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William Carey University has presented University of Southern Mississippi (USM) President Rodney D. Bennett with an honorary degree for his work in communities across south Mississippi, including his leadership of USM’s response to a January 2017 tornado that struck William Carey.

Jerry B. DeFatta Jr., Executive Director of the Alumni Association at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named to the prestigious Top 50 Under 40 list for 2017 by the Mississippi Business Journal. Honorees were recognized during a ceremony held Thursday, April 21 at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson, Miss.

Representatives from the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC) at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies have been invited to speak at the 2017 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute hosted by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. David R. Davies, director of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, will deliver a talk about the pioneering printers and newspapers in the Mississippi Territory Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus.

Six University of Southern Mississippi students are currently presenting their scholarly projects at the annual National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tenn., joining 4,000 other students from across the country.

Dr. Frank C. Whitesell, a retired University of Southern Mississippi professor of economics, died March 22 at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg. He was 76.

A memorial service for Dr. Whitesell will be held Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 115 N. 25th Ave. in Hattiesburg, where he was a longtime member. Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg is in charge of arrangements.

Nine faculty members from the College of Arts and Letters were recently selected to receive the esteemed Aubrey Keith and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award. The highly competitive and prestigious award was established in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey K. Lucas to support and reward faculty distinction in instruction and research.

Xavier L. Agee, simulation & IT specialist in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing, has earned unique distinction as the state’s only Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS).

Russ Willis, a management and human resources professor of practice at The University of Southern Mississippi, spent his spring break as a guest lecturer at Keele University, located just outside Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England.

Dr. Katherine Nugent, Dean of the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, has added another sparkling honor to her illustrious career with induction in the Mississippi Nurses’ Association Hall of Fame.

University of Southern Mississippi Senior Research Scientist Harriet Perry was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Fisheries Society on Feb. 23 in Biloxi.

Sarah Myers, M.S., CCC-SLP, assistant director for The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi was recently selected for the Area Development Partnership’s 2017 Leadership Pinebelt class.

Piggybacking on the success of the inaugural Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Faculty Development Institute last fall, The University of Southern Mississippi has launched a two-pronged approach for the Spring 2017 semester.

As part of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “Eagles Engaged,” six grants have been awarded for initiatives to increase the number of Southern Miss undergraduate students participating in pathway experiences, such as internships, research, and fieldwork.

In recognition of Black History month, Dr. Mohamed Elasri, Associate Dean for The College of Science and Technology and Professor of Microbiology, has been awarded the Diversity Award for Excellence as part of the annual Diversity celebration sponsored by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Patients with X-Linked Hypophosphatemia (XLH) are living the theme of this year's Rare Disease Day: "Research brings hope to people living with a rare disease." One of these patients is the daughter of a University of Southern Mississippi faculty member in Hattiesburg.

Dr. Kimberly Ward, assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected chair of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Medicaid Committee.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters will present the 2017 Moorman Lecture featuring 2015-2017 Moorman Professor Dr. Susannah Ural Monday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101. Ural, who teaches history at Southern Miss, will present “The Challenges of War and Memory: Three Case Studies from the American Civil War.”

University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Professor of English (Emeritus) Dr. Philip Kolin has published his eighth collection of poems--Benedict's Daughter--with Wipf and Stock Publishing, known for books in theology, the arts, and history.

Krystyna Varnado, right, the new Associate Vice President for Human Resources at The University of Southern Mississippi, visited with USM faculty and staff Jan. 25 during a reception for her at the Baptist Student Union on the Hattiesburg campus. The event was hosted by the USM chapters of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Association of Office Professionals (AOP). (USM photo by Danny Rawls)

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) has launched an office supply collection drive to provide William Carey University office professionals with supplies needed to continue supporting their faculty, staff and students following the recent tornado that damaged the WCU Hattiesburg campus. The drive will continue through Feb. 28.

On Jan. 1, Dr. Neil Shubin spent his winter ‘holiday’ searching for fossils in below zero temperatures in Antarctica. On Tuesday Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. he will present the lecture “Your Inner Fish: Evolutionary Biology” at the Thad Cochran Center (third floor) on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus for the first spring 2017 University Forum.

Dr. Monica Tisack-Kathmann has been named Director of the Mississippi Polymer Institute, the industrial outreach service of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

Dr. Larry A. Sparkman, director of the Luckyday Citizenship Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected to a second year as President of the Board of Directors for the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA). Sparkman has been a board member for the past four years serving on various national committees.