April 21, 2019  

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To encourage more young women of color to pursue STEM careers, The University of Southern Mississippi and Craig Newmark Philanthropies will host the 2nd annual iD 8 Hackathon on April 12-13 at USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Kenneth G. McCarty, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Professor Emeritus of History and former president of the Mississippi Historical Society, died Tuesday, April 2 in Hattiesburg. He was 83.

Funeral services for Dr. McCarty are set for Saturday, April 6 at noon at University Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, where he was a member, following a visitation that begins at 10 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg, with Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg in charge of arrangements.

Even faculty can get tired of their own lesson plans. But a quick fix can be hard – even when you’ve got a great idea.


Rachel Lahasky, a clinical instructor in the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Social Work, understands this quandary firsthand. But she was patient and finally introduced a new, semester-long assignment for her Social Work Grief and Bereavement class in fall 2018.

On Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m., Science Café on the Coast will present a history of the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum at the Long Beach City Hall. Corey Christy, the museum’s outreach program director, will discuss interesting facts about the seafood industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and what a visit to the museum can teach you.

Though an unintended agent for the advancement civil rights, the U.S. military’s acceptance of individuals among its ranks over the last several decades, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation, has made it one of the country’s most powerful vehicles for social change.

That phenomena will be the subject of the spring 2019 Sam Barefield Lecture at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) when Dr. Heather Stur, USM’s Gen Buford “Buff” Blount Professor in Military History, presents "The U.S. Military and Civil Rights: Pragmatic Progressivism" Thursday, April 11 from 3-4 p.m. in the Gonzales Auditorium (room 108) of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.  This free event, open to the public, is made possible with support from the Sam Barefield and Fairchild Lecture funds and is part of USM’s Philosophy and Religion Forum series.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will host a discussion on cybersecurity and cyberattacks on Thursday, April 11 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The event is set for 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Fleming Education Center Auditorium.


The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Theatre program 2019-2020 season promises to be packed with exciting projects and plays that will entertain audiences of all ages.


Beginning the 2019-2020 season is American playwright August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean in October. Directed by Amanda Washington, this drama is about a man’s spiritual journey in search of a new life.

Thirteen new honorees were inducted into The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Graduate Student Hall of Fame during a special ceremony held Tuesday, April 2 on the Hattiesburg campus. As part of the celebration, portraits for each of the inductees were unveiled at McCain Library.


The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Social Science and Global Studies and the USM Center for Black Studies will hold a screening of "Talking Black in America" Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium (room 108) of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families in collaboration with Mississippi Veterans Affairs recently established a full-time Veterans Services Officer position on the Hattiesburg campus.

Morgan Bradwell alternately – and unapologetically – describes herself as a nerd and a unicorn.


But that’s a good combination for a graduate student who loves research and data.


So much so that the social work master’s student from Mobile was one of 13 graduate students honored by the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) on Tuesday, April 2. Bradwell and 11 others were inducted into the Graduate School Hall of Fame, while a 13th was named Graduate Assistant of the Year.

The School of Education at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will host a free book talk by USM alumnus Julian Walker Thursday, April 4 from 6-8 p.m. in the Shelby Thames Polymer Science Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. A local actor, author and activist, Walker will discuss the collection of poems in his work “A Year Without You,” in which he chronicles his journey toward personal healing.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Missy Schraeder as director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders, effective August 1. Schraeder has served as interim director of the DuBard School since July 2017, following the retirement of former director Dr. Maureen Martin.

An annual event memorializing members of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) community who passed away during the academic year, the Fallen Eagle Memorial Service, will be held at 5:30 p.m. today (Monday, April 1) at the university’s Thad Cochran Center, room 214 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Longtime economic development professional William “Skip” Scaggs will be the featured guest as part of the International Business Speaker Series on Thursday, April 4 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Scaggs’ address is set for 11 a.m. in Scianna Hall’s McDonnell Auditorium.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Student Government Association (SGA), the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention, Student Counseling Services, and the Committee on Services and Resources for Women (CSRW) have collaborated to bring back the "What Were You Wearing?" Survivor Art Installation for Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2019.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Psychology is co-sponsoring a special colloquium with Pine Grove Behavioral and Addiction Services featuring Dr. Stan Brodsky, professor emeritus at the University of Alabama, April 11 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Trent Lott National Center, room 103 on the USM Hattiesburg campus, with registration in the lobby. His presentation is titled “Testifying in Court: The Expert Expert Witness” and will be followed by a question and answer session.

One of the top criminal activities in the world, human trafficking, will be the focus of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties’ 4th conference, “Human Trafficking: Awareness and Action” set for Friday April 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in rooms 101-102 of the Liberal Arts Building on the USM Hattiesburg campus. This free event is open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and its School of Humanities welcomed nearly 120 middle and high school students from across Mississippi March 23 to participate in Mississippi History Day, the state contest of National History Day. These students created research papers, documentaries, performances, exhibits, and websites to reflect this year’s theme “Triumph and Tragedy," with students competing as individuals or groups in the latter four categories.

You’ve heard about the increasing need for qualified teachers in Mississippi. The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is helping to fill this need by offering a fully online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, which leads to a Mississippi teaching license.

Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM at The University of Southern Mississippi, experienced a day like no other earlier this week. 


At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, hand to her chest with tears in her eyes, Cwikla walked on stage to receive the 2019 Ada Lovelace Award in New Orleans. Cwikla was honored with the 2019 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Educator Award. She was the only Mississippi educator to be nominated.

An accomplished and highly regarded media and business professional will speak at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Wednesday, April 10, about his 35-year career, focusing on diversity, public education, and the Mississippi economy.

Ronnie Agnew, executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB), will present “Tales from the Field: From Sharecropper’s Son to News Executive” from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Thames Polymer Science Research Center, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus.

For one night only, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) students from Art, Music, Creative Writing, and Media & Entertainment present “Translation: An Evening of Artistic Collaboration” on April 4, in the Gallery of Art and Design. This free event begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

Four University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Psychology students were honored recently with awards recognizing achievements in research, leadership and service. The awards are presented annually in the spring semester by the school.