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Each year, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters recognizes excellence in service, teaching and research. This year’s winners were honored for their dedication to the college and university at a ceremony recently held on the Hattiesburg campus in the Thad Cochran Center.

University of Southern Mississippi student and Gulfport native Jamie Henton has faced many obstacles throughout her college career, but letting those obstacles hinder her from furthering her education has never been an option.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) concluded its series of educational high school events and competitions on Tuesday, May 10, by hosting its 9th annual SEP State Business Plan Competition on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

Andre Heath, assistant to the dean for strategic initiatives for the College of Science and Technology, has been recognized as The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Student Activities’ Student Organization Advisor of the Year.

University of Southern Mississippi undergraduates Jeremy Kirksey of Semmes, Ala. and Grant Tingstrom of Bay St. Louis, Miss. are joining the U.S. Navy after graduation. Both are students in the College of Science and Technology (COST).

Teaching, research and service by members of The University of Southern Mississippi faculty was honored and supported with various awards and grants May 6 during the annual Faculty Awards Day at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The event was sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the USM Faculty Senate.

All one needs to know about the passion and integrity of longtime business Professor Dr. William C. “Bill” Smith can be gleaned from his own career summation.


“I have never had a single day when I regretted coming to work. This is the best job on the planet,” said Smith, who plans to retire on June 30 after 37 years as a professor and administrator at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi was re-accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education and Journalism in Mass Communications (ACEJMC) at the council’s meeting in Chicago May 6.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online master’s degree program in nutrition and food systems has been ranked among the best programs in the nation by Affordable Colleges Online.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale plans to take its audience to another dimension in two concerts of “Fly Me to the Moon” May 13 and 15, at two locations along the coast.

University Research Center (URC) is hosting its first “Advancing Mississippi: Research for a Better Mississippi for More Mississippians” Conference on Thursday, June 9th in Jackson. Researchers from across the state will present papers that address the systemic challenges that Mississippi faces.

Shelby Reeder, a graduate student at The University of Southern Mississippi and graduate assistant at the DuBard School for Language Disorders, was recently awarded the Aylett Royall Cox Memorial Scholarship CALP (Certified Academic Language Practitioner) award from the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). Reeder is the first student from Southern Miss to receive the award.

Fans of the music of composer John Williams, producer of scores for such hit movies as “Star Wars” and “Superman” are in for a treat when the Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestras presents his work Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi Mannoni Performing Arts Center.

As part of an ongoing commitment to student success, The University of Southern Mississippi has realigned key service programs under one broad umbrella to create a comprehensive retention initiative for students from the time they enroll until graduation.


The changes include moving the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) under the Office of New Student and Retention Programs (NSRP), which was established last August to increase retention and graduation rates for new and continuing students. The popular Think Center – designed to help students build solution-oriented thinking skills – has also moved under NSRP.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) is an organization at The University of Southern Mississippi that inspires women to study and build careers using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus hosted its third annual awards ceremony Friday, April 29 on the University’s campus in Long Beach. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Artist Guild will host its annual spring Pottery and Art Sale on the Hattiesburg campus in the 3D Arts Building, located at 2905 West 4th St. between Century Park North and the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office. The sale will begin Friday, May 6 from noon - 6 p.m. and continue Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 from noon - 6 p.m. 

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Wilton Jackson has joined the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) board of directors as the national student representative.

With National Small Business Week (May 1-7) well underway, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center is encouraging would-be entrepreneurs to take advantage of the services provided by the center.

Continuing its mission to educate both practicing and up-and-coming professionals in the public relations industry, the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) recently awarded a $500 scholarship to a University of Southern Mississippi student.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Casey Malone Maugh Funderburk as Associate Provost for the Gulf Park Campus, effective May 10.  Maugh Funderburk’s appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

University of Southern Mississippi undergraduate students Nathaniel Prine and Ryan Campbell have been recognized for their research efforts as Honorable Mentions for the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Dr. Lisa Nored, professor and director of the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Criminal Justice, was recently honored by the Mississippi College School of Law with its Lawyer of the Year award at the school’s annual alumni dinner.  

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing faculty and students are making a positive difference in the Hattiesburg community by volunteering at The Fellowship Health Clinic. In their most recent efforts, Dr. Elizabeth Tinnon and USM College of Nursing students were able to assist the clinic in the triage of patients and by working in the lab.