February 14, 2016  

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Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Oct. 10, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Andrew Jackson Conference Room on the first floor of the Warren Hood Building at 200 South President Street in Jackson.

Gwendolyn Armstrong and Raylawni Branch weren’t typical freshmen when they enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi in September of 1965.

Dr. Elaine Molaison, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, is helping shape new national education standards for nutrition and dietetic students.

Molaison is the chair of the Expanded Standards Workgroup, a subcommittee of the standards committee for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). She and the committee are responsible for assuring good accreditation practices are followed in creating new, degree-based standards. 

There is more to being a coach than blowing a whistle and calling plays. Great athletes need to be led by great coaches and great coaches need to be led by coach developers.

Dr. Melissa Thompson, associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology, will attend the Nippon Sport Science University and International Council for Coaching Excellence Coach Developer Program in Tokyo, Japan. The course will be held over two sessions, Sept. 14-20 and Feb. 13-19, 2016.

Polymer science teachers from high schools across the state of Mississippi met at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials Thursday, Sept. 3 to discuss teaching strategies, best practices and preparation for the annual high school polymer science competition at the University, among other topics. Presenters at the meeting were Dr. James Rawlins, Dr. Joe Lott and Angie Collins.

Repairs and restorations to the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus begin Tuesday, Sept. 8. The project timeline is 600 days, according to officials with the University’s Physical Plant.

The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at the University of Southern Mississippi will host a screening of the Emmy Award-nominated television documentary Brothers in War Thursday, Sept. 17 from 6-8 p.m. in room 108 of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore and a team of fellow researchers arrived at the North Pole on Saturday, Sept. 5 aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the first U.S. surface ship to reach that destination unaccompanied.

Moving into the space age — that’s how Southern Miss alumnus Chuck Scianna describes the University of Southern Mississippi College of Business’ move from Joseph Greene Hall into the building that bears his family’s name.


Another way to describe it is transformative.


The 93,000-square-foot facility has already taken its place along Highway 49 as one of the Hattiesburg campus’ signature buildings, but it’s the effect the facility will have on current and future business students that promises to change south Mississippi, the region and perhaps the nation.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Dance will host the 4th annual Mississippi Dance Festival (MDF) Sept. 11-13. The event will be held at the Theatre and Dance building on the Hattiesburg campus. This year's guest artist is DeShona Pepper Robertson of the Stivers School for the Art in Dayton, Ohio.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi hosted a reception Aug. 21 recognizing the fall 2015 class of Eagle Scholars. The faculty recipients of the 2015 Donald Drapeau Undergraduate Mentorship Award were also honored.

The Connoisseur’s Chamber Music Series is committed to bringing to the Hattiesburg and The University of Southern Mississippi communities the very best in national and international artists.

The University of Southern Mississippi was well represented by its Department of English at the inaugural Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson Aug. 22. Attended by more than 3,500 literary enthusiasts, the festival featured celebrated writers such as John Grisham and Bill Ferris. Guests visited exhibitor tents on the grounds of the Capitol and attended presentations at the festival, which was a weekend feature on C-SPAN.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi is Hattiesburg will host a fall meeting and social  Thursday, Sept. 3 at 1:30 p.m. The event is open to those interested in learning more about the organization.

Jim Payne, an alumnus and longtime supporter of The University of Southern Mississippi, died Aug. 29. He was 74.

It’s not too late to participate in the Mississippi Food Fight – a weeklong fundraising event between the Southern Miss community in Hattiesburg and the Mississippi State community in Starkville.

Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts, a recent University of Southern Mississippi graduate, has been named a finalist in both the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) scholarship competition and Quality of Life category at the Miss America Pageant.


USM ‘s “Chemistry Queen” is a biochemistry graduate, national Goldwater Scholarship winner and a former Honors College student at Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families will hold an open house Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to kick off the fall 2015 semester and welcome its students back to the Hattiesburg campus. The event is also an opportunity for students who are veterans to learn more about what the Center and USM have to offer them and their families.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Sept. 12, for anyone in Wayne and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Community and Civic Engagement Volunteer Fair will be held Thursday, Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the R.C. Cook Union Lobby on the Hattiesburg campus.

To say the Small Business Development Center at The University of Southern Mississippi has performed successfully this year would be akin to saying Brett Favre enjoyed a decent NFL career. Major understatements on both accounts.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is pleased to announce that Indiana University is now the 11th institution in the nation to earn the prestigious Sport Event Security Aware (SESA) designation.


The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate School will host an information fair Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the R.C. Cook Union lobby.

As University of Southern Mississippi students make their way around the Gulf Park campus for the start of the fall 2015 semester, they will notice a new addition to the landscape of the beachfront campus – Code Blue emergency phones.