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Five students from the School of Computing at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus recently competed in a “Hackathon” April 8 in Mobile, Ala.


Hosted by Rural Sourcing, Inc. (RSI), the second annual Mobile Hackathon – also known as a hack-day, hackfest or codefest – is an event in which computer programmers, and others in the field of software development, collaborate intensively on a software-related project for a set amount of time.

Brad McMullan, CEO of in Ridgeland, Miss., will be the guest speaker during a special presentation at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 in the McDonnell Auditorium of Scianna Hall on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi students Christiana Whitley and Lakelyn Taylor have been awarded prestigious study abroad grants from the international honor society Phi Kappa Phi that will take them to France and Italy, respectively.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present the Future Stars Concert and the Seven Last Words of Christ, a choral world premier, Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health Ambassadors have proven organ, eye and tissue donation awareness is an important issue on the Hattiesburg campus and statewide.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular rallying cry: “To the Top!” represents a fitting description for the escalating academic career of recent University graduate Katherine “Kati” Perry.


Perry, a Moss Point, Miss., native, has notched her name in the Southern Miss history books as the University’s first Fulbright U.S. Student since 1986. The 2015 Honors College graduate has been selected for an English Teaching Assistantship in Spain for the 2016-17 year.


The Gulf Coast Center for Child Development (GCCCD), a dual-purpose early childhood education and care center of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, will be visited by Wild at Heart Rescue, a local wildlife rescue group based out of Vancleave, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi represented well at the annual state conference for the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM), held April 6-8 in Jackson, taking home nine awards, including a sweep of the competition’s top prizes. The Judges’ Choice Award, the Professional Achievement Award and the Student of the Year Award, were among the honors won by USM.

A partnership between The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, has enabled MGCCC students to enroll into a program that will guide them from the community college to a bachelor’s degree in the entertainment industry with an emphasis in film.

Mississippi’s 2015 Teacher of the Year Anna Morris will be the guest speaker for an April 27 program hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Education Major Student Association. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. in room 102 of Owings-McQuagge Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate students Jeremy Johnson and Grover Brown are following in a lengthy line of successful scholarship winners at the University as recipients of 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.


The fellowships cover three years of funding. Students receive a $34,000 stipend every year as well as a $12,000 cost of attendance allowance tenable at any university in the country. NSF Graduate Research Fellows are selected on the basis of their academic merit as well as their potential for broader impact on the greater scientific community and society as a whole.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the selection of Kate Howard as the University’s Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions, effective June 27, 2016, following a national search. The appointment is pending IHL Board approval.


University of Southern Mississippi history doctoral student Hayden McDaniel, center, and Stephanie Millet, transcriber/editor with the USM Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, view a documentary based on oral histories from the center that focus on the U.S. civil rights movement. The center received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2014 to digitize its civil rights oral histories, and held a reception April 12 at the Hattiesburg African American Military History Museum to celebrate its work on the project. McDaniel serves as project manager for the grant. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Dr. Ann P. Blackwell, dean of The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology, reads to children at the Center for Child Development on the Hattiesburg campus Friday, April 15 as the centers executive director Jeffrey Leffler looks on. Dr. Blackwell’s visit with the students was held in conjunction with national Week of the Young Child, which is an annual program hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) that celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers and families. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science (DMS) has announced its annual Wiesenburg lecturer as Dr. John Hughes Clarke, a professor with a joint appointment in mechanical engineering and Earth sciences at the University of New Hampshire.


The public is invited to enjoy a free lecture by Clarke titled “What Drives Deep Sea Channel Systems” at 11 a.m. April 20 in the StennisSphere Auditorium at the John C. Stennis Space Center.

Each year, during the first week of April, the American Public Health Association recognizes the benefits of public health and highlights issues important to improving the nation during National Public Health Week (NPHW). This year, students in the Department of Public Health, brought the national event to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Putting a limit on knowledge and doing the bare minimum has never been anything Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour has aspired himself to do – or expected of anyone else.


Instead, he is what others may consider an over-achiever, or a man of many talents, and these traits have led to Naghshpour being named The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2016 Mentor of the Year and the 2016 Research Fellow for the Academy of Economics and Finance.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health recognized student success during its annual Student Awards Night held Tuesday, April 12 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The event is an opportunity for each school and department in the college to award outstanding students for their academic accomplishments and extracurricular activities.  

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hattiesburg for Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, who died April 14 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 65.

The Connoisseur Series will present the American String Quartet April 18 at 8 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Thanks to a grant from Partners for the Arts, the program is free and the public is invited.


The quartet is a professional string ensemble comprised of Peter Winograd, violin; Laurie Carney, violin; Daniel Avshalomov, viola; and Wolfram Koessel, cello. The American String Quartet will be on campus for a two-day residency, with master classes preceding their recital and a chamber music master class the following day.

University of Southern Mississippi student Lakelyn Taylor of Long Beach, Miss., has been awarded a Study Abroad Grant worth $1,000 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi -- the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host Alysia Steele to discuss her recent book, “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21. Hosted by the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, Center for Black Studies and Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, the open event will be held in Gonzales Auditorium in the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Scientists at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory spent April 5 training with surgeon Drew Hildebrandt to ensure the safety of animals used in research projects.


The highly successful McNair Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is saying farewell to a devoted advocate and hello to a new home as the program enters an exciting transitional phase.