February 21, 2018  

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The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is planning to host a celebration during the spring 2018 semester to mark the 25th anniversary of its Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages (MATL) program. Dr. Katie Angus, an assistant professor of French, is in the process of locating program graduates to invite them to the event.

The Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi recently named recipients of funding awards from the fall 2017 Eagle Wings and NCUR (National Conference on Undergraduate Research) competitions. The programs support undergraduates who will present the results of their scholarly activities at professional conferences.

Award-winning television broadcaster and co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America Robin Roberts recently added another credential to her vita. On Friday, Dec. 8, Roberts was awarded an honorary degree during The University of Southern Mississippi’s Fall 2017 Commencement.

 

Conferring a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, University President Rodney D. Bennett proudly proclaimed Roberts an alumna of USM, citing her career in broadcast journalism and her significant contributions made to communities across Mississippi and beyond.

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its Parenting Gifted Children Workshop Series Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. The free workshops are from 10-11 a.m. in room 204 of the J.B. George Building on the Hattiesburg campus. This workshop series coincides with the center’s Saturday Gifted Studies Program.

Ailrick Young, Sr., (’89) a former USM quarterback who heeded the advice from then-Capt. Jeff Hammond to join Army ROTC while a student-athlete, retired recently from the Mississippi Army National Guard after 29 years.

The University of Southern Mississippi received a commemorative brick from the Marion County Development Partnership during a special ceremony held Tuesday, Dec. 12 on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

A record-setting Pine Belt area snowfall couldn’t chill the enthusiasm of University of Southern Mississippi graduates participating in fall commencement exercises Friday, Dec. 8, at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.

Groundbreaking research being conducted in polymer science labs at The University of Southern Mississippi could lead to enhanced protective wear for United States warfighters.

 

A $4.9 million grant provided by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has enabled the School of Polymer Science and Engineering to acquire a state-of-the-art Xeuss 2.0 Small-Angle/Wide-Angle (SAXS/WAXS) scattering system.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s new online RN to BSN program has a limited number of scholarships available for the Spring 2018 semester. The scholarships are for Registered Nurses (RN) admitted to the RN to BSN program and starting the program during the spring 2018 semester.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi has received international recognition for implementing multisensory structured language education. The school was one of only four schools in the U.S. recognized by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).

Audience members at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Fall 2017 Commencement no doubt noticed many graduating seniors sporting bright turquoise cords for the first time as part of their graduation ensemble.

ACT testing at The University of Southern Mississippi, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9, has been cancelled.

ACT will directly contact students scheduled to take the test on Saturday at a later date to reschedule.

Due to winter weather conditions, USM’s coastal operations at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, and Stennis Space Center in Hancock County will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8.

Due to additional accumulation of snow, USM’s Hattiesburg operations will be closed on Friday, Dec. 8. The Commencement ceremonies now scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. will proceed.

 

Volunteers who were scheduled to assist with Commencement are still needed if they are able to travel to campus safely.

 

The University requests that participants and visitors for the 3 p.m. Commencement ceremony arrive no earlier than 1:30 p.m. to allow for traffic from the first ceremony to fully vacate the area around Reed Green Coliseum.

 

Mississippi Department of Transportation recommends the following when traveling in winter weather conditions:

 

- Slow down. Should winter weather conditions become present, “black ice” can form.
- Allow more space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
- Brake early and gently to avoid skidding, and never slam on the brakes.
- Avoid distractions, such as talking or texting on a cell phone.
- Stay alert.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Police Department (UPD) has again earned the confidence of the state’s lead accrediting agency for law enforcement entities.

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 December.

Links between firearms safety and suicide rates is the focus of research by an associate professor of psychology and two graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi that was recently featured in an academic journal.

Dr. Michael Anestis, director of the USM Department of Psychology's Suicide and Emotion Dysregulation Laboratory, along with clinical psychology doctoral students Sarah Butterworth of Fairfax, Va. and Claire Houtsma of Chicago, recently published “Perceptions of firearms and suicide: The role of misinformation in storage practices and openness to means safety measures” in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

The Mississippi State University Extension 4-H Program, in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and the UMMC/Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute, are developing the next generation of healthcare professionals through the Junior Master Wellness Volunteers (JrMWV’s) program. The JrMWV Program is a community health education and volunteer leader that partners with students in various disciplines such as the Allied Health Courses, Family and Consumer Science Courses, and individually focused clubs or organizations for training and delivery of health messages into the community. 

Mississippians who need help enrolling or re-enrolling in health coverage through Healthcare.gov only have through Dec. 15, the national deadline, to get coverage for 2018.

DOHA, Qatar – Shaping a whole-of-society approach to enhance safety and security at major events was the focus of international experts at a meeting held last month in Doha.

The Education Achievement Council Report Cards for all Mississippi public universities have been posted online at the following link: http://www.mississippi.edu/eac/. The report cards show the progress that has been made toward educational goals for each university and community college.

Kristy Gould, corporate planning and development officer at Hattiesburg Clinic, will give a presentation Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. in College Hall at The University of Southern Mississippi to students studying public relations.  

Call it craziness, or call it stubbornness. But you should also call it “impressive” when referring to the accomplishments of husband-and-wife graduate students Rick and Angie Walker, who will receive their doctoral degrees during The University of Southern Mississippi’s Fall 2017 Commencement on Friday, Dec. 8.

 

The couple, both employed by the U.S. Navy, somehow managed to juggle demanding, full-time jobs, and two teenagers at home with a rigorous doctoral program in Human Capital Development (HCD) through the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

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.