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Richard Saniga, a retired professor from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, died Dec. 7. He was 71.  A private graveside service was held prior to his interment in Prairie Cemetery in Harrisville, Pa.

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.

 

The first major deadline of the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period is Thursday, Dec. 15. Uninsured Mississippians who want to enroll in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace must enroll by this date if they want their new coverage to begin Jan. 1. For consumers who need to renew their coverage, Dec. 15 is the deadline to choose a plan so they do not experience any gap in coverage for the start of 2017.

Janette Hreish, a graduate student in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected for a competitive internship in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Department at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Dr. Rose Jones, center, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, along with students in her CIP 340 Foundational Studies in Early Childhood Education class, recently toured the historic Roberts one-room schoolhouse, located on the Hattiesburg campus in the courtyard of Owings-McQuagge Hall. The small, antique building is an example of the early accommodations for students in elementary, middle and high schools that often included no more than one large room. The tour was led by Dr. Debbie Stoulig, coordinator of NCATE Assessment.

Career Services at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received a $2,500 gift from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, which also awarded the University’s Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families a $500 gift.

The application deadline is near for the Saturday Gifted Studies Program, conducted by the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. Students who have not submitted an application by Saturday, Dec. 10 will not be able to participate in the program.

In today’s world, there is a constant need for qualified teachers in our public schools. That is why The University of Southern Mississippi offers qualified teacher assistants currently working in the classroom a way to become certified teachers, all while staying in their community and working at their current jobs.

 

“Teacher assistants provide a great service to the K-6 community,” said Dr. Kelley Stricklin, Teacher Assistant Program (TAP) coordinator. “They play a key role in helping educate students by supplementing what the teacher is doing and helping build upon the quality of lessons and activities.”

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association, in conjunction with the USM Foundation and Eagle Club, invites all Golden Eagles fans to a pre-gamer tailgate party prior to the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Saturday, Dec. 17.

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.

Several students in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement during the fall 2016 semester.

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. 

Todd Gregory and Brandt Schmersahl, both executives with the Cintas Corporation, have been recognized as Alumni of the Year by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi.

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).

The annual “Lighting the Way” event returns Wednesday, Nov. 30 to The University of Southern Mississippi to help usher in the holiday season and support the charitable outreach work of Hattiesburg’s Aldersgate Mission and Edwards Street Fellowship Center. Scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at the front entrance of the Hattiesburg campus, it will be presented by the Student Government Association, and members of the university and local communities are invited to participate.

How can teens be encouraged to stay healthy? One answer is to let other young people lead the way.

 

Since 2014, TRIAD Service AmeriCorps members have educated more than 765 middle and high school students with disabilities in the greater Hattiesburg area community and the greater Long Beach area community on how to be healthier. With new funding from Volunteer Mississippi, TRIAD members will continue to provide health education through 2017.

Sounds of the season will reverberate throughout the sanctuary at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg as The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents its Holiday Choral Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 8.

 

The 65th edition of a holiday tradition at The University of Southern Mississippi is set for Sunday, Dec. 4 when Chi Omega sorority hosts Songfest at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus. Featuring seasonal music favorites performed by members of the USM Greek Life community, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free.

In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, The University of Southern Mississippi recently received a generous donation of $5,000 to The Eagle’s Nest – a student-run food pantry that offers basic essentials free of charge to University students and staff.

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.

Copies of Kate DiCamillo’s book “Tale of Despereaux” were recently given to children attending fourth grade in the Hattiesburg Public School District (HPSD), courtesy of the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. DiCamillo is recipient of the Festival’s Southern Miss Medallion, which will mark its 50th year when it is held on the Hattiesburg campus April 5-7. On hand for delivery of the books include, from left, Rowan Elementary School Principal Donna Scott; USM student Janila Simmons; Dr. Catharine Bomhold, associate professor in the USM School of Library and Information Science; Dr. Robert Williams, HPSD superintendent; Karen Rowell, admissions and events coordinator for the USM School of Library and Information Science; and HPSD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Teresa Poole. DiCamillo is scheduled to give a special presentation during the festival to these students in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival is presented by the USM School of Library and Information Science. For more information, visit https://www.usm.edu/childrens-book-festival.

Faculty and staff in the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi began moving into the spacious confines of their new home – Asbury Hall – on Monday, Nov. 21. The new building is located on the western edge of the Hattiesburg campus.