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Four years ago, The University of Southern Mississippi launched a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) focused on providing comprehensive assistance to start-up companies in the Pine Belt area. The center’s growth and success have been eye-popping.

The head of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in Mississippi will serve as the keynote speaker for the 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical and Multicultural Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 a.m. in the ballroom of The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

From the opening of new facilities, to a substantial enrollment increase, to success on the athletic fields, the year 2018 proved to be dynamic and memorable at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

The School of Marketing, housed in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development, strives to incorporate client-based projects into its curriculum.

 

Many 300 and 400 level courses have partnered with alumni and other business owners, enabling students to use the skills that they have learned over the course of their college career, putting them into action to solve real problems that organizations face. 

It was a late August evening in south Alabama. The winds had already begun to blow, and the waves were already crashing onto shore. And CNN reporter and University of Southern Mississippi (USM) alumna Kathleen Koch was exactly where she needed to be to help tell the story of Hurricane Katrina, which was barreling through the Gulf of Mexico.

 

But she really wanted to be in Bay Saint Louis, where she grew up. Her family had owned an ice cream parlor for many years, and the seven members of her family once lived in a house on the beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and Duke University will bring together top safety and security industry leaders representing commercial sport and entertainment facilities during the week of Feb. 19-21, 2019 at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development has earned a Top-50 ranking for “Best Online Business Schools” by online resource guide SuccessfulStudent.org. USM, slotted at No. 36, is the only Mississippi school ranked on the list.

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 January, 2019.

University of Southern Mississippi students Sumar Beauti, Jackson Jones, and Brielle Shegog have added their names to the growing list of Gilman Scholarship winners. This brings USM’s total of Gilman scholars over the past three years to 32.

 

The spring 2019 University Forum series at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will feature some of the most influential writers, policy makers, and scientists in the U.S., whose work shines a light on things hidden to most of us.

All spring 2019 University Forums will be held on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free, and members of the university community and general public are invited.

Opening the 2019 Spring semester, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) English and Theatre programs will proudly host the 2019 Blaine Quarnstrom Playwright Series featuring playwright Robert Icke from Jan. 24 – 27.

Dr. Rose Jones, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Education and an expert in early childhood education, shared her research at the annual Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) conference, held Nov. 7-9 in Pensacola, Fla.

The Gulf Coast Business Council called upon the research expertise of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship recently to produce a Quality of Place report for the region.

Siblings Alden and Field Bennett earned degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi during fall 2018 commencement, making them third-generation graduates of the school.

The two Oak Grove (Miss.) natives were among approximately 1,200 who were candidates for degrees this semester, becoming alumni of USM’s College of Business and Economic Development. Alden earned his MBA, while younger brother Field secured a degree in marketing.

A University of Southern Mississippi social work professor and social work alumna were named field instructors of the year at the annual School of Social Work Fall Colloquium.

 

Dr. Susan Hrostowski, associate professor, and one of her former students, Alix Dearing of Merit Health Gulf Oaks in Biloxi, were honored at the November event, which also featured speakers from around the state and Alabama.

Dr. Gordon Cannon, vice president for research at The University of Southern Mississippi, is pleased to announce that Dr. Rebekah Young has been named executive director of the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS). Dr. Jerry R. Alliston has been named associate director of IDS.

Graduate students in The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School Psychology program can now pursue the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) designation, after the program’s coursework met the approval of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) in fulfilling its criteria for Verified Course Sequence (VCS) status.

Two University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Psychology students will attend a national conference in the spring with support from the school’s Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research.

LaQuitta Simpson, a senior from Kenner, La. and Lauren Parker, a senior from Clinton, Miss. were selected by a Drapeau Center review committee for funding to participate in the 2019 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. April 10-13.

DOHA, QATAR - During the Milipol Qatar 2018 Exhibition on October 29-31, 2018, the The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and INTERPOL, signed a training cooperation agreement with the State of Qatar, represented by the Security Committee of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

Katie Ramsey, a second-year doctoral student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s clinical psychology program, was recently awarded the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies ADHD Special Interest Group's 2018 "Exceptional Graduate Student Poster" at the organization’s national conference.

When Chrishasta Gardner walks across the stage Friday, Dec. 7 to receive her bachelor of social work degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, there are two things she is sure of. She will be the first graduate in Mississippi to earn a minor in child advocacy studies. And her eyes will not be dry.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Associate Professor of History Dr. Allison Abra, a fellow in its Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, is the school’s nominee for Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) Teacher of the Year. The MHC will host a ceremony in Jackson in April 2019, along with the nominees from Mississippi's other state institutions of higher learning, when the recipient is announced.

University of Southern Mississippi Research Professor YuanYuan Zhang has secured a $130,000 national highway grant that she says could transform how pedestrian data is collected across the United States.

In a partnership like no other at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Luckyday Foundation of Ridgeland, Miss., is continuing its support of the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program at Southern Miss with an additional commitment of more than $8.7 million through The USM Foundation. The Luckyday Foundation has provided over $35.7 million to the program to date, making it the University’s most generous benefactor.

 

Founded by the late Frank R. Day of Jackson, Miss., the Luckyday Foundation funds scholarships for Mississippi high school seniors who are exemplary students with outstanding leadership skills and community involvement.