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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.

He’s known by many as “America’s teacher,” and he’s taught the country a lesson on how to better educate its youth.

Ron Clark, founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, shared the story of his career path and while also giving a pep talk to University of Southern Mississippi Luckyday Scholars Jan. 26 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s entertainment industry program is searching for promising musicians to compete for the South City Records Artist Development Project 2017. This project could lead to one or more qualified artists being signed with South City Records.

The Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi has awarded funding for research project proposals made by 18 students through the Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR).
 

Victoria Brodbeck, a banking and finance major in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the 2016 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship. She is the fifth USM student to win the $2,000 scholarship in the past six years.

Now with their degree in hand, graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi should take the next steps using what they’ve learned to secure successful careers or advance their education through professional and graduate degree programs.

Dr. William C. “Bill” Smith, a recently retired University of Southern Mississippi College of Business marketing professor who earned several honors for teaching, research and service in his 37-year tenure at the school, will give the keynote address for its fall commencement ceremonies.

Several students in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement during the fall 2016 semester.

The annual “Lighting the Way” event returns Wednesday, Nov. 30 to The University of Southern Mississippi to help usher in the holiday season and support the charitable outreach work of Hattiesburg’s Aldersgate Mission and Edwards Street Fellowship Center. Scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at the front entrance of the Hattiesburg campus, it will be presented by the Student Government Association, and members of the university and local communities are invited to participate.

The 65th edition of a holiday tradition at The University of Southern Mississippi is set for Sunday, Dec. 4 when Chi Omega sorority hosts Songfest at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus. Featuring seasonal music favorites performed by members of the USM Greek Life community, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free.

Mississippi college sports inspire traditions and loyalty throughout the state and all schools contend for the coveted championships in their divisions. Students and alumni proudly support their schools but only a few obtain the status of campus heroes.

However, Mississippi Blood Services (MBS) knows everyone has a hero inside of them.

University of Southern Mississippi student Cameron Cloud 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. Cloud, a Hattiesburg, Miss., native, is one of 26 students nationwide to receive the award.

The Mississippi Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon will host its 11th annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday, Nov. 19 from 2:30-6 p.m. at Pete Taylor Park. All proceeds will benefit Extra Table and the USM Eagle’s Nest.

Tamara Wright of Pickens was recently announced as a member of the 2017 class of Kennard Scholars at The University of Southern Mississippi.

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.

University of Southern Mississippi students interested in pursuing a career in publishing are invited to hear a panel of editors from the University Press of Mississippi (UPM) discuss their careers and how to follow in their footsteps in a discussion at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 in R.C. Cook Union Room B on the Hattiesburg campus.
 

Acclaimed R&B and hip-hop artist Keri Hilson is the featured performer for The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Eaglepalooza Saturday, Nov. 5 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Spirit Park on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and follows USM’s home 2:30 p.m. Conference USA football game against the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. 

 

Students at The University of Southern Mississippi recently selected their 2016 homecoming court and Mr. and Miss USM during elections held on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses. Those selected include, from left, Jacqueline Michelle McMillian, Graduate Maid (Moss Point, Miss.); Terrie Jackson, Junior Maid (Slidell, La.); Kathryne Lewis, Student Body Maid (Mobile, Ala.); Melissa David, Miss USM (Saucier, Miss.); Jaylen Hackett, Mr. USM (Mobile, Ala.); Rodnecia Joiner, Homecoming Queen (Raymond, Miss.); Amber McCullum, Senior Maid (Taylorsville, Miss.); Ta'Nika Williams, Freshman Maid (Meridian, Miss.); Keylee Morgan, Gulf Coast Maid (Wesson, Miss.); and Brooke Bullock, Sophomore Maid (Petal, Miss.). (Photo courtesy of Southern Miss Athletics)

First-year dental student Vaniecia Wilson, a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship valued at $35,000 per year for her dental training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry.

Kaelyn Wolfe of Picayune will move on to the Miss Mississippi Pageant after winning the title of Miss University of Southern Mississippi 2017 Oct. 15 at the Manonni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Brooke Bullock of Petal was first runner-up.

Elise Jordan, of Baton Rouge, La., a doctoral student in The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, presented her poster titled “Nurse Martyrdom: A Concept Analysis,” at the Annual Evidence-Based Practice/Research last month in New Orleans.

Tomekia Earl, of Summit, Miss., and Tiffany Zyniewicz, of Seattle, Wash., both doctoral students in The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, represented the University as Rising Stars at Sigma Theta Tau International’s Leadership Conference last month in Indianapolis, Ind.

Motivational speaker and author Keith Brown, popularly known as “Mr. I’m Possible,” will give a talk Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom on the Hattiesburg campus. Sponsored by the USM Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, this event is free and open to the public.

University of Southern Mississippi film students were offered the opportunity to capture history this summer in a developing documentary detailing a space relic’s journey from Louisiana to Mississippi.

 

In early June, 13 basic and advanced film studies students from the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach began filming the voyage of a forgotten spacecraft known as the S-IC-15, or Saturn V rocket stage, from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to the INFINITY Science Center in Pearlington.