May 26, 2019  

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Rusty Anderson, director of Career Services at The University of Southern Mississippi, offered expert advice for student seeking summer employment as part of a feature published recently by personal finance website WalletHub. You can read more here:


University of Southern Mississippi student Landry Smith of Laurel, 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. Smith is one of 75 students nationwide to receive the award.

Tyunna Odom, a junior nursing major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi (EPRNM) Undergraduate Scholarship.

Twenty-three students from the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) are returning to their local school districts next year. The advancing students were recognized at a special awards celebration held at USM.

Recognition of immense talent permeating the piney woods of South Mississippi jump-started the formation of FestivalSouth®, which has become a cultural staple of Hattiesburg and the surrounding region.

As the summer travel season nears, a new exhibit at the Cook Library Lobby on The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Hattiesburg campus examines the history of the emergence of tourism along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and beyond.

“Scenic South: Tourism on the Gulf Coast” features items from USM’s Special Collections that include brochures, photos, postcards, hotel advertisements, seafood restaurant menus, among others, that show how the area’s recreation and vacation destination spots, including Biloxi, New Orleans and Mobile have grown over the decades as family favorites for travelers not just from the region, but across the country.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development has been recognized among the nation’s best in national rankings recently announced by a pair of online publications.

A recent University of Southern Mississippi (USM) graduate channeled his love of sports into his honors thesis, producing an analysis of the economic impact of last year’s Conference USA Baseball Tournament in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes Dr. Brian Cuevas as its new Director of the Office of Technology Development for the Office of the Vice President for Research.


Cuevas, who began his role on May 13, works closely with the University’s Vice President for Research Dr. Gordon Cannon in support of technology transfer, intellectual property, commercialization, corporate relationship development, and economic development.

The College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi honored students and faculty during the Spring 2019 Awards Ceremony held in April. Overall, the college honored seven faculty members along with 44 undergraduate and graduate students. 

For the second consecutive year, The University of Southern Mississippi has received national recognition as a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s annual Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll.

Tiara Watson, a spring 2019 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Honors College with a degree in psychology, received the Psi Chi International Honor Society’s Regional Research Award for her research project, “Perfectionism and Alcohol Use: Moderating Effects of Protective Behavioral Strategies” at the Southeastern Psychological Association conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) held a graduation ceremony at their Marine Research Center (MRC) for the third graduating class of their Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) Certificate Program.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School of Social Science and Global Studies and School of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security are co-sponsoring a Forrest County sheriff election candidate forum Tuesday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held on the USM Hattiesburg campus in the Liberal Arts Building (LAB), room 108 (Gonzales Auditorium), and is open to the public.


Dr. Chester ‘Bo’ Morgan’s work at his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is in the books - literally, and, figuratively, two - in which he tells the story of the place that shaped him from boyhood to a career as a historian and educator.

Family, friends and colleagues poured out their appreciation for Morgan May 7 on the occasion of his retirement from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) History program faculty and as University Historian, during a reception at the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) doctoral student Reese Sloan is the latest in a long line of outstanding scholars to receive the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship award.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) recognized achievement in research, leadership, training, and service during its annual Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony, held May 3 at the Trent Lott Center on its Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) College of Arts and Sciences held its first faculty, staff, and alumni awards banquet on May 2 and recognized Ronald E. Matthews, class of 1988, as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award for his extraordinary contributions to the field of construction management.

The Advisory Board for The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Accountancy experienced a dramatic percent increase in membership during the 2018-19 academic year, welcoming 11 new professionals to the group.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host its first on July 7-11, an interactive week of training sessions designed for wheelchair users in high school who are interested in technology.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Theta Gamma Chapter of the international honor society in education, Kappa Delta Pi, inducted students into the organization during a ceremony held at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus May 2. USM School of Education Director Dr. Sandra Nichols served as keynote speaker for the event.

Last week, University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) spring 2019 graduates moved their commencement cap tassels to the left and then walked right into a future full of possibility and opportunity, where they can use their newly-earned education and experiences from their alma mater to succeed.


Four spring commencement ceremonies were held, including the inaugural Graduate School graduation on USM’s Hattiesburg campus Thursday, May 9 at Reed Green Coliseum; two on Friday, May 10 for undergraduates at the Hattiesburg campus, also held at Reed Green Coliseum; and one on Saturday, May 11 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum for undergraduate and graduate students at USM’s Gulf Park Campus and Gulf Coast teaching and research sites.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) wrapped up another successful year with the 12th Annual SEP State Competition held May 8 at the Trent Lott Center on the University’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) hosted this year’s Southern Association of Marine Laboratories’ (SAML) annual meeting May 5-6 at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) Marine Education Center (MEC) in Ocean Springs.