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For students stuck on campus for the holiday break, it was a taste of home. For international students who likely were experiencing their first Thanksgiving, it was a time to sample an American tradition.

Small businesses are an important economic driver in Mississippi. The Mississippi Small Business Profile, 2017, published by the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, reports that Mississippi small businesses employed 432,231 people, or 47.7 percent of the private workforce, in 2014 and that small businesses created 5,423 net jobs in 2014.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies currently has grant funds available statewide for people with disabilities and their families interested in becoming homeowners. A community grant workshop will be held Monday, Nov. 20, from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Mississippi Library Commission at 3881 Eastwood Drive in Jackson.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will bring together top safety and security industry leaders representing intercollegiate athletics as well as commercial sport and entertainment facilities during the week of January 15-19, 2018 at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Florida.  

In keeping with the spirit of the season of giving, The University of Southern Mississippi Student Government Association (SGA) has designated the Hattiesburg Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club as the beneficiary of its annual Lighting the Way for the Holidays charity fundraiser. The event is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the south lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Kenyan native Nuala Ribeiro learned a significant lesson during her recent internship with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies – that a “societal change of attitude” is crucial to ensuring disability rights.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 16 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in honor of the school’s 55th anniversary. During the event, the school will also honor Dr. Maureen K. Martin who retired as director in June 2017 after 41 years of service. Her retirement recognition will take place at 5 p.m.

Longtime Sanderson Farms executive and former State College Board President Robin Robinson has been named the 2017 Boardman Alumna of the Year by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business. She will be honored during a special ceremony set for Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. in Scianna Hall’s McDonnell Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

From the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903 to putting man on the moon in 1969, the 20th Century was a remarkable time for the aerospace field. In the 21st Century, we have even greater opportunities for more incredible progress in flight and space. Through education, research and service, Mississippi Public Universities are at the leading edge of that progress. Seizing these opportunities takes teamwork of many, including government, military, business and academia.

The holiday season is a time of giving and receiving but many homeless families are not able to give because they are in need of receiving from their communities to stabilize them in decent housing. Homelessness is a devastating experience for families with children and homeless households need assistance in ending their homelessness.

Put out a call for groups of meat-and-bean-and-pepper culinary experts. Add a dash of tradition and a heaping helping of community service. Mix it all together at The University of Southern Mississippi's Pete Taylor Park.

University of Southern Mississippi sophomore Madalyn Mares has been there – confused, intimidated, overwhelmed, and struggling as a first-year college student. And that is why the Covington, La., native pounced at the chance to be a member of the University’s Learning Assistant pilot program.

 

“Being that I was a freshman just a year ago, I totally understand the stresses of being a first semester college student,” said Mares, a mathematics licensure major. “Being able to relate to other students definitely builds a stronger trust and makes it so much easier for students to open up to and learn from you as a learning assistant.”

The genesis of America’s political gridlock and ideas for solutions to government policy challenges in a divisive political climate will be the focus of influential conservative intellectual Yuval Levin’s University Forum presentation “Our Fractured Republic” Tuesday, Nov. 14 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. This free event is open to the public, and will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center.

Social work students at The University of Southern Mississippi face a growing challenge in their field: that the largest single providers of mental health care services in the country are now correctional systems.

Sheena Allen knew the Silicon Valley CEO stereotype when she moved out west a few years ago. She knew that stereotype looked very little like her. She came from a different place and did not receive an Ivy League education.

 

She knew those differences could be — in marketing speak — her unique selling proposition. And it was clear that Sheena Allen Apps was never going to be the typical Silicon Valley tech company.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) have entered into a Pathway to Applied Technology Bachelor of Science Agreement. This agreement establishes a transferable pathway for NTCC students to become eligible for direct admission into USM.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies currently has grant funds available statewide for people with disabilities and their families interested in becoming homeowners. A community grant workshop will be held Friday, November 10, from 4:30 to 5:30 at the Bountiful Blessings Community Room at 2363 Carrollton Road in Grenada.

Graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi will have an opportunity to showcase their current thesis and dissertation efforts as part of the challenging Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition to be held on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to maintain national accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.

Several members of the TRIAD AmeriCorps program at The University of Southern Mississippi served as volunteers for the Hub City Special Olympics held earlier this month at Camp Shelby.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Nov. 11, for any residents in Panola and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

High school students from across the Pine Belt participated in demonstrations, quizzes, and other activities in celebration of Mole Day on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at USM sponsored the event.

The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with three other major universities on a unique initiative designed to benefit mid-level to senior level economic development practitioners.

More than 100 high school students from the Pine Belt area will congregate on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Monday, Oct. 23 in celebration of Mole Day – a day devoted to the wonders of chemistry.