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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.

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development will be offering the ProfessionalCertification in Human Resource Management Prep Course from 5:30-9 p.m. on each Tuesday between March 19 and May 21. 

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music has announced that the upcoming production of “Sweeney Todd” will take place at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg.


Dr. Gene Wiggins, a professor emeritus in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, died Thursday, Feb. 21 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 69.

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach will offer a Mississippi Real Estate Pre-Licensing course on Mondays and Tuesdays March 4 - April 23 from 6-10 p.m. at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance is hosting a two-week residency with Maryland-based Adrienne Clancy and her company ClancyWorks.

Almost from the moment we saw the devastating images of the Ogletree House, Jazz Station and even places that we could not recognize anymore, the Southern Miss family wasted no time in rolling up its sleeves and coordinating recovery efforts.


The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will open the spring semester season Friday, Feb. 22 with Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa. The play is the final Creative Project for director Alicia Hanley, a master’s of fine arts directing student at Southern Miss.

InnovateMEP Mississippi has announced that during the third quarter of 2012, The Mississippi Polymer Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi provided outstanding technical assistance to four Mississippi-based manufacturing companies yielding $3 million in direct financial impact and resulting in the creation of 11 new jobs in the state.

This work was reflected by independent auditors during the national survey of manufacturers by NIST MEP.

Economic trends and forecasts will be the focus of a special symposium presented by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

It was a disappointment James Brown won’t forget. But it was what the famed CBS sportscaster described Feb. 18 during The University of Southern Mississippi’s 20th annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture as a seminal moment that helped him regain his focus.

The tornado that tore through the Hattiesburg area and The University of Southern Mississippi campus on Feb. 10 did more than damage buildings. The F-4 twister also drastically altered the University’s landscape.


Approximately 75 trees that created a picturesque “front porch” of the campus were lost in the storm that cut a destructive path through Marion, Lamar, Forrest, Perry and Wayne counties. Among the casualties were three of the four majestic legacy oak trees that once adorned the Southern Miss vista.

United States Congressman Steven Palazzo spent part of Wednesday, Feb. 20 touring damage caused by an F-4 tornado that struck The University of Southern Mississippi campus on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Office of University Communications

                         Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meeting Set at Southern Miss

TO: News editors, directors

University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff who incurred damage to their residences or loss of personal property such as automobiles, furniture, books, musical instruments and clothing as a result of the Feb. 10 storms and tornadoes may be eligible for disaster aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the Small Business Administration (SBA).