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An award-winning author considered among the best in the fantasy genre will be honored at the 52nd annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, when the event is held April 3-5 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park Campus will present “Women in Mississippi Politics" on Monday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom.

Coinciding with Women’s History Month, this bi-partisan forum features a panel of retired female politicians from south Mississippi, who will reflect on their careers in local and state politics.

From the novel by Alexander Dumas and adapted by Ken Ludwig, the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is set to perform The Three Musketeers on March 28-31 in the Martha R. Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus. Performances will be on March 28, 29, and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 30 and 31 at 2 p.m.


Special guest percussionist and composer Mike Waldrop is set to perform with the University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Jazz Lab Band on March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg.

Dr. Joshua Otaigbe, a professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School of Polymer Science and Engineering, has been awarded a prestigious 2019-2020 Jefferson Science Fellowship by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Otaigbe is one of just 14 academic scientists, engineers and physicians selected from institutions of higher learning in the country this year, and the first from USM and other universities in Mississippi.

According to the United Health Foundation, Mississippi ranks in the top five least healthy states in the nation. A new center at The University of Southern Mississippi is looking to change this statistic for the future.


The Telehealth Center, which formally opened in the summer of 2018, was created to find solutions specific to Mississippi that would address health disparities which most commonly affect Mississippians.

The Arts Institute of Mississippi (AIM) at The University of Southern Mississippi, established the AIM Awards to salute and honor the accomplishments of outstanding high school level arts teachers, schools, and organizations that are making an impact through exemplary achievements in arts education throughout the state of Mississippi.

Dr. Heather Houston, director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, is attending the National Association for Gifted Children’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C. this week. Dr. Houston will join Connie West, president of the Mississippi Association of Gifted Children, as the only two from the state attending the event.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Connoisseur Series presents the Texas Guitar Quartet on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium in the Hattiesburg area. The free concert is presented in part by the generous support of Partners for the Arts.


University of Southern Mississippi students have a special opportunity to elevate their professional attire at discounted savings during the “Suit-Up Event” sponsored by JCPenney.


The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) Teacher of the Year nominee, Assistant Professor of History Dr. Allison Abra, will present the MHC lecture “Overlooked No More: Women’s History in the Classroom and Beyond” Tuesday, March 19 at 5 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108 on the Hattiesburg campus. Held also in conjunction with Women's History Month events at USM, admission to this event is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Symphonic Winds presents its third performance of the 2018-2019 academic year on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium. This concert is free and open to the public.

University of Southern Mississippi students and alumni will have a special opportunity to learn more about employment possibilities during the annual “Careers on the Coast” Networking and Job Fair set for Tuesday, March 19 at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

For the second consecutive year, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work has captured five top honors at the annual conference of the National Association of Social Workers-Mississippi chapter.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) was recently selected as having one of the Best Master’s in Gifted and Talented Education Programs for 2019 by, a non-profit company designed to provide information about online degree programs nationwide.  In addition to being ranked 13th in the nation by the company, it was also named the Most Military Friendly online program in gifted and talented education. 

From California to New York, students from across the country are choosing The University of Southern Mississippi’s fully online Master of Library Science (MLIS) degree. Since 2002, Southern Miss has been offering the program online to meet the needs of students who cannot make it to campus.


For one group of Hattiesburg-area high school students, Spring Break 2019 is not about the sand, the sun or the water — it’s about preparing for the future. 


This week (March 11-15), the Transition of Teens to Adult Life (ToTAL) Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies is hosting an Alternative Spring Break on the Hattiesburg campus focused on preparing high school students with disabilities for employment.

Gina McCarthy, who as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) led President Obama’s efforts to address climate change, will present “The Future of the Planet: Climate Change and Environmental Protection” as guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) March 26 University Forum. This free event is set for 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus, and the public is invited; it is also available via IVN at USM's Gulf Park campus in Hardy Hall, room 316.

Dr. Rebecca Newton, assistant professor in the School of Professional Nursing Practice at The University of Southern Mississippi, won the Mississippi Nursing Association Faculty Member of the Year Award at the 14th annual Nightingale Awards Gala held earlier this month in Jackson, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music has a long and prestigious reputation for preparing some of the world’s finest music educators. With an eye toward the classroom of the future, the school is pleased to welcome Ashley Allen, Assistant Professor of Music Education (choral), and Melody Causby, Assistant Professor of Music Education (instrumental).

Three members of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) academic community are recipients of the inaugural Dale Center for the Study of War and Society Research Awards, which are designed to support faculty, staff, and students in the study of historical and contemporary wars across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

More than 100 safety and security officials from high schools across the country will be in attendance for the fifth annual National Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities Safety and Security Summit.


The event is being held April 3-5 at Katy, Texas, and is hosted in conjunction with Katy Independent School District and The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Art & Design program will exhibit its Annual Student Show from March 21 through April 4 in the Gallery of Art & Design, George Hurst Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

When we think of economic drivers, we often think of work—the number of jobs, the number of employees, and the amount of revenue and tax collections generated. But sometimes fun can drive the economy too.


Tourism plays a key role in Mississippi’s economy. In its Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report, the Mississippi Development Authority reports that “Mississippi’s unique tourism assets, including unique culture, culinary, history, music, natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities, contributed to a $6.343 billion industry in FY18.”