January 24, 2018  

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Despite preparing to travel nearly 6,000 miles from Hattiesburg to Ghana, Cooper Robinson thought she had a handle on spending three months abroad for field experience as a social work student.


After all, she was used to being apart from family after coming to The University of Southern Mississippi from Edmond, Oklahoma - which, granted, is only about 600 miles away.


The University of Southern Mississippi has earned Gold status as a Military Friendly® School for 2018 by Victory Media, Inc., one of only 10 research institutions in the U.S. to receive that distinction. Gold Award winners have programs that scored within 20 percent of the 10th-ranked institution within a given category.



They didn’t engage the enemy on the battlefield, but many of the loved ones left behind by soldiers serving in the Vietnam War were wounded emotionally by the conflict.


The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) brought together top safety and security industry leaders representing intercollegiate athletics, as well as commercial sport and entertainment facilities, Jan. 15-19 at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Florida for the National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit. The event was followed by the Commercial Sport and Entertainment Facilities Safety and Security Summit Jan. 17-19.


The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies will host free nutrition training for people with disabilities and their families in the Hattiesburg area on Thursday, Jan. 25. The training will be held from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center at 220 West Front St. in Hattiesburg.


The University of Southern Mississippi will resume normal operations at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, for all campuses, teaching and research sites. Classes will resume at 11 a.m. on Thursday.


All University of Southern Mississippi campuses, teaching, and research sites in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast will remain closed on Wednesday, Jan. 17, due to the effects of the overnight winter weather system.


Students enrolled in the International Business capstone class at The University of Southern Mississippi began the 2018 spring semester on a special note as attendees in a French American Chamber of Commerce Reception at the residence of the Consul General of France in New Orleans on Jan. 10.



University of Southern Mississippi alumna Christopher Leigh hopes to change people’s perceptions and impressions of the flute with her debut album “Infrared.”


The self-published album, released last month, features songs combining classical flute with a pop/rock flare. Leigh, who earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USM in 2012, notes that the album also includes “big” songs that sound as though they burst from a movie soundtrack.