December 12, 2017  

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Angela Ball, award-winning poet and professor in the Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, has published her sixth book of poetry from the University of Pittsburgh Press. A release party celebrating Talking Pillow will be held at T-Bone’s Records & Café in Hattiesburg Friday, Dec. 1 at 8:30 p.m. Ball will read some selected poems and sign copies following the reading.

For the second consecutive year, the University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked by Military Times as one of the Top-20 “Best for Vets” universities across the United States. USM, the highest-ranked university in Mississippi, is rated No. 17 out of the 140 four-year institutions that earned recognition.

One current and one former graduate student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Master of Business Administration program delivered presentations during the annual Society of Marketing Advances conference held earlier this month in Louisville, Ky.

Dr. Amy C. Miller, professor and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, is a featured essayist in the latest edition of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

Students, faculty and staff from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus presented Thanksgiving Golden Baskets and one car to 25 needy Mississippi Gulf Coast families on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Three current Master of Fine Arts in Performance students at The University of Southern Mississippi and two MFA alumni have completed the rigorous requirements to earn the distinguished Lessac practitioner designation.

Dr. Robert Press, an associate professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi and director and founder of its Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties, has been selected to attend a national leadership summit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Dec. 7-9 in Washington D.C.
 

Although The University of Southern Mississippi's impacts extend well beyond the Hub City and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, USM is most influential close to home. And in July, three men who are passionate not only about the City of Hattiesburg, but also The University of Southern Mississippi, took office in the Hub City. Together, Mayor Toby Barker, and new councilmembers Jeffrey George and Nicholas Brown, are ushering in a change in leadership, and they hope, mindset in the Hub City. They are all Southern Miss alumni, and all are new to their roles in city government.

For students stuck on campus for the holiday break, it was a taste of home. For international students who likely were experiencing their first Thanksgiving, it was a time to sample an American tradition.

Students in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business were recognized for outstanding academic achievement during the fall 2017 honors program held Friday, Nov. 17 on the Hattiesburg campus.

A grant-funded program administered through The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems is helping underserved fifth-grade students in a tri-county area of the state improve their self-esteem and develop better eating habits.

The Southern Miss Alumni Association is pleased to announce the promotion of BayLee Long to the position of assistant director for programs and constituent relations. Long has served as the Association’s manager of programs since February 2015 and coordinated many of the organization’s internal functions, including Homecoming festivities, planned Eagle Landing tailgates and managed rental operations of the Ogletree house.

Longtime Sanderson Farms executive and former State College Board President Robin Robinson was honored as the 2017 Boardman Alumna of the Year by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business in a special ceremony held Friday, Nov. 17 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Leaders of Mississippi’s public universities received The Seven Seals Award at the Board of Trustees meeting held Thursday, Nov. 16 in Jackson. The Award was presented by the Mississippi Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (MSESGR) in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission. Major General Janson D. Boyles, Adjutant General of Mississippi, presented the awards.

Small businesses are an important economic driver in Mississippi. The Mississippi Small Business Profile, 2017, published by the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, reports that Mississippi small businesses employed 432,231 people, or 47.7 percent of the private workforce, in 2014 and that small businesses created 5,423 net jobs in 2014.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced that the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award has tripled the winners’ prizes to $3,000.

Gloria Peterson, food service associate, joins 200 of Aramark’s outstanding team members from around the world who have been named to the company’s 2017 Ring of Stars class. This milestone was recognized by Aramark during an exclusive celebration in October.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies currently has grant funds available statewide for people with disabilities and their families interested in becoming homeowners. A community grant workshop will be held Monday, Nov. 20, from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Mississippi Library Commission at 3881 Eastwood Drive in Jackson.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will bring together top safety and security industry leaders representing intercollegiate athletics as well as commercial sport and entertainment facilities during the week of January 15-19, 2018 at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Florida.  

In keeping with the spirit of the season of giving, The University of Southern Mississippi Student Government Association (SGA) has designated the Hattiesburg Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club as the beneficiary of its annual Lighting the Way for the Holidays charity fundraiser. The event is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the south lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Kenyan native Nuala Ribeiro learned a significant lesson during her recent internship with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies – that a “societal change of attitude” is crucial to ensuring disability rights.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus will host a college visit day exclusively for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) students on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 3-6:30 p.m.

 

The longest-running Greek Life philanthropic event at The University of Southern Mississippi and a local holiday season favorite will be held Friday, Nov. 17 from 5-7:30 p.m. when USM’s Epsilon Delta chapter of Chi Omega Sorority hosts Songfest at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.

J. Theresa Bush, assistant professor of costume design at The University of Southern Mississippi, played an instrumental role in helping the renowned stage production “Fly” garner eight nominations for the 27th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The awards will be presented on Feb. 26 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.