February 25, 2017  

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Rick Bennett, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who is program director for the Toronto Film School at RCC Institute of Technology, speaks to students enrolled in a video production class on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus Feb. 27. The next day he visited with film students on the Gulf Coast campus. Bennett, an award winning writer, director and producer in a career spanning more than three decades, shared his experiences and gave advice to the students about the entertainment industry. Bennett also founded the film program at the Toronto Film School and the Keon International Film Academy in Mumbai, India. While a student at Southern Miss, he was roommates with famed singer Jimmy Buffett and also played in his band. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, announced today the winners of the 27thannual Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) hosted the 2013 Industry Advisory Council Summit on March 1, for industry professionals looking to promote common goals in logistics, trade and transportation.

Hattiesburg native and University of Southern Mississippi junior Brandon Hersey has been named a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.


Hersey, a political science/communications studies major, is the lone Southern Miss student selected and one of only four students from the state of Mississippi chosen as Truman finalists.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, March 9, for residents with and without disabilities in Washington and surrounding counties.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries will host the free webinar, “Proposal Writing Basics,” for nonprofit groups looking for guidance on how to write grant proposals. The webinar will be held Tuesday, March 12, from 12 – 1 p.m. in room 213 of the Gulf Coast Library on the university’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

A University of Southern Mississippi graduate student's research has earned a first place award from the Southeastern Psychological Association's (SEPA) Committee on Equality for Professional Opportunity (CEPO).

With three successful conferences already under their belts, officials at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), expect the fourth edition to be even bigger and better.

The 4th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition is set for July 16-18, 2013 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel in Orlando. The theme for this year’s conference is “Sharing New Knowledge: A Global Perspective.”

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi hosted a live webinar Feb 26 as part of the NCS4 Membership Campaign. The webinar, “Gate Entry Issues at Sport Events,” was the first in a series of webinars that NCS4 will present throughout the year.

Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, came away from a White House-initiated panel discussion on gun violence encouraged by what he saw and heard.

A memorial service for University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff who passed away during the academic year will be held on the Hattiesburg campus Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 218.

Dr. Joshua Otaigbe, a professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, has been awarded the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in France for the fall 2013 semester.

A University of Southern Mississippi history professor has earned a prestigious Fulbright Scholar award to study and teach in Vietnam, enhancing her research on the Southeast Asian nation’s impact on U.S. foreign relations and culture.

Mississippi’s First Lady Deborah Bryant conducted an interactive tour of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Sometimes, the winds of fate will put a person in the most unusual, uncomfortable, unforgettable circumstances.


That is precisely where University of Alabama sophomore Annelise Moreau found herself as she came face-to-face with a monstrous tornado that raked the Hattiesburg area, including The University of Southern Mississippi campus, on Feb. 10.


“I was horrified because I had a front row seat into the center of a tornado. I was sure I was going to die,” said Moreau, 20, who was driving through Hattiesburg as the weather worsened that Sunday evening.

Eastbank Pub, located at 709 Ingalls Avenue in Pascagoula, will host a benefit Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 for The University of Southern Mississippi’s art and music programs impacted by the tornado that recently struck the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

Dr. Margot Hall, a professor in the Department of Medical Laboratory Science at The University of Southern Mississippi, received the Dudley Peeler Award during the Mississippi Academy of Sciences meeting held Feb. 21-22 on the Southern Miss campus. The award is presented for outstanding contributions toward the advancement of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences. (Submitted photo)

The Student Dietetic Association within the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi sponsored an “Eat Well Hattiesburg” Nutrition and Fitness Fair on Feb. 23 at Pride Field on the Hattiesburg campus.

The event was designed to introduce the Hattiesburg community to vendors that provide healthy nutrition and food options in the Pine Belt. The student group also sought to supply a venue for all ages to come enjoy themselves and learn about nutrition and fitness.

Author and civil rights figure, James Meredith, will give a book talk and sign copies of his latest publication, “A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America,” at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Hosted by the Gulf Coast Libraries, the book talk and signing will be held Thursday, March 7, at 4 p.m. on the third floor of the library.

Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been invited to participate in a panel discussion at the White House, focusing on gun violence and emergency action plans.


Titled: “Creating Model Emergency Management Plans,” the roundtable event will be held from 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 inside the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House.

Dr. Sherita Johnson, associate professor of English and interim director of the Center for Black Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, was honored recently by the State Institutions of Higher Learning Board for advancing diversity at the University.

A student and faculty members from The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast earned a top award and participated in three paper presentations, respectively, at the 50th annual Academy of Economics and Finance Conference in Mobile, Ala. Feb. 13 – 16.

The College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi has partnered with Hattiesburg Clinic to present the 2013 Spring Forum Series titled: “Mississippi’s Health, Mississippi’s Future.”

Division Vice President for Coca-Cola of Hattiesburg Russ Hendley will be the Celebrity Referee for the 23rd annual Delta Tau Delta Cystic Fibrosis Sports Challenge and Great Strides Walk to be held University of Southern Mississippi campus Saturday, March 2 between 8:30 a.m. – noon on the fitness trail by the Payne Center, with final registration from 9 to 10 a.m. Delta Gamma sorority will co-host this year’s event.