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Ten years ago, Patricia “Pat” Joachim had just accepted the job of interim Associate Provost for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast operations in August of 2005, as the start of the fall semester was fast approaching. In her first week on the job, she began getting to know students, faculty and staff, examining budgets, class schedules and tackling a variety of other tasks.

A new Title IX Office, consistent policy protocols, and heightened awareness have placed The University of Southern Mississippi at the forefront of collegiate institutions confronting the issues of sexual harassment and misconduct.

As a recent graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, Amber Westfall credits Career Services with helping her secure employment shortly after earning her bachelor’s degree in public health from the university’s Gulf Park campus, where she finished with a 4.0 grade point average.

University of Southern Mississippi students at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach pass the golden eagle statue of “Lofty Return” on the first day of fall 2015 semester classes. The completion of major building projects, as well as new upcoming projects slated for the Gulf Park campus, have allowed the university to grow significantly since Hurricane Katrina caused widespread destruction and millions of dollars in damages in August 2005.

(Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

The University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted the workshop “Professional GPS: Using Your Social Skills to Navigate the Workplace,” presented by the Coast Young Professionals Institute. The workshop, held at the university’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, was presented by Dr. Jacob Breland, assistant professor in the College of Business at Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi will mark its recovery from the greatest natural disaster in modern American history and welcome the man who led the Magnolia State through it at events in Hattiesburg and Long Beach August 26 and 28.

Balloons filled the sky and the smell of freshly boiled seafood filled the air, as the ribbon was cut to officially introduce MBK South, a new My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. wellness center, to the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Friday, July 24.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore hopes to discover a bit of magic at the North Pole this summer, whether she detects any signs of Santa’s workshop or not.


Whitmore, a second-year master’s student in the Department of Marine Science (chemistry emphasis), will participate in a unique 65-day research cruise to the top of the world aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Healy.” Her Arctic Ocean adventure begins Aug. 9 with departure from Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus will host an open house and sneak peek of fall courses Tuesday, August 18 at 3 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi is on a seven-year roll when it comes to producing Phi Kappa Phi National Fellows. And with the steady influx of high-achieving Honors College students, the trend shows no signs of slowing down.


The seven-year streak began with Justin Poelma in 2009 and continued this year with Stephanie McCracken’s selection.

Thanks to the support of its generous donors, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation raised $10,272,475 during the recently concluded fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The total amount raised includes the face value of planned gifts totaling $3,050,000 and gifts from 1,262 first-time donors.

The green light has been given to begin work on the Marine Education Center (MEC) at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cedar Point Teaching Site in Ocean Springs, replacing the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

As the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina nears, a decade-old play based upon the devastating storm will make a revival during special performances next month in Hattiesburg and Ocean Springs, Miss.

The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi has fortified its leadership team with the naming of two new directorships. Dr. Rebekah Young has been named associate director, while Dr. Jerry R. Alliston has been named community education director.

The Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has partnered with Special Olympics of Mississippi to host the Area Three Games on Saturday, August 8, at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Volunteers are needed to assist with nearly 100 athletes participating in the games.

Doctoral students from the United States and abroad have descended upon The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach to participate in a new, cutting-edge program in International Development.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Brenna Landis, a resident of Biloxi who is working on a double major in English and political science, recently attended the 6th annual Citizens’ Climate Lobby International Conference in Washington, D.C. June 21 – 23. The goal of the conference is “bringing together 1,000 volunteers dedicated to building the political will for a livable world.”

Recent University of Southern Mississippi graduate Stephanie Lane McCracken of D'Iberville has been awarded a fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Interim Associate Provost for Gulf Park, effective August 1. The appointment follows Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Moser’s decision to suspend the position’s original search process until a permanent provost is named.

The University of Southern Mississippi research community applauded the news today that Mississippi has reached an agreement in principle with British Petroleum (BP) to settle claims related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

University of Southern Mississippi student Bianca Stewart of Gulfport has been selected as a scholar in the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Scholars Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. The program is designed to prepare undergraduate college students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

The Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs made a donation of live seatrout this week to the Scranton Museum in Pascagoula.


Former astronaut Bernard A. Harris Jr., reminded a group of attendees at a summer camp bearing his name that the same wide-eyed wonder they exhibit today helped catapult him to heights he once considered unrealistic.


Harris addressed a group of 46 elementary and middle school students on Friday, June 26 to close out the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Southern Miss camp, held June 14-27, featured rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from 33 different schools in 21 cities across the state.

MBA alumni were welcomed back to The University of Southern Mississippi at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach on Tuesday, June 16, for the first reunion in the program’s more than 50-year history.