February 19, 2018  

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Faculty from the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi were recently nominated for recognition by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) for their artistic accomplishments in 2015. Winners will be announced at the 37th annual MIAL Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 11 at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Health is Golden initiative, in conjunction with its Department of Public Health, will present a community health fair Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. – noon at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg. The church is located at 2420 Hardy St.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business is preparing for its second installment of the Executives On: Lecture Series on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 

Graduate students in a sport marketing & public relations class at The University of Southern Mississippi have teamed up with the Biloxi Shuckers’ Minor League Baseball organization for a unique promotional project that could be a home run for both parties.


Under the guidance of Dr. Doug Manning, assistant professor of sport management, the class has been assessing the current marketing efforts of the Shuckers to create a marketing plan in an application of theory for organizational issues. The team is the Double A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers.

The Coleen Salley Storytelling Session at the 2016 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival will feature Tim Tingle, an Oklahoma Choctaw and award-winning author and storyteller. The free storytelling session will be held Wednesday, April 6 in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms on the Hattiesburg campus from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of The University of Southern Mississippi's Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, has been selected editor-in-chief of the Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Mammalian Social Behavior.


The encyclopedia will contain approximately 150 chapters, each written by accomplished scholars in their respective fields. 

More than 100 works will be featured during the 2016 Annual Student Show set for March 23-April 8 at the Gallery of Art and Design on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Students from all eight of Mississippi’s public universities will share their research and creative activities on topics ranging from healthcare to cultural heritage to agribusiness with legislators and state leaders at Posters in the Rotunda, which will be held in the Rotunda of the State Capitol on Thursday, March 24. The students will show how their research solves some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems and benefits the citizens of the state.

A team comprised of three University of Southern Mississippi students took home second-place honors at the annual Alley Scholars Shark Tank Challenge Business Plan Competition held earlier this month in Fort Worth, Texas.

Three students from The University of Southern Mississippi will present their undergraduate research to state legislators during the Posters in the Rotunda program set for Thursday, March 24 in Jackson, Miss.

All puns aside, University of Southern Mississippi student Bradley Floore described his reaction as “floored” upon learning that he had been selected as the winner of the prestigious 2016 Orrin W. Swayze Scholarship.

The Education, Empower, Enroll (E3) Health Initiative, a partnership between the city of Hattiesburg and The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Social Work, helped insure more than 3,000 Hattiesburg community members.

On any given day, you can find Jim Franks inside the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) or out on Gulf Coast waters, studying the habitats and conditions of fish along the Mississippi Coast and beyond.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in April.

The University of Southern Mississippi Steel Pan Orchestra (SoMiSPO) will perform with special guest artist Andy Narell on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for student age, or free with student identification. The program will consist of Andy Narell’s music including tunes from his most recent album “Oui ma Chérie!”including songs Visibly Absent and One More Touch.

The subject of a University of Southern Mississippi professor’s book has been captured by a professional cartoonist who brings American history to life in the syndicated comic strip Flashbacks.

A federal grant awarded to The University of Southern Mississippi in 2014 has already paid significant dividends to former and active-duty military service members seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Students from The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems are providing educational sessions to the teachers and parents of Hawkins Elementary School in Hattiesburg.

Renowned biblical scholar and translator Dr. Joel M. Hoffman will present the lecture “The Bible Doesn’t Say That” Monday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi International Center, room 101.


A book signing will follow Hoffman’s lecture, based on his recently published book by the same name. Hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, this event is free and open to the public.



An internationally prominent theoretical physicist whose research could revolutionize understanding of the universe’s foundational properties is the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s inaugural Grayson H. and Jane Dishong Rayborn Lecture in Physics and Astronomy April 7.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Libraries, in conjunction with its Office of the Provost, is hosting a workshop for all faculty members that will explain copyright basics and their application for open educational resources. The workshop, “Copyright Concerns and Open Educational Resources,” will be held Wednesday, March 23 at noon in room 123 of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Eric Platt, assistant professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently named a recipient of the Texas Catholic Historical Society’s Patrick Foley Award for his article on Archbishop Joseph F. Rummel in the 2015 issue of Catholic Southwest.

Little did first-year student Deidra Ollie know, but the welcoming atmosphere she has experienced at The University of Southern Mississippi would also include winning a new Apple iPad.

Richard Peck, an award-winning author of books for middle grade students and young adults, recently made a gift of $100,000 in support of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival and de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.