March 26, 2017  

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Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, April 8, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Moran McLelland Pope, Jr., a prominent University of Southern Mississippi alumnus and former mayor of the city of Hattiesburg, died March 2 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 94.

New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick will offer remarks during a special event Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. Philbrick will discuss the nature of his artistic collaboration with artist Wendell Minor, his body of work and take questions from the audience.

Science Café on the Coast, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Library, will present a screening of the documentary "The Invisible Patients: Life at the Edges of the Health Care System" Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pass Christian Public Library.

Interested in catching more Redfish and Speckled Trout? University of Southern Mississippi marine scientists and local professional fishing guides have teamed up to offer to help you catch more fish. The seminar “Catch More Fish with Science” will be hosted March 23 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, located at the Peck House on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

Selected student leaders at the University of Southern Mississippi attended the third Student Leadership Summit hosted by the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement on the Hattiesburg campus at the Trent Lott National Center Friday, March 3. 

The Southern Miss School of Music announces open auditions to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera to all university students. Auditions will be held on Sunday, April 23 beginning at 1 p.m. All applicants must register online at Complete audition details are available there.

University of Southern Mississippi student and violinist, John Eze Uzodinma II, has received a full scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colo., for eight weeks this summer.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Trombone Choir and Select Octet has been invited to perform at the American Trombone Workshop at the culmination of their tour on March 10, 2017. Under the direction of Dr. Ben McIlwain, the group will perform with guest soloist MSG Sam Woodhead of The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.”

Years of dreaming, planning, and engineering culminated today (Friday, March 3) with the official dedication of Asbury Hall – The University of Southern Mississippi’s state-of-the-art nursing building.


Special ceremonies on the Hattiesburg campus included a ribbon-cutting and tour of the facility. Faculty and staff in the College of Nursing began moving into the $31-million building last November. Classes were held for the first time when the current semester got underway in January.


The University of Southern Mississippi Speech and Debate Team recently hosted the Southern Forensics Championship Tournament, where the Golden Eagles won the title of Mississippi Debate Sweepstakes State Champions. This three-day tournament functions as a state championship for Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, but is open to other states.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s EAGLE Summer Gifted Studies Program will be held June 11-16, and EAGLE Day Program for Young Gifted Students is set for June 12-16. Sponsored by the USM’s Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, the registration deadline for both is March 31, and space is limited.

Sarah Myers, M.S., CCC-SLP, assistant director for The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi was recently selected for the Area Development Partnership’s 2017 Leadership Pinebelt class.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting Missing Links in Academics, a two-day workshop for educators March 7-8 on the Hattiesburg campus.

To mark Women’s History Month in March, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Committee on Services and Resources for Women (CSRW) is coordinating a series of free events that includes lectures by nationally renowned scholars and authors, panel discussions of prominent women in the community, workshops by experts in various fields, and theatrical and musical performances, among others.

Piggybacking on the success of the inaugural Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Faculty Development Institute last fall, The University of Southern Mississippi has launched a two-pronged approach for the Spring 2017 semester.

Students and alumni of The University of Southern Mississippi are invited to attend “Careers on the Coast,” a networking and job fair slated for Tuesday, March 7 at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 

As part of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “Eagles Engaged,” six grants have been awarded for initiatives to increase the number of Southern Miss undergraduate students participating in pathway experiences, such as internships, research, and fieldwork.

An upcoming lecture series named after Clyde Kennard is a collaborative initiative sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC), Historic Eureka School and Freedom50 Research Group, an interdisciplinary cohort of Southern Miss professors.

As Mississippi’s flagship university of the arts, The University of Southern Mississippi prides itself on the richness of culture and art. One only needs to look to its Department of Art and Design, where a number of instructors have had their works on exhibit throughout the country.

James Fox, a student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology, is a finalist for a national physical education major award. Fox will be recognized at the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Convention in Boston in March.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale continues to celebrate the value of long-lived musical practices in its upcoming concert “Choral Traditions” March 3 and March 5.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families honored the service of Maj. Gen. Rexford H. Dettre Jr. with the unveiling of a memorial plaque during a special ceremony held Monday, Feb. 27. Center Director Jeff Hammond (Maj. Gen. U.S. Army, retired) made the presentation alongside Dettre’s wife, Betty Dettre.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi has maintained elite status internationally with re-accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The accreditation covers a five-year period.