December 17, 2017  

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will bring together top safety and security industry leaders representing intercollegiate athletics as well as commercial sport and entertainment facilities during the week of January 15-19, 2018 at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Florida.  

In keeping with the spirit of the season of giving, The University of Southern Mississippi Student Government Association (SGA) has designated the Hattiesburg Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club as the beneficiary of its annual Lighting the Way for the Holidays charity fundraiser. The event is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the south lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Kenyan native Nuala Ribeiro learned a significant lesson during her recent internship with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies – that a “societal change of attitude” is crucial to ensuring disability rights.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus will host a college visit day exclusively for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) students on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 3-6:30 p.m.

 

The longest-running Greek Life philanthropic event at The University of Southern Mississippi and a local holiday season favorite will be held Friday, Nov. 17 from 5-7:30 p.m. when USM’s Epsilon Delta chapter of Chi Omega Sorority hosts Songfest at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.

J. Theresa Bush, assistant professor of costume design at The University of Southern Mississippi, played an instrumental role in helping the renowned stage production “Fly” garner eight nominations for the 27th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The awards will be presented on Feb. 26 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 16 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in honor of the school’s 55th anniversary. During the event, the school will also honor Dr. Maureen K. Martin who retired as director in June 2017 after 41 years of service. Her retirement recognition will take place at 5 p.m.

Determining the ultimate fate of the thousands of American military personnel unaccounted for in World War II is central to Jason Dawsey’s work with The National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Dawsey, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, recently joined the museum as special projects historian in residence with its Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. He is also involved in the museum’s new Institute for the Study of War and Democracy.

Longtime Sanderson Farms executive and former State College Board President Robin Robinson has been named the 2017 Boardman Alumna of the Year by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business. She will be honored during a special ceremony set for Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. in Scianna Hall’s McDonnell Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Speech and Debate team had a successful performance at a recent tournament in Shreveport, La. and looks forward to its next event. The team will host the British National Debate Team Friday, Nov. 10 in the International Center, room 101 at 3:45 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. The free event is open to the public, and will feature a debate on artificial intelligence.

From the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903 to putting man on the moon in 1969, the 20th Century was a remarkable time for the aerospace field. In the 21st Century, we have even greater opportunities for more incredible progress in flight and space. Through education, research and service, Mississippi Public Universities are at the leading edge of that progress. Seizing these opportunities takes teamwork of many, including government, military, business and academia.

Faculty and student musicians from The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music will present Mozart’s Gran Partita on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The holiday season is a time of giving and receiving but many homeless families are not able to give because they are in need of receiving from their communities to stabilize them in decent housing. Homelessness is a devastating experience for families with children and homeless households need assistance in ending their homelessness.

For the past 17 years, approximately 425 graduate students have benefitted from the prestigious McNair Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi. A recent five-year grant renewal worth $1.16 million ensures that those benefits will keep coming for students who might otherwise miss post-graduate opportunities.

Eleven undergraduates have been chosen for the second class of the Psychology Scholars program at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The program, which begain in 2017, offers high-achieving students - particularly those from diverse backgrounds - the opportunity to serve as peer mentors for new students in the department and other experiences through specialized workshops designed to foster success in graduate education and careers. Applications are accepted in the fall of the junior year.

With Pasco County, Fla., residents being forced to seek safety from dangerously strong storms during hurricane season, the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter was designed. Sitting on 5.54 acres, this renowned 38,395-square-foot shelter is capable of housing 1,000 occupants and sustaining winds of 190 mph. Its environmental design conserves energy, allowing the shelter to function self-sustaining for up to 72 hours.

Rahul Shankar, a doctoral student in polymer science and engineering, took home the title of Grand Champion in the 4th Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition held Nov. 1-3 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Shankar, a native of Mumbai, India, also collected a cash prize of $1,000.

Put out a call for groups of meat-and-bean-and-pepper culinary experts. Add a dash of tradition and a heaping helping of community service. Mix it all together at The University of Southern Mississippi's Pete Taylor Park.

University of Southern Mississippi sophomore Madalyn Mares has been there – confused, intimidated, overwhelmed, and struggling as a first-year college student. And that is why the Covington, La., native pounced at the chance to be a member of the University’s Learning Assistant pilot program.

 

“Being that I was a freshman just a year ago, I totally understand the stresses of being a first semester college student,” said Mares, a mathematics licensure major. “Being able to relate to other students definitely builds a stronger trust and makes it so much easier for students to open up to and learn from you as a learning assistant.”

The genesis of America’s political gridlock and ideas for solutions to government policy challenges in a divisive political climate will be the focus of influential conservative intellectual Yuval Levin’s University Forum presentation “Our Fractured Republic” Tuesday, Nov. 14 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. This free event is open to the public, and will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center.

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 in November.

The following is a message from President Rodney D. Bennett regarding the University budget.

Dear Colleagues: 

University of Southern Mississippi clarinetist Sofia Potdevin Afanador had an opportunity to showcase her extraordinary musical talent as a performer during the winner’s gala of the Monterrey Flute Festival held earlier this month. The festival is sponsored by the National Fine Arts Institute of Mexico.

Social work students at The University of Southern Mississippi face a growing challenge in their field: that the largest single providers of mental health care services in the country are now correctional systems.