February 13, 2016  

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To improve the standardization of sports safety and security training and background screening for traffic/parking attendants, gate security, ticket takers, ushers, guest services representatives, cleaning attendants, concession staff and retail associates, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi now offers a Certified Sport Venue Staff (CSVS) Certification.

In order to facilitate a smooth transition for new and returning students at The University of Southern Mississippi, the University Police Department will be blocking lots, closing streets, and directing traffic on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16-17. Hattiesburg motorists should be aware of congestion on West Fourth Street as residents return to Century Park.

The Katrina Research Center (KRC) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has been awarded a grant to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington. Through the grant, the KRC will provide scholarly presentations and exhibit four documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

University of Southern Mississippi officials are pleased with efforts to rebound from an EF-4 tornado that damaged buildings and landscaping on its Hattiesburg campus six months ago.

 

The storm roared through the Pine Belt Feb. 10 and struck the south side and main entrance of the university. Approximately 75 trees were destroyed and the front of the historic Ogletree House was severely damaged, along with some of the university’s fine arts facilities.

The completion of five major building projects on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach signifies the return of the beachfront campus since damage sustained from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

 

“We are delighted to announce that we have fully returned to the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus following the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina,” said Dr. Frances Lucas, Southern Miss Gulf Coast vice president and campus executive officer. “We worked hard to restore the original beauty of this campus, and update the classrooms for more stimulating student engagement."

The University of Southern Mississippi will host a State Employee Day as part of the weekly Farmers Market event from 3-6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will exhibit the work of local wood turner, Breck Whitworth, throughout August and September.   

Dr. Tulio Sulbaran, director of the Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation at The University of Southern Mississippi, served as one of the key presenters during the Naval Air Systems Command's International Transportation Compliance and Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) meeting held July 30-31 at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Lauren Bartlett, of Long Beach, Miss., has been awarded a $1,000 Chapter Scholarship from the Gulf Coast Human Resource Association.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost Dr. Denis Wiesenburg has announced that Dr. Patricia Biesiot, associate dean in the College of Science and Technology, will serve as interim dean during the college’s period of transition.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) will host a program Wednesday, Sept. 11 to recognize and promote charitable services and other community outreach efforts that honor the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

According to U.S. News and World Report, The University of Southern Mississippi has the 134th best English doctoral program in the nation. The rankings are determined by peer assessments, and this milestone represents the national reputation of Southern Miss English faculty and students and their extraordinary productivity.

In the corner of an Alaskan high school classroom hangs a bulletin board adorned with enough University of Southern Mississippi references to make any alumnus black and gold with envy.

 

The school is North Pole High -- and the teacher is Sherri Young, a 1984 Southern Miss graduate and mother of three students currently enrolled at the university. Katie Young, 22, is a senior English licensure major; Emma, 20, is a junior advertising major and Matthew, 19, is an incoming freshman who plans to major in history.

People of all ages took part in The University of Southern Mississippi Technology Learning Center’s (TLC) 2013 Gulf Coast Tennis and Softball Clinic this summer on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The free sports clinic catered to 45 participants with various physical disabilities.

Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour, professor of International Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, authored the recently published book, “The Fundamentals of Money and Financial Systems.”

A major landscape project currently underway on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will be accentuated by the presence of a towering golden eagle statue commissioned and donated by alumnus Chuck Scianna.

 

The bronze statue, designed by Idaho artist/sculptor David Anderson, will be positioned at the apex of the All-American Rose Garden that faces Hardy Street. The sculpture measures approximately 22-foot tall by 20-foot wide and will sit atop an 8-foot high pyramid-shaped base. A smaller version of the sculpture will be erected on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, symbolically tying the campuses together.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host fall semester 2013 registration from 2 – 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 and Wednesday, Aug. 14 in the Fleming Education Center at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Last year the Mississippi Polymer Institute partnered with NASA to develop a new tool for evaluating cleaning solutions/solvents that are more environmentally friendly than the ones currently used on NASA’s rocket engine parts. 

 

Students who want to attend The University of Southern Mississippi and study to become a teacher can get help meeting that goal through a new program established by the State Legislature.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Aug. 10, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

With technology evolving at warp speed, staying abreast of current trends is crucial to the professionals who work in related fields. Especially those involved with higher education.

In response to the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, this year’s National Forum, “Maintaining Safety and Security at Open Access Sporting Events: Different Challenges, Same Principles,” provided attendees with a set of protective measures to establish more secure environments at events with open access areas.

A memorial service for Dr. Gerry Cadenhead Fletcher will be held on Wednesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Dr. Fletcher, former dean of the College of Nursing and dedicated supporter of Southern Miss athletics, died Monday, July 22 at Forrest General Hospital. She was 73.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recently announced the selection of officers for its 2013-2014 Executive Committee. The committee’s membership includes alumni who are accomplished leaders in their communities who demonstrate strong commitment to the betterment of the university.