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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.

 

Dan DeMott has been named the new technology manager of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Technology Development funded through the Department of Defenses (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment National Security Technology Acceleration and Economic Diversification Efforts for the State of Mississippi initiative.

Now with their degree in hand, graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi should take the next steps using what they’ve learned to secure successful careers or advance their education through professional and graduate degree programs.

A strategic teaching initiative launched in September by The University of Southern Mississippi has enabled faculty participants to hone skills that will enhance their classroom instruction and foster student success.

 

Dr. William C. “Bill” Smith, a recently retired University of Southern Mississippi College of Business marketing professor who earned several honors for teaching, research and service in his 37-year tenure at the school, will give the keynote address for its fall commencement ceremonies.

Dr. Robert Thomas "Bob" van Aller, a retired University of Southern Mississippi faculty member and administrator, died Dec. 1. He was 83.

A $900,000 grant from the Kellogg Foundation has been awarded to the University of Southern Mississippi’s Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM.  Funds will be used to help school children along the Gulf Coast learn math in new and exciting ways. 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Technology  (SOST) has named Dr. Kelly Lucas director of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center (TMAC).

Dr. Edward Nissan, a Professor Emeritus of Economics in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs, died Nov. 19 in New York. He was 90.

Dr. Lou Marciani, Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been recognized by the Security Industry Association with the SIA Insightful Practitioner Award.

Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM at The University of Southern Mississippi served as the invited plenary speaker for the National Association of Math Circles (NAMC) meeting at New York University (NYU) on Oct. 29th. Cwikla is a graduate of NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

 

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President for Finance and Administration Dr. Douglas Vinzant has announced the hiring of Krystyna Varnado as Associate Vice President for Human Resources. Varnado will be responsible for all aspects of human resources and serve as the University’s chief human resources officer.

Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, chair and professor of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently packed her crystal ball and traveled to Pennsylvania to participate in the Human Performance Work Group.

University of Southern Mississippi students interested in pursuing a career in publishing are invited to hear a panel of editors from the University Press of Mississippi (UPM) discuss their careers and how to follow in their footsteps in a discussion at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 in R.C. Cook Union Room B on the Hattiesburg campus.
 

Dolly Loyd, Instructor Emerita of Marketing at The University of Southern Mississippi, died Oct. 29 in Hattiesburg. She was 73.

A memorial service for Loyd will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, with visitation starting at 10 a.m. at the church. Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg is in charge of arrangements.

Faculty and students from The University of Southern Mississippi recently attended the 34th annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference in Mobile, Ala.

 

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member recently acted as a liaison with a national organization aiding youth in her native Baton Rouge who lost vital educational resources in the August floods that devastated southeastern Louisiana.

Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM, Office of Vice President for Research at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be a featured speaker for Mississippi’s first TEDxJacksonWomen Conference set for Thursday, Oct. 27 in downtown Jackson.

Select faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi are currently participating in a national development initiative designed to dramatically expand the use of evidence-based teaching practices shown to promote college student completion and success.

Dr. Marcus Gaut, assistant professor in the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $2,500 grant to help establish a coalition of residents in the Irene Chapel and Palmer’s Crossing areas of Hattiesburg that will assess and address needs of those respective communities.

 

Executive officers for The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association of Office Professionals were sworn in recently during an installation ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus. New officers are, from left to right: Cory Williams, President; Jennifer S. Lewis, President-Elect, Jewel Adams, Vice President, Alfreda Horton, Secretary, Lucy Cameron, Treasurer, and Pamela Posey, Immediate Past President.  

Dr. Ellen Elder and Dr. Elizabeth Moak, piano faculty from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, will travel to Lima, Peru, where they have been invited to perform at the National Conservatory of Music.

Jennifer S. Lewis, MHA, MED, compliance coordinator at the University of Southern Mississippi, and Kenneth M. Heard, J.D., director of state authorizations at the University Medical Center, made a presentation at the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors’ meeting in Arlington, Va. Sept. 12.