June 19, 2018  

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The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus has recently earned a Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Public Space Recycling Bin Grant to help increase recycling and sustainability efforts on the state’s only beachfront campus.

What began as a simple means to showcase creativity in the Pine Belt region nine years ago has blossomed into the popular, multi-dimensional event known as FestivalSouth®. Set for June 9-23, FestivalSouth® is Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre arts festival, offering both free and ticketed events to local residents and cultural tourists.

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) in Mississippi will mark its 70th year of presenting Girls State, a popular leadership program for young women entering their senior year in high school, when its holds the event June 3-8 on The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) Hattiesburg campus.


The weeklong program provides delegates active learning experiences focused on the mechanics of federal, state and local government through simulated political campaigns, legislative and judicial processes in the fictitious state of “Magnolia.”


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 June, 2018.

The Scripps Howard Foundation has selected Dr. David R. Davies, director of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Mass Communication and Journalism, as one of only six members of its newest class of prestigious Visiting Professors in Social Media. Educators chosen for the program are members of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

The transition from youth to adulthood following the completion of high school can be challenging and confusing for any young adult. Further, this transition may be particularly challenging for young adults with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual or developmental disabilities whose life plans are still unclear.

Graduation. The caps and gowns, the pomp and circumstance, moms and dads beaming with pride, cameras flashing and videos rolling – some things never vary, and perhaps never will, when it comes to watching a loved one take the stage and receive recognition of a job well done.

Christy Arrazattee, director of The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) Center for Community Engagement, was honored at the 2018 Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning with its Outstanding Practitioner of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement award.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online child development undergraduate degree program has received a No. 4 national ranking from noted education resource guide BestValueSchools.com.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program has earned a 10-year accreditation designation from the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business has made “dressing for success” a little easier for recent graduates with the presentation of new business suits.

The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors recently appointed Dr. Mark Dugo and Darryl J. Jefferson as new board members. The appointment is designated for two years, unless both are re-appointed by the foundation’s executive board.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Ocean Science and Engineering Director Monty Graham has recently been named to the national Board of Directors for Ocean Exploration Trust, Inc.

For Ethan Taylor, life is about to come full circle. Taylor recently received a $26,000 Annual Academic Excellence Scholarship from The University of Southern Mississippi, where he will be studying sports broadcasting in the fall.

But this won’t be his first time to attend USM. In fact, Taylor is already an alumnus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families awarded “Honors Corps” status to 620 military students who demonstrated exceptional academic achievements for the spring 2018 semester.

State Librarian Stephen Parks of Jackson, Miss., a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, has been selected for the 2018 Emerging Leaders Award by the American Association of Law Libraries.

Fifteen students from the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) are returning to their local school districts next year. The advancing students were recognized at a special awards celebration held May 18 at the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online master’s degree in Sport Management has been ranked among the nation’s best by two online college resource guides. TheBestSchools.org lists the USM program at No. 16 in its 2018 rankings, while BestColleges.com positions the USM program at No. 23.

William E. “Bud” Kirkpatrick, founding director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s public relations office, died May 18 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 82.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, in cooperation with the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), will offer the three-week residential Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth (AT Program) on the university’s Hattiesburg campus July 8-27 for students in grades 7-11. The program’s application deadline is May 30.


Saxophonists and music enthusiasts from across the country will gather in Hattiesburg again this summer to study with two acclaimed saxophonists, Patrick Meghian, professor emeritus of music at Florida State University, and University of Southern Mississippi Professor Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz.

June is National Homeownership Month, and Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Sat., June 9 for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

“Harvey” isn’t much of a talker, but as the newest patient simulator in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing Clinical Simulation Lab, his contributions to educating the next generation of nurses will speak volumes.

“The Next Generation Harvey®” is one of three patient simulators purchased by the College of Nursing with the support of a generous donation from Southern Miss benefactors Chuck and Rita Scianna.

Had she been a little older in the late 1960s, Dr. Susan Hrostowski’s father once mused, she may have marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Fifty years later, the associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work is finally getting a chance with the reincarnation of one of King’s signature movements, the Poor People’s Campaign.