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Nicole Ruhnke has accepted the position of assistant director for communications at The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association.

The University of Southern Mississippi meets all the criteria to rank as the best college location in the State of Mississippi, according to a new list from the academic-review web site www.Niche.com.

C-SPAN’s award-winning, 45-foot customized Bus will visit the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday Nov. 5. The bus will be parked on West Memorial Drive, near the entrance to the R.C. Cook Union Building.

State Rep. Toby Barker had a busier-than-usual work day on Oct. 27 as a special guest at The University of Southern Mississippi recently.

 

Through the Take Your Legislator to Work Day event organized by the Mississippi Partnerships for Employment (MSPE) project at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), Barker was able to tour the workplace of young adults with disabilities who work at Southern Miss, including two IDS employees and several members of the TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program.

The Southern Chorale, The University of Southern Mississippi’s top choral ensemble, has been selected by blind panels to perform at two major national conventions, which in turn has prompted an invitation to yet another major performance – a fully-funded trip to Carnegie Hall in New York City.

 

Before making those national appearances, the Chorale will preview some of their works for local patrons on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Bay Street Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

The week of Nov. 2-7 has been designated as “Children’s Center Week” at the Half Shell Oyster House in Hattiesburg with a portion of proceeds benefitting The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.

University of Southern Mississippi staff members Megan Burkes, Christy Bjork, and Kady Pietz have been selected as Top 10 Under 40 nominees for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce One Coast Awards. The winners will be announced on Nov. 17 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s graduate students will showcase their research in a competitive format in the Second Annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition, Nov. 4-6, from 2-5 p.m. each day at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesurg campus. The preliminaries will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Nov. 5. Eight students will compete in the finals on Friday, Nov. 6.

Taylor Carley of Hattiesburg has been named self-advocacy coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS). Carley is the first to hold this newly created position which highlights IDS’ commitment to promoting self-advocacy in Mississippi with a focus on youth and young adults.   

Mississippi’s USDA Rural Housing office has received the 2015 Housing Initiative Partner of the Year Award presented by The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS). The state’s USDA Rural Housing field offices have participated as lenders with IDS’ Home of Your Own (HOYO) program since 2012, providing over $21 million in funding to HOYO homeowners to obtain homeownership.

A profound appreciation for community service inspired former University of Southern Mississippi Professor Richard Conville and his wife, Mozella, to make a $100,000 gift to the USM Foundation for discretionary support of programs associated with the University’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE).

 

USM Foundation and CCCE representatives made the announcement of the Richard L. Conville and Mozella P. Conville Center for Community and Civic Engagement Fund for Excellence during a ceremony held Friday, Oct. 23 at the R.C. Cook Union Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi student chapter of the Financial Management Association (FMA) will conduct a “CFO (Chief Financial Officer) Symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the McDonnell Auditorium of Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The roundtable discussion, set for 7-9 p.m., is free and open to the general public.  

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus will launch a new “Lunch and Learn” series from 12:15-1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 in Room 104 of the Fleming Education Center.

Renowned artist Clinard “Clint” Martin has gained traction in his popularity with his new exhibit, “Red Tails: 332nd Fighter Group, Ramitelli, Italy, W.W.II.”, on display now at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cook Library. 

 

The Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will sponsor a Fall Carnival and Haunted House Oct. 29-30 at the Technology Center on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The events will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 and from 1-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Admission is free and the general public is invited to attend. Many of the games and activities will be geared toward special needs children, and adults can join in the fun too.

For more information contact the Institute for Disability Studies at 228.214.3400.

Innovate Mississippi will provide a platform for business ideas to be pitched and evaluated during the next Startup Weekend, set for Nov. 6-8 at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Moving business programs forward on the Mississippi Gulf Coast served as the theme for the day as The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus College of Business held its first Business Advisory Board meeting last month in Long Beach.

Tired of renting? Interested in buying a newly renovated home in Jackson? The Home Buyer Advantage Program may have exactly the home you’re looking for. Those interested can learn more at a housing event to be held Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 3 until 7 p.m.at the Jackson Medical Mall at 350 West Woodrow Wilson Boulevard in Jackson. This free event is open to the public.

The online education program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized as the best among Mississippi colleges and universities in a 2015-16 ranking by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online).

 

Of the seven Mississippi schools that offer online courses and programs, Southern Miss ranked No. 1 based upon factors such as academic quality, student services and graduate success.

State Farm Insurance representative Bradely Black’s appearance as a guest speaker at a University of Southern Mississippi marketing class, turned into support for a special sales program initiated by students.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host “Science on the Half Shell: Mississippi Sound Oysters from Mississippi Sound Science,” Monday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the Gulf Park campus (730 East Beach Boulevard) in Long Beach.

Andrew Wiest fondly recalls his mom taking him and his siblings to see the annual University of Southern Mississippi homecoming parade. He dreamed of one day becoming a member of the University’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, an important participant in the parade’s lineup.

Students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Park campus in Long Beach can now receive primary health care from Student Health Services physicians located on the Hattiesburg campus through a telehealth connection set up and maintained by the Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is pleased to announce that Carmel High School in Indiana is the first high school in the nation to earn the prestigious Sport Event Security Aware (SESA) designation.