October 24, 2016  

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The Children's Center for Communication and Development at Southern Miss welcomed the Lady Eagles basketball organization on Tuesday, Sept. 30 to celebrate the pair's annual play date.  For the fourth year the Lady Eagles have taken a morning off from practice and studies to reach out to the Center's children who are all under the age of six and have special needs.

A U.S. Small Business Administration award of $523,742 will help the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) at Stennis Space Center fortify its mission to put Mississippi on the map as a “center of activity” for the nation’s marine science and technology industry.

The Southern Miss Food Research Group, a collaboration of various departments at The University of Southern Mississippi that study food, will host “The Culinary Communities of Mississippi: Farm, Table and Campus,” a lecture series that will explore how we cook, eat and grow food in Mississippi.

The first lecture will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Peck House-Asbury Annex on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. "The Carrot and the Stick: The Role of Government in Nutrition" will be presented by Dr. Joseph Weinberg, a political science professor at Southern Miss.

The Department of English on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus will present a Fall 2014 film series titled “The Open Road and the American Frontier” with the first screening and discussion on Oct. 23. The series explores various responses to the closing of the American frontier.

The University of Southern Mississippi Roots N’ Shoots chapter, along with the Department of Biological Sciences, is hosting the Haunted Halloween Science Trail on Friday, Oct. 31 in the Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC), located in the basement of Mississippi Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.


Whitney Miller, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna who won the inaugural title of “MasterChef” on the Fox reality television show of the same name, will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 7 University Forum. The program will be held at the Trent Lott Center, room 103 A-D at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

Oak Grove middle school student Jonathan Myers, who excelled in regional science fairs held at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently named a semifinalist in the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS program for his project: “The Effect of Ocean Acidification on the Bioluminescence of Pyrocystis fusiformis.”

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Art and Design is hosting the Gallery of Art and Design Inaugural Exhibit: Faculty Works, featuring faculty artists. The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 9, is being held on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus in the newly renovated gallery space of George Hurst Building. Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public.

The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced five new department chairs and directors, including Dr. Ann Marie Kinnell, Anthropology and Sociology; Dr. David L. Butler, Political Science, International Development and International Affairs; Dr. David R. Davies, School of Mass Communication and Journalism; Professor Stacy Reischman Fletcher, School of Music; and Dr. Marek D. Steedman, Interdisciplinary Studies.

With approximately 86,000 cases and 11,000 deaths per year in the United States, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), better known as Staph infection, is a threat that graduate students at the University of Southern Mississippi have taken to task.


Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Buford “Buff” Blount, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who led the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division into Iraq in 2003, will be the featured speaker for the Monday, Sept. 29 McCarthy Lecture Series. It will be held at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Education of the Deaf program, in its College of Health’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has received its second $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. This five-year grant provides full-tuition scholarships to support the training of 40 specialists enrolled in the Master of Science in Education of the Deaf with a concentration in Early Oral Intervention.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra opens its 95th season Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. In true gala opening style, patrons are encouraged to dress in their best fashion for this very special opening entitled “From the New World.”

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will present a professional development workshop: “Exceptional Learners, Exceptional Instruction” Oct. 2-3 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Andrew Haley, an associate professor in the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi, will discuss the lack of African American references in early Mississippi cookbooks to kickoff the Mississippi Community Cookbook Project. The lecture will take place on Oct. 9 in Cook Library, Room 123 from 6-8 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus.

The public is invited to get all dolled up in dapper threads for a night on the town at the 2nd Annual DuBard School Speakeasy, on Friday, Oct. 3. This 1920’s themed event is hosted by the DuBard School for Language Disorders, a United Way agency, at The University of Southern Mississippi.

A commitment to providing high quality educational and career opportunities to those who defend our freedoms has earned The University of Southern Mississippi a prestigious accolade.


Victory Media Inc., a veteran-owned ratings entity whose work includes identifying organizations, including schools, which engage in practices supportive of active duty military, veterans and their families, has designated Southern Miss a Military Friendly School.

The Historic Hattiesburg Neighborhood Association (HHNA) recently presented The University of Southern Mississippi's Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic with a gift of $2,000 to support reduced cost mental health services to individuals living in the Hattiesburg area. The gift comes from proceeds raised at the HHNA’s annual Downtown Crawfish Jam. On hand for the presentation of the gift included, from left, Brian Saffle, HHNA; Dr. Michael Madson, Department of Psychology; Andrea Saffle, HHNA; Lauren Osborne and David Gavel, doctoral students in counseling psychology. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

An internationally prominent activist devoted to social and environmental causes will be the next speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum.

Dr. Robert Jensen, a member of the faculty in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas will present “Crises, Ecological and Social” Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in room 103 A-D in the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and the public is invited.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Jeremy Noble used the Alumni Association’s “Leave a Legacy” program to create a lasting memory for himself and his new bride.

More than 50 participants recently took part in The University of Southern Mississippi's annual True South Economic Development Course, presented by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the College of Business, Sept. 15-18. The course, hosted by the university's Trent Lott Center, exposes participants to the fundamentals and practice of creating jobs, increasing wealth, improving the tax base and enhancing a community’s quality-of-life. It can also be applied as credit toward securing certification as an economic developer. For more information, visit http://www.usm.edu/professional-development-educational-outreach/true-so....

The 2014 McCarthy Lecture Series begins Monday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi with Dan Hallin's lecture “Reporting the Vietnam War.” Hallin is a professor of communications at the University of California, San Diego and his talk is tied to his extensive research and publications on this subject. 

The series is presented by the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, located in the university’s Department of History. All talks in the series begin at 6 p.m. in Room 101 of the Liberal Arts Building. Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m.  

Some dreams certainly take longer than others to materialize, but the reality is that the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi will move into a spacious, new home in the not-so-distant future.


Southern Miss faculty, staff, students and administrators were joined by state dignitaries and University supporters on Wednesday, Sept. 17 for the official groundbreaking of Asbury Hall – future home of the College of Nursing.


Kimberly Docter, a junior marketing and international business double major at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, spent two months in Kenya and Uganda earlier this spring working with the organization - Know Think Act.