September 29, 2016  

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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).

The Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus hosted its third annual awards ceremony Friday, April 29 on the University’s campus in Long Beach. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Artist Guild will host its annual spring Pottery and Art Sale on the Hattiesburg campus in the 3D Arts Building, located at 2905 West 4th St. between Century Park North and the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office. The sale will begin Friday, May 6 from noon - 6 p.m. and continue Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 from noon - 6 p.m. 

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Wilton Jackson has joined the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) board of directors as the national student representative.

With National Small Business Week (May 1-7) well underway, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center is encouraging would-be entrepreneurs to take advantage of the services provided by the center.

Continuing its mission to educate both practicing and up-and-coming professionals in the public relations industry, the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) recently awarded a $500 scholarship to a University of Southern Mississippi student.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus held its annual Awards Day Ceremony April 26 in the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The event recognized students, faculty and staff for their outstanding scholastic performance and service to the University.
 

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Casey Malone Maugh Funderburk as Associate Provost for the Gulf Park Campus, effective May 10.  Maugh Funderburk’s appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the completion of its newly constructed Gulf Park campus gateway entrance for the state’s only beachfront campus during a special ceremony held today (Friday, April 29) in Long Beach.

 

Many from the University and neighboring communities gathered to hear Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett, Vice President for the Gulf Park Campus Steve Miller, Long Beach Mayor Billy Skellie and Gulf Park Student Government Association President McKenzie Irish speak on how the gateway entrance serves as another advancement to the Gulf Park campus.

University of Southern Mississippi undergraduate students Nathaniel Prine and Ryan Campbell have been recognized for their research efforts as Honorable Mentions for the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Dr. Lisa Nored, professor and director of the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Criminal Justice, was recently honored by the Mississippi College School of Law with its Lawyer of the Year award at the school’s annual alumni dinner.  

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing faculty and students are making a positive difference in the Hattiesburg community by volunteering at The Fellowship Health Clinic. In their most recent efforts, Dr. Elizabeth Tinnon and USM College of Nursing students were able to assist the clinic in the triage of patients and by working in the lab.

Jeffrey George, a two-term University of Southern Mississippi Student Government Association President, and Hannah Roberts, the Miss America runner-up in 2015, will give the university's spring commencement addresses May 13 and 14, respectively.

A longtime dream has become a tingling reality for University of Southern Mississippi senior Jansen Owen, who will enter the Tulane University Law School in August.