July 25, 2017  

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On July 1, 2017, the Southern Mississippi Alumni Association installed its executive committee for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Individuals include alumni who are accomplished leaders in their communities who demonstrate strong commitment to the betterment of the University.

In its latest rankings of the Best Four-Year Colleges in Mississippi, online resource guide Schools.com has placed The University of Southern Mississippi at No. 2 among the state’s eight public institutions.

Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, community education director at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), has been elected to the board of directors for the Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA).    

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) has been awarded five years of continued federal funding through the Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the Administration from Community Living (ACL).

The TRIAD program at The University of Southern Mississippi is one of 11 AmeriCorps Mississippi programs to receive funds from $3.12 million dollars in funding provided by the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (Volunteer Mississippi) through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) strives to expand its health efforts with the launch of “Nutrition is for Everyone,” a one-year regional project designed to provide nutrition education to people with disabilities, their families, and the community.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics and local alumni chapters, has announced the dates for its annual summer parties in Jackson, Biloxi and Hattiesburg. All Southern Miss fans are invited to attend these events, and enjoy time with Southern Miss coaches, administrators, athletes, cheerleaders and Seymour.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) has been presented with the Above and Beyond Award by the Mississippi Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office.

Local residents are invited to participate in another Wag n’ Walk fitness event slated for Saturday, July 8, on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach. 

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 July.

Campus Link AmeriCorps at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received approximately $380,000 in federal funding for 2017-18 to continue its work providing tutoring and mentoring for disadvantaged youth through its public school and non-profit agency partnerships in the Pine Belt. The funding award comes through the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Construction will conduct its inaugural USM-MCEF (Mississippi Construction Education Foundation) Building Futures Summer Camp June 25-29 for students in grades 8-10.

June is National Homeownership Month, and the Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, June 24, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CSM) recently released a video recognizing the City of Hattiesburg and The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work for the strides they have made to provide outreach and enrollment assistance to South Mississippi families since 2014.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi will host Bicentennial by the Beach on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, beginning today, June 8.

This summer 13 USM undergraduates will receive financial support to pursue crucial pathway experiences that might have otherwise been difficult to pursue due to travel costs and other financial demands.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Veterans, Service Members, and Families is helping spread the word about a statewide initiative that will provide free Hepatitis C testing to enrolled veterans born between 1945-1965.

 

Southern Arena Theatre (SAT) returns for its 41st season at The University of Southern Mississippi with two classic plays, and after a wildly successful inaugural run last summer, the Improv Comedy Club is back to the delight of SAT fans throughout the Gulf South.

The Office of University Communications, along with staff members from various offices at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently captured 12 awards – including a Grand Award in electronic media – at the annual College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) conference held May 21-23 in Ocean Springs, Miss.

The words of Walt Disney, “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them“ were featured on the second annual Project SEARCH Southern Miss Class of 2017 graduation invitation.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Sat., June 17, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Meeting Room at the Metrocenter Mall at 3645 Highway 80 West in Jackson.

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently exhibiting works by contemporary artists/illustrators Melissa Sweet and Wendell Minor. The exhibit, Gems from de Grummond: The Works of Wendell Minor and Melissa Sweet, will be available through March 2018 in the de Grummond Exhibit Room in Cook Library.

For more than a decade, First Southern Bank of Columbia, Miss., has faithfully invested in scholarship at The University of Southern Mississippi, enabling many Golden Eagles to pursue their academic dreams within the College of Business. Their commitment continues through a recent gift of $10,000.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach is currently exhibiting illustrations by local artist Tracy Williams.