February 24, 2017  

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On Saturday, March 4 the men of Delta Tau Delta and women of Pi Beta Phi at The University of Southern Mississippi, along with the Mississippi Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will host the annual Cystic Fibrosis-Hattiesburg 5K Run for Breath.

Cancer drug delivery, solar cell innovation, and developing a better helmet for U.S. Army soldiers — University of Southern Mississippi faculty and students are ambitious and innovative in their current research. Those projects promise to change, and in some cases, save lives. And the value of discoveries can be measured in numerous ways, including monetary.

Nearly 700 students came to the Southern Miss Career Fair last week in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg Campus. There were nearly 100 employers in attendance ready to hire Southern Miss students and alumni.

The USM Foundation has announced the launch of Eagle Fever - Southern Miss Crowdfunding to provide members of The University of Southern Mississippi community an avenue to raise funds and awareness about specific campus needs and projects.

High school students from across South Mississippi explored the intricacies of market research during a regional youth symposium held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at The University of Southern Mississippi and sponsored by the Southern Entrepreneurship Program.

Patients with X-Linked Hypophosphatemia (XLH) are living the theme of this year's Rare Disease Day: "Research brings hope to people living with a rare disease." One of these patients is the daughter of a University of Southern Mississippi faculty member in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi is set to host the 81st annual meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences Feb. 23-24 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. This is the largest meeting of its kind in the state, and the eighth year in a row it has been held in Hattiesburg.

Recent graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner program at The University of Southern Mississippi received a 100 percent pass rate on the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) exam.

 

At its Feb. 3, 2017 meeting, The University of Southern Mississippi Faculty Senate voted unanimously in passing a resolution reaffirming religious freedom, designed as an assurance to the university community that people of all religions and nationalities are welcomed and appreciated at USM.

“Firsts” are some of the most special things in life -- first birthdays, first friends, first days at school, first bicycles. Jason Dean, a Project SEARCH intern at The University of Southern Mississippi, is excited to have just started his first job.  

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Professor Matthew Griffis’ research on the history of segregated public libraries in the South, a project funded with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, D.C. is now available online at http://aquila.usm.edu/rocoverview/.

The EAGLE Leadership Studies Program, hosted by The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be held June 4-9 on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. The program is a one-week residential program providing opportunities for students who have completed grades six through 11 to develop and enhance their leadership skills and abilities.

Joann Judge, a physical education instructor in the School of Kinesiology at The University of Southern Mississippi, is evaluating a method that could influence how physical education is taught to children with autism spectrum disorder.

University of Southern Mississippi students will have an opportunity to study issues and create solutions facing the country’s national security as part of a Hacking for Defense (H4D) course being offered for the first time during the Summer 2017 semester.

Dr. Kimberly Ward, assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected chair of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Medicaid Committee.

The 2017 edition of the Armstrong-Branch Distinguished Lecture Series at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature famed actress and activist Jasmine Guy Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. The title of her presentation will be "Making Your Own Different World." Admission is free.

The 20th anniversary of the Hurricane Bowl at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) will offer students a rare hands-on glimpse at what their future may hold in marine science.

On Jan. 2, 1963, 28 white Methodist ministers published the “Born of Conviction” statement criticizing Mississippi’s massive resistance to the civil rights movement. This Friday, the author of a book that documents that bold act and its influence on United Methodists in Mississippi more than 50 years later will present as part of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Philosophy and Religion’s “Philosophical Fridays” series.

Dorie Ladner, center, talks about her work in the American civil rights movement following a screening of the documentary “Well-Behaved Women Don’t Make HerStory: The Dorie Ladner Story” Tuesday, Feb. 15 at The University of Southern Mississippi. The producers of the documentary, Yasmin Gabriel, left and Kendall Givens-Little, right, joined Ladner in answering questions about her social justice activism and their production work on the documentary. Gabriel is special assistant to the president at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Miss. and Givens-Little serves as executive director of communications and external relations at Tougaloo. The screening and subsequent question-and-answer session was a part of Black History Month programming at Southern Miss and moderated by USM Assistant Professor of History Dr. Kevin Greene. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi continues to observe Black History Month Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. when the Center for the Study of the Gulf South and the Southern Miss Department of History present "Shipwrecks, British Courts and Slave Emancipation in the Caribbean." The event will be held in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101 and will feature guest speaker and history professor Dr. Rosanne Adderley of Tulane University.

Dorie Ladner, a Hattiesburg native and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement, will be at The University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in Scianna Hall for a screening of the documentary “Well-Behaved Women Don’t Make Herstory: Dorie Ladner.” The screening will be held in room 1003 of Scianna Hall (College of Business) on the Hattiesburg campus.

This year marks Mississippi’s bicentennial, and University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting a series of events highlighting Mississippi’s 200-year history. The series kicks off with “Lost Bodies and Stolen History: Slavery and Memory in Mississippi,” a lecture by Southern Miss History Professor Dr. Max Grivno, set for Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery. Admission is free.

The Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced the first recipient of the Conville Service-Learning Development Award, a $2,000 grant for graduates of USM’s Faculty Fellow Seminar on Service-Learning to pursue new service-learning initiatives.

It's survived hurricanes, tornadoes and lighting strikes. It’s witnessed its home, The University of Southern Mississippi, evolve from a small teacher’s college more than 100 years ago to a premier university in American higher education.