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Hundreds of students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses will be conducting volunteer work as part of the 6th Annual Big Event community service project on Saturday, March 21.

The University of Southern Mississippi is one of only 20 institutions in the country to be hosting an ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp during the summer of 2015.

Students representing the School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi will conduct a research study on March 21 and 28 visiting residences in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties.

The data collected will be used for a research study on the adaptation and resilience of Mississippi Gulf Coast residents with regard to psychological implications of different hazards, such as Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

For questions, contact Dr. Bret Blackmon at 228.214.3275.

After attending the 20th Annual Summit on Environmental Law and Policy at Tulane University Law School last week, Brenna Landis and Marla Cooper, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus students, both believe they were given a more in-depth look at sustainability which can be shared with the student organization, EcoEagles.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) received three separate donations this past week from local and regional fly-fishing groups -- The International Federation of Fly Fishers, Gulf Coast Council (IFFF-GCC), and the Historic Ocean Springs Saltwater Fly Fishing club (HOSSFLY).

Hundreds of high school and transfer students from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast spent most of Wednesday, March 4, exploring different career opportunities at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Showcase event held on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Francesca Linthicum, assistant director of creative services at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus Office of University Communications, was recently awarded a silver ADDY by the American Advertising Federation for the entry, “Changing America.”

The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi celebrates Black History not just in February, but also throughout the year in its faculty research, courses and internships, sponsored readings and performances and exhibits.

The University of Southern Mississippi has added a valuable resource to its exploration and research efforts beneath the Gulf waters with the purchase of the “Point Sur” vessel from the San Jose State University Research Foundation.

After introducing a fitness center and offering healthier food options at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, the university’s campus in Long Beach has now been recognized as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. This designation was awarded to the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus for providing opportunities for employees to live a healthier lifestyle.

For the fifth year in a row, local artist Elizabeth Huffmaster has been commissioned to provide a one-of-a-kind painting representing this year’s Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival. Held at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, this year’s festival will take place Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour, professor of international development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, led a contingent of current International Development doctoral program students to participate in the 52nd annual Academy of Economics and Finance Conference held earlier this month in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dr. Robert Pauly, associate professor of international policy and development at The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Tom Lansford, professor of political science at Southern Miss, and Jack Covarrubias, director of the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus Learning Commons, served as co-authors for the paper, “The Obama Administration’s Homeland Security Policy and the 2012 Campaign.”

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library, in partnership with the Alliance for Equality student organization, has established a Diversity Book Club. For the club’s first meeting, the award-winning documentary, “The Times of Harvey Milk,” will be featured Monday, Feb. 23 beginning at 12:15 p.m. in the Learning Commons, located on the first floor of the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Rodney D. Bennett and Dr. Steven G. Miller, interim vice president for the Gulf Park campus at Southern Miss, presented the Outstanding Staff Awards as well as the inaugural Students’ Choice Award at the 2015 Employee Appreciation Luncheon held Feb. 12 in the Hardy Hall ballroom.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is featuring a new exhibit by artist Joy Jennings. “The Art of Joy Jennings,” which is currently on display, is a collection of her oil on canvas artwork.

The Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus is hosting the second annual Krewe of Southern Miss Mardi Gras Ball on Friday, Feb. 13, from 7 until 11 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom, located on the university’s campus in Long Beach.

Cagney Weaver, a Biloxi native and University of Southern Mississippi alumna, is the first Biloxi School District teacher to be recognized with the prestigious Milken Educator Award. Only 40 teachers across the United States receive the Milken Award annually.

Local artists and crafts vendors are invited to be part of the 6th Annual Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, April 4, at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Interest has been so significant in The University of Southern Mississippi’s initial MBA online classes that College of Business officials will offer the entire program through an online delivery format by 2016. Students can start now to take two classes per term and complete the MBA program in approximately two years.

Dr. Tom Lansford, professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, is editor for the “Political Handbook of the World 2014.”

Dr. Hans W. Paerl, with the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will deliver a guest lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) will host an evening with award-winning nature photographer Tom Ulrich at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in GCRL’s Caylor Auditorium.

Partnered with the 29th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Coastwide Celebration, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host “An Evening of Poetry and Jazz” Thursday, Jan. 15 from 6-9 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.