December 11, 2018  

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Comprised of soloists from around the country, the Austin (Texas)-based, Grammy Award-winning and internationally recognized Conspirare will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg Campus.


As the southern-most stop on its nationwide tour, the ensemble presents, Considering Matthew Shepard, composed by the group’s founder and artistic director, Craig Hella Johnson.

There was a time when Pass Christian (Miss.) High School Principal and University of Southern Mississippi alum Dr. Robyn Killebrew tried running from education. Today, the popular and highly respected educator wholeheartedly embraces the concept.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Wednesday, Feb. 7, for any residents in Jones and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Laurel Housing Authority at 50 Brown Circle in Laurel. Citizens National Bank and the Laurel Housing Authority are co-sponsors of the workshop.

The Hattiesburg Alumni Chapter and The University of Southern Mississippi Chapter of Kappa Iota of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. will host its annual Founders’ Day Program at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Trent Lott Center on USM’s Hattiesburg campus. The highlight of the program is the Coca-Cola Achievement Awards.


The Children’s Center for Communication and Development (CCCD) at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its annual TCC Classic I CAN! Run Saturday, Feb. 17, with the race beginning at 9 a.m. and starting and ending at Pride Field on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi has joined a Department of Energy funded university consortium led by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette that will address knowledge gaps connected to the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS).

David Lee, owner and CEO of Service Master Cleaning Alternatives, will serve as grand marshal for the 33rd Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo set for Feb. 16-17 at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Feb. 3 for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The important contributions of African-Americans to The University of Southern Mississippi and U.S. history and culture will be observed at Southern Miss during Black History Month, beginning Feb. 2 and incorporating the theme “Black Excellence.”

The University of Southern Mississippi has earned Gold status as a Military Friendly® School for 2018 by Victory Media, Inc., one of only 10 research institutions in the U.S. to receive that distinction. Gold Award winners have programs that scored within 20 percent of the 10th-ranked institution within a given category.


The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies will host free nutrition training for people with disabilities and their families in the Hattiesburg area on Thursday, Jan. 25. The training will be held from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center at 220 West Front St. in Hattiesburg.

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In economic development terms, landing either big or small fish is no easy task. It takes a team approach, involving local and state economic developers, local and state elected officials and many others. Mississippi Public Universities play an important role on this team.

O’Rourke Elementary School Pre-K teacher Allison Peavy uses words like “exciting,” “unbelievable” and “phenomenal” to describe the unexpected receipt of Samsung tablets fitted with the multi-faceted Speakaboos app for her students.


The tablets were provided by The University of Southern Mississippi through a $900,000 grant from the Kellogg Foundation. More than 700 students at four elementary schools in the Mobile (Ala.) County Public School System have received the tablets, which helps them learn concepts in language, mathematics, and science.

The 2018 AIM Awards, presented by the Arts Institute of Mississippi (AIM) at The University of Southern Mississippi, seek to recognize and honor outstanding high school level arts teachers and organizations throughout the state of Mississippi.

Spring 2018 courses and activities offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi include enriching and fulfilling learning and social interaction opportunities. Registration is underway, with the schedule beginning Feb. 1 and continuing through April.

Economic trends and forecasts will be the focal points during the Economic Outlook 2018 Forum hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi at two different venues this year – the Hattiesburg campus on Jan. 25, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) on Feb. 1.

At the University of Southern Mississippi, volunteerism and community involvement remain a cornerstone of the student experience. In calendar year 2017, USM students took their community engagement efforts to impressive heights with 107,881 service hours.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services and The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Athletics are partnering to present a program on the school’s Hattiesburg campus designed to raise awareness of the dangers of opioid addiction among young adults.

The Mu Gamma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will present the 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical and Multicultural Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 a.m. in the ballroom of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center at its Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

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 January, 2018.

Award-winning television broadcaster and co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America Robin Roberts recently added another credential to her vita. On Friday, Dec. 8, Roberts was awarded an honorary degree during The University of Southern Mississippi’s Fall 2017 Commencement.


Conferring a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, University President Rodney D. Bennett proudly proclaimed Roberts an alumna of USM, citing her career in broadcast journalism and her significant contributions made to communities across Mississippi and beyond.

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its Parenting Gifted Children Workshop Series Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. The free workshops are from 10-11 a.m. in room 204 of the J.B. George Building on the Hattiesburg campus. This workshop series coincides with the center’s Saturday Gifted Studies Program.

The University of Southern Mississippi received a commemorative brick from the Marion County Development Partnership during a special ceremony held Tuesday, Dec. 12 on the Hattiesburg campus.


The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi has received international recognition for implementing multisensory structured language education. The school was one of only four schools in the U.S. recognized by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).