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Dr. Patricia Biesiot

Homecoming Celebration & Tailgating Sat. 10.26.2013

The College of Science and Technology is tailgating tomorrow, Saturday October 26 from 3:30 – 5:30 just outside the Bobby Chain Technology Building.  Alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends are all invited to join us as the Southern Miss Golden Eagles take on the Mean Green of North Texas.

We will be offering a delicious meal catered by Eagle Dining.  The food is free and we will be giving away door prizes.  Don’t forget… get there early because the food goes fast.  Hope to see you tomorrow for Homecoming!

2013 cost tailgating homecoming

Dr. Patricia Biesiot

College-Wide Meeting

It has been an exciting beginning to the fall semester and things have been busy in the college. We have a number of College of Science and Technology events this week.

Faculty/Staff College-Wide Meeting and Address

Sept. 27, 2013  |  3:30 p.m. Walker Science Building 120. We will video conference to multiple coast locations this year: Long Beach, GCRL, and Stennis.

This annual meeting gives faculty and staff a chance to hear from the dean about progress in the college and plans for the future.  A reception for faculty and staff follows immediately afterward. To learn more visit:

USM Heart Walk

September 28, 2013  |  Pride Field 9 a.m.

The Heart Walk is an event the entire University of Southern Mississippi faculty, staff, and students support. The College of Science and Technology participates by putting together a Heart Walk Team.  The non-competitive, three-mile walk is on the Hattiesburg campus at Pride Field.  To register and join the CoST team visit

Wildflower Walk at Lake Thoreau Environmental Center

September 28, 2013  |  9 a.m. to noon

The Mississippi Native Plant Society and USM are sponsoring the Wildflower Walk. Dr. Mac Alford, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, will lead the walk which will include bluestem grasses, sunflowers, bonesets, Joe-Pye weed, ironweed and goldenrod.  Participants will meet at the Center’s Museum Building. Directions can be found at  To learn more email or call Dr. Alford at 266-6531 or

Hope to see you at one or more of these events.

Dr. Patricia Biesiot

Welcome to CoST

Here’s a warm Southern Miss “WELCOME” to all you new students, faculty and staff.

And WELCOME BACK to those of you starting the new academic year as returning faculty, staff and students.

Best wishes for success in all that you do in the coming year.

Dr. Patricia Biesiot

Best wishes to Dr. Joe B. Whitehead, Jr. and Dr. Dale Ledford

On behalf of the College of Science and Technology, I’d like to extend best wishes to former dean Dr. Joe B. Whitehead, Jr. and former associate dean Dr. Dale Ledford, both of whom retired effective July 31.

We wish Dr. Whitehead success in his new position as Provost of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Whitehead was appointed interim dean of the College of Science and Technology in August 2009 and became dean in March 2010.

We also wish Dr. Ledford the best in his new occupation as retiree. Dr. Ledford spent many years at Southern Miss providing leadership for the college at the Long Beach campus and the temporary Gulfport Student Services Center location and more recently on the Hattiesburg campus.

Both men left Southern Miss better than they found it and we are proud to call them permanent members of the Southern Miss family. Good luck to both as they begin new chapters in their lives.