February 9, 2016  

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University of Southern Mississippi Professor Douglas Masterson has been awarded the 2015 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Mentor Award. Masterson serves as an associate professor of organic and bioorganic chemistry and associate dean for undergraduate affairs in the College of Science and Technology at Southern Miss.


Last spring, Masterson was selected as Southern Miss’s inaugural recipient of the Graduate Mentor of the Year Award, which is supported by the Southern Miss Graduate School and the Office of Research. Masterson was then nominated for the CSGC award.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi will join with students from Mississippi Public Universities to tackle one of Mississippi’s most pressing problems: Obesity and related health issues. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi will serve as the title sponsor for the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Social Business Challenge, giving students from Mississippi Public Universities the opportunity to showcase their ideas, creativity and ingenuity as they present ideas for businesses focused on reducing obesity and related health issues rather than making a profit.

Construction began today (Jan. 25) on a multi-use pathway at The University of Southern Mississippi that will provide a connection for pedestrians traveling between Pride Field and Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. David Lee, associate professor of educational leadership in The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology, will be the keynote speaker for the annual convention of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents Monday, Jan. 25 in Jackson.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s entertainment industry program is searching for inspired musicians to audition for the South City Records Artist Development Project 2016. This project could lead to the signing of one or more qualified artists with South City Records.

University of Southern Mississippi students seeking information and guidance about possible internships are encouraged to attend the Career Services Internship Panel set for 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26 in Room 216 of the Thad Cochran Center.

The online graduate nursing program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been included among the nation’s Top 100 in a recent ranking by U.S. News & World Report. This marks the online program's first appearance in the national rankings.

Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Glenn Boyce announced today the launch of the Mississippi Business Engagement Network, an initiative to connect business and industry to the wealth of university assets housed within Mississippi Public Universities. The initiative has a website, http://msben.com, to facilitate these connections.

Tamara Wright, a student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology, has been selected for the prestigious Dr. Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. The program prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through research projects and scholarly activities.

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will present “Mississippi Musical Gumbo,” Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. 

Several University of Southern Mississippi faculty and staff members have been honored by the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi as part of the organization’s 2015 Spark Awards program. The Spark Awards recognize outstanding work in the field of public relations in six categories.  

Victory Media Inc., has named The University of Southern Mississippi to its listing of the Top 50 colleges and universities in the United States with outstanding diversified services for veterans.

The Inaugural Gala for Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves held earlier this month in Jackson provided an opportunity for Freddie White-Johnson, program director of the Mississippi Network for Cancer Control at The University of Southern Mississippi, to discuss health disparities with many of the state’s elected leaders.

White-Johnson, who also serves as director of the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, emphasized the need for additional fund to address cancer (breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate) health disparities – particularly in the Mississippi Delta.

A University of Southern Mississippi professor hopes a Fulbright Fellowship supporting his work with a college in Chile promotes international academic exchange, while also facilitating innovative education practices and research in the South American nation.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will hold the first Professional Sport Facilities Safety and Security Summit on March 8-10 at the National Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Song Guo, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Early Career Development Award (CAREER) for his project “Morphology and Property Correlations of Chemically Doped 1D Conjugated Polymer Aggregates.”

The Mu Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will host its 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural and Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 18 in the Thad Cochran Center ballrooms on the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Hattiesburg’s 5th annual Caerus Mardi Gras Parade will roll Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. featuring the theme “For the Love of Animals.”

The parade will begin at Fourth Street coming from the University’s Hillcrest Residence Hall parking lot on the northeast corner of campus, traveling down the U.S. 49 service road adjacent to the east side of campus. It will then move west down Hardy Street to 38th Avenue, turning right onto 38th Avenue and end at Morningside Drive.

The spring semester at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will touch a wide variety of interests and enjoyments, with more than 100 course offerings planned.

External funding for research and sponsored programs at The University of Southern Mississippi totaled $72,976,047 for fiscal year 2015 – a 24.1 percent increase from the previous year.


Primary funding for FY 2015, which covers the time period of July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015, came from federal agencies (64 percent). Business and industry awarded the next largest percentage (25 percent). For FY 2014, Southern Miss received $58,790,269 in research and other sponsored program funding.

University of Southern Mississippi officials are continuing to assess the impact of a sinkhole that appeared Tuesday morning in the parking lot between Oseola McCarty Hall and Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The sinkhole, visibly measuring approximately 4 feet by 3 feet, is larger beneath the surface.


City of Hattiesburg engineers continue to evaluate the scope of the damage underground. They have been able to determine that the cavity does not extend beyond the parking lot into adjacent streets or property.


All roads near the sinkhole site, including Eagle Walk and Ray Guy Way, have reopened. Scianna Hall also reopened to faculty and staff this morning.


Residents of McCarty Hall returning to campus this weekend for the start of the spring semester are asked to park in the Hillcrest Hall lot.

Seven international business students from The University of Southern Mississippi enjoyed a memorable experience on the evening of Monday, Jan. 11 as dinner guests at the residence of the Consulate General of France in New Orleans.



A graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is Mississippi’s new State Librarian.

Stephen Parks, who earned a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree in the fall of 2013 from Southern Miss, took over the post Jan. 1. In this position he serves as director of the State Library, managing a staff that provides services to Mississippi’s Supreme Court, other state courts, state officials and the general public.

Dr. Max Grivno, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been presented the Humanities Scholar Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council as part of the council’s 2016 Public Humanities Awards.