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Dr. Carol Connell, professor of nutrition in the School of Kinesiology and Nutrition, has been named Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Wednesday, Aug. 22, for any residents in Harrison and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Lonnie Young, Registered Piano Technician in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music, was a featured presenter to more than 670 attendees, including piano service specialists, manufacturers and suppliers from around the world, at the 61st annual Piano Technicians Guild Convention and Technical Institute in Lancaster, Pa.

Employers looking for advice on starting an internship program or hoping to improve upon an existing one will have an opportunity to gain insight into both by attending a Total Internship Management Workshop set for Aug. 22 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

More than 400 attendees from 25 college and universities were on hand for the state’s largest biomedical research conference held July 27 in Jackson, Miss.


The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is proud to announce the establishment of the Center for Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, to be housed within the School of Polymer Science and Engineering. The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning approved USM’s plans for the center on April 19.


The center will feature advanced instrumentation to conduct pure and applied research in emerging areas of soft matter optoelectronics, lead important research that drives the creation of knowledge, and improve various products and technologies used in fields like energy, biomedical, and environmental sciences.

Dr. John D. W. Guice, Professor Emeritus of History at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), died July 30. He was 87.

A memorial service for Dr. Guice will be held Thursday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Laurel, Miss., located at 540 5th Ave., following a visitation set for 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will be Friday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. at Old Biloxi Cemetery, located at 1166 Irish Hill Dr. in Biloxi, Miss. Memory Chapel Funeral Homes, Inc. of  Laurel is in charge of arrangements.

Partners for the Arts recently announced Ron Hancock, alumnus of The University of Southern Mississippi, as chair for 2018-2019. Five recent board member additions were also announced.


With private support from alumni and friends, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s endowment has reached $100 million. In fiscal year 2018, over 3,900 donors contributed gifts totaling $21.3 million, including $15.5 million in outright gifts and $5.8 million in deferred gifts through estate planning.

Ultimately, it’s your responsibility – and right – to defend yourself in an active shooter situation.

That was a key message of a presentation given July 26 by University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Police Officer Kenneth Woodard on the subject, sponsored by USM’s chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP). The event was held in Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus and open to members of the university community.

Rear Admiral Ken Barbor, U.S. Navy (ret), founding director of the Hydrographic Science Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Department of Marine Science, died Sunday evening in Bay St. Louis.

Mention the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Honors College to distinguished alum Lance Brown and two distinct features immediately spring to mind – ideas and growth.


“That’s part of the idea of the Honors College. That you exist in that type of environment,” said Brown, a 2000 graduate and Truman Scholar. “My fondest memories were discovering my strengths as a student and feeling that my research and thoughts mattered in a broader academic context.”

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development, in conjunction with the University’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security (NCS4), recently created a video highlighting opportunities for the defense industry in sport security.

When we think about visual impairment, one of our first assumptions is that there is an impairment with the eyes. Something about the eye must be keeping one from seeing clearly. However, for those with Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI) that assumption is incorrect.

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 August.

WUSM FM-88.5 radio station at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) invites residents from the surrounding area and beyond to celebrate the vibrant culture of the Pine Belt region at the Leaf River Fall Fests at Chain Park in Hattiesburg, occurring the Saturdays of Sept. 8 and 29, and Oct. 6, 13 and 27. 

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting the 22nd Annual DuBard Symposium: “Dyslexia and Related Disorders” on Sept. 13-14, 2018 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

A University of Southern Mississippi Ph.D. candidate in communication studies, Sean Fourney wanted to better understand how risk communication is managed in larger levels of discourse beyond interpersonal interactions.

He found what he believes is the perfect opportunity to do just that in a summer internship with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for the City of New Orleans.

The Southern Miss Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics and the South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter, has announced the date for the 23rd Annual Eagle Fanfare sponsored by First Bank.

University of Southern Mississippi students Elizabeth Lee Karajman of Jackson, Miss.; Blake Dunaway of Summit, Miss.; and McKayla Butler of Harrisville, Miss., have been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program (MRDSP).

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Police Department has made an arrest in connection with two recent theft reports on its Hattiesburg campus.

A nationally competitive internship facilitated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is giving a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) undergraduate valuable research experiences she can leverage in graduate school and her career.   

Latisha Swygert, a senior psychology major from Clinton, Miss. and student in its prestigious Honors College, earned a spot in the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 2018 Summer Research Internship Program. The program introduces students to the field of drug abuse and addiction research through participation in eight-week research internships, working with NIDA’s distinguished scientists at universities across the country. Interns also receive a stipend and support for travel and housing.  

Dr. Sandra Nichols has been named the director of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)’s new School of Education.


Nichols, a native of Ellisville, will oversee one of the largest academic schools at the university with almost 1,000 students enrolled in three undergraduate degree and 13 graduate degree programs. Her role began July 1.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in the College of Business and Economic Development has been ranked as one of the top 50 online programs in the United States, according to bestcollegereviews.org.