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An American civil rights hero was honored by The University of Southern Mississippi on Friday, May 11, along with its spring 2018 graduates, during the school’s morning commencement ceremony.


Clyde Kennard, who made several attempts to enroll at Southern Miss in the 1950s to become its first African American student but was denied admission, was awarded a posthumous Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, by USM President Rodney D. Bennett at the graduation exercise.

Two outgoing members of the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning will serve as speakers during The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Spring 2018 Commencement exercises.

Civil Rights Pioneer Clyde Kennard will be awarded a posthumous Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, during a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Spring 2018 Commencement ceremony.

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, 2018.


A pair of Pine Belt area high school teachers have been recognized for their mentorship in materials science as winners of the William Dahlgren Teacher of Excellence Award through the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE). 

Contemporary dogs in military roles are often referred to as a military “working dog” or K-9.  Such canines serve as lookouts, search and rescue, guides, and mascots. Retired working dogs are often adopted as pets or therapy dogs and most often prove to be the best of companions for service members and veterans through friendship, and devotion.

Does your child enjoy singing, dancing, or acting? Maybe all three? If so, then the 13th Annual Midsummer Musical Theatre Experience might just be his or her ticket.


More than 500 students will be wearing special Pathway cords when The University of Southern Mississippi holds its Spring 2018 Commencement on Friday, May 11 at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi is reminding prospective students about upcoming deadlines for summer admission.

The transition to kindergarten is an exciting time for little ones and parents alike, but with that excitement also comes feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. And for families of children with disabilities, it can be downright scary.

College students in today’s world are busier than ever. Between work, friends, family, and community obligations, students today are always looking for a way to maximize their time. 


One way students at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) can manage their time is by using summer school to their advantage. Both undergraduate and graduate students can enroll in summer classes to help them stay on track to graduation and perform at their academic best.  


The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music Connoisseur Series presents famed musicians of Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Sustainability is hosting a series of events associated with Earth Week 2018, April 16th - April 21st on the Hattiesburg campus. 

It sounds counterintuitive, Karie Chatham admits, but when the number of reports of abused children go up, it’s actually a good thing.


Chatham and colleague Riley Herrin of the Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center in Hattiesburg teamed up with the University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work to recognize abused children by planting a “pinwheel garden” on campus earlier this month.

Dr. Maureen K. Martin spent more than four decades serving students with language disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi through various roles. In June of 2017, Martin retired as the director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders.

An entrepreneurial spirit has served as a cornerstone of economic development in the State of Mississippi for more than 100 years. At The University of Southern Mississippi, entrepreneurship is recognized and heralded as a catalyst for the state’s continued success.

It was nearly a clean sweep for The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work at the state’s largest professional conference for social workers.

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

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced plans for two main-stage productions during the 2018-19 school year.

The Business Advisory Council for The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will honor Chuck Scianna (’75) as the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year during a luncheon on Friday, April 6th in the Trent Lott National Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Scianna is the owner, founder, and President of Sim-Tex, a leading firm in the oil country tubular goods (OCTG) industry.


Scianna completed an undergraduate degree in finance from USM, an MBA from University of Houston, and a distinguished record of service in the U.S. Marine Corps.

One wants Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker’s job, another Gov. Phil Bryant’s, and a third would like to be a legislator for her home county. A fourth is drawn toward politics but also wary of the negative connotations.


The four are social work students from The University of Southern Mississippi who in early March attended a two-day “campaign school” in Hartford, Connecticut, that prepares social workers for the political arena as candidates, campaign workers, volunteers or advocates for social change.

Beautiful spring weather greeted more than 600 University of Southern Mississippi students who volunteered their services as part of the 8th Annual Big Event on Saturday, March 24. Students from the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses spent part of their day offering assistance to a variety of South Mississippi entities.

Student Counseling Services at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring “ALIVE! Mental Health Fair & Suicide Prevention Tour” from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 at the Hattiesburg campus.

Bring your lawn chairs, family and friends for a day of music and fun on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) hosts the 10th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.