February 20, 2017  

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After the last photo was taken wearing the cap and gown, the final toast of the weekend offered and the remaining family and friends departed for home, graduates at The University of Southern Mississippi prepared for the next chapter of their story. Leaving Southern Miss better than they found it, many of the latest alumni of the College of Arts and Letters are already pursuing new goals.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of History is hosting an instructional workshop on National History Day in Mississippi Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10-11:30 a.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. The free workshop is for high school and middle school teachers, students and parents, as well as homeschooling parents of middle and high school aged children and will be held in the Liberal Arts Building 101.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host seven influential scholars, artists, activists, and scientists in 2016 and 2017 as part of its featured lecture series, University Forum and the Armstrong-Branch Lecture. From an actress whose beloved characters have become part of our cultural legacy to a scientist who wants to change how we think about humans’ origins, this year’s speakers are guaranteed to spark conversations.

University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty, and staff were on hand Friday, Aug. 19 to help first-year students move into numerous residence halls on the Hattiesburg campus as the fall 2016 semester draws ever closer. The Move-In activities continue on Saturday.


The first full day of classes is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 24. To learn more about the fall 2016 semester, visit: https://www.usm.edu/registrar/fall-2016-full-term-academic-calendar


Photos by Kelly Dunn

The 6th annual WUSM Tailgate Concert Series will return this fall to The University of Southern Mississippi home football games with a great line-up of local and regional favorites of WUSM-Southern Miss Radio and its listeners.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature some new faces among its faculty when the 2016-17 academic year begins on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

On July 1, The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association installed its executive committee for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Individuals include alumni who are accomplished leaders in their communities who demonstrate strong commitment to the betterment of the University.

Dr. Jason Azoulay, Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop selective sensing technologies for detecting and analyzing pollutants in Gulf Coast ecosystems.

The University of Southern Mississippi Physical Plant has launched a campaign to collect supplies to aid victims of the recent flooding in south Louisiana. More than 40,000 homes have been affected and 11 fatalities recorded to date, and a federal emergency was declared for the area that includes 30 of the state’s 64 parishes.

Marathon and endurance event officials from across the country will converge on Dec. 12-14 in Biloxi, Miss. for the National Marathon Safety and Security Summit, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale is in search of new members to join its community choir.


Based on the University's Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale is a local community singing group organized and orchestrated through the University’s School of Music.

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and The University of Southern Mississippi have received a $5.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to implement professional development and coaching on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in order to improve educational outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities, in Mississippi.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting the 20th Annual DuBard Symposium: Dyslexia and Related Disorders on September 14-15, 2016 at the Cochran Center at the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to serve on the board of directors for the Mississippi Public Health Institute (MSPHI).

Jeffrey George, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who served two terms as the school’s Student Government Association president, was the recipient of Pi Kappa Phi’s Howard H. Baker Leadership Award during the fraternity’s supreme chapter meeting July 28-31 in Austin, Texas.

As part of its continuing mission to make higher education accessible and affordable for military veterans, The University of Southern Mississippi is initiating a new program for the fall 2016 semester entitled: “Textbooks for Troops.”


The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) recently recognized The University of Southern Mississippi’s College Panhellenic Council (CPC) with its Achievement Award. The NPC honored 39 of the entities across the country for their efforts to advance the sorority experience at their schools.

Partners for the Arts recently announced Russ Willis from The University of Southern Mississippi as its chair for 2016-2017. Four new board members were also announced.

Created in 1997, Partners for the Arts is a community alliance between the Pine Belt Community and the Southern Miss Departments of Art and Design, Dance, Theatre; the School of Music and the Center for Writers in the Department of English.

The Office of Admissions at The University of Southern Mississippi is ramping up student recruitment efforts with a series of Go Gold Information Nights planned across the state in the coming weeks.


Hannah Cole’s passion for interior design provided the impetus for an unexpected, life-changing experience this summer as an intern with global architectural firm Gensler in New York City.


Cole, a University of Southern Mississippi senior from Belleville, Ill., spent 10 weeks (June 1-August 5) working with Gensler’s Digital Design Team. The company, which boasts more than 2,700 clients worldwide, occupies three floors of famed Rockefeller Center in New York.

Ernest “Tony” Gonzales has always shown a keen interest in government, and this fall he’ll have the opportunity to be in the middle of it all, serving as a 2017 Navy Legislative Fellow for the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington D.C.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently honored 13 students with a ceremony for completing the rigorous, one-year hydrographic science program.


Family and friends gathered Aug. 4 in the Fleming Education Center (FEC) Auditorium on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach to recognize 13 students who successfully completed the Master of Science degree in hydrographic science, which covers all aspects of geodesy and hydrographic science during a continuous 50-week curriculum.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Institute for Disability Studies, in collaboration with Metro Area Community Empowerment (MACE) Foundation, have teamed up to present this year's 40th Annual Wheelchair Softball World Series.

Dr. Keith Rushing, research scientist at the Institute of Child Nutrition, Applied Research Division (ICN, ARD), a research center of The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, evaluated the effectiveness of the pilot Team Up for School Nutrition Success workshop.