February 11, 2016  

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The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Think Center is hosting an open house for the new Active Learning Classroom Thursday, October 1 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Library room 204 on the Gulf Park Campus at Long Beach.


Inspired by his time as a journalist in Africa, University of Southern Mississippi political science professor Dr. Bob Press has written his third book, Ripples of Hope: How Ordinary People Resist Repression without Violence.

The public is invited to the opening of the exhibit Tasha Tudor: Around the Year Thursday, Oct. 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. It will be presented by the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi and feature 130 original works of art by award winning illustrator, Tasha Tudor.

The exhibit will be on display from October through December at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. Items will be available for purchase at the opening.

On Friday, Oct. 9, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Live Oak Writing Project will host a Student Writer Workshop designed to help students strengthen their writing skills and to assist students preparing submissions for the Scholastic Writing Awards. The workshop will be held in Lloyd Hall on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach from 9 until 11:30 a.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of University Communications has been honored with three awards from the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF). The honors included the federation’s top award, the Lantern, for University Communications work on the website, Choose.USM.edu, as well as Awards of Excellence for the “Choose Southern Miss” advertising campaign, and a series of USM research videos.

Carmen Escobedo, a piano professor and General Director of the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru will visit The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music where she will give a piano master class on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. in Marsh Auditorium, and a recital on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium.

University of Southern Mississippi alumna Ashley Rea (formerly Ashley Cockerham) has recently been named Communication Manager at Sanderson Farms, a position responsible for leading the company’s newly-formed Corporate Communication Department and all of its associated responsibilities.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recently welcomed Jenny Boudreaux as the organization’s new associate director for external affairs.

The legacy of Herbert Johnston’s lifetime of service to his country will live on through an endowed scholarship established with The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation by his widow Anna Mae McNeece Johnston of Benton, Miss. and family.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. hosted a law enforcement panel discussion at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus Sept. 23. Panelists included representatives from Southern Miss, the Hattiesburg Police Department, the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Topics included knowing your rights, compliance, developing a healthy relationship with public safety officials and how to achieve positive interactions with law enforcement. (University Communications photos by David Tisdale)

Professor Elizabeth Resnick from Massachusetts College of Art and Design is the curator of the latest exhibition on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gallery of Art and Design. On Thursday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. she will present "Propaganda and Protest Graphics: A Selective View of Civic Empowerment and Resistance by Artists and Designers in the historic George Hurst Building on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.


When he’s not taking snaps as a quarterback for The University of Southern Mississippi football team, Parker Adamson is taking formidable courses as a standout student in the College of Business.


And now the junior finance major can add another gold star to his impressive resumé as the winner of the 2015 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in October.

Registration is underway for the 13th Annual Southern Miss Comcast Golf Classic to be held Oct. 10 at Canebrake Country Club in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is currently undergoing renovations that will, once complete, increase access to and from campus from Highway 90.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg was the first speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi's fall 2015 University Forum series Sept. 22 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. His lecture, titled "Writing the South" was followed by a book signing. Bragg is a former correspondent for the New York Times who recently wrote a best-selling biography of Jerry Lee Lewis. He is also the author of My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South, and his work includes coverage of the story of the late Oseola McCarty, a Hattiesburg washerwoman who bequeathed her life savings to USM.  (Southern Miss photos by Kelly Dunn)

Students from The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology volunteered Sept. 19 at the Hub City Special Olympics held at Hattiesburg High School.

Mary Schaub, assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded 2016 Alumna of the Year from her alma mater, the University of Wyoming.

Everyone is invited to get all dolled up in your dapper threads for a night on the town at the 3rd Annual DuBard School Speakeasy, on Friday, Oct. 9. This 1920’s themed event is hosted by the DuBard School for Language Disorders, a United Way agency, at The University of Southern Mississippi.

A commitment to help elevate The University of Southern Mississippi will remain a guiding force for Stace Mercier as she transitions from interim Executive Director of the USM Foundation to a permanent role as the Foundation’s chief officer.


Macy Mitchell, a freshman communication studies major from Petal, Miss., took the Miss University of Southern Mississippi 2016 pageant crown Sept. 19 on the Hattiesburg campus. The event was coordinated by the Student Government Association and Dean of Students Office.

The 2015-2016 academic year marks the 40th anniversary of the Athletic Training Program offered by The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology.

In celebration, the Southern Miss Athletic Training Alumni Association will host a tailgate prior to the homecoming game Oct. 17 from 2-6 p.m. at Pride Field on the Hattiesburg Campus. All alumni of the program, professors and current athletic training students are welcome to attend. Admission is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health will host the forum “Postpartum Retention in HIV Care: A Hidden Leak in the Treatment Cascade” Thursday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 214. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dr. Shea Kidd Houze was recently named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Director of New Student and Retention Programs. This new department will provide a structure for combining, reorganizing, and growing existing University initiatives under a new umbrella.