December 11, 2018  

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University of Southern Mississippi (USM) staff members swept top honors at the 2018 Spark Awards, annual honors presented by the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM). USM staff members won the Judges’ Choice Award, signifying the top work in the competition; the Bud Kirkpatrick Practitioner of the Year Award, and the Burlian O’Neal Walker Professional Promise Award.

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member has again been recognized for excellence in student mentoring.

Dr. Brad Dufrene, professor of psychology and director of the School Psychology Service Center at Southern Miss, has earned the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS). The award acknowledges and honors faculty members for outstanding success in mentorship of graduate students through excellent guidance, modeling of integrity and ethical behavior, and preparation for personal and professional success.

Jeff Taylor, director for Union Operations and Event and Conference Services
at The University of Southern Mississippi, has earned the Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential from APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities. Those who hold the CEFP designation have met APPA’s criteria to be considered an accomplished professional in the educational facilities field.

Dr. Katherine Cochran, associate professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named editor of The Southern Quarterly, a prestigious independent journal published at Southern Miss since 1962 that focuses on the interdisciplinary study of Southern culture.

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member has received a prestigious recognition from his graduate school alma mater.

Dr. Michael Madson, professor of counseling psychology and director of undergraduate studies in the Southern Miss Department of Psychology, was named recipient of the Marquette (Wisc.) University National Award Recipient with an achievement award from its College of Education’s Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology program. He is a previous recipient of the college’s Young Alumnus of the Year Award.

Dr. John Lambert, associate professor of International Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been appointed to serve on the Mississippi District Export Council. 

They didn’t engage the enemy on the battlefield, but many of the loved ones left behind by soldiers serving in the Vietnam War were wounded emotionally by the conflict.

Dr. Wayne Kelly, Chair of the Department of Finance, Real Estate, and Business Law at The University of Southern Mississippi, offers expert analysis about credit scores as part of a feature by personal finance website WalletHub (https://wallethub.com/).

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) will honor University of Southern Mississippi associate professor of psychology Dr. Michael Anestis with its prestigious Shneidman Award at its 51st annual conference April 18-21 in Washington, D.C.

Jenny Tate, Assistant Director for University Communications and Campus Communication Officer for the Gulf Park Campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to take part in the 2018 Class of Leadership Mississippi.

Dr. Jason Azoulay, assistant professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a coveted research prize by the Nokia Bell Labs.

 

Angela Ball, award-winning poet and professor in the Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, has published her sixth book of poetry from the University of Pittsburgh Press. A release party celebrating Talking Pillow will be held at T-Bone’s Records & Café in Hattiesburg Friday, Dec. 1 at 8:30 p.m. Ball will read some selected poems and sign copies following the reading.

Dr. Amy C. Miller, professor and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, is a featured essayist in the latest edition of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

Gloria Peterson, food service associate, joins 200 of Aramark’s outstanding team members from around the world who have been named to the company’s 2017 Ring of Stars class. This milestone was recognized by Aramark during an exclusive celebration in October.

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.