April 23, 2018  

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An entrepreneurial spirit has served as a cornerstone of economic development in the State of Mississippi for more than 100 years. At The University of Southern Mississippi, entrepreneurship is recognized and heralded as a catalyst for the state’s continued success.

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi community and area residents will bring awareness to suicide prevention when the USM Department of Psychology hosts the “Out of the Darkness Walk” on the Hattiesburg campus. The event, set for April 28 from 8:30 – 11 a.m. at the Bruce and Virginia Wilgus Fitness Trail, located next to the Payne Center on the Hattiesburg campus, is being held in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s efforts to save lives and give hope to those affected by suicide.

Clothing and its role in the sexual assault victim-blaming narrative will be in the spotlight when the "What Were You Wearing When You Were Sexually Assaulted?" survivor art installation opens with a reception at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5 and continues on display through May in the Cook Library Art Gallery on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

The renowned University of Southern Mississippi Steel Pan Orchestra will welcome international recording artist Jeff Narell as part of a special performance set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13 at the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

Staff at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi have developed a state-of-the-art font to aid teachers, instructors, speech-language pathologists, dyslexia therapists, and other professionals in teaching critical language skills.

University of Southern Mississippi student Danielle Luethke was honored by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators as a Major of the Year during the organization’s 133rd National Convention & Expo held last month in Nashville, Tenn.

It was nearly a clean sweep for The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work at the state’s largest professional conference for social workers.

Inspired by his father’s career in law enforcement, Robert Smith has embarked on his own as the newest member of University Police Department (UPD) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

As part of autism awareness month, the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies will hold a “Screening for Autism Day” in seven cities throughout the state. 

Nicholas Kristof, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, will put a spotlight on the global menaces of human trafficking and the sex trade when he speaks at The University of Southern Mississippi for its final University Forum of the 2018 spring semester.

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced plans for two main-stage productions during the 2018-19 school year.

The University Police Department (UPD) at The University of Southern Mississippi has made an arrest in connection with a series of auto burglaries occuring recently on the west of the Hattiesburg campus.

The Business Advisory Council for The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will honor Chuck Scianna (’75) as the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year during a luncheon on Friday, April 6th in the Trent Lott National Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Scianna is the owner, founder, and President of Sim-Tex, a leading firm in the oil country tubular goods (OCTG) industry.


Scianna completed an undergraduate degree in finance from USM, an MBA from University of Houston, and a distinguished record of service in the U.S. Marine Corps.

One wants Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker’s job, another Gov. Phil Bryant’s, and a third would like to be a legislator for her home county. A fourth is drawn toward politics but also wary of the negative connotations.


The four are social work students from The University of Southern Mississippi who in early March attended a two-day “campaign school” in Hartford, Connecticut, that prepares social workers for the political arena as candidates, campaign workers, volunteers or advocates for social change.

With a mention of the word “engineering,” one’s thoughts might drift to images of bridges, roads, and railways under construction. At the University of Southern Mississippi, a unique and transformative type of engineering is making news – that of plants.

Dr. Wayne Wiegand, distinguished historian of libraries and F. Williams Summers Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University, will visit the Hattiesburg Public Library Tuesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. to discuss the desegregation of public libraries in the South in his presentation “Open These Hallowed Doors: The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the American South.” This event is supported by the School of Library and Information Science and Friends of University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Evelyn Sullivan is making history, for her family and for the state of Mississippi.


As a first-generation college student, the Gulfport native earned a public health degree from The University of Southern Mississippi and is now working on her Master of Social Work degree at USM's Gulf Park campus.


In the fall of 2017, the Council on Social Work Education selected her as the first Mississippian in the four-year history of its Minority Fellowship Program for master’s students, encompassing 160 recipients during that span.

Beautiful spring weather greeted more than 600 University of Southern Mississippi students who volunteered their services as part of the 8th Annual Big Event on Saturday, March 24. Students from the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses spent part of their day offering assistance to a variety of South Mississippi entities.

The annual Summer Gifted Studies Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, hosted by its Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, will be held June 24-29 at the Hattiesburg campus. The dealine for application is April 9.

Student Counseling Services at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring “ALIVE! Mental Health Fair & Suicide Prevention Tour” from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 at the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) has received a financial gift from the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Foundation (MGRC Foundation), establishing an endowment on behalf of the MGRC Foundation and the Rapiscan Systems Classic.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning appointed Alcorn State University President Alfred Rankins Jr. as Commissioner of Higher Education at a meeting held earlier today in Jackson. He will begin serving as Commissioner on July 1.

Bring your lawn chairs, family and friends for a day of music and fun on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) hosts the 10th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies is hosting a free nutrition education workshop for people with disabilities and their families in the Greenwood on Wednesday, March 28. The Nutrition is for Everyone workshop will be held in the conference room at the Greenwood Leflore Hospital at 1401 River Road in Greenwood at 1 p.m.