March 26, 2017  

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More than 225 business leaders, students, and community members gathered on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus recently for the annual Economic Outlook 2017 Forum hosted by the University’s College of Business.

The ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ is returning to Hattiesburg Feb. 17-18 for the 32nd annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo. The Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the event at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center, which will start at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Mya Rome was juggling a full-time job when she decided to earn her master’s degree in Child and Family Studies. Leading a busy life, she was also traveling the U.S. with her husband and preparing for the arrival of her baby girl. That is where The University of Southern Mississippi’s online master’s degree in Child and Family Studies met her needs.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment campuses, will present A Suicide Survived: The Kevin Hines Story – Raising Awareness about Suicide and Teenagers Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) has launched an office supply collection drive to provide William Carey University office professionals with supplies needed to continue supporting their faculty, staff and students following the recent tornado that damaged the WCU Hattiesburg campus. The drive will continue through Feb. 28.

Charles Darwin, Father of Evolution, is honored around the world on February 12th for his contribution to science and humanity. The Department of Biological Science at The University of Southern Mississippi will recognize Charles Darwin with “Darwin Week” beginning on Monday, Feb. 6.

On Jan. 1, Dr. Neil Shubin spent his winter ‘holiday’ searching for fossils in below zero temperatures in Antarctica. On Tuesday Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. he will present the lecture “Your Inner Fish: Evolutionary Biology” at the Thad Cochran Center (third floor) on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus for the first spring 2017 University Forum.

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

During the month of February, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music is celebrating International Musician Month. Every weekday, international music students will be playing noon mini-concerts at Hattiesburg eateries -- Java Werks and T-Bones -- or the Fresh Food Company (on the Southern Miss campus).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s entertainment industry program is searching for promising musicians to compete for the South City Records Artist Development Project 2017. This project could lead to one or more qualified artists being signed with South City Records.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its 3rd Annual Children’s Center Classic on Feb. 25.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing has been recognized as one of the nation’s best online graduate nursing programs in rankings recently released by U.S. News & World Report. In its 2017 rankings edition, U.S. News places the Southern Miss College of Nursing at No. 57 nationally – the highest spot for any Mississippi college or university.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) has contracted with The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) for the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC). The MECIC is a statewide program that will provide quality training and technical assistance to early childhood educators who teach infant, toddler, and preschoolers and serve young children with disabilities in their childcare centers and preschool programs.

Dr. Monica Tisack-Kathmann has been named Director of the Mississippi Polymer Institute, the industrial outreach service of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Jan. 28, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Robert “Taylor” Carley, the first young adult self-advocacy coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), has been recognized for his leadership contributions by receiving an Emerging Leader Scholarship.
 

The start of a new year is always a great time to start a new project or begin to learn something new. No matter your age or expertise, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi has more than 100 seminars and courses scheduled this spring that just might help you keep your resolutions going strong all year long.

Tommy Thornton, Executive Director of Hattiesburg Clinic, will serve as grand marshal for the 32nd Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo, set for Feb. 17-18 at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center.

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 this month.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees reaffirmed the accreditation of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), during its annual meeting in Atlanta, Dec. 3-6, 2016.

 

SACSCOC is the acknowledged accrediting body for degree-granting institutions (public, private for-profit and private not-for-profit) in the southeastern United States and is recognized by the United States Department of Education to conduct accreditation activities. SACSCOC, through a peer review process, conducts a comprehensive review of its nearly 800 member institutions every 10 years.

Economic trends and forecasts will take center stage during the Economic Outlook 2017 Forum hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi at two different venues this year -- the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach on Thursday, Jan. 12 and the Hattiesburg campus on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized by Affordable College Online as one of the Best Online Master’s Degrees for 2016. Southern Miss earned the sixth position on the list among thousands of U.S. colleges with online master’s degree options.

Following high school, some young adults go to college, while an equal number go to work. Other young people, particularly those with disabilities or who are racially and economically diverse, may not find their path to adulthood so easily.

Career Services at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received a $2,500 gift from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, which also awarded the University’s Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families a $500 gift.