September 27, 2016  

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History will be made, one way or the other, when the raucous 2016 U.S. presidential election finally reaches a crescendo in early November. Taking up residence in the White House will be either the country’s first female president or its first commander-in-chief without prior government or military experience.

The Southern Miss Alumni Association, in conjunction with The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Athletics and the Southern Miss South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter, will host the 21st Annual Eagle Fanfare on Saturday, August 13 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

 

Asbury Hall, future home of the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, is growing ever closer to completion on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

According to University officials, the project is on track to be substantially finished by October, with classes scheduled to begin for the spring semester next year. Groundbreaking on the $31 million, state-of-the-art facility was held in September of 2014.

Dr. Claire Kimberly, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Child and Family Studies, recently offered effective stress management strategies related to work, finances and family relationships in an article for Wallet Hub titled “2016’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America.” The article can be viewed at https://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-stressed-cities/22759/#claire-kimberly.
 

A journal submission by a University of Southern Mississippi faculty member and graduate student in its College of Education and Psychology has earned special recognition.

“The Forgotten Slayings: Memory, History and Institutional Response to the Jackson State University Shootings of 1970,” published in Volume 43 of the American Educational History Journal (AEHJ) and co-authored by Melandie McGee, a doctoral student in higher education administration, and Dr. R. Eric Platt, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Studies and Administration, earned the publication’s “Article of the Year” honor.

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 August.

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President for Finance and Administration Dr. Douglas H. Vinzant has announced the selection of Dr. Latonya Guillory as Director of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity, effective August 8, 2016. The appointment follows a national search.

The Drum Corps International Tour will return to Hattiesburg, Miss. on Wednesday, July 27 for the 2016 edition of DCI Southern Mississippi. World-class corps will be headlining this always exciting event’s lineup at The University of Southern Mississippi's M.M. Roberts Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.

Dr. James E. Whorton, a former chairman and professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Special Education (now Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education), died July 17 in Tyler, Texas. He was 73.

Students at The University of Southern Mississippi performed more than 97,500 service hours in the previous fiscal year (July 2015-June 2016) according to statistics compiled by the University’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE). Approximately 55,650 hours were performed by individuals who served at one location throughout the year.

Dr. Joshua Otaigbe, a professor of polymer science at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected as a Fellow in the National Academy of Engineering in Nigeria.

National Academy membership is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, placing Otaigbe among an elite group of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education. It recognizes eminent scientists who have emerged as pioneers in new and developing fields of technology, made major advancements in traditional fields of engineering or developed innovative approaches to engineering education.

College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college, has ranked The University of Southern Mississippi’s online nurse practitioner degree program among the most affordable options nationwide. In its Top 10 listing, Southern Miss ranked No. 4 in affordability.

Prior to the 2016 Drum Corps International Tour performance at M.M. Roberts Stadium on July 27 at 7 p.m., The University of Southern Mississippi Trombone Choir will be joined by School of Music alumni to perform the National Anthem.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), in partnership with Metro Area Community Empowerment (MACE), seeks volunteers to assist with the 40th annual Wheelchair Softball World Series to be held Aug. 10-13 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi.

Robbie Ingram, Manager of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Innovation and Commercialization Accelerator, shared his expertise in technology-based economic development as a participant in an international roundtable held last month in Lyon, France.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded a $3 million grant by the United States Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to develop three pilot programs to aid regions whose economic health is dependent upon defense initiatives.

A veteran University of Southern Mississippi administrator is leading an international organization advancing best practices and procedures for auditing services in higher education.

Vijay Patel, director of the Office of Internal Audit for The University of Southern Mississippi since 2000, is president of the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA). The ACUA president serves as executive officer of the organization, with duties that include enforcement of its bylaws and policies; execution of all resolutions and proceedings of ACUA and the board; and execution of all contracts other than those delegated to the executive director for the day-to-day operation of the Association.

For the past three years, the National Writing Project affiliate site at The University of Southern Mississippi has invested in teachers and young adults throughout South Mississippi by implementing the College-Ready Writers Program that was developed through a $300,000 national “Investing in Innovation” grant.

For today’s young people, learning to read and write for a variety of purposes is a key component for college, career and civic life. Mississippi has adopted new standards that include expectations for extensive writing at each grade level, and teachers are expected to incorporate more writing into their instruction.

This upcoming football season, New Orleans Saints fans from across the Gulf South can expect to see a familiar face or two as six University of Southern Mississippi alumnae have joined the NFL organization as new members of the Saintsations.

 

Competing against approximately 150 women for a chance to become a member of the renowned Saintsations, aspirants underwent a three-part audition held in April that included a dance audition, formal interview and football quiz, respectively. In the end, 33 finalists were chosen, with six of those from Southern Miss.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at Hardy Street Baptist Church for longtime University of Southern Mississippi professor Dr. Harold V. Knight, 84, who died July 13 at his home in Hattiesburg. A private family burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.

André J. Heath, Assistant to the Dean for Recruitment, Retention and Strategic Initiatives in the College of Science and Technology has been awarded The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg Campus Staff Council Service Award by the USM Staff Council.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will have three new department chairs in place when the 2016 fall semester begins – although each is certainly no stranger to the college, or the University.

 

Jeffrey Miller, Senior Vice President at MSA Security, was presented with the Distinguished Leadership Award during the 2016 National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition July 12-14 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, AZ. The event is presented annually by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded a $379,076 federal grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to implement the Campus Link AmeriCorps Program. The funds will support the program for year one of a three-year cycle.