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Dr. Katherine Nugent, director of the School of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, will see her title elevated to dean when the school officially returns to college status on July 1.

It’s no fisherman’s tale that the University of Southern Mississippi’s Bass Fishing Team succeeded in one nail-biter of a competition last month at Lake Guntersville, Ala., its last chance to advance to regional competition in collegiate fishing.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a workshop on fair housing and homeownership on Tuesday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Cameron Recreation Center located at 711 North 10th Ave. in Laurel, Miss.

Dr. Tom Estes has been named interim vice president for finance and administration at The University of Southern Mississippi, Interim President Dr. Aubrey Lucas announced today. Estes previously served as vice president for business and finance from 1976 to 1992.

Kerrie Blakeney, a senior at Sylva Bay Academy in Bay Springs Miss., is returning for her fifth year to the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) camp, held annually at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Brent Hales, interim chair of the Department of Economic and Workforce Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently published a text entitled “Entrepreneurship Economics” targeted to high school entrepreneurship teachers.

A trunk show for Miss University of Southern Mississippi Grace Claire Cordes will be held Tuesday, June 19 at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center ballrooms on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

Pelagia noctiluca, a relative of the common sea nettle, has been found in large numbers near the barrier islands in recent days.

The former Speech and Hearing Building at The University of Southern Mississippi was officially renamed the J.B. George Building in honor of the University’s third president during a ceremony held Thursday, June 14 on the Hattiesburg campus.

From left, University of Southern Mississippi associate professor of art Jennifer Torres and her sculpture students Matt Scott of Magnolia, Miss. and Holly Loyd of Brookhaven, Miss. pause during a sculpture installation Wednesday in the lobby of the Southern Miss Liberal Arts Building. The exhibit, titled “Life is But a Dream” features red boats created by Torres and is inspired by a verse from her favorite childhood bedtime song sung to her by her mother.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Arena Theatre will bring love and laughter to the stage this summer.


A rose by any other name, or color, would look and smell as sweet on the picturesque campus at The University of Southern Mississippi.


The renowned All-American Rose Garden, which opened in 1974, features approximately 800 separate bushes that consistently attract admirers from South Mississippi and beyond.

The University Of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a workshop on fair housing/homeownership on Monday, June 18, from 1-3 p.m. at the Lewis Johnson Senior Citizens Complex located at 299 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Grenada.

Dr. Frances Lucas, vice president and campus executive officer at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has announced that Dr. Eric Powell will become the new director of the university’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi endorses an innovative textbook to support training and educational programs in sport safety and security.

Ellen Ruffin, curator of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, was recently elected to the prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee of ALSC, a division of the American Library Association.

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Hattiesburg presented the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi with a check for $4,600 on Tuesday, June 1. The club recently hosted a 5K run/walk and chose to give the proceeds to DuBard School.

Several universities, including The University of Southern Mississippi, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Texas A&M will participate in a pilot program to test innovative security measures in areas including parking, concessions, merchandising and ticketing

Four awareness sessions on employment for youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities will be held on June 21-22, in Jackson, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s efforts to advance a culture of sustainability continue to bear fruit, as it recently earned a Tree Campus USA designation. The Tree Campus USA program is the product of a joint partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota North America, Inc. Universities and colleges whose leaders embrace tree conservation and engage students, faculty and staff in that same endeavor are eligible for the recognition.


The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies will sponsor a free, one-day joint fair housing/homeownership workshopon Tuesday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the West Point City Hall (2nd Floor) located at 204 Commerce Street in West Point, Miss.

University of Southern Mississippi political science professors Allan McBride and Marija Bekafigo see the race for president between incumbent Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney shaping up to be a hard fought struggle.

Ha'gar Simpson, top left, a University of Southern Mississippi senior interdisciplinary studies major from State Line, Miss. volunteers at a summer camp for local youth at Hattiesburg Zoo Saturday, June 9.

Southern Miss' Ganna Demydova turned in a gold medal performance in the triple jump competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a school-and-meet record mark of 14.20m (46-7.25) at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.