Here are a few of the most recent, best headlines from The University of Southern Mississippi. Each month, this post is a great reminder for me that we have a lot of awesome people completing a lot of awesome work at USM. SMTTT!
Demolition Begins at Gulf Park Campus to Pave Way for $7 Million Business and Health Building Project
Five modular units housing classrooms and offices for the colleges of Business and Health are being torn down to make way for a $7 million facility that will provide 25,000 square feet of space for students, faculty and staff. The Business and Health Building Project has an estimated completion date of May 2017.
The project is being funded from $3.5 million appropriated by the Mississippi Legislature and an additional $3.5 million appropriated by the legislature for general repairs to, and restoration of, Southern Miss facilities.
The building’s classrooms, breakout rooms and conference rooms will serve as a shared resource for all academic disciplines on the campus. The colleges of Business and Health will occupy separate spaces on the second floor. More than 30 faculty offices have been outlined in the building design.
Favre Among Seven to be Inducted into USM’s Alumni Hall of Fame
The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association will induct seven of the University’s most dedicated and distinguished alumni into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 16, as one of the highlights of the 2015 Homecoming celebration.
The inductees include Three-time NFL MVP Brett Favre and Tom “Bones” Malone, who is best known for being a member of The Blues Brothers band, the Saturday Night Live Band, for which he served as leader from 1981-85, and the CBS Orchestra, the house band for the “Late Show with David Letterman.”
USM Foundation Announces Scholarship to Honor Fallen Police Officers
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has announced the establishment of the endowed scholarship in honor of Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, who were killed in the line of duty on May 9 of this year. The first recipient is Bailee Alexander, a nursing student from Purvis whose father, Jason, is a lieutenant with the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office.
The scholarship will provide support to a Southern Miss student who is the child or grandchild of a police officer, firefighter or paramedic/EMT.
Counseling Psychology Students Continue Graduate Program’s Success on National Exam
Recent graduates of the University’s master’s degree program in counseling psychology achieved a 100 percent passing rate on the National Counselor Examination (NCE).
Passage of the NCE is a qualifier for licensure as a professional counselor in many states and for National Certified Counselor (NCC) status. The exam assesses knowledge, skills and abilities considered important in providing effective counseling services.
Social Work Earns $1.2 Million Health Insurance Grant to Expand Health Initiative Outreach Efforts
The School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded more than $1.2 million in Affordable Care Act funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The funds will help consumers sign up for affordable Health Insurance Marketplace coverage in 2016.
With Marketplace Open Enrollment beginning Nov. 1, the funding will support outreach efforts designed to connect people with local help as they seek to understand coverage options and financial assistance available at HealthCare.gov.