August 17, 2017  

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Educators from Harrison Central High School and The University of Southern Mississippi recently kicked off a yearlong professional development opportunity facilitated by the Live Oak Writing Project (LOWP) on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 

Members of the Student Government Association (SGA) on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus recently began a project that will inform many on the University’s beachfront campus for years to come.


Situated in the heart of campus, next to Bear Point Bayou, stands the first marker of a developing interactive trail that will run throughout the Gulf Park campus.


Students in the inaugural Hacking for Defense (H4D) class at The University of Southern Mississippi made their final team presentations on Wednesday, July 26 at Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Shea Kidd Houze, director of New Student and Retention Programs at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to serve as one of seven national faculty members for the Orientation Professionals Institute, which is part of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA).

Several graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science master’s degree program (MLIS) recently earned recognition for their work, were published or took on new roles in their field.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in August.


On July 1, 2017, the Southern Mississippi Alumni Association installed its executive committee for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Individuals include alumni who are accomplished leaders in their communities who demonstrate strong commitment to the betterment of the University.

In its latest rankings of the Best Four-Year Colleges in Mississippi, online resource guide has placed The University of Southern Mississippi at No. 2 among the state’s eight public institutions.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Brooke Boisseau of Hattiesburg, Miss., has been selected as a recipient of the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Hattiesburg mayor Toby Barker’s nomination of University of Southern Mississippi staff member Delores McNair to serve on the Hattiesburg Public School District’s Board of Trustees was approved by the city council July 18.

“There are three things I love: traveling, teaching and getting a chance to tell people about Jesus,” said University of Southern Mississippi student Michael Coats after returning from his second mission trip to Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, community education director at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), has been elected to the board of directors for the Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA).    

Dr. Courtney Turner, educational audiologist at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently selected for the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 2017 Leadership Development Program.

The University of Southern Mississippi Chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) was recognized with the Rachel Maynard Communication Award at the National Association of Educational Office Professionals for its newsletter, The Voice. The award was presented recently at the NAEOP’s annual conference and institute in Greenville, S.C.

Angelina Gilfeather, a student in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) master’s program, was recently awarded the Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources (PBMHR) Scholarship.

The University of Southern Mississippi Chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) held its officer installation ceremony July 7 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) has been awarded five years of continued federal funding through the Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the Administration from Community Living (ACL).

A research paper regarding the effects of alcohol-related cues on racial discrimination co-authored by Dr. Elena Stepanova, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been accepted for publication by the European Journal of Social Psychology: Stepanova, E. V., Bartholow, B. D., Saults, J. S., and Friedman, R. S. (2017) Effects of Exposure to Alcohol-related Cues on Racial Discrimination. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2325

University of Southern Mississippi alums Bradley Floore and Stephen Broome received the Gold and Silver honors respectively at the annual convention of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) last month. 

The TRIAD program at The University of Southern Mississippi is one of 11 AmeriCorps Mississippi programs to receive funds from $3.12 million dollars in funding provided by the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (Volunteer Mississippi) through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs. 

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded a $1.2 million grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration that will be used to provide specialized training for students in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) programs.

University of Southern Mississippi Senior Research Scientist Jim Franks was recently presented a $5,000 donation from Release Marine, Inc. to help further the pelagic fish research being done in the University’s School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST). The donation was made last month at the 2017 Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic fishing rodeo.

Saxophonists and music enthusiasts from across the country will gather in Hattiesburg as the acclaimed Mana Quartet will be in residence at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music July 9 – 15. The quartet will present workshops, master classes and a series of evening performances that are open to the public.

Dr. Maureen K. Martin leaves behind a 41-year legacy at The University of Southern Mississippi’s DuBard School for Language Disorders upon her retirement as the school’s director.