May 26, 2017  

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A veteran Gulf Coast law enforcement officer has been chosen to lead the police department at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Ben Dedwylder, who was the assistant superintendent of security at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, was promoted last week to lieutenant and head of the Gulf Coast division of University Police. He will manage operations at Gulf Park, Point Cadet and Cedar Point.

The annual Golden Eagle Powwow at The University of Southern Mississippi will include School Day April 17 on the Hattiesburg campus.  The powwow’s activities focus on the history and lifeways of Southeastern American Indians, with guided opportunities for real-world applications of math, science, social studies and language arts.

The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate Earth Week 2014 with a full schedule of activities set for April 21-25 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Chief among those will be a ceremony to announce a Tree Campus USA designation by the Arbor Foundation. A special ceremony will be held on Earth Day -- Tuesday, April 22 -- at 8 a.m. on the brick pathway of West Memorial Plaza, just south of Forrest County Hall.

The University of Southern Mississippi's institutional repository, The Aquila Digital Community, commemorated a significant milestone on March 20 as the site logged its 100,000th full text download. Aquila, which collects and preserves the research and scholarship of Southern Miss faculty and students, launched in January 2012 and has grown rapidly in the past two years.

The Clothesline Project, a national violence awareness and prevention program, will be held at The University of Southern Mississippi April 21-24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Weathersby Lawn, located between Shoemaker Square and Walker Science Building on the Hattiesburg campus. This free event, held in conjunction with Sexual Assault Crisis Month, is open to the public.

University of Southern Mississippi history professor Kenneth Swope’s latest book details the second to last empire in China, the Ming Dynasty, including its traumatic fall in “The Military Collapse of China’s Ming Dynasty, 1618-1644.”

The Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi will participate in World Book Night April 23 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the U.S. Post Office on South 40th Avenue in Hattiesburg. During the event, faculty and students from the department will distribute free books to the public.

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree poses with seniors in the Medical Laboratory Science program at Southern Miss after proclaiming April 20-26 as National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week in the city.

Approximately 1,000 middle and high school students from across the country will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus May 17 for the prestigious SeaPerch National Challenge underwater robotics competition.

Tyler Brown, a senior polymer science major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been recognized by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) with financial support to attend graduate school.

For Christopher Paul Curtis, writing books for children is no chore.

“I’m one of the luckiest people in the world, doing something I love,” said Curtis, the winner of the Southern Miss Medallion, presented to him at the recent Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach has reached record enrollment in the number of students enrolled to earn their master’s degree. For the spring 2014 semester, a total of 361 graduate students are working to earn one of 11 master’s degrees available to students at the university’s Gulf Park campus.

More than 35 years in higher education, which includes extensive administrative and engineering credentials, made Dr. David T. Hayhurst the clear choice to become the new dean of the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi.


Hayhurst previously served as dean of the College of Engineering at both San Diego State University (2002-2013) and the University of South Alabama (1992-2002). Pending approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning, Hayhurst will begin his new role at Southern Miss on August 15.

Looking for a summer of magic? The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of English and the official Southern Miss Quiddich Team invite will host Camp Quidd-Lit, a one-week summer program on the Hattiesburg Campus.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, along with Dr. D. Jay and Beverly Grimes, will be hosting a free seminar by Dr. Bill Hogarth, director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) Tuesday, April 22 at 5 p.m. at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education. This will be the sixth presentation in the Grimes Distinguished Lecture Series.

The Live Oak Writing Project at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus invites teachers to participate in their annual Invitational Summer Institute to be held June 9 – July 3 at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The Invitational Summer Institute is dedicated to the professional development of teachers at all grade levels in all content areas.

The business portfolio of Joseph F. Best III reads like an instructional manual for entrepreneurial success.


Best, chief executive officer of H&F Bread Company and president of Best Building, LLC, has amassed more than 40 years of comprehensive consulting and senior line management across a wide variety of industries including – retail, distribution, systems development, project management, and the service sector.

The Department of Dance Repertory Dance Company presents Dance for Film April 11 a 7 p.m. and midnight and on April 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Performances will be held in the Woods Theatre in the University of Southern Mississippi's Theatre and Dance Building.  Admission is $5, check or cash on only.

Jennifer Odell, a professional journalist who writes about the New Orleans jazz and brass band scenes and edits pop culture for MSN’s entertainment section, spoke with University of Southern Mississippi students about her experiences with the music and entertainment industries April 8 on the Hattiesburg campus. She was a guest of the university’s School of Mass Communications and Journalism and its distinguished lecturer in music industry, Drew Young.

After The University of Southern Mississippi Technology Learning Center (TLC) Golden Eagles wheelchair basketball team won the Gulf Coast Conference Championship for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA), the group headed to Louisville, Ky. to compete in the 2014 NWBA national championships where they finished the season 17th in the nation among more than 300 other Division III teams.

The Student Government Association will host the annual Golden Eagle Memorial Service Tuesday, April 15 which honors students, faculty and staff who passed away during the 2013-14 academic year. The service begins at 6:30 p.m. in room 218 of the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society recently placed 12th in Combined Sweepstakes (Individual Events and Debate) at the 2014 Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament. The team ranked among 79 colleges/universities competing in the competition held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters and the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) are proud to co-host the 2014 Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity. The symposium will be held April 11 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance Building and April 12 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

The second installment of the four-part seminar series, “Catch More Fish with Science,” will be held Thursday, April 17 at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL).