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March 2, 2017

Sarah Myers, M.S., CCC-SLP, assistant director for The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi was recently selected for the Area Development Partnership’s 2017 Leadership Pinebelt class.

Sarah Myers, M.S., CCC-SLP, assistant director for The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi was recently selected for the Area Development Partnership’s 2017 Leadership Pinebelt class.

Leadership Pinebelt was established in 1989 to train emerging and existing leaders in the Greater Hattiesburg Area. It is comprised of a diverse network of leaders and community volunteers who are committed to shaping our community both economically and socially while building and shaping their own networks.

March 1, 2017

Piggybacking on the success of the inaugural Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Faculty Development Institute last fall, The University of Southern Mississippi has launched a two-pronged approach for the Spring 2017 semester.

Piggybacking on the success of the inaugural Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Faculty Development Institute last fall, The University of Southern Mississippi has launched a two-pronged approach for the Spring 2017 semester.

January 12, 2017

Dr. Monica Tisack-Kathmann has been named Director of the Mississippi Polymer Institute, the industrial outreach service of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

Dr. Monica Tisack-Kathmann has been named Director of the Mississippi Polymer Institute, the industrial outreach service of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

January 9, 2017

Dr. Larry A. Sparkman, director of the Luckyday Citizenship Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected to a second year as President of the Board of Directors for the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA). Sparkman has been a board member for the past four years serving on various national committees.

 

Dr. Larry A. Sparkman, director of the Luckyday Citizenship Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected to a second year as President of the Board of Directors for the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA). Sparkman has been a board member for the past four years serving on various national committees.

January 6, 2017

Dan DeMott has been named the new technology manager of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Technology Development funded through the Department of Defenses (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment National Security Technology Acceleration and Economic Diversification Efforts for the State of Mississippi initiative.

Dan DeMott has been named the new technology manager of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Technology Development funded through the Department of Defenses (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment National Security Technology Acceleration and Economic Diversification Efforts for the State of Mississippi initiative.

DeMott will be transitioning over from his role as Director of Training and Instructional Design at USM’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) where he has been since 2014.

November 30, 2016

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Technology  (SOST) has named Dr. Kelly Lucas director of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center (TMAC).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Technology  (SOST) has named Dr. Kelly Lucas director of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center (TMAC).

November 22, 2016

Dr. Lou Marciani, Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been recognized by the Security Industry Association with the SIA Insightful Practitioner Award.

Dr. Lou Marciani, Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been recognized by the Security Industry Association with the SIA Insightful Practitioner Award.

The award is presented to a security practitioner who demonstrates leadership and excellence in promoting the implementation of innovative security solutions through education, advocacy and teamwork with the industry and other stakeholders.

November 10, 2016

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President for Finance and Administration Dr. Douglas Vinzant has announced the hiring of Krystyna Varnado as Associate Vice President for Human Resources. Varnado will be responsible for all aspects of human resources and serve as the University’s chief human resources officer.

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President for Finance and Administration Dr. Douglas Vinzant has announced the hiring of Krystyna Varnado as Associate Vice President for Human Resources. Varnado will be responsible for all aspects of human resources and serve as the University’s chief human resources officer.

She will begin work on Dec. 1, pending the approval of the Board of Trustees of Mississippi’s State Institutions of Higher Learning.

October 28, 2016

Faculty and students from The University of Southern Mississippi recently attended the 34th annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference in Mobile, Ala.

 

Faculty and students from The University of Southern Mississippi recently attended the 34th annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference in Mobile, Ala.

Sponsored by the Gulf South Historical Association, the Gulf South History and Humanities Conference preserves and promotes the history and cultures of the Gulf South through a friendly exchange of scholarly research before interested public.

This year, researchers and scholars attended the conference to present papers focusing around the theme “The Gulf South in Peace and War.”

October 24, 2016

Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM, Office of Vice President for Research at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be a featured speaker for Mississippi’s first TEDxJacksonWomen Conference set for Thursday, Oct. 27 in downtown Jackson.

Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM, Office of Vice President for Research at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be a featured speaker for Mississippi’s first TEDxJacksonWomen Conference set for Thursday, Oct. 27 in downtown Jackson.

The event will be held at the Old Capitol Inn in conjunction with the TEDxWomen event in San Francisco.   

October 7, 2016

Dr. Marcus Gaut, assistant professor in the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $2,500 grant to help establish a coalition of residents in the Irene Chapel and Palmer’s Crossing areas of Hattiesburg that will assess and address needs of those respective communities.

 

Dr. Marcus Gaut, assistant professor in the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $2,500 grant to help establish a coalition of residents in the Irene Chapel and Palmer’s Crossing areas of Hattiesburg that will assess and address needs of those respective communities.

September 26, 2016

Dr. Ellen Elder and Dr. Elizabeth Moak, piano faculty from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, will travel to Lima, Peru, where they have been invited to perform at the National Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Ellen Elder and Dr. Elizabeth Moak, piano faculty from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, will travel to Lima, Peru, where they have been invited to perform at the National Conservatory of Music.

The accomplished pianists will present solo recitals and master classes during the week of Oct. 17, 2016, and will also participate in a Piano Festival co-organized by the Conservatory and the Patronato Peruano de la Música.

