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February 4, 2016

Live Oak Writing Project teacher consultants Sarah Bailey and Jennifer Butler have successfully mentored three students to prestigious writing awards by the Eudora Welty Foundation. The students were participants in a Scholastic Writing Workshop held last fall and sponsored by the Live Oak Writing Project (LOWP).

Live Oak Writing Project teacher consultants Sarah Bailey and Jennifer Butler have successfully mentored three students to prestigious writing awards by the Eudora Welty Foundation. The students were participants in a Scholastic Writing Workshop held last fall and sponsored by the Live Oak Writing Project (LOWP).

Bailey’s student, Marie Konopacki, won a Gold Key Award for two poetry submissions: “When” and “Roots.” Bailey is a teacher at Hancock High School where Konopacki is a student.

February 2, 2016

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

 

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

January 11, 2016

Dr. Max Grivno, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been presented the Humanities Scholar Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council as part of the council’s 2016 Public Humanities Awards.

Dr. Max Grivno, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been presented the Humanities Scholar Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council as part of the council’s 2016 Public Humanities Awards.

Grivno, the only university professor in the state to be recognized, will be honored with other recipients at a public ceremony and reception at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson on Feb. 12. The annual awards recognize outstanding contributions by Mississippians to the study and understanding of the humanities.

November 12, 2015

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Steven R. Moser its new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, pending approval by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.

 

The announcement follows a national search that included outreach to more than 600 potential applicants and culminated in University visits with the top three candidates, who were selected from a pool of more than 60 applicants.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Steven R. Moser its new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, pending approval by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.

The announcement follows a national search that included outreach to more than 600 potential applicants and culminated in University visits with the top three candidates, who were selected from a pool of more than 60 applicants.

November 9, 2015

Nicole Ruhnke has accepted the position of assistant director for communications at The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association.

Nicole Ruhnke has accepted the position of assistant director for communications at The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association.

Ruhnke, a Petal native, was employed with Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International (BMDMI) as the director of communication prior to joining the Alumni Association. In her previous role, she managed all communications and marketing efforts for the organization, including event coordination and promotion, donor relations and the production and distribution of missionary support materials.

October 30, 2015

University of Southern Mississippi staff members Megan Burkes, Christy Bjork, and Kady Pietz have been selected as Top 10 Under 40 nominees for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce One Coast Awards. The winners will be announced on Nov. 17 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.

University of Southern Mississippi staff members Megan Burkes, Christy Bjork, and Kady Pietz have been selected as Top 10 Under 40 nominees for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce One Coast Awards. The winners will be announced on Nov. 17 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.

Burkes is manager of Annual Giving and Special Projects for the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation. Bjork is the director of Student Affairs at the USM Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Pietz is executive assistant to the Vice President at the Gulf Park campus.

October 13, 2015

Dr. Janie Butts and Dr. Karen Rich, both members of the nursing faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi, were invited presenters at the University of South Alabama’s Sigma Theta Tau (international Honor Society for nursing) chapter meeting on Sept. 17. Their presentation was titled: “Theoretical Foundation in DNP Education.”

Dr. Janie Butts and Dr. Karen Rich, both members of the nursing faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi, were invited presenters at the University of South Alabama’s Sigma Theta Tau (international Honor Society for nursing) chapter meeting on Sept. 17. Their presentation was titled: “Theoretical Foundation in DNP Education.”

October 12, 2015

Dr. John Bailey, a professor in the Nurse Anesthesia Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been accepted to full membership in the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP), the leading professional society in the United States for biomedical scientists who investigate the basic mechanisms of disease.

Dr. John Bailey, a professor in the Nurse Anesthesia Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been accepted to full membership in the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP), the leading professional society in the United States for biomedical scientists who investigate the basic mechanisms of disease.

October 5, 2015

A single number Hot Line and exclusive e-mail account are among the significant changes announced recently by Aramark, Eagle Dining in the Southern Miss Catering department.

A single number Hot Line and exclusive e-mail account are among the significant changes announced recently by Aramark, Eagle Dining in the Southern Miss Catering department.

Southern Miss Catering has established a functional system for a single number catering Hot Line to ensure quality customer service. Customers will continue to use the published catering contact number (601) 266-5552. This number will be answered by the Catering Sales Coordinator, Marlene Dillon, during business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday).

September 22, 2015

A commitment to help elevate The University of Southern Mississippi will remain a guiding force for Stace Mercier as she transitions from interim Executive Director of the USM Foundation to a permanent role as the Foundation’s chief officer.

 

A commitment to help elevate The University of Southern Mississippi will remain a guiding force for Stace Mercier as she transitions from interim Executive Director of the USM Foundation to a permanent role as the Foundation’s chief officer.

Mercier, who has served as the interim executive director since June, has spent more than a decade working in a variety of capacities for the Foundation, including chief financial officer and associate director for finance.

September 21, 2015

Dr. Shea Kidd Houze was recently named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Director of New Student and Retention Programs. This new department will provide a structure for combining, reorganizing, and growing existing University initiatives under a new umbrella.

Dr. Shea Kidd Houze was recently named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Director of New Student and Retention Programs. This new department will provide a structure for combining, reorganizing, and growing existing University initiatives under a new umbrella.

Reporting to the Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, Dr. Amy Miller, Houze’s leadership will provide oversight to programs geared toward facilitating a seamless transition to the University and developing opportunities to enhance student success.

