October 22, 2016  

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Dr. David Butler, associate professor in the International Development Doctoral Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, will begin a study on health changes following disasters using a $1.3 million grant. It is the largest grant ever received in the university’s College of Arts and Letters.

Ann Branton, professor and grants administrator, retired after 22 years with the University of Southern Mississippi at the end of June. Branton also served as head of cataloging and bibliographic services for University Libraries.

Mississippi’s young people, including those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, should be afforded the opportunity for competitive, meaningful employment and productive lives as citizens of this state. To that end, the Mississippi Partnerships for Employment project will hold regional awareness sessions across the state to provide information on Employment First.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health hosted the 3rd Annual Mississippi Health Summit on June 26 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Approximately 180 healthcare professionals attended sessions to discuss issues and exchange ideas.

Caleb Faulkner, an incoming freshman chemistry and biochemistry major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Project SEED program. This is the first SEED scholarship awarded to a Southern Miss student.

Dr. Heidi Lyn, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, co-authored a paper recently published by the journal Frontiers in Psychology showing the comparison of communication by baby apes and humans, which implicates the theory of how language evolved in humans.

Hannah Roberts, a University of Southern Mississippi sophomore from Mount Olive, Miss. performs on the violin Tuesday, June 25 during her trunk show in advance of her competition in the Miss Mississippi Pageant, set for July 10-13 in Vicksburg. Roberts, a Goldwater Scholar and student in the university's prestigious Honors College, qualified to compete in the event by winning the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant in October 2012. (Southern Miss photo by Kelly Dunn)

Minority businesses will have a unique opportunity to access one-on-one networking when The University of Southern Mississippi sponsors a Minority Business Expo on Tuesday, July 9 at the Thad Cochran Center.


An online fundraiser to assist those impacted by the tornado that devastated Moore, Okla. in May is being promoted by the Greek Life community at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Southern Quintet, composed of students from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, has been accepted to attend the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival. The event will be held at The Julliard School in New York City July 28 - August 8.

Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently presented at the 8th World Conference of Science Journalists. The conference is being held June 24-28 in Helsinki, Finland.

Celebrating a legacy of social work was the focus of the Third Annual Betty Spencer Memorial Social Work Luncheon where The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work was presented a $5,000 gift to increase the total endowment of the Betty Spencer Memorial Scholarship which has a corpus of more than $20,000.

Dylan Harris, a 2012 University of Southern Mississippi graduate, has received a prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship award that will be used in his post-graduate studies.

Maya Tureaud, 14, of Convent, La. participated in the Leadership Studies Program at The University of Southern Mississippi June 16-21 on the Hattiesburg campus. The program is presented by the university’s Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies.

Never one to shy away from the Southern Miss spotlight, Dr. Dave Davies, dean of the Honors College, performed his rendition of the “Gangnam Style” dance on Friday, June 21 in support of the University’s annual faculty/staff giving campaign.

Sets are finished, polished and waiting for their spotlight. Lines, cues and expressions are etched in the minds of the actors. Costumes have been stitched, embellished and pressed.

It’s showtime for the 38th consecutive season of Southern Arena Theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. This year, the wonderfully talented summer theatre company will present The 39 Steps, an adaptation byPatrick Barlow andArcadia, a play written by Tom Stoppard.

The Department of Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast congratulates the first two graduates of the department’s fully online casino management certificate program.

University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Rodney Bennett announced today that Jeff Hammond's contract as athletic director would not be renewed beyond its expiration date of June 30.

The University of Southern Mississippi Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) recently presented awards to both a Southern Miss Gulf Coast faculty member and student for their outstanding commitment to community and the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities into campus life.

The Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS), recently funded by the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, will hold its first Industry Advisory Board meeting June 21- 22 at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Cedar Point teaching site.

In response to the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, this year’s National Forum – “Maintaining Safety and Security at Open Access Sporting Events: Different Challenges, Same Principles,” will provide national conference attendees with a set of protective measures that will help establish secure environments at events with open access areas.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) viewers may have seen a series of new promotional videos featured on the television station, one of which highlights University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast social work instructor Karen Aderer and her use of PBS in the classroom.

Over the past year, the Mississippi Polymer Institute has worked to achieve accreditation through the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) by transforming its laboratories into ISO/IEC 17025 compliant spaces.

The University of Southern Mississippi is moving into the second phase of a comprehensive landscaping plan to restore the southern edge of its Hattiesburg campus that suffered extensive damage from a Feb. 10 tornado.


The initial phase of the $3 million project – which included planting of five mature live oak trees, grass sodding and major irrigation work – wrapped up earlier this month.