was presented the Dissertation Award during the Association for Talent Development (ATD) 2015 International Conference and Exposition held last month in Orlando, Fla.