July 8, 2015

Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Interim Associate Provost for Gulf Park, effective August 1. The appointment follows Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Moser’s decision to suspend the position’s original search process until a permanent provost is named.

Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Interim Associate Provost for Gulf Park, effective August 1. The appointment follows Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Moser’s decision to suspend the position’s original search process until a permanent provost is named.

June 30, 2015

The School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi has adopted a new name - The School of Kinesiology - and a new director in Dr. Scott Piland.  

 

After a year-long process, the name change was officially approved in April by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

The School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi has adopted a new name - The School of Kinesiology - and a new director in Dr. Scott Piland.  

After a year-long process, the name change was officially approved in April by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

June 16, 2015

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has announced the appointment of Stace Mercier as its interim executive director, effective June 1, 2015.

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has announced the appointment of Stace Mercier as its interim executive director, effective June 1, 2015.

Mercier replaces Shannon Fleming who resigned as executive director on May 31 to return to his home state of Arkansas to accept a position at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock as Senior Director of Development and Chief Development Officer at the Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS.

June 10, 2015

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.

 

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.

The position will help USM students thrive through retention initiatives, recognition of student excellence and opportunities for active learning. It will also support faculty through programs that enhance orientation and mentoring, as well as support for advising.

June 9, 2015

Dr. Jim Black, an alumnus of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi, was presented the Dissertation Award during the Association for Talent Development (ATD) 2015 International Conference and Exposition held last month in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Jim Black, an alumnus of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi, was presented the Dissertation Award during the Association for Talent Development (ATD) 2015 International Conference and Exposition held last month in Orlando, Fla.

May 28, 2015

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) has named Pam Moeller the new Director of External Relations.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) has named Pam Moeller the new Director of External Relations.

Moeller, who previously served as the assistant to the Director of GCRL for 8 years, will be in charge of developing and fostering relationships with local and regional businesses, governmental groups, non-governmental associations, and residents to promote the research and educational capabilities of the GCRL. Moeller will take over her new role on June 1st.

May 26, 2015

Dr. Maureen Ryan has been named interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will serve in the absence of Dr. Steven R. Moser, who was recently named interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Maureen Ryan has been named interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will serve in the absence of Dr. Steven R. Moser, who was recently named interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
 
Ryan has a long and impressive record of service to the University. She joined the faculty at Southern Miss in 1983 as assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Lab.

May 26, 2015

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Steve Miller its new vice president for the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss., pending approval by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.

 

Miller has served for the past 12 months as interim vice president for the Gulf Park campus. During that time, the campus has seen tremendous growth with several projects completed under Miller’s leadership including: three new Gulf Park facilities – a health center, a fitness center and a building to house the School of Social Work.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Steve Miller its new vice president for the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss., pending approval by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Miller has served for the past 12 months as interim vice president for the Gulf Park campus. During that time, the campus has seen tremendous growth with several projects completed under Miller’s leadership including: three new Gulf Park facilities – a health center, a fitness center and a building to house the School of Social Work.

May 12, 2015

This past weekend as The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the class of 2015 with commencement exercises, the College of Arts and Letters recognized the accomplishments of some of its brightest students at a recent awards banquet.

This past weekend as The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the class of 2015 with commencement exercises, the College of Arts and Letters recognized the accomplishments of some of its brightest students at a recent awards banquet.

With a smile and a handshake, Dean Steven R. Moser proudly congratulated the outstanding undergraduate and graduate students chosen by each academic unit and recognized the two overall winners in the college.

“These students exemplify everything that we hope to see in graduates from Arts and Letters,” Moser said.

May 8, 2015

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi has earned accreditation through the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) – indicating that it meets or exceeds professional standards, giving students an advantage with prospective employers and graduate schools.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi has earned accreditation through the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) – indicating that it meets or exceeds professional standards, giving students an advantage with prospective employers and graduate schools.

The department is the first in Mississippi to receive accreditation by ASBMB for its Bachelor of Science in Chemistry emphases in Biochemistry and American Chemical Society-certified Biochemistry.

May 6, 2015

The newly created training program in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester. Graduates of the ABA Program will earn a Master of Science Degree in Psychology with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and will meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

 

The newly created training program in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester.

Graduates of the ABA Program will earn a Master of Science Degree in Psychology with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and will meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

May 4, 2015

The Office of Student Activities at The University of Southern Mississippi recently recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of its 192 student organizations at the Student Organization Awards and Recognition ceremony. More than 120 nominations were collected, and a student affairs review committee determined the winners.

The Office of Student Activities at The University of Southern Mississippi recently recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of its 192 student organizations at the Student Organization Awards and Recognition ceremony. More than 120 nominations were collected, and a student affairs review committee determined the winners.

Student Activities presented the following awards for the 2014-2015 school year:

Outstanding New Student Organization: Alpha Chi Omega

May 1, 2015

Having already accepted a job out of state, Joe Paul was unable to participate in graduation exercises after earning his bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

But the longtime Southern Miss administrator will have an opportunity to amend that regret as the keynote speaker for Southern Miss’s spring 2015 commencement on Friday, May 8. He will also serve as the speaker for commencement at the University’s Gulf Park Campus on Saturday, May 9.  

Having already accepted a job out of state, Joe Paul was unable to participate in graduation exercises after earning his bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi.

“I finished in the mid-year term in March, and by the May 1975 commencement I was working at a full-time job in Louisiana,” said Paul, who is Vice President for Student Affairs at Southern Miss.