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Jeffrey George has something significant in common with the University of Southern Mississippi’s spring 2016 graduates – he’s one of them. George, a senior political science major from Covington, La. served as commencement speaker for USM’s commencement exercises May 13 at Reed Green Coliseum on its Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi Police Capt. Lisa Carter has been recognized by The Hattiesburg Hundred as part of the group’s inaugural push to honor area law enforcement officers and first responders.

Thanks to the creative genius of Cody Bass, a graphic design student at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Hattiesburg Fire Department (HFD) now has a fresh, new logo. Bass, along with a number of Art and Design students are part of the student-run graphic design agency at Southern Miss known as Rise Creative.

Each year, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters recognizes excellence in service, teaching and research. This year’s winners were honored for their dedication to the college and university at a ceremony recently held on the Hattiesburg campus in the Thad Cochran Center.

For most parents, seeing their child graduate college and earn their doctorate is a milestone to be proud of, but it is more of a spectator sport. However, to be a part of that momentous occasion is an entirely different experience, and for Alli Tharp and her mother, Colleen Mestayer, a reality.

University of Southern Mississippi student and Gulfport native Jamie Henton has faced many obstacles throughout her college career, but letting those obstacles hinder her from furthering her education has never been an option.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters recently held an awards ceremony at which a number of students were recognized for academic achievements.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) concluded its series of educational high school events and competitions on Tuesday, May 10, by hosting its 9th annual SEP State Business Plan Competition on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

Andre Heath, assistant to the dean for strategic initiatives for the College of Science and Technology, has been recognized as The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Student Activities’ Student Organization Advisor of the Year.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, June 18, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Andrew Jackson Conference Room on the first floor of the Warren Hood Building at 200 South President Street in Jackson.

University of Southern Mississippi undergraduates Jeremy Kirksey of Semmes, Ala. and Grant Tingstrom of Bay St. Louis, Miss. are joining the U.S. Navy after graduation. Both are students in the College of Science and Technology (COST).

During the annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference, a National Forum titled “What is the Effect of the Paris Incident on Sport Safety and Security?” will provide conference attendees with an extensive review of the Paris attacks that occurred Nov. 13, 2015. The National Forum will be held on the last day of the conference, July 14, from 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Teaching, research and service by members of The University of Southern Mississippi faculty was honored and supported with various awards and grants May 6 during the annual Faculty Awards Day at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The event was sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the USM Faculty Senate.
 

All one needs to know about the passion and integrity of longtime business Professor Dr. William C. “Bill” Smith can be gleaned from his own career summation.

 

“I have never had a single day when I regretted coming to work. This is the best job on the planet,” said Smith, who plans to retire on June 30 after 37 years as a professor and administrator at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Center for Undergraduate Research recently announced its selections for the fall 2016 class of the Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR), following an evaluation of submitted research proposals.
 

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi was re-accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education and Journalism in Mass Communications (ACEJMC) at the council’s meeting in Chicago May 6.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online master’s degree program in nutrition and food systems has been ranked among the best programs in the nation by Affordable Colleges Online.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale plans to take its audience to another dimension in two concerts of “Fly Me to the Moon” May 13 and 15, at two locations along the coast.

University Research Center (URC) is hosting its first “Advancing Mississippi: Research for a Better Mississippi for More Mississippians” Conference on Thursday, June 9th in Jackson. Researchers from across the state will present papers that address the systemic challenges that Mississippi faces.

Shelby Reeder, a graduate student at The University of Southern Mississippi and graduate assistant at the DuBard School for Language Disorders, was recently awarded the Aylett Royall Cox Memorial Scholarship CALP (Certified Academic Language Practitioner) award from the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). Reeder is the first student from Southern Miss to receive the award.

The University of Southern Mississippi has selected Dr. Cyndi Huff Gaudet to represent the University as Grand Marshal during the 2016 Spring Commencement ceremonies for the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses, May 13 and 14.

Fans of the music of composer John Williams, producer of scores for such hit movies as “Star Wars” and “Superman” are in for a treat when the Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestras presents his work Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi Mannoni Performing Arts Center.

As part of an ongoing commitment to student success, The University of Southern Mississippi has realigned key service programs under one broad umbrella to create a comprehensive retention initiative for students from the time they enroll until graduation.

 

The changes include moving the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) under the Office of New Student and Retention Programs (NSRP), which was established last August to increase retention and graduation rates for new and continuing students. The popular Think Center – designed to help students build solution-oriented thinking skills – has also moved under NSRP.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) is an organization at The University of Southern Mississippi that inspires women to study and build careers using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).