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The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) at The University of Southern Mississippi are sponsoring a variety of canned food collection drives Nov. 12 -20 as part of “Let’s SAAC Hunger” week.

The Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, N.Y. has named University of Southern Mississippi adjunct faculty member Betty Press’ book I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom In Image and Proverb as being among 20 outstanding photobooks produced in 2011.

Nervous excitement ultimately turned into relaxing enjoyment for a group of Oak Grove High students who participated in a day of job shadowing at The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Proceeds in the amount of $10,000 were raised at this year’s 13th annual Shell Finish Line/Southern Miss Alumni Association Golf Tournament, held Oct. 21 at the Hattiesburg Country Club, the official club of the Alumni Association. The funds will be used to support the one-time, $1,000 Robert D. Pierce II Legacy Scholarships at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library will host a book talk and signing with local author Terry I. Miles Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the library, room 204 at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Three University of Southern Mississippi students were delegates to the United States Military Academy’s (USMA) annual National Conference on Ethics in America (NCEA), held recently in West Point, N.Y.

The transition to adult health care can be a challenging and stressful time for youth with special health care needs.


The Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi is striving to make the transition a smooth one through a pair of important awareness projects during the month of November.

As six winners from the Southern Miss Comcast Golf Classic get ready to take the green in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, Nov. 13, University of Southern Mississippi students are also reaping the rewards from another successful golf tournament.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Psychology and the Tourette’s Syndrome Association will host a free Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics program Friday, Dec. 2 from 8:30 -11:30 a.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom 1.  The program will provide authoritative information on comprehensive behavior assessment and treatment for tics.

Dr. John J. Kmiec, Jr., research associate at The University of Southern Mississippi Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute (WLPI), is the lead author for a book chapter in Measuring ROI in Learning and Development: Case Studies from Global Organizations published by ASTD Press.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design will display the works of graduating seniors in the department’s final exhibit of the semester with an opening reception Nov. 29 from 5-7 p.m. at the Southern Miss Museum of Art. The exhibit runs through Dec. 16 and features the artistry of 12 of the department’s students.

Funeral services are 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Main Street United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg for Dr. Don George, University of Southern Mississippi Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication, who died at Regency Hospital in Hattiesburg Nov. 3. He was 98.

The School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will conduct a research study on Saturday, Nov. 12, involving randomly selected residences in Bolivar, Coahoma, and Washington Counties.

The researchers, who will collect data from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., are students from Southern Miss, Delta State University, Mississippi Valley State University and Jackson State University. The data collected will be used for a research study concerning the effects of the Mississippi River flooding in 2011.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, Nov. 12 for residents with and without disabilities in Adams and surrounding counties.

Michael Sims, a University of Southern Mississippi sophomore polymer science major from Hattiesburg, makes a point during a debate about the Occupy Wall Street movement. The event was held Thursday on the school’s Hattiesburg campus and sponsored by the Southern Miss Debate Society, which is open to all students at the university regardless of their major.

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST – University of Southern Mississippi students learned firsthand about the Mississippi Gulf Coast through the eyes of a tourist. Traveling by trolley cars to various coast sites, more than 60 students and two faculty members made the Mississippi Gulf Coast their classroom on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

A group of University of Southern Mississippi students studying political science and journalism took part in an interactive program hosted by C-SPAN on its ‘Road to the White House 2012” tour bus, which visited the Hattiesburg campus on Thursday, Nov. 3.


Senior political science major Katie Wilson of Biloxi, Miss.; broadcast journalism major Rachel Beech of Brandon, Miss.; and Justin Mitchell of Bay St. Louis, Miss. took the opportunity to ask questions in a live broadcast of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program to guest Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.).

University of Southern Mississippi senior Tateka Whitfield began crafting homemade key chains for fun during her high school days in Crystal Springs, Miss.


Today Whitfield is trying to turn a profit with her multi-colored trinkets as part of a class project in Dr. SherRhonda Gibbs’ Introduction to Entrepreneurship course. On Thursday, Nov. 3, Whitfield’s team joined five other groups from Gibbs’ class to hawk their wares at Joseph Greene Hall during a Student Venture Fair.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Katrina Research Center will host New York artist Terence Netter’s exhibit, “The 9/11 Series.” The exhibit will be on display on the third floor of the Gulf Coast Library at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism will host its fifth annual symposium Thursday, Nov. 10.  “From Here You Can Go Anywhere:  Southern Miss and the Future of the Entertainment Industry” will be held in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. 

University of Southern Mississippi student-athletes will go for their third Conference USA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Cup in a row in kicking off their participation in the league’s Changing Lives Program Nov.12-18, an initiative uniting conference institutions through community service.

University of Southern Mississippi football fans can also show their support for America’s men and women in uniform by wearing a Military Appreciation Day T-shirt at the Golden Eagles’ home game against Conference USA rival University of Central Florida Saturday, Nov. 12. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE) and Department of Economic and Workforce Development sent two representatives as presenters at the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) 9th Annual Conference held Oct. 9-11 in Portland, Oregon.

David McRaney, a 2007 University of Southern Mississippi graduate and current Director of New Media at WDAM-TV, will sign copies of his new book, “You Are Not So Smart,” from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 at Books-A-Million in Hattiesburg.