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Twenty-three students from the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) are returning to their local school districts next year. The advancing students were recognized at a special awards celebration held at USM.

Recognition of immense talent permeating the piney woods of South Mississippi jump-started the formation of FestivalSouth®, which has become a cultural staple of Hattiesburg and the surrounding region.

As the summer travel season nears, a new exhibit at the Cook Library Lobby on The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Hattiesburg campus examines the history of the emergence of tourism along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and beyond.

“Scenic South: Tourism on the Gulf Coast” features items from USM’s Special Collections that include brochures, photos, postcards, hotel advertisements, seafood restaurant menus, among others, that show how the area’s recreation and vacation destination spots, including Biloxi, New Orleans and Mobile have grown over the decades as family favorites for travelers not just from the region, but across the country.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development has been recognized among the nation’s best in national rankings recently announced by a pair of online publications.

The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes Dr. Brian Cuevas as its new Director of the Office of Technology Development for the Office of the Vice President for Research.

 

Cuevas, who began his role on May 13, works closely with the University’s Vice President for Research Dr. Gordon Cannon in support of technology transfer, intellectual property, commercialization, corporate relationship development, and economic development.

The College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi honored students and faculty during the Spring 2019 Awards Ceremony held in April. Overall, the college honored seven faculty members along with 44 undergraduate and graduate students. 

For the second consecutive year, The University of Southern Mississippi has received national recognition as a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s annual Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) held a graduation ceremony at their Marine Research Center (MRC) for the third graduating class of their Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) Certificate Program.

Dr. Chester ‘Bo’ Morgan’s work at his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is in the books - literally, and, figuratively, two - in which he tells the story of the place that shaped him from boyhood to a career as a historian and educator.

Family, friends and colleagues poured out their appreciation for Morgan May 7 on the occasion of his retirement from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) History program faculty and as University Historian, during a reception at the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) doctoral student Reese Sloan is the latest in a long line of outstanding scholars to receive the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship award.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) College of Arts and Sciences held its first faculty, staff, and alumni awards banquet on May 2 and recognized Ronald E. Matthews, class of 1988, as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award for his extraordinary contributions to the field of construction management.

The Advisory Board for The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Accountancy experienced a dramatic percent increase in membership during the 2018-19 academic year, welcoming 11 new professionals to the group.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host its first Hackability.camp on July 7-11, an interactive week of training sessions designed for wheelchair users in high school who are interested in technology.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) wrapped up another successful year with the 12th Annual SEP State Competition held May 8 at the Trent Lott Center on the University’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) hosted this year’s Southern Association of Marine Laboratories’ (SAML) annual meeting May 5-6 at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) Marine Education Center (MEC) in Ocean Springs.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Graduate School has selected polymer science and engineering associate professor Dr. Derek Patton and graduate teaching assistant Brianna Bingham as its 2019 Mentor of the Year and 2019 Graduate Assistant of the Year, respectively. The awards were officially announced last month at the Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium at the Thad Cochran Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is joining four other nationally renowned ocean science institutions to form The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI).

 

USM’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE), Ocean Exploration Trust, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Rhode Island will work with NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) to survey an estimated 3 billion acres of submerged U.S. territory.

Top-performing graduate students were recently honored at The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium at the Thad Cochran Center. The event featured more than 90 oral and poster presentations showcasing outstanding research of graduate students throughout the university.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) sports a well-documented tradition of excellence in producing Goldwater Scholarship winners. And now the bar has been raised even higher as three USM students have earned the prestigious award for 2019.

 

Not since 1995 has the University seen three winners in the same year. No other Mississippi college or university had more than one winner for 2019. This year’s trio brings the total number of USM Goldwater Scholarship recipients to a state-leading total of 24.

The School of Speech and Hearing Sciences' Doctor of Audiology program at The University of Southern Mississippi presented white coats to five students during its annual ceremony held April 27th in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Award, and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is celebrating with a new exhibit in its Cook Library. To commemorate this legacy, the de Grummond Collection has many of the award-winning books on display, as well as original artwork and manuscripts of past winners that include Angela Johnson, Ashley Bryan, Nikki Grimes, E.B. Lewis, and John Steptoe.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) recently announced that Jonathan Andrew, Joshua Rapp, Mel Angelo, Lauren Gunn, Emma Harr, and Jonathan Swindle as new Lessac Practitioners through the USM Graduate Voice and Speech curriculum.

“In surgery, we talk a lot about grit – the measurable perseverance to complete the training and the tasks at hand. And when I think about Southern Miss and our people, I think about grit.”

– DR. CHRIS ANDERSON ‘95

 

Dr. Chris Anderson graduated summa cum laude from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in 1995 with a leadership resume almost as long as his current medical curriculum vitae. Outstanding Freshman Male, Excellence in Mississippi Scholar, Oliver Austin Scholar, Analytical Chemistry Award, Outstanding Junior in Chemistry, Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award, Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship, Best Undergraduate Research Presentation, Undergraduate Student Hall of Fame and induction into every honor society available for students. A member of the Honors College, Anderson left his mark in the academic ranks of Southern Miss alumni. And today, he is leaving his mark on the health of Mississippi.

Dr. Kimberly Ward, assistant professor in the School of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected President of the Educational Audiology Association.