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The Kennard Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is designed for students committed to academic excellence, leadership development, and citizenship. The program gives particular attention to students from underrepresented and diverse communities. 

University of Southern Mississippi Chief Communication Officer Jim Coll is one of approximately 60 marketing and public relations professionals who lent their social media expertise to the first edition of PR News’ Social Media Guidebook.

Dr. Vickie Stuart, director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing, was recently inducted as a Distinguished Public Policy Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) during a special membership banquet held last month in Alexandria, Va.

Several University of Southern Mississippi marketing and public relations professionals were honored for their work at the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Awards in April in Tupelo. The awards program recognizes outstanding work in the field of public relations by professionals within the state of Mississippi. In all, Southern Miss picked up six awards in the competition.

This past weekend as The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the class of 2015 with commencement exercises, the College of Arts and Letters recognized the accomplishments of some of its brightest students at a recent awards banquet.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi has earned accreditation through the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) – indicating that it meets or exceeds professional standards, giving students an advantage with prospective employers and graduate schools.

University of Southern Mississippi biology professor Dr. David Beckett is serving in the role of  Grand Marshal-Distinguished Professor, an award recognizing a senior faculty member who has excelled in teaching, research and service.
 

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Kelvin Barber will soon trade his life as a Hattiesburg college student for a new one as a system engineer with Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Mo.

 

Barber, a Natchez, Miss., native and Information Technology major at Southern Miss, will be working with Linux to update systems and software used in hospitals.

The newly created training program in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester. Graduates of the ABA Program will earn a Master of Science Degree in Psychology with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and will meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

 

Dr. Robert Lochhead, a former director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award May 1 at the Faculty Awards Reception and Ceremony, held at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Office of Student Activities at The University of Southern Mississippi recently recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of its 192 student organizations at the Student Organization Awards and Recognition ceremony. More than 120 nominations were collected, and a student affairs review committee determined the winners.

Having already accepted a job out of state, Joe Paul was unable to participate in graduation exercises after earning his bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

But the longtime Southern Miss administrator will have an opportunity to amend that regret as the keynote speaker for Southern Miss’s spring 2015 commencement on Friday, May 8. He will also serve as the speaker for commencement at the University’s Gulf Park Campus on Saturday, May 9.  

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology recently recognized faculty, staff, and alumni award winners at the Annual College of Science and Technology Awards Banquet.

Three University of Southern Mississippi employees have been selected for the Area Development Partnership’s prestigious Leadership Pinebelt program's Class of 2015.

Dr. Patricia Biesiot, associate dean in the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi, was presented flowers and an eagle plaque by the college’s Dean Dr. David T. Hayhurst at the Annual College of Science and Technology Awards banquet.

Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Physics and Astronomy are engaged in radiation detection efforts aimed at detecting how air chemistry is altered due to the presence of radiation.

Audiologists and speech language pathologists from across the state gathered for the Mississippi Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Continuing Education Conference in Jackson March 30 through April 1.

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that occurred on April 20, 2010 not only triggered an unprecedented contamination of the northern Gulf of Mexico, but also yielded an unparalleled research effort to gauge the effects of the massive oil spill.

 

Five years after the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, scientists at The University of Southern Mississippi continue to lead the way in mapping and analyzing the oil spill’s effects on the Gulf waters’ fragile ecosystem.

The Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the Golden Eagle Memorial Service Wednesday, April 22. The service begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 216 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The event honors students, faculty and staff who passed away during the 2014-15 academic year. For more information, contact Associate Dean of Students Wynde Fitts at 601.266.6028 or e-mail wynde.fitts@usm.edu.

University Libraries, the School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi were recently awarded a Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) Network mini-grant to develop a nanoscience-based outreach program for non-science teachers and librarians.

A graduate education training project spearheaded by polymer Professor Derek Patton has placed The University of Southern Mississippi among an elite group of awardees in the inaugural National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program.

 

Patton, associate professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, served as the principal investigator on a collaborative proposal titled: “NRT: Training Next-Generation Scientists with Experimental, Theoretical, and Computational Competencies for Complex Interfaces (INTERFACE).” The award is just above $2.8 million, covering five years.

In celebration of National Undergraduate Research Week, the Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold a colloquium Wednesday, April 15 at noon in room 110 in Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus, showcasing Eagle Scholar research projects that have won external recognition.

Dr. Joseph S. Paul has worked at The University of Southern Mississippi for more than 40 years, spending the last 21 as vice president for Student Affairs. In February, Paul announced his retirement from the vice president’s position, effective June 30, 2015.

 

In celebration of his service to Southern Miss, the Southern Miss Alumni Association will host a Retirement Roast in his honor on Friday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom, located on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning voted recently to extend the contract of University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Rodney D. Bennett following a careful review of the university under his leadership.

 

“Dr. Bennett’s leadership has been a tremendous advantage for Southern Miss,” said Trustee Aubrey Patterson, President of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. “From leading the recovery effort after the tornado to numerous other building and beautification projects on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park Campuses, he has provided students with an excellent environment in which to live and learn. His focus on the students is evident in the progress made during his tenure.”