March 20, 2019  

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The Class of 2022 at The University of Southern Mississippi is already making their mark, and with it the promise of a bright future for themselves and the institution.


For the first time in University history, more than 2,000 first-time, full-time freshmen have enrolled at USM. This year’s 2,115 freshmen are 11 percent more than the 1,903 new freshmen who enrolled in Fall 2017. The 2018 freshman total also represents a 35 percent increase over the 2016 mark of 1,558.

Fall enrollment at Mississippi Public Universities remains level when compared to Fall 2017 figures. Preliminary figures indicate Fall enrollment for 2018 is 80,592 for the system, compared to 81,378 students enrolled in Fall 2017, representing a 1 percent decrease.

Designating September as National Suicide Prevention Month is an opportunity to call attention to and examine responses that one University of Southern Mississippi faculty says many Americans agree should be considered to address the problem.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Police Department (UPD) along the Mississippi Gulf Coast has transitioned from a UPD Gulf Coast Division to a UPD Gulf Coast Patrol Division, and promoted officer Patrick Williams to lead the division’s safety efforts. The Gulf Coast Patrol Division serves the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Halstead and Cedar Point locations in Ocean Springs, and the Marine Research Center at the Port of Gulfport.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will feature the 2018 Southern Invitational Choral Conference (SICC) on Sept. 24 and 25 at two different venues in Hattiesburg, Miss. The conference allows students from across the region to work and interact with some of the finest choral teachers in the country.


The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents a Faculty Lecture Recital with Dr. Ed Hafer, Dr. Galit Kaunitz, and Dr. Ellen Elder on Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This free recital will feature music written for oboe and piano by composers affected by the Holocaust and World War II.

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker will gather with staff at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi and dyslexia education specialists from throughout the city to proclaim October as Dyslexia Awareness Month in Hattiesburg. The event will be held on Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the DuBard School on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

From providing guidance for University of Southern Mississippi (USM) students working on class projects or papers, or helping faculty members identify resources to enhance their courses, a team of skilled and dedicated faculty and staff in the Research Services (RS) Unit of University Libraries’ Public Services Department is ready to assist.    

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Center for Writers program presents The Visiting Writer Series with Ada Limón on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building (LAB), room 108 on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus proudly announces a new Cultural Arts Series. The series begins on Monday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. with an inaugural cello and piano concert by Dr. Alexander Russakovsky, USM professor of music, and Yumi Nomoto, collaborative pianist.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Wednesday, Sept. 19, for any residents in Jones and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music will feature Mark Zanter, along with Brigid Burke and Steve Hall, as a free Guest Artist Series performance on Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. They will premiere a new four movement work for oboe and electronics commissioned by Dr. Richard Kravchak entitled “Recycle+Shuffle+Repeat”.

University of Southern Mississippi accounting students Jenna VanDan and Aubrey Sanders have been awarded the Rhyne E. Neubert Scholarship by the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) Foundation.


The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in September.

A University of Southern Mississippi (USM) faculty member renowned for her expertise in the holistic and creative voice and body development known as Lessac Kinesensics Training, taught and conducted Lessac Kinesensics Practice-Based Research in Manila, Philippines recently along with a USM alumna.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents the first of many Guest Artist Series events on Tuesday, Sept. 11. This free recital will feature trumpet player Dr. Douglas Lindsey at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Two individuals who contracted an uncommon illness  – one, a bestselling author, and the other, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) alumna now pursuing a Ph.D. – will share their story of recovery and resilience Tuesday, Sept.18 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium at the first University Forum of the fall 2018 semester.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is set to feature artist Stacey Johnson demonstrating and lecturing on Monday, Sept. 10 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the 3D Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission for the lecture is free.

A celebration of Latin heritage will kick off WUSM-FM’s Leaf River Fall Fests series Saturday, Sept. 8 with El Grito Latin Fest from 3-9 p.m. at Hattiesburg’s Chain Park at Twin Forks, located on East 8th Avenue. Admission is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will feature a showing of National Theatre Live’s (NTL) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Monday, Sept. 10. This special one-night movie event is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Martha R. Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

All University of Southern Mississippi operations along the Gulf Coast and in Hattiesburg will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 5, as a result of predicted severe weather from Tropical Storm Gordon. All Wednesday day and night classes will not meet, and faculty and staff, with the exception of essential personnel, are not expected to report to work. 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s mission of educating students, conducting research and providing outreach in support of the growing business and industry in the Pine Belt and Gulf Coast regions were discussed during the University of Southern Mississippi visit that was held last week as part of the Commissioner’s Listening Tour. Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education, learned more about how Southern Miss serves its students, the state and the Gulf South region.

Companies and students turned out in record numbers this year for the annual “Meet the Firms” event hosted by the College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.


The University of Southern Mississippi Pride of Mississippi Marching Band will welcome hundreds of area band students, their directors and families to All-South Marching Band Day on Saturday, Sept. 8. Participants will experience a full day of activities with the Pride, culminating in a performance at M.M. Roberts “The Rock” Stadium.