April 29, 2017  

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The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is pleased to announce Homecoming 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14, when the Golden Eagles football team battles the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in M. M. Roberts Stadium.

Their hard work and commitment to leave their future alma mater better than they found it earned many University of Southern Mississippi students much-deserved recognition for academic achievement, leadership and service at the 2017 Student Awards Ceremony, held April 11 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi has extended application deadlines for its summer 2017 programs.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health celebrated student success with its Student Awards Night held Thursday, April 6 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research (DCUR) and Honors College will co-host USM’s 2017 Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Several University of Southern Mississippi business students walked away with awards during the Mississippi Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference held recently in Columbus, Miss.

Last year’s hit movie, Hidden Figures, told the inspiring story of three female African-American mathematicians who worked as “computers” for NASA, helping the U.S. win the Space Race and put the first man on the moon. Today, despite the accomplishments of these early trailblazers, women of color are among the least represented minorities in the technology sector, especially in computing fields.


In an effort to increase interest and diversity in computer science and ensure that future generations of black women are no longer the “hidden figures” of tech, The University of Southern Mississippi organized and hosted the first-ever iD 8 Hackathon, held April 7 and 8, on the University’s Hattiesburg campus.


Dr. David R. Davies, director of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, will deliver a talk about the pioneering printers and newspapers in the Mississippi Territory Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus.

The WUSM Round for Southern Miss Radio will take place Monday, April 24, at the Timberton Golf Club in Hattiesburg. The radio station’s largest fundraiser, and one of its most-loved events, the golf tournament brings a together a wide range of individuals and businesses in order to raise much-needed funds while having a great time.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi will honor film director and producer Steve Mims and former faculty member Dixon McDowell at its Hall of Fame induction Thursday, April 20 at the Hardy Hall University Club on the Gulf Park Campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

In observance of Earth Day on April 22, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus will celebrate the worldwide event with weeklong programming April 17-22 for Earth Week.

Student and faculty representatives from The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology will meet with their Congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. for SHAPE America’s – Society of Health and Physical Educators 9th annual SPEAK Out! Day, April 25-26.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business honored one of its own on Friday, April 7 as mortgage industry expert Dr. Bill Rayburn received the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year award.


Rayburn, a 1981 Southern Miss Business Administration graduate, became the co-founder of FNC, Inc., a financial technology company that focused on scoring appraisals for the mortgage industry. Rayburn and his partners sold FNC,Inc. in 2016 and started mTrade.com.

On Monday, April 10, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus hosted an art reveal and signing, featuring Gulf Coast artist Elizabeth Huffmaster.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Master of Science in Economic Development program will offer a new online elective course, ED 761 - Contemporary Issues in Economic Development Economic Development for Defense Communities, from June 5-July 31 in the 2017 summer semester. 

For 17 years, Kate DiCamillo has written books for children – a fact brought home to her when a sales associate helping her with a recent computer purchase was thrilled to learn her customer wrote one of her favorite childhood books, The Tale of Despereaux.

University of Southern Mississippi undergraduate students Nathaniel Prine, Rose Curtis, and William “Blake” Martin have been recognized for their research efforts as Honorable Mentions for the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Six University of Southern Mississippi students are currently presenting their scholarly projects at the annual National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tenn., joining 4,000 other students from across the country.

The 2017 Petal - Southern Miss Powwow,  a celebration of Native American traditions, will be held  in Petal, Miss. at Willie Hinton Park April 8-9. This annual event will include music, social dance, arts and crafts, along with food and novelty vendors.

Dr. Frank C. Whitesell, a retired University of Southern Mississippi professor of economics, died March 22 at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg. He was 76.

A memorial service for Dr. Whitesell will be held Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 115 N. 25th Ave. in Hattiesburg, where he was a longtime member. Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg is in charge of arrangements.

Susan Walley, a senior polymer science major at The University of Southern Mississippi, and recent University graduate Kristen Van de Voorde have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company, in cooperation with Mississippi Opera, presents Verdi’s "Rigoletto" for one-night-only Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

An army of University of Southern Mississippi students will fan out in the Hattiesburg area and at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach to provide community service through “The Big Event” Saturday, April 8.

A book by University of Southern Mississippi alumna Dr. Holly Burkett, which features case studies from two Southern Miss professors and one alumnus, has earned special recognition.