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The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will present three awards at the annual Speakeasy event on October 6, 2017. Honorees include: Mississippi Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King, Southern Miss Head Baseball Coach Scott Berry, and long-time DuBard School supporter and advisory board member William H. (Bill) Pace.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Oct. 7, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi has partnered with clothing retailers Talbots and Jos. A. Bank on a new initiative called the Eagle Suit Fund. The fund is sponsored by a generous alumnus of the University.

The Alpha Omicron chapter of Phi Mu sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its annual fall festival, BonnaMU, on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2-5 p.m. at Spirit Park on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is a fundraiser for Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Sept. 30, for any residents in Harrison and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free community grant workshop on Fri., Sept. 29, for any residents in Harrison and surrounding counties interested in learning about the requirements for obtaining up to $22,000 in down payment grant assistance to families who want to purchase their first home.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host a scholarly talk, featuring Dr. Sam Hyde of Southeastern Louisiana University, Tuesday, Sept. 19, on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host the First Annual Women in Science and Engineering Conference on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating a record percentage increase in new freshmen and has surpassed all previous record enrollment numbers at its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

Those are just two of the positives from Fall 2017 enrollment figures that have set the University on a course for future unmatched success. In Fall 2017, 22.6 percent more first-time, full-time freshmen are attending the University than in 2016.

The work of Hattiesburg artist Theresa Parker is featured in an exhibit hosted through September by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), located in the Peck House at 3601 Pearl St. in Hattiesburg.

"Theresa Parker: A Retrospective Art Exhibit" includes 40 pieces featuring paintings and colored photographs, and may be viewed from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. A reception honoring the artist will be held at OLLI from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. Admission is free.

The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce that Gen. David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Retired) will deliver the 2017 Lt. Col. John H. Dale Distinguished Lecture in International Security and Global Policy on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at 7 p.m.

In an ongoing effort to provide and maintain a safe and inclusive living and working environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct across all University campuses and research sites, The University of Southern Mississippi recently added a new position of deputy coordinator to its Title IX Office.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Wednesday, Sept. 20, for any residents in Jones and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Marathon and running/endurance event officials from across the country will converge on Dec. 5-7 in Orlando, Fla. for the fourth annual National Marathon and Running Events Safety and Security Summit, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

As the fall semester kicks off, students at The University of Southern Mississippi will notice a brand new dining location located in Asbury Hall, Freshens Fresh Food Studio. Freshens opened this summer with condensed hours to give campus a taste of what was to come.

“Like a dream,” that’s how University of Southern Mississippi alumna Katie Dixon describes her experience as a finalist on Season 7 of the Fox television series, “Masterchef.”

 

As a wife, mother of two, and businesswoman preparing for the opening of the Birdhouse Café, her new restaurant in west Hattiesburg, as well as additional new ventures, it is easy for Dixon to feel like she has still yet to wake up.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus will host a book talk, featuring Dr. Deanne Stephens, associate dean in the College of Arts and Letters, Thursday, August 31.

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 September.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is excited to announce five Eagle Landing tailgate locations for the 2017 Golden Eagle football season.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings will kick off the 2017-18 football season with Pride Preview and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-renovated Pride Field. The ribbon-cutting will be held Friday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. at the new practice field located on the Hattiesburg campus, followed by Pride Preview, a free concert open to the public.

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced the 2017-18 recipient of the Conville Service-Learning Development Award, a $2,000 grant for graduates of USM’s Faculty Fellow Seminar on Service-Learning to pursue new service-learning initiatives.

At The University of Southern Mississippi, research and innovation are fueling new discoveries in technology that offer real-world applications in the private and commercial sectors.

 

Nothing illustrates this synergy better than a recent National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps grant fostered within the University’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. The $50,000 grant – the first of its kind awarded to a Mississippi university – helped yield a cellulose reinforced thermoplastic polymer composite created in the lab of USM Polymer Professor Dr. Joshua Otaigbe.

The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning approved The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)’s Plan for Academic Reorganization: Vision 2020 on Thursday, a plan the University expects will be a catalyst toward realization of its vision to become the model for public higher education across the country.

 

“Our ability to evolve will determine our level of success in today’s competitive landscape of higher education,” said University President Rodney D. Bennett. “I am excited about the transformative potential of the Plan for Academic Reorganization, and I appreciate the hard work of all who were involved in developing this strategic path forward for academic affairs at USM.”

University of Southern Mississippi graduates Justin Dyer, Kelly Hill and Lorenzo Spencer have been awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for their medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson.