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Jerry Mitchell, a McArthur Award-winning journalist with the Jackson, Miss. Clarion-Ledger, will be the first speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s spring 2016 University Forum series. His presentation, “Civil Rights Cold Cases,” is set for Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Marriage and Family Therapy Student Organization and Department of Child and Family Studies will host “50 Shades of Safe” Friday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Payne Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The program will feature presentations designed to help female students learn how to stay safe in a variety of situations, and will also serve as a research project conducted within the department.

Students at The University of Southern Mississippi are well on their way to becoming licensed Applied Behavior Analysis therapists. The first cohort of students recently finished their first semester of the new master’s degree program in psychology with an emphasis in ABA therapy.

Despite trends that show many colleges and universities losing traction in the highly competitive battleground for research funding, The University of Southern Mississippi has maintained its position in the latest ratings from the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Dr. Ann Blankenship, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling at The University of Southern Mississippi, will participate in a live audience participation talk show to be streamed on Google+ page and You Tube Feb. 16 at 12:30 p.m. CST. This episode of “Café UCEA” will focus on the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and be presented by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced the winners of the 30th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year, a new writer and new illustrator are celebrated.

The 2016 award ceremony will be held April 7 during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the USM Hattiesburg campus. The winners receive a gold medallion as well as an honorarium of $1,000.

Dr. Elizabeth Moak, associate professor of music at The University of Southern Mississippi, will give a solo piano recital Friday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The solo piano recital will honor the 350th birthday year of Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, and the 70th birthday year of Judith Lang Zaimont.

A faculty member and student from the College of Health are The University of Southern Mississippi’s recipients of the annual Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) award.

Dr. Elaine Molaison, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, and junior exercise science major John Davenport of Moss Bluff, La. are recipients of the HEADWAE Outstanding Faculty and Students Awards. They were honored the Mississippi Legislature and at a luncheon Feb. 2 in Jackson.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology has been ranked among the nation’s Top 50 graduate programs by the resource guide CounselingPsychology.org. The Southern Miss program stands at No. 13 in the national rankings.

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member is a co-investigator on a grant-funded collaborative project designed to train medical students to help patients dealing with substance abuse.

Dr. Michael Madson, associate professor of counseling psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, is working with the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson on integration of a substance abuse component in the UMC curriculum. Madson is director of the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program in USM’s Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic.

Economic trends and forecasts will be the primary focus for the Economic Outlook 2016 forum set for Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Live Oak Writing Project teacher consultants Sarah Bailey and Jennifer Butler have successfully mentored three students to prestigious writing awards by the Eudora Welty Foundation. The students were participants in a Scholastic Writing Workshop held last fall and sponsored by the Live Oak Writing Project (LOWP).

They’ve forged change with both the written word and direct action, and they’ll share the story of how they did it  during The University of Southern Mississippi’s spring 2016 University Forum series.

Jerry Mitchell, an award-winning journalist with the Jackson, Miss. Clarion Ledger known internationally for his work that has led to justice for murdered civil rights leaders; Lilly Ledbetter, who put gender pay inequity in the spotlight and inspired legislation to address it; and Barbara Ehrenreich, a New York Times best-selling author whose work has exposed corporate excess and the economic challenges faced by the middle class, all make up another star-studded lineup for the popular, long-running USM program.

Each year during February, high school students from throughout the southeastern United States convene on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus to enjoy an inspiring, music-filled weekend.


The Southern Miss School of Music will host hundreds of students Feb. 5 - 7 during the All-South Honor Band weekend.

Runners, walkers and friends of The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will join together on Saturday, Feb. 27 for The 2nd Annual Children's Center Classic 10K, 5K, and 1-Mile Fun Run.

Concerns about textbook costs are on the rise among college students nationwide. Each semester begins with finding which textbooks are required, price-comparison, and the daunting decision of whether to rent or buy. 


DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting two educational sessions for educators, parents and administrators this month including Conscious Discipline on Feb. 18 and Missing Links in Academics on Feb. 23-24.

André Heath, assistant to the dean for recruitment, retention, and strategic initiatives in the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be the keynote speaker for the 10th annual observance of Black History Month Thursday, Feb. 4 at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online master’s degree program in Political Science has been recognized as one of the nation’s foremost in a recent ranking by TheBestSchools.org.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received a $50,000 grant from the Psychonomic Society to fund a Leading Edge Workshop on “The Evolutionary and Psychological Significance of Play.”

Deeming it a “win-win situation,” University of Southern Mississippi business Professor Bret Becton applauded the Cintas Corp. for conducting its annual management trainee summit at the University’s College of Business on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Philip C. Kolin, Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at The University of Southern Mississippi, has published a new  book of 50 poems entitled Emmett Till in Different States, commemorating the 60th  anniversary of Till's savage murder that ignited the Civil Rights Movement.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Connoisseur Series will continue in spring of 2016 with a new soloist announced for the opening event. British soprano Alison Buchanan and The Ritz Chamber Players are kicking off the series on Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Deanna Witkowski Trio will follow closely behind on March 28, followed by the Tromba Mundi Trumpet Ensemble on April 5, and the American Quartet on April 18.

University of Southern Mississippi Professor Douglas Masterson has been awarded the 2015 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Mentor Award. Masterson serves as an associate professor of organic and bioorganic chemistry and associate dean for undergraduate affairs in the College of Science and Technology at Southern Miss.


Last spring, Masterson was selected as Southern Miss’s inaugural recipient of the Graduate Mentor of the Year Award, which is supported by the Southern Miss Graduate School and the Office of Research. Masterson was then nominated for the CSGC award.