August 29, 2016  

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When daylight broke over the iconic and historic University of Southern Mississippi campus on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, Chris Crenshaw’s heart sank at the devastation that lay before him. Only hours earlier, a powerful F-4 tornado had ravaged the front portion of the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Today, Crenshaw’s heart swells with pride as he gazes upon the impressive restoration effort that has transformed the University’s “front porch” in just three years’ time.

Howard Lee Miller Jr., who served as director of public safety at The University of Southern Mississippi from 1981-1992, died May 31. He was 89.

The American Legion Auxiliary’s Magnolia Girls State returns to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus for its 68th annual session June 5-10, featuring programming designed to help delegates learn more about how America's representative democracy works.

Taking initiative and making connections has landed University of Southern Mississippi graduate student D’Anthony Jackson a summer internship and experience of a lifetime with the world’s second largest public relations agency -- Weber Shandwick in New York City.

Nine sports security professionals will be recognized for their leadership in addressing safety and security issues as part of the 2016 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 12-14, in Phoenix, Arizona. This year’s theme is Achieving the Gold Standard.

In celebration of June as National Homeownership Month, a free community resource housing event has been set for Friday, June 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the C.E. Roy Community Center at 300 East Fifth St., in Hattiesburg. A free homebuyer education class will be held Saturday, June 4, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the C. E. Roy Community Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Arena Theatre (SAT) returns with three shows this summer. Because of enthusiastic community support and dedicated faculty and staff at the University, one of the Gulf South’s most extraordinarily talented repertory theatre groups is ready for curtains and its 40th season.

 

The city-wide celebration known as FestivalSouth’s® continues today with a special presentation on The University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg. Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre festival will continue through June 18.

San Francisco 49ers President Al Guido will be the keynote speaker for the 7th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 12-14 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.

Several University of Southern Mississippi staff members were honored for their work at the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) 2016 Conference held May 22-24 in Ocean Springs, Miss. The CPRAM awards recognizes exceptional work by communications, marketing and public relations professionals at colleges and universities across the state of Mississippi.

Hosting the Conference USA Baseball Tournament results in thousands of dollars for local and state coffers, according to the research of a recent University of Southern Mississippi graduate.

 

Kyle Stoner of Gulfport, Miss. conducted his honors thesis on the topic, titled “The Economic Impact of the 2015 Conference USA Baseball Tournament in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.” Stoner’s research, using EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.) modeling found that visitors who attended the tournament spent approximately $2.7 million in the Hattiesburg area during their stay

Dr. Gordon Cannon, Vice President for Research at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced the awarding of nine Proposal Development Grants for 2016.

Drawings by James Meade, professor of drawing & painting and foundations at The University of Southern Mississippi, are currently on display in the Cook Library Art Gallery. Pieces from the exhibit The Fire and the Flood, previously shown at the Lauren Rogers Museum in Laurel, will be on display through July.

In an ongoing effort to promote academic excellence for its students, faculty and staff, The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the groundbreaking for the future Gulf Park Business and Health Building, Monday, May 23, on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

The new project will provide for a two-story, 25,000-square-foot academic facility that will house the University’s Gulf Park operations for the colleges of Business and Health.

Dr. Leslie LaVergne, a navigator and trainer at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies, has been selected to serve as Mississippi’s Act Early Ambassador to expand the reach of the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program.

The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department (UPD) requests the public’s assistance in locating Floyd Keyes, 50, of Hattiesburg in connection with a burglary that occurred May 14 at the Eagle Dining facility in the University’s Thad Cochran Center.

If anyone has information about Keyes, please contact University Police at 601.266.4986 or Crime Stoppers at 601.582.STOP.

Comcast has announced the launch of Xfinity On Campus to The University of Southern Mississippi, enabling students who live on the Hattiesburg campus to watch live TV and On Demand cable services on their laptops, tablets and smartphones.

 

Helping students with a disability or disabilities succeed is the mission of the Office of Disability Accommodations (ODA) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The ODA works on an individual basis with students eligible for accommodations in the classroom outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to develop and coordinate reasonable accommodations specific to their disabilities. It achieves this goal through intake and evaluation of students seeking its services, and working with academic units on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses to ensure full participation and access for students with disabilities.

A memorial service for Xochitl Morales, a graduate student in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, will be held Friday, May 20 at 3 p.m. in Danforth Chapel on the Hattiesburg campus. Morales died Tuesday, May 17 at her home in Hattiesburg.

 

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted a Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis Workshop, led by world-renowned crowd expert Dr. Keith Still. Held on May 16-18, this marked the first time the NCS4 hosted a workshop of this type.

Are they frogs or lizards? When it comes to salamanders, maybe these amphibians are a mixture of both.

 

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Jen Lamb has spent the past couple of years studying this diverse creature in and around the University’s Lake Thoreau Environmental Center.

Local segments featuring the history and non-fiction literary life of The University of Southern Mississippi and the city of Hattiesburg will air on BookTV (C-SPAN2, Comcast channel 104) and American History TV (C-SPAN3, Comcast channel 105) throughout C-SPAN's special Hattiesburg weekend May 21-22.

The extensive and important Evelyn Gandy Collection is now fully processed and available for research in University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi. This collection, spanning more than 100 years, contains valuable resources that cover a wide range of topics regarding the life of Edythe Evelyn Gandy and Martha Frances Gandy.

Melody West Wilson, a former administrative assistant with The University of Southern Mississippi, died May 15 at her home in Rawls Springs. She was 63.