April 30, 2016  

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The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning announced on Friday, Feb. 1 the selection of Dr.
Rodney D. Bennett as the preferred candidate for the  presidency of The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Bennett has a wealth of experience in higher education and currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs for the University of Georgia in Athens.

Kate Brunelle, a graduate student in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Library and Information Science, is the recipient of a prestigious internship from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5 The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts & Letters and Honors Forum will bring New Orleans jazz and culture to Hattiesburg as they host Doreen Ketchens, a musical legend from the French Quarter. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom 1 and admission is free.

The Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced that Phillip Phillips and Elle Varner will be the featured artists for the 10th Annual Eaglepalooza event, set for April 5 in downtown Hattiesburg.

Donate Life Mississippi honored The University of Southern Mississippi, its fans, alumni and students with a special presentation as winners of the inaugural Donor Challenge for 2012.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Film Department will present a free screening and filmmakers’ discussion of the film, “Girl Model,” Friday, Feb. 22 at 6:45 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Thanks in part to a donation of approximately $10,000 worth of equipment from the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) Marine Education Center (MEC), Bel-Aire Elementary School in Gulfport is opening the only elementary science laboratory of its kind in the Harrison County School District.

When the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill disaster occurred along the Gulf Coast two years ago, ecologists at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg wanted to dig deep to study the impacts.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries will host a book presentation with Joyce Shaw, coauthor of “Images of America – Ocean Springs,” on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 3 – 5 p.m. in Room 204 of the Gulf Park campus Library in Long Beach.

One of the most respected sportscasters in the profession will be the guest presenter for The University of Southern Mississippi’s prestigious annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture on the Hattiesburg campus, part of Black History Month events at the school.

University of Southern Mississippi marketing seniors Chelsea Thomas and Mikel Mangipano were part of a team that captured first place honors in the 2nd Annual Startup Weekend competition held Jan. 18-20 in Jackson, Miss.

A joint team effort by pianist Elizabeth Moak, University of Southern Mississippi School of Music Director Michael Miles and FestivalSouth’s Jay Dean is bringing high quality piano performances to Hattiesburg.

 

Jamie Powell, an alumnus of the Southern Miss School of Human Performance and Recreation, has achieved great success on and off the softball field since his days as an outstanding academic at the University.

Powell is a Marion County native and graduated cum laude in 2005 with a dual degree in coaching administration and school health licensure. Powell was also awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Dual Major Scholar Award from his department while at Southern Miss.

The “Greatest Show on Dirt” is coming to Hattiesburg as the Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi hosts the 28th Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo Feb. 15-16 at the Forrest County Multipurpose Center.

The new year brought a new tenant to The Accelerator at The University of Southern Mississippi as pharmaceutical distributor South Point Distributors LLC moved into the University’s technology park earlier this month.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, was recently interviewed by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) for a future episode of its “Natural World” series. The show airs on the Animal Planet channel.

 

The interview focused on Kuczaj’s behavioral and cognitive research on walruses, which has been ongoing for the last five years at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif.

University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff are invited to Hattiesburg’s second annual Caerus Mardi Gras Parade Thursday, Jan. 31 beginning at 7 p.m. Last year’s parade proved to be a big success and organizers anticipate even more fun for this year’s event.

The Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted a group of students from St. Norbert College in Green Bay, Wisconsin as part of a service outreach program.

The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the first Eagles Nest Poetry Reading of the spring semester Monday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 of the Gulf Park campus library in Long Beach.

Indications are that the country’s extensive influenza outbreak has peaked, but members of The University of Southern Mississippi community are being warned to keep their guards up.

Visitors, students and employees should note that the demolition of Bond and Vann Halls, located on the north side of The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus, is proceeding as scheduled.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Feb. 9, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs will host an evening with award-winning nature photographer Tom Ulrich at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in GCRL’s Caylor Auditorium.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council at the University of Southern Mississippi honored an annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with service to the Hattiesburg community on Monday, Jan. 21.