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USM President named chairman of Conference USA Board of Directors

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett has been named chairman of the Conference USA Board of Directors. Bennett, who will serve a two-year term, was elected by his peers from among the league’s university presidents at the June board meeting. Bennett indicated that possible areas of focus may include cost of attendance for student-athletes, academic standards and quality, ...

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Jones returns to USM, helps students get on track in job search

Paige Jones, a 2014 University of Southern Mississippi graduate and former track star, recently joined Southern Miss Career Services as its job location and development coordinator. Her responsibilities include helping students find off-campus part-time jobs, assisting with resumes/cover letters, budget management and planning part-time jobs fairs, among other duties. The Pass Christian native worked with AmeriCorps for two years in ...

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Parr joins School of Kinesiology faculty

Dr. Jeffrey Parr, who was a visiting instructor during the 2016-17 academic year, has joined the faculty as interim program director of athletic training at the School of Kinesiology at The University of Southern Mississippi. Parr earned a bachelor’s degree in movement studies and exercise science with an athletic training emphasis from East Stroudsburg University in 1999, a master’s degree ...

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Adkerson School of Accountancy earns national reaccreditation

Mississippi State University’s Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy has been reaccredited for another five years by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). MSU is among 186 institutions around the world that hold accreditation for both its accounting program and business school. AASCB accreditation is the highest marker of excellence in business education. The accreditation standards require ...

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Southern Miss eliminates some jobs amid state budget cuts

The University of Southern Mississippi has laid off three employees and eliminated 33 vacant jobs because of state budget cuts. Two of those who lost their jobs worked in the Student Media Center, which is part of the mass communications and journalism program, The Hattiesburg American reported. Rodney McDonald was facilities manager for the center. The 46-year-old had worked there 21 years ...

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USM makes waves graduating first Unmanned Maritime Systems class in U.S. history

By BECKY GILLETTE It has been said that the ocean is the last frontier for exploration on Earth. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), only about five percent of the ocean has been explored. And just as aerial drones have revolutionized flight, underwater robotic vehicles are revolutionizing ocean research, defense and natural resources exploration. But, until recently, ...

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MSU students intern at Dale Partners Architects

Ebony Batchelor, a fifth-year Mississippi State University School of Architecture student, and Tahir Khan, a fourth year MSU School of Architecture student, are interning at Dale Partners Architects this summer. Ebony is working in the Jackson office and Tahir is in the Biloxi office. Ebony, a native of Scotland, grew up in Jackson, Tenn. Tahir is a native of Gulfport.

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McNair Honored by USM AOP Chapter

Delores McNair, administrative assistant/information specialist in the office of the Dean of Students at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently named Educational Office Professional of the Year by the USM chapter of the Association of the Office Professionals (AOP). . A Hattiesburg native, McNair joined the USM staff in 1998. She holds a degree in psychology from USM and ...

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Clinical psychology doctoral program at MSU earns national accreditation

Now in its third year, Mississippi State’s clinical psychology doctoral program has been granted a five-year term of accreditation from the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation. Graduation from an accredited program is required by some states for licensure. It also is mandatory for all federal jobs, including those within the Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

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