August 28, 2016  

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The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate its annual Welcome Week event Aug. 29 to Sept. 2, to welcome new incoming freshmen and transfer students to the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Target of Hattiesburg has partnered with The University of Southern Mississippi Physical Plant to extend its relief supplies collection drive for victims of flooding in southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi.

Dr. Suzanne McKee-Waddell’s long history of working with exceptional students makes her the clear-cut choice to serve as interim director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings will kick off the 2016-17 season with Pride Preview. This free concert will be held Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at Centennial Green on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, and all are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic dinners to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment.

University of Southern Mississippi police officers recently trained with colleagues from Forrest General Hospital using the latest nationally recognized best practices developed to respond to an active shooter situation.

The Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi will join several organizations throughout the Pine Belt to participate in #WeAreHattie -- a citywide community service and outreach project set for Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10.

College of Business faculty members at The University of Southern Mississippi got their Fall 2016 Semester kick-started on Monday, Aug. 22 with a special presentation from Paul Harper, regional sales manager for AT&T in North Carolina.

The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College will celebrate four decades of providing unique and challenging academic experiences for students at its 40th anniversary gala Friday, Sept. 9. The event will be held at The Venue in The Bakery Building, located at 127 Buschman St. in historic downtown Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics and local alumni chapters, recently hosted its annual Big Three Summer Parties across the state. Presented by Keesler Federal Credit Union, these events were held for Southern Miss alumni and fans to celebrate the upcoming 2016 Golden Eagle football season.  


“The excitement surrounding the University and Southern Miss Athletics this season is contagious,” said Lauren Richards, manager of constituent relations for the Southern Miss Alumni Association.

After the last photo was taken wearing the cap and gown, the final toast of the weekend offered and the remaining family and friends departed for home, graduates at The University of Southern Mississippi prepared for the next chapter of their story. Leaving Southern Miss better than they found it, many of the latest alumni of the College of Arts and Letters are already pursuing new goals.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of History is hosting an instructional workshop on National History Day in Mississippi Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10-11:30 a.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. The free workshop is for high school and middle school teachers, students and parents, as well as homeschooling parents of middle and high school aged children and will be held in the Liberal Arts Building 101.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host seven influential scholars, artists, activists, and scientists in 2016 and 2017 as part of its featured lecture series, University Forum and the Armstrong-Branch Lecture. From an actress whose beloved characters have become part of our cultural legacy to a scientist who wants to change how we think about humans’ origins, this year’s speakers are guaranteed to spark conversations.

University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty, and staff were on hand Friday, Aug. 19 to help first-year students move into numerous residence halls on the Hattiesburg campus as the fall 2016 semester draws ever closer. The Move-In activities continue on Saturday.


The first full day of classes is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 24. To learn more about the fall 2016 semester, visit:


Photos by Kelly Dunn

The 6th annual WUSM Tailgate Concert Series will return this fall to The University of Southern Mississippi home football games with a great line-up of local and regional favorites of WUSM-Southern Miss Radio and its listeners.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature some new faces among its faculty when the 2016-17 academic year begins on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

On July 1, The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association installed its executive committee for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Individuals include alumni who are accomplished leaders in their communities who demonstrate strong commitment to the betterment of the University.

Dr. Jason Azoulay, Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop selective sensing technologies for detecting and analyzing pollutants in Gulf Coast ecosystems.

The University of Southern Mississippi Physical Plant has launched a campaign to collect supplies to aid victims of the recent flooding in south Louisiana. More than 40,000 homes have been affected and 11 fatalities recorded to date, and a federal emergency was declared for the area that includes 30 of the state’s 64 parishes.

Marathon and endurance event officials from across the country will converge on Dec. 12-14 in Biloxi, Miss. for the National Marathon Safety and Security Summit, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale is in search of new members to join its community choir.


Based on the University's Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale is a local community singing group organized and orchestrated through the University’s School of Music.

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and The University of Southern Mississippi have received a $5.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to implement professional development and coaching on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in order to improve educational outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities, in Mississippi.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting the 20th Annual DuBard Symposium: Dyslexia and Related Disorders on September 14-15, 2016 at the Cochran Center at the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to serve on the board of directors for the Mississippi Public Health Institute (MSPHI).

Jeffrey George, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who served two terms as the school’s Student Government Association president, was the recipient of Pi Kappa Phi’s Howard H. Baker Leadership Award during the fraternity’s supreme chapter meeting July 28-31 in Austin, Texas.