February 18, 2018  

Current weather

Overcast, 64.4 °F


Main Content

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, was recently a guest on a broadcast of the Scholars' Circle, a syndicated public affairs radio show in Los Angeles.

The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome sociologist Dr. Yuki Kato to the Hattiesburg campus Feb. 12 when its Department of Anthropology and Sociology begins a new lecture series. Dr. Kato will present “Food Justice for Whom? Examining the Opportunities and Challenges of Making Local Food Accessible to the Food Desert.”

This lecture is part of the Anthropology-Sociology Research Colloquium and will meet at noon in the Liberal Arts Building, room 204. The event is free and open to the public.

Vincent Chaney, a University of Southern Mississippi student and filmmaker who was part of a team that produced last year’s popular documentary “subSIPPI,” will speak about the film for the University Forum Series Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I.


A forum featuring student candidates running for elected office with the University of Southern Mississippi Student Government Association (SGA) will be held Monday, Feb. 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I on the Hattiesburg campus. Members of the university community are invited to attend.

SGA elections are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, with runoff elections set for Thursday, Feb. 20 if necessary. For more information, contact the Student Government Association at 601.266.4407 or Associate Dean of Students Wynde Fitts at wynde.fitts@usm.edu.

Children who are hearing impaired and are age five years old or younger are the focus of deaf education and early oral intervention services offered by The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The Children's Center is a clinical program in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi is home to one of the country’s top military history programs through the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society. In an effort to help the Center reach even loftier heights, the USM Foundation has launched the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society Campaign.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates offered a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of White House politics and policies as the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg, Miss.


Gates, who also served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, shared details of his professional life with the packed audience. The presentation included excerpts from his recent autobiography, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.”


After applying to the Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR), four University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students were selected for the program. These students, in collaboration with their faculty sponsors, will receive funding support for independent research, as well as scholarly and creative activity.

University of Southern Mississippi student Rachael Reeves recently placed second in the national “Press the President” writing contest for her submission, “The Government’s Responsibility in the American Obesity Epidemic.”

Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour, professor of international development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, recently authored the paper, “Exchange Rate Volatility and Imports Demand for the Islamic Republic of Iran,” which will be published by Inderscience Publishers.

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating the birthday of Charles Darwin with its first “Darwin Day” Feb. 14 on the Hattiesburg campus. 


The event features exhibits, morning spotlight talks by a group of diverse Southern Miss students and professors and afternoon events featuring a Darwin Quiz and teaching workshop. 

Two members of The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society recently competed at the Worlds Universities Debating Championship in Chennai, India. Seniors Brandon Hersey and Michael Sims, along with coach Frankie Glennis-Watts, left for India on Christmas day and spent over a week in the city of Chennai, India.

More than 100 high school students participated in a hands-on business symposium hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE) on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Biological Sciences will host three Night at the Museum overnight outreach activities this spring. These unique adventures at the popular science museum are “overnight retreats” for students in grades 4-8.

To commemorate and educate about the history of civil rights in America, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which will feature three different discussions and their accompanying documentary films. Each discussion will be held from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and follow with the film at 6 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries will host a talk about its de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection on Tuesday Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery, located next to Starbucks.

Renowned African-American author Clifton Taulbert will headline The University of Southern Mississippi’s Black History Month programming when he will be the guest speaker for the annual Branch-Armstrong Lecture Series Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Hattiesburg Area Multi-sport Racing (H.A.M.R.’d) group is sponsoring a half marathon February 8, 2014 at Lake Thoreau Environmental Center (LTEC).

The trail race allows runners to choose either the half marathon or 5K. The event is sponsored by H.A.M.R.’d and Hub City Velo.

The scenic half marathon will take runners from the new Lake Thoreau Center through two abbreviated laps of the Golden Eagle Trail complex on some of the most challenging and undulating single track in the state.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday. Feb. 7, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s MBA program has been rated among the nation’s Top 200 part-time business programs in rankings for 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.

Matthew Johnson encourages his sixth-grade students to be “lifelong givers. Looks like his California class is off to an impressive start.


The students, who attend Alice G. Mulcahy Middle School in Tulare, Calif., were inspired by the story of Hattiesburg, Miss., washerwoman Oseola McCarty, who left the vast majority of her life savings to The University of Southern Mississippi for the establishment of a perpetual scholarship.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design announces Aquaflora, a collaboration between the Southern Miss Museum of Art and Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. The exhibition features works by Jasmina Danowski, Suzanna Fields, Bassmi Ibrahim, Judy Pfaff, Allison Stewart, and Carlyle Wolfe.  Aquaflora will be on exhibition now through March 22. 


Since its release, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” the autobiography of former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Dr. Robert M. Gates, has been both a best-seller and the topic of intense conversations across the country. On Thursday, Feb. 6, the book will also be the focal point of Gates’s presentation at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.


Norbert Putnam, a bassist-producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music, spoke to University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism students in the school’s recording industry program about his experiences in and knowledge of the music industry Friday, Jan. 24 during a master class on the Hattiesburg campus.