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The University of Southern Mississippi represented well at the annual state conference for the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM), held April 6-8 in Jackson, taking home nine awards, including a sweep of the competition’s top prizes. The Judges’ Choice Award, the Professional Achievement Award and the Student of the Year Award, were among the honors won by USM.

A partnership between The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, has enabled MGCCC students to enroll into a program that will guide them from the community college to a bachelor’s degree in the entertainment industry with an emphasis in film.

Mississippi’s 2015 Teacher of the Year Anna Morris will be the guest speaker for an April 27 program hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Education Major Student Association. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. in room 102 of Owings-McQuagge Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate students Jeremy Johnson and Grover Brown are following in a lengthy line of successful scholarship winners at the University as recipients of 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.


The fellowships cover three years of funding. Students receive a $34,000 stipend every year as well as a $12,000 cost of attendance allowance tenable at any university in the country. NSF Graduate Research Fellows are selected on the basis of their academic merit as well as their potential for broader impact on the greater scientific community and society as a whole.

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.


University of Southern Mississippi history doctoral student Hayden McDaniel, center, and Stephanie Millet, transcriber/editor with the USM Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, view a documentary based on oral histories from the center that focus on the U.S. civil rights movement. The center received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2014 to digitize its civil rights oral histories, and held a reception April 12 at the Hattiesburg African American Military History Museum to celebrate its work on the project. McDaniel serves as project manager for the grant. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Dr. Ann P. Blackwell, dean of The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology, reads to children at the Center for Child Development on the Hattiesburg campus Friday, April 15 as the centers executive director Jeffrey Leffler looks on. Dr. Blackwell’s visit with the students was held in conjunction with national Week of the Young Child, which is an annual program hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) that celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers and families. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science (DMS) has announced its annual Wiesenburg lecturer as Dr. John Hughes Clarke, a professor with a joint appointment in mechanical engineering and Earth sciences at the University of New Hampshire.


The public is invited to enjoy a free lecture by Clarke titled “What Drives Deep Sea Channel Systems” at 11 a.m. April 20 in the StennisSphere Auditorium at the John C. Stennis Space Center.

Each year, during the first week of April, the American Public Health Association recognizes the benefits of public health and highlights issues important to improving the nation during National Public Health Week (NPHW). This year, students in the Department of Public Health, brought the national event to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Putting a limit on knowledge and doing the bare minimum has never been anything Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour has aspired himself to do – or expected of anyone else.


Instead, he is what others may consider an over-achiever, or a man of many talents, and these traits have led to Naghshpour being named The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2016 Mentor of the Year and the 2016 Research Fellow for the Academy of Economics and Finance.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health recognized student success during its annual Student Awards Night held Tuesday, April 12 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The event is an opportunity for each school and department in the college to award outstanding students for their academic accomplishments and extracurricular activities.  

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hattiesburg for Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, who died April 14 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 65.

The Connoisseur Series will present the American String Quartet April 18 at 8 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Thanks to a grant from Partners for the Arts, the program is free and the public is invited.


The quartet is a professional string ensemble comprised of Peter Winograd, violin; Laurie Carney, violin; Daniel Avshalomov, viola; and Wolfram Koessel, cello. The American String Quartet will be on campus for a two-day residency, with master classes preceding their recital and a chamber music master class the following day.

University of Southern Mississippi student Lakelyn Taylor of Long Beach, Miss., has been awarded a Study Abroad Grant worth $1,000 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi -- the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host Alysia Steele to discuss her recent book, “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21. Hosted by the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, Center for Black Studies and Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, the open event will be held in Gonzales Auditorium in the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Scientists at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory spent April 5 training with surgeon Drew Hildebrandt to ensure the safety of animals used in research projects.


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.

The University of Southern Mississippi and the Gulf Coast community are invited to hear an eclectic arrangement of music pieces performed by pianist and Associate Professor Elizabeth Moak during a piano recital to be held on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Joanna Alston of Gulfport, Miss., a graduate student in adult education at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received the Emma Giles Scholarship from The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg will host “A Night in Italy,” an annual fundraiser benefitting The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, on Tuesday, May 3 at Southern Oaks House & Gardens.

Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been recognized with the inaugural “Dean of the Year” award by Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) honor society.


University of Southern Mississippi alumna Lamenda Hase was recently awarded the John K. Bettersworth Award from the Mississippi Historical Society. She was presented the award during the Mississippi Historical Society’s annual meeting held March 5 in Jackson. 

One of the most important collections of oral histories based on the civil rights movement is housed in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COHCH). Because of its significance, the Center was awarded a grant from the National Endowment of Humanities (NEH) in 2014 to digitize more than 425 of the interviews that spotlight a transformational period in Mississippi and American history.

South City Records and Southern Prohibition will host SCR Fest Saturday, April 9 at the Southern Prohibition Tap Room from 1-5 p.m. in downtown Hattiesburg. Presented by Turan Foley Chevrolet Cadillac Buick, the day includes live musical performances headlined by The Devil Music Co.