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Oxiteno, a global leader in surfactants and specialty chemicals, announced today, an investment in a new Research & Development (R&D) laboratory in the United States. The R&D lab is the output of a partnership between Oxiteno and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and will be located in The Garden, the University’s 521-acre innovation and commercialization park. The Lab is a great example of Oxiteno’s commitment to international markets, and USM’s commitment to innovation.

The University of Southern Mississippi kicks off its annual Connoisseur Series with a free community concert set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

More than 35 companies participated in the annual Experience Business Casually event sponsored by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi. The event was held on Thursday, Sept. 8 at Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

Science Café on the Coast, a collaboration among The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Library, Harrison County Library System, Long Beach Public Library and Hancock County Library System, will host “Flesh-Eating Bacteria: Separating Facts from Fiction about Vibrio!” on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library.

The University of Southern Mississippi has enrolled the most academically talented freshman class in the institution’s recorded history for the third year in a row. The highest recorded ACT scores and grade point averages for incoming freshmen; record enrollment at the University’s Gulf Park campus and other coastal locations; and an increase in new students show that USM’s ongoing efforts to recruit and retain high-achieving students are proving successful.

 

For the seventh straight year, the median grade point average for first-time, full-time freshmen at Southern Miss is the highest ever recorded – 3.33, compared to 3.27 in fall 2015. The average ACT score of new freshmen also increased from 22.73 in fall 2015 to 22.94 this year.

Economic Driver. Employment Generator. Community Partner. The University of Southern Mississippi fills many roles for the state of Mississippi above and beyond its primary mission as an educator and research leader. And the extent to which it successfully fills those roles has now been revealed.

 

The results of an independent economic and social impact study are in, and USM officials have announced the University generates $603.3 million per year in Mississippi.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring an “Experience Business Casually” event designed to help students develop the traits and etiquette necessary for a successful career in business. The event is set for 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 in the lobby of Scianna Hall.

The University of Southern Mississippi will present leading American energy expert Jay Hakes in a panel discussion and formal lecture Thursday, Sept. 8, on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Accounting students at The University of Southern Mississippi took full advantage of an opportunity to interact with prospective employers during a “Meet the Firms” event held Sept. 1 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Considering a college degree program that will lead to immediate employment upon graduation? Then the Medical Laboratory Science program at The University of Southern Mississippi might just be the ticket.

 

For the past several years, the University’s Medical Laboratory Science program has seen a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates. Program Director and Assistant Professor Dr. Sabrina Bryant notes that a national shortage of medical technologists has helped expand the job market for degree candidates.

University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff are lacing up their shoestrings in preparation for Health and Fitness Week, beginning today, Sept. 6 through Sept. 9, at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 

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 September.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will host two continuing education opportunities for educators and early intervention specialists this fall.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is excited to announce its lineup for pre-game tailgates during the 2016 Golden Eagle football season.

 

In conjunction with the Eagle Club, the Alumni Association will host four Eagle Landing tailgates, sponsored by Triton Stone Group, First Bank, ServiceMaster Restore by Charley Wallace, Jason Wesley – State Farm and Hederman Brothers.

Accounting students at The University of Southern Mississippi will have a unique opportunity to interact with professionals in the field as part of a “Meet the Firms” event set for Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is widely regarded as one of the safest and most effective methods for treating children with autism. ABA methods allow children to achieve basic skills such as reading and conversing at an earlier age, and in some cases, more involved educational skills. 

The University of Southern Mississippi prides itself on having one of the most diverse student bodies in the region, if not the nation. The University’s campuses in Hattiesburg and in Long Beach host students from all corners of Mississippi, every region in the United States and more than 70 foreign countries. Approximately 37 percent of the University’s students are from underrepresented groups.

The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate its annual Welcome Week event Aug. 29 to Sept. 2, to welcome new incoming freshmen and transfer students to the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi will join several organizations throughout the Pine Belt to participate in #WeAreHattie -- a citywide community service and outreach project set for Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10.

First-year University of Southern Mississippi student Ashley Hite characterized her emotions as both “excited, but a little nervous” while waiting for class to begin Wednesday morning on the opening day of the fall 2016 semester.

 

Hite, a Soso, Miss., native, is a transfer student from Jones County Junior College in Ellisville who plans to major in Elementary Education. She joined hundreds of students crisscrossing the Hattiesburg campus for the first official day of classes. Classes also began Wednesday on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

College of Business faculty members at The University of Southern Mississippi got their Fall 2016 Semester kick-started on Monday, Aug. 22 with a special presentation from Paul Harper, regional sales manager for AT&T in North Carolina.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics and local alumni chapters, recently hosted its annual Big Three Summer Parties across the state. Presented by Keesler Federal Credit Union, these events were held for Southern Miss alumni and fans to celebrate the upcoming 2016 Golden Eagle football season.  

 

“The excitement surrounding the University and Southern Miss Athletics this season is contagious,” said Lauren Richards, manager of constituent relations for the Southern Miss Alumni Association.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host seven influential scholars, artists, activists, and scientists in 2016 and 2017 as part of its featured lecture series, University Forum and the Armstrong-Branch Lecture. From an actress whose beloved characters have become part of our cultural legacy to a scientist who wants to change how we think about humans’ origins, this year’s speakers are guaranteed to spark conversations.

University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty, and staff were on hand Friday, Aug. 19 to help first-year students move into numerous residence halls on the Hattiesburg campus as the fall 2016 semester draws ever closer. The Move-In activities continue on Saturday.

 

The first full day of classes is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 24. To learn more about the fall 2016 semester, visit: https://www.usm.edu/registrar/fall-2016-full-term-academic-calendar

 

Photos by Kelly Dunn