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They left the comforts of home more than 70 years ago, many of them fresh out of high school, to travel across the Atlantic Ocean and help defeat an enemy bent on enslaving the world.


That’s the legacy of the men who fought in World War II with the U.S. Army’s 103d Infantry Division – one of bravery, sacrifice and patriotism – and it is being preserved by The University of Southern Mississippi.

Nicole Ruhnke has accepted the position of assistant director for communications at The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association.

Dr. Scott Milroy, assistant chair and associate professor in the Department of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be one of the featured speakers for the TEDxJackson “Ideas Worth Spreading” series set for Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Jackson (Miss.) Convention Complex.

The Mississippi Science Teacher’s Association has named Dr. Sherry Herron, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, Outstanding College Science Teacher for 2015.

University of Southern Mississippi Professor Cyndi Huff Gaudet employs a simple, yet inspiring, mantra to guide her efforts as chair of the Department of Human Capital Development – “Work Hard, Have Fun, and Make a Difference.”


Her commitment to that theme paved the way for Gaudet to receive the 2015 Karen Sock Woman of the Year Award, presented last weekend at the Success Women’s Conference in Biloxi.

University of Southern Mississippi staff members Megan Burkes, Christy Bjork, and Kady Pietz have been selected as Top 10 Under 40 nominees for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce One Coast Awards. The winners will be announced on Nov. 17 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.

Dr. Cyndi Gaudet and Dr. Heather Annulis, faculty members at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus, are among 40 finalists selected by Gulf Coast Woman magazine for its 2015 Woman of the Year Award.

Dr. Michael Salda, a professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of English, died Oct. 16 in Hattiesburg. He was 57.

Dr. Janie Butts and Dr. Karen Rich, both members of the nursing faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi, were invited presenters at the University of South Alabama’s Sigma Theta Tau (international Honor Society for nursing) chapter meeting on Sept. 17. Their presentation was titled: “Theoretical Foundation in DNP Education.”

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

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.