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Devotees of children’s literature from across the country and beyond will return to The University of Southern Mississippi April 6-8 for its annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, which will mark its 49th year in 2016 as one of the most important events connected to the literary genre.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Student Government Association, in collaboration with the USM Title IX Office, The Shafer Center for Crisis Prevention and Alpha Chi Omega is sponsoring programming in February, March and April on the Hattiesburg campus to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence in conjunction with the national campaign “It’s on Us.”

Dr. Elizabeth Moak, associate professor of music at The University of Southern Mississippi, will give a solo piano recital Friday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The solo piano recital will honor the 350th birthday year of Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, and the 70th birthday year of Judith Lang Zaimont.

A faculty member and student from the College of Health are The University of Southern Mississippi’s recipients of the annual Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) award.

Dr. Elaine Molaison, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, and junior exercise science major John Davenport of Moss Bluff, La. are recipients of the HEADWAE Outstanding Faculty and Students Awards. They were honored the Mississippi Legislature and at a luncheon Feb. 2 in Jackson.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology has been ranked among the nation’s Top 50 graduate programs by the resource guide The Southern Miss program stands at No. 13 in the national rankings.

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member is a co-investigator on a grant-funded collaborative project designed to train medical students to help patients dealing with substance abuse.

Dr. Michael Madson, associate professor of counseling psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, is working with the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson on integration of a substance abuse component in the UMC curriculum. Madson is director of the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program in USM’s Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic.

Economic trends and forecasts will be the primary focus for the Economic Outlook 2016 forum set for Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Live Oak Writing Project teacher consultants Sarah Bailey and Jennifer Butler have successfully mentored three students to prestigious writing awards by the Eudora Welty Foundation. The students were participants in a Scholastic Writing Workshop held last fall and sponsored by the Live Oak Writing Project (LOWP).

Dr. Larry A. Sparkman, director of the Luckyday Citizenship Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been voted President of the Board of Directors for the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA). Sparkman has been a board member for the past three years serving on various national committees.


They’ve forged change with both the written word and direct action, and they’ll share the story of how they did it  during The University of Southern Mississippi’s spring 2016 University Forum series.

Jerry Mitchell, an award-winning journalist with the Jackson, Miss. Clarion Ledger known internationally for his work that has led to justice for murdered civil rights leaders; Lilly Ledbetter, who put gender pay inequity in the spotlight and inspired legislation to address it; and Barbara Ehrenreich, a New York Times best-selling author whose work has exposed corporate excess and the economic challenges faced by the middle class, all make up another star-studded lineup for the popular, long-running USM program.

Each year during February, high school students from throughout the southeastern United States convene on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus to enjoy an inspiring, music-filled weekend.


The Southern Miss School of Music will host hundreds of students Feb. 5 - 7 during the All-South Honor Band weekend.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will bring together the top industry leaders in the field of sports safety and security for the annual Professional Sport Facilities Safety and Security Summit on March 8-10 at the National Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Runners, walkers and friends of The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will join together on Saturday, Feb. 27 for The 2nd Annual Children's Center Classic 10K, 5K, and 1-Mile Fun Run.

Jay Hopson, a 24-year coaching veteran on the collegiate level and twice previously a member of the Golden Eagle coaching staff, met with media and fans Monday afternoon at his introductory news conference as the new Southern Miss football coach.


Hopson, who accepted the position Saturday, became the school's 21st head football coach as the program embarks on its 100th playing season this fall.

Concerns about textbook costs are on the rise among college students nationwide. Each semester begins with finding which textbooks are required, price-comparison, and the daunting decision of whether to rent or buy. 


More than eight million students participate in interscholastic athletics sports and after-school programs each year, and 336 million spectators attend these events. When a school-based emergency or incident occurs, often it is the school personnel who are first to arrive on the scene.

In order to make sure these personnel are prepared for safety and security issues, superintendents, principals, athletic administrators, local law enforcement agents and school resource officers from across the country will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Long Beach campus April 13-15 for the National Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities Safety and Security Summit, hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting two educational sessions for educators, parents and administrators this month including Conscious Discipline on Feb. 18 and Missing Links in Academics on Feb. 23-24.

Jay Hopson, who served as an assistant coach at The University of Southern Mississippi on two previous occasions, will be introduced as the Golden Eagles' new head football coach during an official news conference set for 1 p.m. today at the Trent Lott Center. The event is open to the public and a reception welcoming the new coach is set to follow.

André Heath, assistant to the dean for recruitment, retention, and strategic initiatives in the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be the keynote speaker for the 10th annual observance of Black History Month Thursday, Feb. 4 at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg.

Incorporating the theme “Celebrating 50 Years of African American Excellence at Southern Miss,” The University of Southern Mississippi will mark Black History Month in February with several events on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses, while also paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the school’s desegregation.

The Cintas management in training program came to The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Wednesday, Jan. 27, and attendees spent part of their visit picking up trash and litter.  

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online master’s degree program in Political Science has been recognized as one of the nation’s foremost in a recent ranking by

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Monday, Feb. 8, for anyone in Oktibbeha and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received a $50,000 grant from the Psychonomic Society to fund a Leading Edge Workshop on “The Evolutionary and Psychological Significance of Play.”