February 16, 2019  

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In a partnership like no other at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Luckyday Foundation of Ridgeland, Miss., is continuing its support of the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program at Southern Miss with an additional commitment of more than $8.7 million through The USM Foundation. The Luckyday Foundation has provided over $35.7 million to the program to date, making it the University’s most generous benefactor.

 

Founded by the late Frank R. Day of Jackson, Miss., the Luckyday Foundation funds scholarships for Mississippi high school seniors who are exemplary students with outstanding leadership skills and community involvement.

In an effort to help faculty acquire more productive ways to engage student in service learning opportunities, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is sponsoring an educational seminar in spring, 2019.

National Disability Employment Awareness month (NDEAM) is recognized across the United States each October to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities to the nation’s workforce.

 

To underscore the importance of employment in the lives of people with disabilities, The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) sponsored a series of NDEAM activities for youth and young adults participating in IDS’ transition to adulthood programs.

Students, faculty and staff from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus in Long Beach are making the upcoming holiday season a little brighter for several local families.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Symphony Orchestra and USM Choral Activities will present the Annual Holiday Choral Spectacular on Nov. 27 & 29. Both performances are set for 7:30 p.m. at the Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Miss. The event is presented in part by the generous support of Partners for the Arts.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) presents the Wind Ensemble Concert on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi presents the inaugural season of the Emerging Artist Series on Nov. 13-16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hartwig Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents the Southern Miss Flute Choir Concert on Monday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The concert is free and open to the general public.

 

Living in the country in Picayune, Miss., Anthony Cefalu can get transported back to Iraq in a split second.

 

The 11-year Army veteran, now a senior social work student at The University of Southern Mississippi, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and health issues after close-proximity blasts from improvised explosive devices and rocket propelled grenades during two tours in Iraq as an infantry staff sergeant.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Symphony Orchestra continues its 2018-2019 season with ¡Viva Mexico! on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents the Saxophone Chamber Orchestra Concert on Wednesday, Nov. 7 This free performance is set for 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Social work students at The University of Southern Mississippi registered 420 new voters during a class project/promotional blitz, but it was clearly more special to a handful of those newly enfranchised citizens.

Three different online degree programs offered by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development have received Top-20 rankings nationally by online publications in their 2018-19 surveys.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents its Guest Artists Series featuring trombonist Dr. Alex van Duuren on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and is open to the public.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Marine Education Center (MEC) received the 2018 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for its new $16-million facility in Ocean Springs.

 

The award honors new construction projects and specifically those that were built with sustainability at the forefront of the design.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) proudly presents the acclaimed musical “Cabaret” November 8-11 at Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus. Performances are set for Nov. 8, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Nov. 10 and 11 at 2 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music presents Guest Artist Series featuring the duo Peter Steiner, trombone, and Constanze Hochwartner, piano, on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and is open to the public.

University of Southern Mississippi students with aspirations of becoming an entrepreneur are encouraged to attend the “Eagles Engaged in Entrepreneurship” event set for Nov. 13 in the Thad Cochran Center on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

“I am my own muse. The subject I know best. The subject I want to better.” – Frida Kahlo

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Individuality and self-expression are powerful avenues for individuals to showcase who they are, what they believe in and their interests. Sometimes though, individuals with disabilities are hindered in their attempts to express themselves.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development utilized collaboration with three departments -- Economic Development, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Sports Management -- to assist the city of Grenada on a recent sports complex feasibility study.

The University of Southern Mississippi is proud to present the Jazz Lab Bands Fall Concert on Monday, Oct. 29 7:30 p.m. at The Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This concert is free for students and $5 for the general public.

 

Paula Mathis, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) alumna with a wealth of academic administration and program management experience, has been named director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music is proud to present its Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry Benefit Concert on Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received a No. 15 national ranking by Military Times in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 survey. No other Mississippi college or university is ranked among the top-100.

 

This marks the third consecutive year in which USM has been ranked nationally in the top-20 of all four-year colleges across the United States. Last year USM was ranked number 17. Rankings are based on the results of Military Times’ annual survey – the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement – as well as a detailed review of public data collected by federal agencies.