September 15, 2016

As part of a concerted Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Eagles Engaged, The University of Southern Mississippi has selected April Gonzalez as Director of Pathway Experiences after completion of a national search.

As part of a concerted Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Eagles Engaged, The University of Southern Mississippi has selected April Gonzalez as Director of Pathway Experiences after completion of a national search.

Gonzalez brings 16 years of experience to the role, which will focus on connecting more undergraduate students to internships and fieldwork linked to their post-graduation goals.

August 26, 2016

Dr. Suzanne McKee-Waddell’s long history of working with exceptional students makes her the clear-cut choice to serve as interim director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Suzanne McKee-Waddell’s long history of working with exceptional students makes her the clear-cut choice to serve as interim director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi.

During her 30-year career McKee-Waddell has served in numerous educational roles in Mississippi. She has held various facilitator roles in the elementary, middle, and academically gifted classrooms of the state’s educational system, while also teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on the university level.

August 19, 2016

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature some new faces among its faculty when the 2016-17 academic year begins on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature some new faces among its faculty when the 2016-17 academic year begins on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

The five new additions include:

August 4, 2016

The Society for Science & the Public recently announced that ­­­­University of Southern Mississippi Professor Dr. Douglas Masterson has been accepted into the Society’s 2016-2017 Advocate Grant program. Masterson is one of 31 Advocates selected from 240 applications from 45 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam.

The Society for Science & the Public recently announced that ­­­­University of Southern Mississippi Professor Dr. Douglas Masterson has been accepted into the Society’s 2016-2017 Advocate Grant program. Masterson is one of 31 Advocates selected from 240 applications from 45 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam.

July 25, 2016

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President for Finance and Administration Dr. Douglas H. Vinzant has announced the selection of Dr. Latonya Guillory as Director of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity, effective August 8, 2016. The appointment follows a national search.

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President for Finance and Administration Dr. Douglas H. Vinzant has announced the selection of Dr. Latonya Guillory as Director of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity, effective August 8, 2016. The appointment follows a national search.

July 14, 2016

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will have three new department chairs in place when the 2016 fall semester begins – although each is certainly no stranger to the college, or the University.

 

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will have three new department chairs in place when the 2016 fall semester begins – although each is certainly no stranger to the college, or the University.

July 8, 2016

Officials at The University of Southern Mississippi did not have to look far in finding a new executive director for the Moffitt Health Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Dr. Melissa Brown Roberts, who has served as assistant director for the past five years, has been named the University’s health services leader following the retirement of Dr. Virginia Crawford last month. Crawford had served in that capacity since 1989.

Officials at The University of Southern Mississippi did not have to look far in finding a new executive director for the Moffitt Health Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Melissa Brown Roberts, who has served as assistant director for the past five years, has been named the University’s health services leader following the retirement of Dr. Virginia Crawford last month. Crawford had served in that capacity since 1989.

June 27, 2016

The legacy of James “Jim” S. Franks, senior research scientist at The University of Southern Mississippi, was featured Saturday, June 18 as guests gathered at the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi to celebrate the commissioning of the University’s newest research vessel.

The legacy of James “Jim” S. Franks, senior research scientist at The University of Southern Mississippi, was featured Saturday, June 18 as guests gathered at the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi to celebrate the commissioning of the University’s newest research vessel.

Naval flags danced in the breeze along the R/V Jim Franks as Southern Miss faculty, local and state officials, and marine science experts took the stage to honor the newest vessel and its namesake.

June 16, 2016

Dr. Shannon Campbell, Director of the Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi, participated in the U.S. Army War College 62nd Annual National Security Seminar in Carlisle, Pa., June 6-9.

Dr. Shannon Campbell, Director of the Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi, participated in the U.S. Army War College 62nd Annual National Security Seminar in Carlisle, Pa., June 6-9.

June 15, 2016

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Director of University Communications and Gulf Park Campus Communication Officer Jenny Tate was recently elected president of the College of Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM).

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Director of University Communications and Gulf Park Campus Communication Officer Jenny Tate was recently elected president of the College of Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM).

Tate was voted unanimously to serve as the 2016-17 president during the annual CPRAM statewide conference held May 23-24 at the Gulf Hills Hotel and Conference Center in Ocean Springs, Miss.

June 14, 2016

Identifying solutions to some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems was the focus of the “Advancing Mississippi: Research for a Better Mississippi for More Mississippians” Conference held last week in Jackson.

 

Identifying solutions to some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems was the focus of the “Advancing Mississippi: Research for a Better Mississippi for More Mississippians” Conference held last week in Jackson.

University of Southern Mississippi faculty members and students delivered presentations during the conference. Five Southern Miss students earned recognition for their research papers.

May 12, 2016

University of Southern Mississippi Police Capt. Lisa Carter has been recognized by The Hattiesburg Hundred as part of the group’s inaugural push to honor area law enforcement officers and first responders.

University of Southern Mississippi Police Capt. Lisa Carter has been recognized by The Hattiesburg Hundred as part of the group’s inaugural push to honor area law enforcement officers and first responders.

Carter was presented her award during the first annual ceremony held earlier this month at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. Each year, members of the Hattiesburg Hundred will meet for an annual dinner to join with the heads of agencies who will each select an honoree from their force to receive special recognition for meritorious service.