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As the spring 2017 semester comes to an end, students at The University of Southern Mississippi will notice two key changes in dining on the Hattiesburg campus.

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 May.

As part of autism awareness month, the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center at The University of Southern Mississippi, Institute for Disability Studies will hold a “Screening for Autism Day” in seven cities throughout the state. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is pleased to announce Homecoming 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14, when the Golden Eagles football team battles the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in M. M. Roberts Stadium.

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi has extended application deadlines for its summer 2017 programs.

The WUSM Round for Southern Miss Radio will take place Monday, April 24, at the Timberton Golf Club in Hattiesburg. The radio station’s largest fundraiser, and one of its most-loved events, the golf tournament brings a together a wide range of individuals and businesses in order to raise much-needed funds while having a great time.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business honored one of its own on Friday, April 7 as mortgage industry expert Dr. Bill Rayburn received the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year award.


Rayburn, a 1981 Southern Miss Business Administration graduate, became the co-founder of FNC, Inc., a financial technology company that focused on scoring appraisals for the mortgage industry. Rayburn and his partners sold FNC,Inc. in 2016 and started mTrade.com.

On Monday, April 10, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus hosted an art reveal and signing, featuring Gulf Coast artist Elizabeth Huffmaster.

The 2017 Petal - Southern Miss Powwow,  a celebration of Native American traditions, will be held  in Petal, Miss. at Willie Hinton Park April 8-9. This annual event will include music, social dance, arts and crafts, along with food and novelty vendors.

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company, in cooperation with Mississippi Opera, presents Verdi’s "Rigoletto" for one-night-only Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

The Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 8 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Lake Thoreau Environmental Center.

Community stakeholders are invited to attend the 2017 President’s Summit on Community Engagement on Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi will honor the contributions of its graduate students with a variety of activities during Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 3-7.

As part of its ongoing Visiting Writers Series, the Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes award-winning writer Ben Lerner to the Hattiesburg campus on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium for a reading and book signing.

In a conscious effort to “see the world from a different angle,” students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate Diversity and Civility Week, March 27-31, on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Jennifer Scroggins is a passionate advocate for individuals with disabilities and senior citizens. She is a natural giver and has a heart for serving others.


In recognition of her exceptional volunteer service, she was recently selected to receive an Honorable Mention award as part of the 2017 Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Awards. 

More than120 University of Southern Mississippi education students and alumni, and William Carey students came to the Southern Miss Teacher Job Fair held March 9, in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg Campus.


Registration is now open for iD8, The University of Southern Mississippi’s inaugural Hackathon, Friday and Saturday, April 7-8 in Hattiesburg. The competition is open to teams of four African-American high school girls. Teams will learn to code, build, and present a mobile app. No coding experience is necessary.

The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized as one of the state’s top institutions of higher learning by BestColleges.com – a renowned online resource guide for prospective students and their families.


BestColleges.com ranked USM as the top public university in the state for online education and the second best four-year public university in the state overall.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, April 8, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Moran McLelland Pope, Jr., a prominent University of Southern Mississippi alumnus and former mayor of the city of Hattiesburg, died March 2 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 94.

The Southern Miss School of Music announces open auditions to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera to all university students. Auditions will be held on Sunday, April 23 beginning at 1 p.m. All applicants must register online at www.usm.edu/music/phantom. Complete audition details are available there.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting Missing Links in Academics, a two-day workshop for educators March 7-8 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families honored the service of Maj. Gen. Rexford H. Dettre Jr. with the unveiling of a memorial plaque during a special ceremony held Monday, Feb. 27. Center Director Jeff Hammond (Maj. Gen. U.S. Army, retired) made the presentation alongside Dettre’s wife, Betty Dettre.