December 2, 2015  

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The City of Hattiesburg and the Hattiesburg Jaycees are hosting the annual Christmas Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 3, starting at 5:30 p.m. 

The University of Southern Mississippi will ring in the holiday season Wednesday, Dec. 2 with its annual Lighting the Way event on the Hattiesburg campus. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. on the south lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building, and members of the University and local communities are invited.

To kick off National Disability Mentoring Day 2015, almost 100 students from Hattiesburg, Oak Grove, and Petal high school spent the day learning about career development on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi through the Institute of Disability Studies. This year’s theme was “My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am.” 

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP), a statewide outreach program of The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education, kicked off its 9th annual program series on Nov. 4 in Jackson, Miss.

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi will begin a new era when the program moves into beautiful Asbury Hall, scheduled for completion in Spring of 2016. As part of this historic celebration, the College of Nursing has launched a Brick by Brick Campaign for Asbury Hall.

Marathon officials from across the country will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss. on Dec. 8-10 for the National Marathon Safety and Security Summit, hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, TRIAD Service AmeriCorps members joined with the Hattiesburg Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist active military members, veterans, and their families in safely enjoying Veterans Day celebrations.


The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Steven R. Moser its new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, pending approval by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.


The announcement follows a national search that included outreach to more than 600 potential applicants and culminated in University visits with the top three candidates, who were selected from a pool of more than 60 applicants.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host its annual Research Awards Day Friday, Nov. 13 in the Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms on the Hattiesburg campus, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus hosted 102 girls from four Gulf Coast high schools on Friday, Nov. 6 for the annual “Day at USM.”


University of Southern Mississippi alum and Petal, Miss., resident Dr. Barbara Mauldin took home the crown of “Miss Senior America 2015” during the annual competition held last month in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 

The Southern Miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will hold its annual “Let’s SAAC Hunger” food drive from Nov. 12-22. Each C-USA school works within its respective community to conduct a campus-wide canned food drive for at least one week during the fall semester.

Nicole Ruhnke has accepted the position of assistant director for communications at The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association.

The University of Southern Mississippi meets all the criteria to rank as the best college location in the State of Mississippi, according to a new list from the academic-review web site

C-SPAN’s award-winning, 45-foot customized Bus will visit the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday Nov. 5. The bus will be parked on West Memorial Drive, near the entrance to the R.C. Cook Union Building.

State Rep. Toby Barker had a busier-than-usual work day on Oct. 27 as a special guest at The University of Southern Mississippi recently.


Through the Take Your Legislator to Work Day event organized by the Mississippi Partnerships for Employment (MSPE) project at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), Barker was able to tour the workplace of young adults with disabilities who work at Southern Miss, including two IDS employees and several members of the TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program.

The Southern Chorale, The University of Southern Mississippi’s top choral ensemble, has been selected by blind panels to perform at two major national conventions, which in turn has prompted an invitation to yet another major performance – a fully-funded trip to Carnegie Hall in New York City.


Before making those national appearances, the Chorale will preview some of their works for local patrons on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Bay Street Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg. The concert is free and open to the public.


The week of Nov. 2-7 has been designated as “Children’s Center Week” at the Half Shell Oyster House in Hattiesburg with a portion of proceeds benefitting The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.

University of Southern Mississippi staff members Megan Burkes, Christy Bjork, and Kady Pietz have been selected as Top 10 Under 40 nominees for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce One Coast Awards. The winners will be announced on Nov. 17 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s graduate students will showcase their research in a competitive format in the Second Annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition, Nov. 4-6, from 2-5 p.m. each day at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesurg campus. The preliminaries will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Nov. 5. Eight students will compete in the finals on Friday, Nov. 6.

Taylor Carley of Hattiesburg has been named self-advocacy coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS). Carley is the first to hold this newly created position which highlights IDS’ commitment to promoting self-advocacy in Mississippi with a focus on youth and young adults.   

Mississippi’s USDA Rural Housing office has received the 2015 Housing Initiative Partner of the Year Award presented by The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS). The state’s USDA Rural Housing field offices have participated as lenders with IDS’ Home of Your Own (HOYO) program since 2012, providing over $21 million in funding to HOYO homeowners to obtain homeownership.

A profound appreciation for community service inspired former University of Southern Mississippi Professor Richard Conville and his wife, Mozella, to make a $100,000 gift to the USM Foundation for discretionary support of programs associated with the University’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE).


USM Foundation and CCCE representatives made the announcement of the Richard L. Conville and Mozella P. Conville Center for Community and Civic Engagement Fund for Excellence during a ceremony held Friday, Oct. 23 at the R.C. Cook Union Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi student chapter of the Financial Management Association (FMA) will conduct a “CFO (Chief Financial Officer) Symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the McDonnell Auditorium of Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The roundtable discussion, set for 7-9 p.m., is free and open to the general public.