August 17, 2017  

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When the task before them seemed too daunting, Cam Kenney and Will Ford took inspiration from those with greater challenges to meet theirs to the end.

University of Southern Mississippi graduates Justin Dyer, Kelly Hill and Lorenzo Spencer have been awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for their medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson.

Dr. Keith Radley, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, was named the 2017 Lightner Witmer Award winner by the American Psychological Association’s Division of School Psychology.

The University of Southern Mississippi is far and away the state’s leader in the securement of Gilman scholarships with eight more students earning the prestigious award in the past year. This brings the University’s total number of Gilman Scholars to 16 over the past two years, while Mississippi as a whole has produced 34.

The portal to a better future is just a click away for thousands of Mississippians. The Complete 2 Compete website provides information and resources available to help Mississippi adults who have completed some college, but no degree, to return to college and complete the requirements necessary to earn their degrees.

The political and cultural turbulence that roiled America in 1967 – with the Vietnam War as the centerpiece - is captured in a series for the New York Times titled “Vietnam ‘67” and features contributions by four members of the University of Southern Mississippi faculty and two USM alums.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently honored 12 students in a graduation ceremony held Aug. 3, upon completion of the rigorous Master of Science in hydrographic science program.

Incoming students at The University of Southern Mississippi participated in the traditional painting of Eagle Walk beneath M.M. Roberts Stadium on Sunday, August 13. The annual event is part of Golden Eagle Welcome Week. The first classes of the Fall 2017 semester begin on Wednesday, August 16. (Photos by Kelly Dunn)

Lalah McElhenney, left, a junior at The University of Southern Mississippi, helps her friend Tabitha Wilson, a senior, during Move-In Day Friday, Aug. 11 at the Hattiesburg campus. McElhenney and Wilson are both from Hickory, Miss. The first day of classes for the fall 2017 semester at USM is Aug. 16. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory recently received a $10,000 donation from Blossman Gas toward outdoor kitchen equipment for the new Marine Education Center (MEC).

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza just missed his spot, elevating his pitch slightly from the catcher’s target and catching too much of home plate. At the crack of the bat it was obvious — Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier had not missed the opportunity.


The former Southern Miss standout lifted the ball well beyond the right field fence at Minnesota’s Target Field for his first career grand slam, giving the Twins the lead in what would eventually result in their third straight win.

This summer, 61 of the best and brightest undergraduate students from across the state of Mississippi were able to experience hands-on biomedical research through the Mississippi INBRE Scholars program.

Perhaps nothing could ever top the thrill of capturing an Olympic gold medal, but University of Southern Mississippi alumna Tori Bowie now owns a distinction that might certainly be considered as prestigious.

Dr. Charkarra Anderson-Lewis has been named Interim Chair of the Department of Public Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, effective July 1.

The University of Southern Mississippi announced a pair of updated safety measures for its 2017-18 home athletic events, Friday, with the implementation of both a clear bag and golf cart policy.

“Saving the Enlightenment, One Speaker at a Time” is the theme for this year’s University Forum at The University of Southern Mississippi, featuring speakers and performers addressing issues that make up our nation’s ongoing discourse.

The University of Southern Mississippi is making the transition to the Canvas learning management system for online courses. For the Fall 2017 semester and moving forward, all online classes will be taught using Instructure’s Canvas Learning Management System.


On Friday morning, the Friendship Oak at The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Park campus in Long Beach suffered a branch break in the same area as the 2016 branch failure. The previous branch failure was determined to be due to recent hurricanes and a lightning strike that occurred post-Katrina.

Move-in Days for incoming students at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus are Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12, coordinated through the USM Department of Housing and Residence Life. In preparation, the following areas will close on the dates indicated:

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Tabitha Epperson has been honored as the 2016 recipient of Pi Beta Phi® Fraternity for Women’s prestigious Young Alumna Achievement Award.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi recognizes the need to make effective safety and best practices available to the sports safety and security industry.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Aug. 26, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jackson Medical Mall in Classroom 108 at 350 Woodrow Wilson in Jackson.

After four dynamic events, the Levitt AMP Hattiesburg Music Series will present its first double-billed concert Friday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. in Chain Park featuring the Como Mamas and the Southern Komfort Brass Band.

The University of Southern Mississippi hosted the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research’s Community-Engaged Research Summer Institute July 9-14 2017 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.