The University of Southern Mississippi has enrolled the most academically talented freshman class in the institution’s recorded history for the third year in a row. The highest recorded ACT scores and grade point averages for incoming freshmen; record enrollment at the University’s Gulf Park campus and other coastal locations; and an increase in new students show that USM’s ongoing efforts to recruit and retain high-achieving students are proving successful.
For the seventh straight year, the median grade point average for first-time, full-time freshmen at Southern Miss is the highest ever recorded – 3.33, compared to 3.27 in fall 2015. The average ACT score of new freshmen also increased from 22.73 in fall 2015 to 22.94 this year.
In a partnership between The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board (MSVAB), a new service position has now come available on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach to be of assistance to military veterans along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
At The University of Southern Mississippi, our faculty not only teach and conduct research, they also create. One need look no further for that last example than Deanna Douglas, a professor in the Department of Art and Design. The work of Douglas, an instructor of graphic design and foundation courses, is currently showcased in two national juried shows in Illinois.
~~In 1910, when the City of Hattiesburg was growing as a lumber and railroad town, Mississippi Normal College was founded on the western outskirts of town as a teacher-training college. Though the institution’s name changed from Mississippi Normal College to State Teacher’s College and later to Mississippi Southern College and finally in 1962 to The University of Southern Mississippi, its long-standing tradition of educating and training tomorrow’s teachers continues today.
One needs to look no further for that example than the Department of English, which was recently awarded National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) certification.
Adam “Buck” Buckalew, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who serves as a professional staff member on the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health, will be the keynote speaker for Mississippi Scholastic Press Association (MSPA) Day and South Mississippi Fall High School Journalism Workshop Thursday, Sept. 29 in the Thad Cochran Center on the USM Hattiesburg campus.
Dr. Ellen Elder and Dr. Elizabeth Moak, piano faculty from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, will travel to Lima, Peru, where they have been invited to perform at the National Conservatory of Music.
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety (NCS4) and Security at The University of Southern Mississippi recently completed new editions of the Intercollegiate, and Marathon Safety and Security Best Practices guides.