June 22, 2018  

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The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association has announced the creation of the GOLD Council – a volunteer leadership council comprised of graduates of the last decade. Members of the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Council represent the University’s young alumni and will serve the Association in creating unique opportunities for this important segment of the alumni base to remain connected to Southern Miss.

Dennis Cunningham, Executive Vice President/Director of Security for the National Hockey League (NHL), will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2018 National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition on July 12-14 in Louisville, KY. The award is presented annually by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Challenge by choice. It is an empowering, yet frightening concept. On one hand, individuals decide whether to take a risk to overcome specific obstacles. On the other hand, they have the daunting task of facing their fears with the possibility of disappointment by not achieving their goal.

Youth and young adults completing high school, including young people with disabilities, have many decisions to make:  continuing their education, finding employment, deciding to live more independently.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) new project, Transition of Teens to Adult Life (ToTAL) Tech Training, should help to ease the employment decision for some young people with disabilities.

Dr. Leslie LaVergne has been named project director of the statewide Mississippi Family to Family Health Information and Education Center (MS F2F) at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) effective June 1.

In the words of English author A.A. Milne, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” This inspirational message was featured on the third annual Project SEARCH University of Southern Mississippi Class of 2018 graduation invitation.

For the second consecutive year The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has been designated a “Gold Status” Military Friendly School by Victory Media for 2018-2019.  

The Southern Miss Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics and local alumni chapters, has announced the dates for its annual summer parties in Jackson, Biloxi and Hattiesburg. All Southern Miss fans are invited to attend these events to officially kickoff the 2018 Golden Eagle football season. Fans can expect to meet athletes, hear from coaches and take photos with the Southern Miss cheerleaders and Seymour.

What began as a simple means to showcase creativity in the Pine Belt region nine years ago has blossomed into the popular, multi-dimensional event known as FestivalSouth®. Set for June 9-23, FestivalSouth® is Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre arts festival, offering both free and ticketed events to local residents and cultural tourists.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in June, 2018.

The transition from youth to adulthood following the completion of high school can be challenging and confusing for any young adult. Further, this transition may be particularly challenging for young adults with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual or developmental disabilities whose life plans are still unclear.

Graduation. The caps and gowns, the pomp and circumstance, moms and dads beaming with pride, cameras flashing and videos rolling – some things never vary, and perhaps never will, when it comes to watching a loved one take the stage and receive recognition of a job well done.

The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors recently appointed Dr. Mark Dugo and Darryl J. Jefferson as new board members. The appointment is designated for two years, unless both are re-appointed by the foundation’s executive board.

Fifteen students from the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) are returning to their local school districts next year. The advancing students were recognized at a special awards celebration held May 18 at the Hattiesburg campus.

Saxophonists and music enthusiasts from across the country will gather in Hattiesburg again this summer to study with two acclaimed saxophonists, Patrick Meghian, professor emeritus of music at Florida State University, and University of Southern Mississippi Professor Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz.

June is National Homeownership Month, and Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Sat., June 9 for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

There can be no denying that Johnson Controls is a big company. Big, as in 2,000 worldwide locations and 120,000 worldwide employees. But to step on the campus at Johnson Controls’ location in Hattiesburg, Miss., you might have a different perspective. They may be global, and their reach broad, but the feeling on campus is that of a friendly local business.

June is National Homeownership Month, and Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, June 2, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker read from a special proclamation at The University of Southern Mississippi earlier today, declaring May as Speech and Hearing Month in the city. May is also designated as National Speech and Hearing Month.

For the past five years during National Painting Week, Sherwin-Williams gives back to the community by donating fresh coats of paint to local organizations and gathering places.

 

This year, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Child Development (3400 Morningside Drive in Hattiesburg) will be on the receiving end of this day of service, with volunteers scheduled to paint the building's exterior on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

An American civil rights hero was honored by The University of Southern Mississippi on Friday, May 11, along with its spring 2018 graduates, during the school’s morning commencement ceremony.

 

Clyde Kennard, who made several attempts to enroll at Southern Miss in the 1950s to become its first African American student but was denied admission, was awarded a posthumous Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, by USM President Rodney D. Bennett at the graduation exercise.

Two outgoing members of the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning will serve as speakers during The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Spring 2018 Commencement exercises.

Civil Rights Pioneer Clyde Kennard will be awarded a posthumous Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, during a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Spring 2018 Commencement ceremony.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in May, 2018.