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The University of Southern Mississippi’s online master’s degree program in Political Science has been recognized as one of the nation’s foremost in a recent ranking by

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Monday, Feb. 8, for anyone in Oktibbeha and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received a $50,000 grant from the Psychonomic Society to fund a Leading Edge Workshop on “The Evolutionary and Psychological Significance of Play.”

Deeming it a “win-win situation,” University of Southern Mississippi business Professor Bret Becton applauded the Cintas Corp. for conducting its annual management trainee summit at the University’s College of Business on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Philip C. Kolin, Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at The University of Southern Mississippi, has published a new  book of 50 poems entitled Emmett Till in Different States, commemorating the 60th  anniversary of Till's savage murder that ignited the Civil Rights Movement.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Connoisseur Series will continue in spring of 2016 with a new soloist announced for the opening event. British soprano Alison Buchanan and The Ritz Chamber Players are kicking off the series on Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Deanna Witkowski Trio will follow closely behind on March 28, followed by the Tromba Mundi Trumpet Ensemble on April 5, and the American Quartet on April 18.

University of Southern Mississippi Professor Douglas Masterson has been awarded the 2015 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Mentor Award. Masterson serves as an associate professor of organic and bioorganic chemistry and associate dean for undergraduate affairs in the College of Science and Technology at Southern Miss.


Last spring, Masterson was selected as Southern Miss’s inaugural recipient of the Graduate Mentor of the Year Award, which is supported by the Southern Miss Graduate School and the Office of Research. Masterson was then nominated for the CSGC award.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi will join with students from Mississippi Public Universities to tackle one of Mississippi’s most pressing problems: Obesity and related health issues. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi will serve as the title sponsor for the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Social Business Challenge, giving students from Mississippi Public Universities the opportunity to showcase their ideas, creativity and ingenuity as they present ideas for businesses focused on reducing obesity and related health issues rather than making a profit.

Construction began today (Jan. 25) on a multi-use pathway at The University of Southern Mississippi that will provide a connection for pedestrians traveling between Pride Field and Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. David Lee, associate professor of educational leadership in The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology, will be the keynote speaker for the annual convention of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents Monday, Jan. 25 in Jackson.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s entertainment industry program is searching for inspired musicians to audition for the South City Records Artist Development Project 2016. This project could lead to the signing of one or more qualified artists with South City Records.

University of Southern Mississippi students seeking information and guidance about possible internships are encouraged to attend the Career Services Internship Panel set for 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26 in Room 216 of the Thad Cochran Center.

The online graduate nursing program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been included among the nation’s Top 100 in a recent ranking by U.S. News & World Report. This marks the online program's first appearance in the national rankings.

Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Glenn Boyce announced today the launch of the Mississippi Business Engagement Network, an initiative to connect business and industry to the wealth of university assets housed within Mississippi Public Universities. The initiative has a website,, to facilitate these connections.

Tamara Wright, a student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology, has been selected for the prestigious Dr. Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. The program prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through research projects and scholarly activities.

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will present “Mississippi Musical Gumbo,” Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. 

Several University of Southern Mississippi faculty and staff members have been honored by the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi as part of the organization’s 2015 Spark Awards program. The Spark Awards recognize outstanding work in the field of public relations in six categories.  

Victory Media Inc., has named The University of Southern Mississippi to its listing of the Top 50 colleges and universities in the United States with outstanding diversified services for veterans.

The Inaugural Gala for Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves held earlier this month in Jackson provided an opportunity for Freddie White-Johnson, program director of the Mississippi Network for Cancer Control at The University of Southern Mississippi, to discuss health disparities with many of the state’s elected leaders.

White-Johnson, who also serves as director of the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, emphasized the need for additional fund to address cancer (breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate) health disparities – particularly in the Mississippi Delta.

A University of Southern Mississippi professor hopes a Fulbright Fellowship supporting his work with a college in Chile promotes international academic exchange, while also facilitating innovative education practices and research in the South American nation.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will hold the first Professional Sport Facilities Safety and Security Summit on March 8-10 at the National Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Song Guo, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Early Career Development Award (CAREER) for his project “Morphology and Property Correlations of Chemically Doped 1D Conjugated Polymer Aggregates.”

The Mu Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will host its 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural and Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 18 in the Thad Cochran Center ballrooms on the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Hattiesburg’s 5th annual Caerus Mardi Gras Parade will roll Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. featuring the theme “For the Love of Animals.”

The parade will begin at Fourth Street coming from the University’s Hillcrest Residence Hall parking lot on the northeast corner of campus, traveling down the U.S. 49 service road adjacent to the east side of campus. It will then move west down Hardy Street to 38th Avenue, turning right onto 38th Avenue and end at Morningside Drive.