October 26, 2016  

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With the required time period expired for filing new petitions to the United States Supreme Court, the Mississippi Supreme Court’s favorable ruling toward The University of Southern Mississippi in three cases involving former coaches with the women’s soccer program will stand.

Dr. Denis Wiesenburg, Provost at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced that Dr. Daniel Norton will join the University as Associate Provost for International Programs, beginning March 1, 2014. He takes over for Dr. Rafael Sánchez-Alonso, who has served in an interim capacity.

Jerry Holt, a 1983 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s photojournalism program and longtime member of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune photo staff, recently reflected on his coverage of the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa.

Holt was part of a news team the Star-Tribune sent to South Africa to cover the historic event, in which non-whites were allowed for the first time to vote in a presidential election. Mandela, who died Dec. 5, is the icon of the country’s anti-apartheid movement and was imprisoned for 27 years on charges of attempting to overthrow the government.

M.K. Turk, the winningest men’s basketball coach in the history of Southern Miss, passed away Friday morning. He was 71.


Turk spent 20 seasons as the head basketball coach at The University of Southern Mississippi and finished his career as the all-time winningest coach in school history with 301 Golden Eagle victories, one NIT championship, two NCAA appearances and six NIT appearances.

Eric Duckworth’s love for the New Orleans Saints did not prevent The University of Southern Mississippi business student from serving an internship with the NFL team’s division rival.


Duckworth, a senior business management major, spent the first quarter of this year working as an unpaid intern with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization in Tampa, Fla. He considers the unique experience “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I was very blessed to receive.”

Norbert Putnam, a bassist-producer who has had one of the most extraordinary careers in the history of popular music, has joined the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism as a distinguished lecturer in the school’s recording industry program.

A University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology graduate student is soliciting participants for her research on the impacts of autism.

Elizabeth Fair, a doctoral student in clinical psychology from Mobile, Ala., is examining processing styles in children and adolescents with autism, including how they process information and how that relates to various behaviors and symptoms of autism.

For students seeking help in navigating the mountainous paperwork associated with healthcare career planning, The University of Southern Mississippi offers an answer.


The Healthcare Preprofessional Office, which advises more than 500 Southern Miss students in health care preprofessional fields, is now led by Dr. Jeffrey Evans, a former Southern Miss faculty member. 

A gift to the USM Foundation from Bernard Green, utilizing the Allstate Insurance Agency’s matching gift program, will endow two new scholarships and honor his late father.

A new accessible playground for both disabled and able-bodied children and adults is now available to the community at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The playground, developed by the university’s Technology Learning Center (TLC), was dedicated Dec. 4 after a donation of $21,000 was made by the Lions Clubs International Foundation to purchase equipment for the facility.

The University of Southern Mississippi will hold two commencement ceremonies at Reed Green Coliseum on its Hattiesburg campus Friday, Dec. 13. Approximately 1,100 students are candidates for degrees this fall.

State Supreme Court Justice James W. Kitchens will speak to graduates at the 10 a.m. commencement, which will be followed by the 2:30 p.m. ceremony featuring a keynote address by State Supreme Court Justice Randy G. Pierce. Both are Southern Miss graduates.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP), an outreach initiative by The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education, kicked off its seventh annual program series last month with the high school symposium “Getting Connected.”

The Trent Lott National Center at The University of Southern Mississippi, in partnership with the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State University, will host an inaugural workshop titled, “Basic Community Economic Development: Practical Tools for Elected Officials” on Wednesday, Dec. 11 on the Hattiesburg campus.

With commencement quickly approaching at The University of Southern Mississippi, two students, Tracy and Amanda McKay, have a unique story about their experience together at the university. The two are mother and daughter, respectively, working on a degree in tourism management and will graduate together Dec. 13.

In celebrating the centennial of the R.W. Webb Elementary School in Bay St. Louis, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is teaming up with the landmark’s owners to record oral history interviews from everyone who has a memory to share about the building.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will broadcast the National Theatre of Great Britain's 50th anniversary event on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The showing will be held in Tatum Theatre.

The Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its Studio 115 Dance Concert Dec. 5-7 at 7:30 p.m., with an additional performance Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held in the Theatre and Dance Building, Studio 115. Admission is $5, check or cash only.


Through his relationship with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Technology Learning Center (TLC) and a grant provided by the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Chadric Seaman has developed into the fully competitive athlete he never thought was possible.

University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage interviews with Gulf Coast marine harvesters affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil (DWH) Spill are included in an initiative supported with funding by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The 20th annual United Way Mega Garage Sale will be hosted by the Association of Office Professionals and Recreational Sports and Delta Tau Delta fraternity on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the Southern Miss Payne Center.

Discussing the topic “To Serve and How to Serve?” Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, served as the panel chair and presenter at the Biennial Meeting of the Inter-University Seminar (IUS) on Armed Forces and Society in Chicago.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute provided technical assistance to four Mississippi-based manufacturing companies yielding $3.6M in direct financial impact and resulting in the creation of 22 new jobs in Mississippi, according to data compiled by InnovateMEP Mississippi during survey period Quarter 3 2012 – Quarter 2 2013.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) Marine Education Center announces the addition of Angler Camp to its summer offerings for 2014. Angler Camp is for children ages 10 to 18.


The Mississippi Hearing-Vision Project (MH-VP), formerly known as the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project (MSDB), was recently funded for an additional five years by the U. S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. The project is based in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.