May 28, 2017  

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The Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi has awarded funding for research project proposals made by 18 students through the Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR).

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation recently named Hattiesburg one of 15 small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to win a Levitt AMP Grant Award of $25,000 in matching funds to present a free concert series at Chain Park. The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication & Journalism submitted the Levitt AMP proposal in conjunction with the Hattiesburg Arts Council and the City of Hattiesburg.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) has contracted with The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) for the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC). The MECIC is a statewide program that will provide quality training and technical assistance to early childhood educators who teach infant, toddler, and preschoolers and serve young children with disabilities in their childcare centers and preschool programs.

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.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Jan. 28, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

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.


Dr. Joe Olmi, chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology, presented "Understanding ADHD" in December for the Hattiesburg Public School District's final parent/community information session of 2016. Dr. Olmi is also director of USM's School Psychology Program. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

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.

Melinda Whitehead’s online education experience with The University of Southern Mississippi embodies distance learning. Across continents, an ocean and multiple time zones, Whitehead recently secured her elementary education degree from USM through its Teacher Assistant Program (TAP).

It’s that time of year where everyone is making resolutions to live a better life. Maybe a college education is one of those goals, but not everyone can attend campus classes. So what can be done? Get your degree online.

Robert “Taylor” Carley, the first young adult self-advocacy coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), has been recognized for his leadership contributions by receiving an Emerging Leader Scholarship.

The start of a new year is always a great time to start a new project or begin to learn something new. No matter your age or expertise, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi has more than 100 seminars and courses scheduled this spring that just might help you keep your resolutions going strong all year long.

Students, ninth through 12th grade, are invited to attend the Science Careers and Research Encounters program slated for Saturday, Jan. 14 at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Tommy Thornton, Executive Director of Hattiesburg Clinic, will serve as grand marshal for the 32nd Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo, set for Feb. 17-18 at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology’s fully online Teacher Assistant Program (TAP) earned the 5th position on the list of Best Online Teaching Degrees for 2016. Affordable Colleges Online, a leader in higher education data and information, generated the ranking by analyzing cost and quality metrics across thousands of U.S. colleges with online teaching degree options.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops this month.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees reaffirmed the accreditation of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), during its annual meeting in Atlanta, Dec. 3-6, 2016.


SACSCOC is the acknowledged accrediting body for degree-granting institutions (public, private for-profit and private not-for-profit) in the southeastern United States and is recognized by the United States Department of Education to conduct accreditation activities. SACSCOC, through a peer review process, conducts a comprehensive review of its nearly 800 member institutions every 10 years.

Economic trends and forecasts will take center stage during the Economic Outlook 2017 Forum hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi at two different venues this year -- the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach on Thursday, Jan. 12 and the Hattiesburg campus on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Victoria Brodbeck, a banking and finance major in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the 2016 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship. She is the fifth USM student to win the $2,000 scholarship in the past six years.

The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized by Affordable College Online as one of the Best Online Master’s Degrees for 2016. Southern Miss earned the sixth position on the list among thousands of U.S. colleges with online master’s degree options.

Alicia Williams recently travelled from Kentwood, La. to The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg along with her mom, Linda Wright, who came from Cushing, Okla. Both women made the trip for Alicia’s graduation from the fully online master’s degree program in medical laboratory science at Southern Miss.

Following high school, some young adults go to college, while an equal number go to work. Other young people, particularly those with disabilities or who are racially and economically diverse, may not find their path to adulthood so easily.

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.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will hold the 4th annual National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit Jan. 24-26 at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. More than 40 universities from across the country will be in attendance for this important event.