February 6, 2016  

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The community is invited to attend the Mississippi Partnerships for Employment (MSPE) Awareness Session on Tuesday, July 16, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi Technology Learning Center on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Dr. Casey Maugh, assistant professor of communication studies at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, recently had her book chapter “Blogging for Peace: Realistic job preview strategies from the 21st century Peace Corps volunteer” published in Volunteering and Communication: Studies from Multiple Contexts.

One definition of the word amazing is “surprisingly great.” That is a perfect way to describe Racheal Barnes . . . surprisingly great. 

 

On May 27, Barnes walked away with a title befitting that description when she was named Miss Amazing for the State of Mississippi at the Petal Community Center. She won the Miss category that recognizes young adults ages 24 – 27.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) held its installation of officers for 2013-2014 during a ceremony/luncheon July 9 at the R.C. Cook University Union Hall of Honors.

Approximately 40 vendors participated in the Minority Business Expo Tuesday, July 9 on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, part of an initiative of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning known as the Mississippi Public University Minority Economic Opportunity Initiative.

Three University of Southern Mississippi international business students have been recognized by the French American Chamber of Commerce-Gulf Coast Chapter (FACC) for their efforts in producing a critical economic development report and for developing directories and promotional materials for the organization.

The comments heard around midnight could have come from any of the campers assembled last month as part of the Inclusive Indoor Camping Trip held on the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast has opened the Gulf Coast Center for Child Development in Pass Christian to serve as a state-of-the-art learning facility and child care program for children age eight weeks through five years.

A workshop held June 28 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus provided teachers of students with special needs information about the latest technology they can use to advance learning in their classrooms.

Dr. David Butler, associate professor in the International Development Doctoral Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, will begin a study on health changes following disasters using a $1.3 million grant. It is the largest grant ever received in the university’s College of Arts and Letters.

Ann Branton, professor and grants administrator, retired after 22 years with the University of Southern Mississippi at the end of June. Branton also served as head of cataloging and bibliographic services for University Libraries.

Mississippi’s young people, including those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, should be afforded the opportunity for competitive, meaningful employment and productive lives as citizens of this state. To that end, the Mississippi Partnerships for Employment project will hold regional awareness sessions across the state to provide information on Employment First.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health hosted the 3rd Annual Mississippi Health Summit on June 26 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Approximately 180 healthcare professionals attended sessions to discuss issues and exchange ideas.

Caleb Faulkner, an incoming freshman chemistry and biochemistry major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Project SEED program. This is the first SEED scholarship awarded to a Southern Miss student.

Dr. Heidi Lyn, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, co-authored a paper recently published by the journal Frontiers in Psychology showing the comparison of communication by baby apes and humans, which implicates the theory of how language evolved in humans.

Hannah Roberts, a University of Southern Mississippi sophomore from Mount Olive, Miss. performs on the violin Tuesday, June 25 during her trunk show in advance of her competition in the Miss Mississippi Pageant, set for July 10-13 in Vicksburg. Roberts, a Goldwater Scholar and student in the university's prestigious Honors College, qualified to compete in the event by winning the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant in October 2012. (Southern Miss photo by Kelly Dunn)

Minority businesses will have a unique opportunity to access one-on-one networking when The University of Southern Mississippi sponsors a Minority Business Expo on Tuesday, July 9 at the Thad Cochran Center.

 

An online fundraiser to assist those impacted by the tornado that devastated Moore, Okla. in May is being promoted by the Greek Life community at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Southern Quintet, composed of students from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, has been accepted to attend the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival. The event will be held at The Julliard School in New York City July 28 - August 8.

Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently presented at the 8th World Conference of Science Journalists. The conference is being held June 24-28 in Helsinki, Finland.

Celebrating a legacy of social work was the focus of the Third Annual Betty Spencer Memorial Social Work Luncheon where The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work was presented a $5,000 gift to increase the total endowment of the Betty Spencer Memorial Scholarship which has a corpus of more than $20,000.

Dylan Harris, a 2012 University of Southern Mississippi graduate, has received a prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship award that will be used in his post-graduate studies.

Maya Tureaud, 14, of Convent, La. participated in the Leadership Studies Program at The University of Southern Mississippi June 16-21 on the Hattiesburg campus. The program is presented by the university’s Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies.

Never one to shy away from the Southern Miss spotlight, Dr. Dave Davies, dean of the Honors College, performed his rendition of the “Gangnam Style” dance on Friday, June 21 in support of the University’s annual faculty/staff giving campaign.