Reports for January 19 - February 9, 2012
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January 19, 2012
January 20, 2012
Dear usmnews.net, A couple of days ago, I got a copy of the
new Southern Miss anti-smoking policy. I don't smoke, so I
think it's a great idea. However, the question a lot of us in
the CoB have is who's going to monitor Mary Anderson
[associate professor of accounting] for compliance with the
Communicate Directly with the IHL Dear University of
Southern Mississippi Faculty, Many years ago, under IHL
rules, faculty were permitted to address grievances directly
with the IHL. That was changed. As a result, Southern Miss
communications with the Institutions of Higher Learning
come from President Saunders.
January 23, 2012
January 24, 2012
January 25, 2012
January 31, 2012
GH Chatter Lots of talk about retirements in the CoB’s
School of Accountancy. It sounds as though Charles
Jordan will step out after the 2011-12 academic year, and
that Roderick Posey and Patricia Munn may join him.
hiring new “teachers” for years to come. All three are
expected to step out by the end of 2012-13, at least from
the sound of it. Chatter also indicates that SoA director
Kirby “Skip” Hughes may not be far behind these three.
an update to 31st & Pearl Misery The student athletes on
the USM women’s basketball team have earned PhDs in
heartache and disappointment. Their major professor is
head coach Joye Lee-McNelis. The fan base, a largely
older, yet loyal population of Hattiesburg citizens that
was cultivated by former head coach Kay James, has long
since melted away. Now, echoes of crickets, are all that
can be heard inside Reed Green Coliseum on game days.
There’s little wonder as to why all of this is occurring.
Lee-McNelis began her USM career in 2004-05, going
9-19 (0.321) that first season.
February 1, 2012
. . . breaking news . . . Herndon Now Out, ‘Tabletgate’ Still
Boiling HATTIESBURG – “Mike Herndon has resigned.”
With that quote, USM faculty senate president Timothy
Rehner opened the 27-Jan-2012 USM faculty senate
meeting. As long-time USMNEWS.net readers are aware,
Herndon was the USM director of procurements and
contracts who became caught up in the so-called
Tabletgate scandal. That scandal involves the improper
purchase by USM officials of more than 700 Samsung
Galaxy Tab devices,
Martha’s Podium An Editorial Cartoon Series from
USMNEWS.net Thank you all for showing up each week to
watch me spin the ‘Saunders Administration Wheel of
Destiny.’ It truly means a lot to me, as I love this university
more than anyone. Please rest assured that the person fate
eliminates will be replaced in short order.
January 26, 2012
February 2, 2012
February 3, 2012
“It’s Not Gonna Happen” The Saunders Administration’s
Behind- the-Scenes Fight against Shared Governance At
the 27-Jan-2012 USM faculty senate meeting, senate
president Timothy Rehner reported to the faculty senate
that the Martha Saunders administration has moved a
significant portion of the institution’s student retention
apparatus from academic affairs to student affairs.
February 6, 2012
January 27, 2012
DEAR USMNEWS.NET I just couldn't believe it! Whenever
I think things at Southern Miss can't get more bizarre,
somebody ups the ante.
February 7, 2012
31st & Pearl Still Concerned Still concerned. That’s how
USM interim provost Denis Wiesenburg characterized
the Mississippi IHL Board’s attitude regarding the USM
Dear usmnews.net, How much longer is the IHL going to
tolerate that foolish woman who pretends to be a
university president? "President" Saunders' best excuse
for the improper purchase of a mountain of Samsung
Tablets is that none of the paperwork crossed her desk.
C'mon!! Let me ask some of the questions that the IHL
should, but probably won't, be asking her.
January 30, 2012
In Memoriam: usmnews.net has been advised that Business
Law Professor Ernest W. King passed away Saturday,
January 28, 2012.
February 8, 2012
Disenfranchised, or Just Plain Dis-sed? by Victoria Tyler
At the most recent USM faculty senate meeting on
27-Jan-2012, senate president Timothy Rehner opened
with the following remarks: “We’ve got to get the rest of
the senators to show up . . . We’re just over 50% I think,
counting our proxies . . .” The remarks clearly showed
Rehner’s frustration with the current level of participation
among USM’s elected faculty government.
February 9, 2012