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The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is “All In” for homecoming 2015 with a variety of fun events scheduled Oct. 12-16 on the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, including tailgating, a parade and reception for the USM Gulf Coast homecoming maid, among other activities.

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.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work, Department of Biological Sciences, and Center for Science and Mathematics will host a Science Careers and Research Encounters program for secondary students, teachers, and counselors on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

Five students majoring in English at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach presented papers recently at two prestigious annual conferences.

 

The initial stages of a construction project that will transform The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach has begun with demolition of the former Holloway Complex.

The annual Security and Fire Safety compliance document is now available on the University of Southern Mississippi Police Department’s website at http://www.usm.edu/police/annual-securityfire-safety-report.
 

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs Joe Paul will return to Southern Miss to assist in raising funds and strengthen support of the University, effective Monday, Oct. 5.

 

Paul will collaborate with The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation and the Southern Miss Athletic Foundation to focus on cultivating existing relationships and developing new partnerships that will help expand the University’s reach.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host “Health and Fitness Week” from Sept. 28 – Oct. 2. This week-long slate of health and wellness themed activities includes opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries will host the free pre-recorded webinar, “Introduction to Proposal Writing,” for nonprofit groups looking for guidance on how to write grant proposals. The webinar will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, from 1-2 p.m. in room 213 of the Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Think Center is hosting an open house for the new Active Learning Classroom Thursday, October 1 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Library room 204 on the Gulf Park Campus at Long Beach.

 

On Friday, Oct. 9, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Live Oak Writing Project will host a Student Writer Workshop designed to help students strengthen their writing skills and to assist students preparing submissions for the Scholastic Writing Awards. The workshop will be held in Lloyd Hall on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach from 9 until 11:30 a.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in October.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is currently undergoing renovations that will, once complete, increase access to and from campus from Highway 90.

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.

Young adults with and without disabilities in Hancock and Harrison counties will have a new opportunity to work in the community as part of an AmeriCorps service program.

In an effort to broaden opportunities for budding marine biologists, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center has expanded its popular After School Marine Biologist program to include 7th and 8th grade students.

 

As University of Southern Mississippi students make their way around the Gulf Park campus for the start of the fall 2015 semester, they will notice a new addition to the landscape of the beachfront campus – Code Blue emergency phones.

The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated continued recovery from Hurricane Katrina with a groundbreaking on Wednesday, Aug. 26 for the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) new Marine Education Center (MEC) in Ocean Springs. The facility replaces the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

 

The groundbreaking event comes during the week of the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Common themes during the official groundbreaking ceremony included resilience, restoration, recovery, and continued rebuilding.

 

Ten years ago, Patricia “Pat” Joachim had just accepted the job of interim Associate Provost for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast operations in August of 2005, as the start of the fall semester was fast approaching. In her first week on the job, she began getting to know students, faculty and staff, examining budgets, class schedules and tackling a variety of other tasks.

A new Title IX Office, consistent policy protocols, and heightened awareness have placed The University of Southern Mississippi at the forefront of collegiate institutions confronting the issues of sexual harassment and misconduct.

As a recent graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, Amber Westfall credits Career Services with helping her secure employment shortly after earning her bachelor’s degree in public health from the university’s Gulf Park campus, where she finished with a 4.0 grade point average.

University of Southern Mississippi students at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach pass the golden eagle statue of “Lofty Return” on the first day of fall 2015 semester classes. The completion of major building projects, as well as new upcoming projects slated for the Gulf Park campus, have allowed the university to grow significantly since Hurricane Katrina caused widespread destruction and millions of dollars in damages in August 2005.

(Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

The University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted the workshop “Professional GPS: Using Your Social Skills to Navigate the Workplace,” presented by the Coast Young Professionals Institute. The workshop, held at the university’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, was presented by Dr. Jacob Breland, assistant professor in the College of Business at Southern Miss.