October 23, 2016  

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University of Southern Mississippi officials are continuing to assess the impact of a sinkhole that appeared Tuesday morning in the parking lot between Oseola McCarty Hall and Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The sinkhole, visibly measuring approximately 4 feet by 3 feet, is larger beneath the surface.


City of Hattiesburg engineers continue to evaluate the scope of the damage underground. They have been able to determine that the cavity does not extend beyond the parking lot into adjacent streets or property.


All roads near the sinkhole site, including Eagle Walk and Ray Guy Way, have reopened. Scianna Hall also reopened to faculty and staff this morning.


Residents of McCarty Hall returning to campus this weekend for the start of the spring semester are asked to park in the Hillcrest Hall lot.

Dr. Max Grivno, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been presented the Humanities Scholar Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council as part of the council’s 2016 Public Humanities Awards.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the most prestigious award in journalism, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus will host several Pulitzer Prize winners for a panel discussion on Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom.


Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Jan. 23, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Feb. 6, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Andrew Jackson Conference Room on the first floor of the Warren Hood Building at 200 South President St. in Jackson.

The “Greatest Show on Dirt” returns Feb. 19-20 for the 31st annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo. The Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the event at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center, located at 962 Sullivan Road off of U.S. Highway 49 in Hattiesburg.

Tracie Fowler, president and chief executive officer of United Way for Southeast Mississippi, will serve as grand marshal for the 31st annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo.

The continued hard work and progress exhibited by the Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families at The University of Southern Mississippi has led to prestigious recognition for the University from two national military publications.


Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) has awarded Southern Miss the designation of a Top School in its 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. Additionally, Victory Media Inc., a veteran-owned ratings entity whose work includes identifying organizations, including schools, which engage in practices supportive of active duty military, veterans and their families, has designated Southern Miss a Military Friendly School.

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, 2016.


Like most young adults, Antonio “Tony” Norwood is making plans for his future. He is deciding what courses to take in college, how to get his driver’s license, and what he wants to do for a career. What sets Norwood apart is that he has made a major effort to be a self-advocate to promote opportunities for others with disabilities.

The Master of Public Health at The University of Southern Mississippi ranks No.20 among the 30 most affordable public health master’s programs in a list compiled by Healthcare Administration Degree Programs.

eVerifile’s partner, The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), offers the nation’s first comprehensive sport and special event security credential for front line venue and event staff.  

The masters in Sport Management online degree program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked among the nation’s best in a recent report by OnlineColleges.net

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies’ advisory council, the Community Partnership Advisory Council (CPAC), was recognized at the 2015 Association for University Centers on Disability (AUCD) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on November 23.

Career Services at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received a $2,500 gift from Enterprise Holdings Foundation.

Since 2009, the Learning Enhancement Center (LEC) at The University of Southern Mississippi has hosted a free conference for educators on teaching and learning called Educators Connect.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will present its holiday performances titled “Oh Light, Everlasting” on Friday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 13.


The Chorale will perform Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on the Gulf Park campus (730 East Beach Boulevard) in Long Beach. A second performance will be held Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (870 Howard Avenue) in Biloxi. 


The fourth annual Jim Franks Merry Fishmas Fun Run is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 in Ocean Springs, Miss. Event registration will begin at Washington Avenue and Front Beach Drive at 8 a.m. The 1-mile run will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5k-race will begin at 9 a.m.

The City of Hattiesburg and the Hattiesburg Jaycees are hosting the annual Christmas Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 3, starting at 5:30 p.m. 

The University of Southern Mississippi will ring in the holiday season Wednesday, Dec. 2 with its annual Lighting the Way event on the Hattiesburg campus. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. on the south lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building, and members of the University and local communities are invited.

To kick off National Disability Mentoring Day 2015, almost 100 students from Hattiesburg, Oak Grove, and Petal high school spent the day learning about career development on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi through the Institute of Disability Studies. This year’s theme was “My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am.” 

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents its annual musical gift to the community -- the Holiday Choral Spectacular set for Dec. 1 and Dec. 3 at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. 


For more than a decade, this “sounds of the season” has delighted and amazed audiences with the scope of the orchestra and choral personnel involved. The concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Dr. Gregory Fuller, Dr. Lauren Calisto-Fowler, Dr. Webb Parker, and Dr. Jay Dean.


The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP), a statewide outreach program of The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education, kicked off its 9th annual program series on Nov. 4 in Jackson, Miss.

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi will begin a new era when the program moves into beautiful Asbury Hall, scheduled for completion in Spring of 2016. As part of this historic celebration, the College of Nursing has launched a Brick by Brick Campaign for Asbury Hall.