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High school students from across the Pine Belt participated in demonstrations, quizzes, and other activities in celebration of Mole Day on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at USM sponsored the event.

The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with three other major universities on a unique initiative designed to benefit mid-level to senior level economic development practitioners.

More than 100 high school students from the Pine Belt area will congregate on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Monday, Oct. 23 in celebration of Mole Day – a day devoted to the wonders of chemistry.

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

Registered Nurses (RNs) are essential for creating a healthier Mississippi and a healthier nation. For increased quality care, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) says one way to secure our state and nation’s health care is by increasing the number of nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Get the costumes ready, bring a big bag for the goodies, and bring your little ghosts, ghouls, and goblins for a Spooky Hollow Halloween event.

At the recent DuBard School Speakeasy, the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi presented awards to three members of the community who have helped the organization throughout the years.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera has completely sold out. Capacity crowds will enjoy this mega-hit musical October 26 – Nov. 4 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recognized former presidents of the organization during a special event held on Sept. 29, 2017, in the historic Ogletree House on the Hattiesburg campus. More than 60 people attended the dinner, including 19 former presidents of the Alumni Association.


Students at The University of Southern Mississippi now have the opportunity to use the free Pocket Points mobile app that incentivizes them to not use their phone in class.


Pocket Points works by partnering with local and online businesses to offer student incentives, like free food or other discounted items, that students can earn when they don’t use their mobile phone in the classroom.

Nurses from across the globe will convene on Oct. 20-21 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus for the annual King International Nursing Conference. The event will be held at Asbury Hall, home to USM’s College of Nursing.

With NASA’s goal to explore Mars in the 2030’s, Tougaloo College professor, Dr. Santanu Banerjee has been called upon to assist with research in preparation.


A $26,000 grant will allow Banerjee to conduct research which will mimic environmental conditions on Mars such as UV radiation, temperature, humidity and microgravity. The goal will be to test bacteria samples to determine how long it will survive.

The University of Southern Mississippi invites organizations and businesses to participate in this year’s homecoming parade Saturday, Oct. 14 with floats, decorated vehicles or walking groups. There is no entry fee.

A steady stream of students stopped by to participate in the Sweet Potato Drop held Wednesday, Oct. 11 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The event was held to address and raise awareness about food insecurity in the Pine Belt area.

Homelessness is a devastating experience for families with children. Many families prepare to make a new home with no groceries and no home goods. National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 11-19, is held the week before Thanksgiving each year to focus on community solutions to people experiencing homelessness.

The Golden Eagle family is celebrating homecoming week at The University of Southern Mississippi, which will culminate in the Saturday, Oct. 14 Conference USA football matchup at 6 p.m. with the University of Texas at El Paso. Students, alumni, faculty and staff and friends of USM are invited to participate in the wide array of activities marking the occasion, with the homecoming theme “Behold the Gold.”

The work of the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC) at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies will be featured in a live, one-hour Inclusive Classroom Profile webinar on Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. CDT.

The acclaimed songwriter-producer, Mac McAnally, recently put an orchestral spin on some of his most familiar songs with album Southbound.


His latest compilation features the FestivalSouth Orchestra consisting of faculty, students and alumni from The University of Southern Mississippi and a rhythm section that includes MacAnally’s colleagues in Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band. Proceeds from the CD benefit the USM Symphony Orchestra and Extra Table. 

Mississippi Blood Services is sponsoring a Transylvania Bowl Blood Drive from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 through Thursday, Oct. 12 in the R.C. Cook Union Building on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.


Nuala Ribeiro’s passion for helping children with disabilities in her home country of Kenya has enabled her to secure an internship with the Institute of Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. Ribeiro comes to Hattiesburg, Miss., as part of the ADA International Fellowship Program.

“The work I do reflects my commitment to the belief that our purpose is to alleviate the hardships of our fellow man and to give back to the communities in which we live. This ideal is the core of my being and the driving force in my life and work.”


Best known as The University of Southern Mississippi’s third Harry S. Truman Scholarship recipient and the University’s first African-American student to receive the highly competitive prize, Honors College and USM alumnus Brandon Hersey continues to embody servanthood, concentrating his efforts toward those that truly matter: the people.

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a Sweet Potato Drop on Wednesday, Oct. 11 to address and raise awareness about food insecurity in the Pine Belt area. 


More than 80 companies will be represented as part of the Fall 2017 Career Fair set for Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

A remarkable donation to a culinary research project at the University of Southern Mississippi has been made in honor of a 1920 alumna of the school.

Anderson Orr, a resident of Norfolk, Va. and native of Carthage, Miss. recently gave more than 2,500 cookbooks he has collected to the McCain Library and Archives at USM. The donation is a tribute to his mother, the late Lessie Katherine Amsler of Leakesville, Miss., who graduated from Southern Miss when it was known as Mississippi Normal College (MNC).