August 14, 2018  

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Hallie Jordan, a University of Southern Mississippi counseling psychology doctoral student from Birmingham, Ala., is serving as a co-editor for the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 2 (Society for Teaching of Psychology) Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) blog.

Anyone traversing The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will quickly notice the emphasis placed on greenery and green spaces. Live oak trees, flowering shrubs and lush lawns adorn the University’s landscape.

The School of Education at The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce a new leadership team, formed under recently appointed Director Dr. Sandra Nichols. The completed team will enhance the school’s recommitment to community partnerships with state school districts and realignment as the prominent producer of educators for the State of Mississippi.

Amy Rosonet-Lebert, clinical instructor in the School of Speech & Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) site visitor for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

SouthernCare Hospice Services of Hattiesburg recently presented a financial gift to the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families to provide supplemental program funding to assist deserving student-veterans enrolled at the University. 

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) student Anthony Wenzel was recently awarded the Human Capital Development Most Outstanding Undergraduate Award for the 2017-18 academic year.

Don’t call on Dr. Andy Wiest to fix your leaky faucet, repair a fence, or construct a new deck. His handyman skills prove him to be otherwise.

Reconsider asking him to coach your child’s sports team. He freely admits his own athletic exploits were never letterman-worthy.

But in the classroom, The University of Southern Mississippi distinguished professor of history scores high marks for his pedagogy. Now, Dr. Wiest takes that talent to Hattiesburg’s Sacred Heart High School, where this fall he’s teaching a dual enrollment version of USM’s world civilizations course (HIS 102). Students in the class earn college credit while meeting requirements for high school graduation.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) celebrated nine students in a graduation ceremony held Aug. 2 for their completion of the Master of Science in hydrographic science program.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Kameshia Mays has been awarded a prestigious, merit-based scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) for 2018-19. Mays is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Accounting degree.


The Scianna family is on a mission. They know first-hand the joys, but also the trials of being parents to a child with a disability, and they are determined to be a voice for families like theirs in Mississippi.


A statewide effort to combat, and bring awareness to, the problem of child maltreatment has an ally in The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

USM’s Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) minor, offered through its School of Social Work, is open to all majors at the university and has close curriculum ties with social work, criminal justice, psychology, nursing, education and other disciplines whose graduates enter careers providing services to children.

Dr. Carol Connell, professor of nutrition in the School of Kinesiology and Nutrition, has been named Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Wednesday, Aug. 22, for any residents in Harrison and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Lonnie Young, Registered Piano Technician in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music, was a featured presenter to more than 670 attendees, including piano service specialists, manufacturers and suppliers from around the world, at the 61st annual Piano Technicians Guild Convention and Technical Institute in Lancaster, Pa.

Employers looking for advice on starting an internship program or hoping to improve upon an existing one will have an opportunity to gain insight into both by attending a Total Internship Management Workshop set for Aug. 22 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

More than 400 attendees from 25 college and universities were on hand for the state’s largest biomedical research conference held July 27 in Jackson, Miss.


Dr. John D. W. Guice, Professor Emeritus of History at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), died July 30. He was 87.

A memorial service for Dr. Guice will be held Thursday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Laurel, Miss., located at 540 5th Ave., following a visitation set for 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will be Friday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. at Old Biloxi Cemetery, located at 1166 Irish Hill Dr. in Biloxi, Miss. Memory Chapel Funeral Homes, Inc. of  Laurel is in charge of arrangements.

Partners for the Arts recently announced Ron Hancock, alumnus of The University of Southern Mississippi, as chair for 2018-2019. Five recent board member additions were also announced.


With private support from alumni and friends, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s endowment has reached $100 million. In fiscal year 2018, over 3,900 donors contributed gifts totaling $21.3 million, including $15.5 million in outright gifts and $5.8 million in deferred gifts through estate planning.

Ultimately, it’s your responsibility – and right – to defend yourself in an active shooter situation.

That was a key message of a presentation given July 26 by University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Police Officer Kenneth Woodard on the subject, sponsored by USM’s chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP). The event was held in Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus and open to members of the university community.

Rear Admiral Ken Barbor, U.S. Navy (ret), founding director of the Hydrographic Science Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Department of Marine Science, died Sunday evening in Bay St. Louis.

Mention the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Honors College to distinguished alum Lance Brown and two distinct features immediately spring to mind – ideas and growth.


“That’s part of the idea of the Honors College. That you exist in that type of environment,” said Brown, a 2000 graduate and Truman Scholar. “My fondest memories were discovering my strengths as a student and feeling that my research and thoughts mattered in a broader academic context.”

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development, in conjunction with the University’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security (NCS4), recently created a video highlighting opportunities for the defense industry in sport security.

When we think about visual impairment, one of our first assumptions is that there is an impairment with the eyes. Something about the eye must be keeping one from seeing clearly. However, for those with Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI) that assumption is incorrect.