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.
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.
The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work, Mississippi Health Access Collaborative, La Mexicana, and the City of Hattiesburg will host the third annual El Grito Latin Festival, a free multicultural event that celebrates Mexican Independence (Sept. 16) and Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15). The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1-8 p.m. in Hattiesburg’s Town Square Park, located at 100 Main St.
The 2017 class of Kennard Scholars at The University of Southern Mississippi was recently announced by the USM Dean of Students Office. Named in honor of Clyde Kennard, who attempted to integrate Southern Miss in the 1950s, the Kennard Scholars program is designed for students committed to academic excellence and leadership.
The 13th Annual Southern Invitational Choral Conference (SICC) will take center stage next week at the Thad Cochran Center on the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The conference will feature a pair of concerts in the Hattiesburg area.
The life of Sylvester Magee has intrigued many over the past several decades and the man who claimed to be 130 years old at the time of his death was something of a national sensation. Though dozens of accounts have been written about him, not much is actually known about the man who claimed to be the last surviving American slave in the early 1960s.