February 23, 2017  

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The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi has invited two successful CEOs to offer their insights about leadership as part of the Inspired Leaders series which kicks off at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 in Scianna Hall’s McDonnell Auditorium.

In a partnership between The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board (MSVAB), a new service position has now come available on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach to be of assistance to military veterans along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

At The University of Southern Mississippi, our faculty not only teach and conduct research, they also create. One need look no further for that last example than Deanna Douglas, a professor in the Department of Art and Design. The work of Douglas, an instructor of graphic design and foundation courses, is currently showcased in two national juried shows in Illinois.

In 1910, when the City of Hattiesburg was growing as a lumber and railroad town, Mississippi Normal College was founded on the western outskirts of town as a teacher-training college. Though the institution’s name changed from Mississippi Normal College to State Teacher’s College and later to Mississippi Southern College and finally in 1962 to The University of Southern Mississippi, its long-standing tradition of educating and training tomorrow’s teachers continues today.

One needs to look no further for that example than the Department of English, which was recently awarded National Recognition without Conditions by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Adam “Buck” Buckalew, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who serves as a professional staff member on the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health, will be the keynote speaker for Mississippi Scholastic Press Association (MSPA) Day and South Mississippi Fall High School Journalism Workshop Thursday, Sept. 29 in the Thad Cochran Center on the USM Hattiesburg campus.  

Dr. Ellen Elder and Dr. Elizabeth Moak, piano faculty from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, will travel to Lima, Peru, where they have been invited to perform at the National Conservatory of Music.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety (NCS4) and Security at The University of Southern Mississippi recently completed new editions of the Intercollegiate, and Marathon Safety and Security Best Practices guides.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work, Mississippi Health Access Collaborative, La Mexicana, and the City of Hattiesburg will host the third annual El Grito Latin Festival, a free multicultural event that celebrates Mexican Independence (Sept. 16) and Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15). The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1-8 p.m. in Hattiesburg’s Town Square Park, located at 100 Main St.

The 2017 class of Kennard Scholars at The University of Southern Mississippi was recently announced by the USM Dean of Students Office. Named in honor of Clyde Kennard, who attempted to integrate Southern Miss in the 1950s, the Kennard Scholars program is designed for students committed to academic excellence and leadership.

The 13th Annual Southern Invitational Choral Conference (SICC) will take center stage next week at the Thad Cochran Center on the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The conference will feature a pair of concerts in the Hattiesburg area.


The life of Sylvester Magee has intrigued many over the past several decades and the man who claimed to be 130 years old at the time of his death was something of a national sensation. Though dozens of accounts have been written about him, not much is actually known about the man who claimed to be the last surviving American slave in the early 1960s.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s entertainment industry program is searching for inspired rappers to participate in the Southern Rap Battle.

University Libraries will participate in Open Access events during the month of October in an effort to provide The University of Southern Miss academic and research community the opportunity to learn about the potential benefits of open access, particularly those related to open textbooks.

When Dr. Jay Dean takes to the podium to open the 97th season of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium, it will kick off a musical parade that sees the venerable symphony performing music from across the spectrum of the musical genres.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring a leadership training series led by corporate trainers from poultry giant Sanderson Farms on Friday, Sept. 23 at Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is set for 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center has helped businesses in the region create and/or retain more than 175 jobs since October of last year.

Biloxi native and University of Southern Mississippi alumna Christy Pickering will appear in a self-entitled presentation called “Girl, You Deserve Better: A Night with Christy Pickering” Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 


What can you do with a degree from The University of Southern Mississippi? Great things according to the string of student successes achieved by its graduates. That is why the Office of Online Learning has launched a new video series profiling successful students.


“Southern Miss produces top graduates doing incredible things all over the world,” said interim director of the Office of Online Learning, Dr. Tom Hutchinson. “We are spotlighting students in our programs to demonstrate how completing a degree at Southern Miss can help anyone succeed in their personal and professional goals.”

Jennifer S. Lewis, MHA, MED, compliance coordinator at the University of Southern Mississippi, and Kenneth M. Heard, J.D., director of state authorizations at the University Medical Center, made a presentation at the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors’ meeting in Arlington, Va. Sept. 12.

The Office of Sustainability at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring a panel discussion regarding climate change on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

It’s time to get all dolled up in your dapper threads for a night on the town at the 4th Annual DuBard School Speakeasy on Friday, October 7. The DuBard School for Language Disorders, a United Way agency at The University of Southern Mississippi, is excited to host this 1920’s themed event for new and long-time friends alike.

As part of a concerted Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Eagles Engaged, The University of Southern Mississippi has selected April Gonzalez as Director of Pathway Experiences after completion of a national search.

NOTE: An earlier media report that the University’s Trent Lott Center has been renamed the Drapeau Center is incorrect.

Because of the generous support of a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, David Sliman II of Ocean Springs can pursue his research interests in biochemistry that he hopes will lead to a career in genetic engineering.  


That alumnus, Donald Drapeau, was honored Sept. 14 at the University’s Hattiesburg campus with the announcement of the naming of the Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Sat., Oct. 15, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Willie Morris Public Library Conference Room at 4912 Old Canton Road in Jackson.