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Acclaimed author Wil Haygood said finding a story like the one he made into New York Times bestseller “The Butler: A Witness to History,” is the kind “a journalist is fortunate to land.”

The book, which was the basis for the 2013 award winning film “The Butler,” is based on the story of relatively unknown African-American White House butler Eugene Allen, who served in the White House from the presidential administration of Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Haygood discussed the making of the book and more as the featured speaker at Southern Miss Feb. 27 for the school’s 25th annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture.

Harvard University astronomy professor John Asher Johnson is expanding not only the knowledge base about our university, but also opportunities for more people to contribute to that endeavor.

Johnson - internationally recognized both for his talents as a research pioneer in his field and leading advocate for diversity in the sciences - will be the first speaker for the spring 2018 University Forum series at The University of Southern Mississippi. He will present “Recruiting the Culture of Science” Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The genesis of America’s political gridlock and ideas for solutions to government policy challenges in a divisive political climate will be the focus of influential conservative intellectual Yuval Levin’s University Forum presentation “Our Fractured Republic” Tuesday, Nov. 14 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. This free event is open to the public, and will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center.

A firsthand account of the life of an undocumented immigrant in America is the topic for the next program in the fall 2017 University Forum series at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2017-18 University Forum season sopener will be a one-of-a-kind concert and lecture, when renowned author and composer James McBride and the Good Lord Bird Band take the stage Tuesday, Sept. 5 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

“Saving the Enlightenment, One Speaker at a Time” is the theme for this year’s University Forum at The University of Southern Mississippi, featuring speakers and performers addressing issues that make up our nation’s ongoing discourse.

Two University of Southern Mississippi Honors College students recently participated in Posters on the Hill, an event in which 60 undergraduates from nearly every state in the nation shared their research with legislators and administration officials in the U.S. Capitol April 25-26.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research (DCUR) and Honors College will co-host USM’s 2017 Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Award-winning war correspondent and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger will be the featured guest at The University of Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The event featuring guest speaker Junger is a collaborative initiative of the 2016-17 University Forum series and the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society’s 2016-2017 McCarthy Lecture Series.

On Jan. 1, Dr. Neil Shubin spent his winter ‘holiday’ searching for fossils in below zero temperatures in Antarctica. On Tuesday Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. he will present the lecture “Your Inner Fish: Evolutionary Biology” at the Thad Cochran Center (third floor) on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus for the first spring 2017 University Forum.

A leading national security analyst frequently called upon by media for her expertise is the guest speaker for the final installment of The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2016 University Forum series.

A prominent leader in America's criminal justice reform movement will be the next speaker for the University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2016 University Forum series.

Dr. Victoria Bynum, author of The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil Warwill return to The University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday, Sept 13 as speaker for the first fall 2016 University Forum, titled “Free State of Jones: History and Memory.” The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Ellen Weinauer, dean of the Honors College at The University of Southern Mississippi, represented the University’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the 44th Biennial Convention held July 28-30 in Atlanta, Ga.

The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College will celebrate four decades of providing unique and challenging academic experiences for students at its 40th anniversary gala Friday, Sept. 9. The event will be held at The Venue in The Bakery Building, located at 127 Buschman St. in historic downtown Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host seven influential scholars, artists, activists, and scientists in 2016 and 2017 as part of its featured lecture series, University Forum and the Armstrong-Branch Lecture. From an actress whose beloved characters have become part of our cultural legacy to a scientist who wants to change how we think about humans’ origins, this year’s speakers are guaranteed to spark conversations.

As the number of students taking online courses continues to grow, The University of Southern Mississippi has initiated steps to meet their academic needs with the establishment of a new Office of Online Learning.

As fans of the book The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil Wareagerly await the June 24 release of its big screen adaptation, they can also look forward to comparing notes on both versions with its author Victoria Bynum at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The book bin may be tiny, but the impact could be huge for students at The University of Southern Mississippi’s DuBard School for Language Disorders who soon will have access to a renowned Little Free Library.

Like many of its new graduates, Meredith McPhail is grateful for the guidance of professors at The University of Southern Mississippi. One, however, stands out from the rest – the late Dr. James H. McPhail, a member of its College of Education and Psychology faculty who in the 1970s worked for social justice in the desegregation of public schools.

But Dr. McPhail was first and foremost Meredith McPhail’s grandfather. “’PawPaw’ was very much the patriarch of our family,” said McPhail, 22, of Mobile, Ala. “He instilled in all of us that we should treat every single person with respect."

As part of an ongoing commitment to student success, The University of Southern Mississippi has realigned key service programs under one broad umbrella to create a comprehensive retention initiative for students from the time they enroll until graduation.

 

The changes include moving the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) under the Office of New Student and Retention Programs (NSRP), which was established last August to increase retention and graduation rates for new and continuing students. The popular Think Center – designed to help students build solution-oriented thinking skills – has also moved under NSRP.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Casey Malone Maugh Funderburk as Associate Provost for the Gulf Park Campus, effective May 10.  Maugh Funderburk’s appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the selection of Kate Howard as the University’s Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions, effective June 27, 2016, following a national search. The appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

 

The highly successful McNair Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is saying farewell to a devoted advocate and hello to a new home as the program enters an exciting transitional phase.