November 30, 2015  

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Research Awards Day program and presentations will be held tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 9 in Ballroom I of the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Research Posters will be displayed in Ballroom II. The university community is invited to come and hear about the work of some of our most accomplished scientists, scholars, and artists.

The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host The Eagle’s Nest Reading Series Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in room 204 of the Gulf Park campus library.

University of Southern Mississippi students can expand their global IQ, sample delicious international cuisine and learn about the many benefits of participating in the university’s award-winning studying abroad programs during International Education Week, set for Nov. 12 – 16 on the Hattiesburg campus.


University of Southern Mississippi student Colton Reid and his horse Della recently competed and earned a top-10 ranking in the nation’s biggest horse show, the American Quarter Horse Congress.

Souvik Banerjee, doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi was selected to present at the American Chemical Society’s Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium on the campus of University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Two great evenings of jazz are in store for the Pine Belt, courtesy of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a fair housing workshop on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 1 p.m. at the South Delta Regional Housing Authority at 202 Weston Ave. in Leland, Miss.

The Mississippi Technology Alliance will induct a former University of Southern Mississippi president into its Innovators Hall of Fame at its annual awards gala Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Jackson Convention Center.

Dr. Tom McIlwain, a former director of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, died Oct. 31. He was 71. Funeral services for McIlwain are Wednesday, Nov. 7 at First Presbyterian Church in Ocean Springs, located at 921 Ocean Avenue. Visitation will be at 1 p.m., with funeral to follow at 3 p.m.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi became the ideal conduit connecting a client with a manufacturer that resulted in 18 new jobs and $2.5 million in increased sales.

Renowned environmental scientist Dr. Margaret Lowman will be the featured speaker at The University of Southern Mississippi’s next Honors Forum Series, set for 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom on the Hattiesburg campus.

Local author Terry I. Miles will hold a book signing at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus library from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Miles, a Southern Miss alumni, has written 12 books in the Cozy Little Murder Mystery series. She will discuss and sign her new book, “It’s Murder… Between the Sheets.”

Copies of Miles’ book will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 228.214.3450.

University of Southern Mississippi Professor Amal Mitra is a particularly proud father these days after watching his daughter, Paromita Mitra, capture the Miss Mississippi USA crown on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Harrah’s Event Center in Tunica, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received a favorable ruling from the Mississippi Supreme Court in three cases involving former coaches with the women’s soccer program.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters is mourning the passing of Dr. Karen Austin, Professor Emerita of Spanish, who died Oct. 31. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Retired businessman Spencer Adams and budding entrepreneur Jared Loftus were honored as Alumni of the Year by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business during a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 2 at Southern Oaks in Hattiesburg.


Adams, former president and CEO of Pickett & Adams Insurance, received the Boardman Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award. Loftus, president and CEO of online apparel store College District, was presented the Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year Award.

The WUSM Tailgate Concert Series at The University of Southern Mississippi continues on Saturday, Nov. 3 with a performance on campus by The Mount Rushmores.

The Golden Eagles Intertribal Society (GEIS) has joined forces with other groups at The University of Southern Mississippi for a series of events to celebrate Human Rights Week -- Nov. 12-16 -- at the Hattiesburg campus.

The Provost’s Office is asking Southern Miss students and faculty to assist in the Fall 2012 Textbook Survey that is now available on SOAR. Faculty and students will find separate surveys, which must be completed before midnight on Friday, Nov. 16 to be included in the final results.

A new book for Christmas can not only bring delight to a child at the holidays, but inspire a love for reading that can result in a life filled with joy and achievement.


That’s the outcome organizers of this year’s second annual “Give a Child a New Book Day” hope for as they announced on Thursday, Nov. 1 the drive for new books for children in need ages infant to 12 at Cook Library on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work will sponsor its Fall Colloquium -- “New Directions in Trauma Treatment: Implications for Social Work Policy and Practice” on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Thomas Payne, associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice -- Southern Miss Gulf Coast, recently assisted the Houston Police Department with its ongoing Eyewitness Identification research project.

Payne spent several hours in Houston helping officers collect baseline data for the project. In a letter of appreciation, Houston Robbery Division Capt. M.S. Holloway noted that Payne's contributions "were invaluable."

It is no secret that young people thrive on sports, music and food. Thus, the University of Southern Mississippi campus provided the perfect atmosphere for a group of Oak Grove High students and AmeriCorps volunteers participating in National Disability Mentoring Day festivities.

Children from the local area visited The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Friday, Oct. 26 to participate in a variety of Halloween activities hosted by the student chapter of Roots N’ Shoots chapter and the Department of Biological Sciences, as well as the Southern Miss Activities Council. (University Communications photos by Chloe Rouse)