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The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi will open a new production of the sensational music drama Carmen Feb. 18 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium. Glorious voices, sets, costumes, props and lights are accompanied by the incomparable Symphony Orchestra in this enormous production.

December is a month filled with special occasions and, for most people, it is the month of the year to take time out of busy schedules and be mindful of others in the community who might need some extra love and care.

For AmeriCorps members, though, December is another month that members get to do what they truly love to do all year long: provide service. The TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program members are especially thankful this month provides ample opportunities to get involved and continue to make active contributions to the community.

A $196,800 grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is helping to extend a culture of wellness on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The extension of the Health is Golden campaign, originally launched on USM’s campus in Hattiesburg, is providing recreational activities, wellness programs and educational services to students, faculty and staff.


On Thursday, February 11, Southern Miss officials launched the Health is Golden at Gulf Park campaign with a check presentation by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation to the University.

Students at The University of Southern Mississippi are well on their way to becoming licensed Applied Behavior Analysis therapists. The first cohort of students recently finished their first semester of the new master’s degree program in psychology with an emphasis in ABA therapy.

Despite trends that show many colleges and universities losing traction in the highly competitive battleground for research funding, The University of Southern Mississippi has maintained its position in the latest ratings from the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Economic trends and forecasts will be the primary focus for the Economic Outlook 2016 forum set for Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Larry A. Sparkman, director of the Luckyday Citizenship Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been voted President of the Board of Directors for the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA). Sparkman has been a board member for the past three years serving on various national committees.


Each year during February, high school students from throughout the southeastern United States convene on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus to enjoy an inspiring, music-filled weekend.


The Southern Miss School of Music will host hundreds of students Feb. 5 - 7 during the All-South Honor Band weekend.

Runners, walkers and friends of The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will join together on Saturday, Feb. 27 for The 2nd Annual Children's Center Classic 10K, 5K, and 1-Mile Fun Run.

DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting two educational sessions for educators, parents and administrators this month including Conscious Discipline on Feb. 18 and Missing Links in Academics on Feb. 23-24.

The Cintas management in training program came to The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Wednesday, Jan. 27, and attendees spent part of their visit picking up trash and litter.  

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Monday, Feb. 8, for anyone in Oktibbeha and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Deeming it a “win-win situation,” University of Southern Mississippi business Professor Bret Becton applauded the Cintas Corp. for conducting its annual management trainee summit at the University’s College of Business on the Hattiesburg campus.

Construction began today (Jan. 25) on a multi-use pathway at The University of Southern Mississippi that will provide a connection for pedestrians traveling between Pride Field and Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi students seeking information and guidance about possible internships are encouraged to attend the Career Services Internship Panel set for 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26 in Room 216 of the Thad Cochran Center.

The online graduate nursing program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been included among the nation’s Top 100 in a recent ranking by U.S. News & World Report. This marks the online program's first appearance in the national rankings.

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will present “Mississippi Musical Gumbo,” Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. 

Several University of Southern Mississippi faculty and staff members have been honored by the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi as part of the organization’s 2015 Spark Awards program. The Spark Awards recognize outstanding work in the field of public relations in six categories.  

Victory Media Inc., has named The University of Southern Mississippi to its listing of the Top 50 colleges and universities in the United States with outstanding diversified services for veterans.

The Inaugural Gala for Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves held earlier this month in Jackson provided an opportunity for Freddie White-Johnson, program director of the Mississippi Network for Cancer Control at The University of Southern Mississippi, to discuss health disparities with many of the state’s elected leaders.

White-Johnson, who also serves as director of the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, emphasized the need for additional fund to address cancer (breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate) health disparities – particularly in the Mississippi Delta.

Hattiesburg’s 5th annual Caerus Mardi Gras Parade will roll Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. featuring the theme “For the Love of Animals.”

The parade will begin at Fourth Street coming from the University’s Hillcrest Residence Hall parking lot on the northeast corner of campus, traveling down the U.S. 49 service road adjacent to the east side of campus. It will then move west down Hardy Street to 38th Avenue, turning right onto 38th Avenue and end at Morningside Drive.

The spring semester at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will touch a wide variety of interests and enjoyments, with more than 100 course offerings planned.

University of Southern Mississippi officials are continuing to assess the impact of a sinkhole that appeared Tuesday morning in the parking lot between Oseola McCarty Hall and Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The sinkhole, visibly measuring approximately 4 feet by 3 feet, is larger beneath the surface.


City of Hattiesburg engineers continue to evaluate the scope of the damage underground. They have been able to determine that the cavity does not extend beyond the parking lot into adjacent streets or property.


All roads near the sinkhole site, including Eagle Walk and Ray Guy Way, have reopened. Scianna Hall also reopened to faculty and staff this morning.


Residents of McCarty Hall returning to campus this weekend for the start of the spring semester are asked to park in the Hillcrest Hall lot.

Dr. Max Grivno, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been presented the Humanities Scholar Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council as part of the council’s 2016 Public Humanities Awards.