November 21, 2017  

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Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, community education director at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), has been elected to the board of directors for the Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA).    

Dr. Courtney Turner, educational audiologist at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently selected for the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 2017 Leadership Development Program.

The University of Southern Mississippi Chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) was recognized with the Rachel Maynard Communication Award at the National Association of Educational Office Professionals for its newsletter, The Voice. The award was presented recently at the NAEOP’s annual conference and institute in Greenville, S.C.

Angelina Gilfeather, a student in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) master’s program, was recently awarded the Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources (PBMHR) Scholarship.

The University of Southern Mississippi Chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) held its officer installation ceremony July 7 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) has been awarded five years of continued federal funding through the Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the Administration from Community Living (ACL).

A research paper regarding the effects of alcohol-related cues on racial discrimination co-authored by Dr. Elena Stepanova, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been accepted for publication by the European Journal of Social Psychology: Stepanova, E. V., Bartholow, B. D., Saults, J. S., and Friedman, R. S. (2017) Effects of Exposure to Alcohol-related Cues on Racial Discrimination. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2325

University of Southern Mississippi alums Bradley Floore and Stephen Broome received the Gold and Silver honors respectively at the annual convention of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) last month. 

The TRIAD program at The University of Southern Mississippi is one of 11 AmeriCorps Mississippi programs to receive funds from $3.12 million dollars in funding provided by the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (Volunteer Mississippi) through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs. 

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded a $1.2 million grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration that will be used to provide specialized training for students in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) programs.

University of Southern Mississippi Senior Research Scientist Jim Franks was recently presented a $5,000 donation from Release Marine, Inc. to help further the pelagic fish research being done in the University’s School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST). The donation was made last month at the 2017 Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic fishing rodeo.

Saxophonists and music enthusiasts from across the country will gather in Hattiesburg as the acclaimed Mana Quartet will be in residence at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music July 9 – 15. The quartet will present workshops, master classes and a series of evening performances that are open to the public.

Dr. Maureen K. Martin leaves behind a 41-year legacy at The University of Southern Mississippi’s DuBard School for Language Disorders upon her retirement as the school’s director.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) strives to expand its health efforts with the launch of “Nutrition is for Everyone,” a one-year regional project designed to provide nutrition education to people with disabilities, their families, and the community.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics and local alumni chapters, has announced the dates for its annual summer parties in Jackson, Biloxi and Hattiesburg. All Southern Miss fans are invited to attend these events, and enjoy time with Southern Miss coaches, administrators, athletes, cheerleaders and Seymour.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology has been approved as a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Educational Recognition Program.

Margaret McMullan, a Mississippi native and author of seven award-winning novels, will present “Mississippi as Landscape” Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The Library of Hattiesburg. This event is presented by University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi as part of a year-long series of lectures and events celebrating Mississippi’s bicentennial.

Russ Simons, Chief Listening Officer/Managing Partner at Venue Solutions Group, will be presented with the Distinguished Leadership Award during the 2017 National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition on July 11-13 in Orlando, Fla. The event is presented annually by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) has been presented with the Above and Beyond Award by the Mississippi Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office.

Local residents are invited to participate in another Wag n’ Walk fitness event slated for Saturday, July 8, on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach. 

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett has been named chair of the Conference USA Board of Directors. Bennett, who will serve a two-year term as chair, was elected by his peers from among the league’s university presidents at the June board meeting.

Brandon Bergeron, a junior at University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP). He is the grandson of William and Rannah Rushing of Tylertown, Miss.     

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in July.

A former University of Southern Mississippi track star has hit the ground running in a new role with her alma mater.

Paige Jones, a 2014 USM graduate, recently joined Southern Miss Career Services as its job location and development coordinator. Her responsibilities include helping students find off-campus part-time jobs, assisting with resumes/cover letters, budget management and planning part-time jobs fairs, among other duties.