May 28, 2016  

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External funding for research and sponsored programs at The University of Southern Mississippi totaled $72,976,047 for fiscal year 2015 – a 24.1 percent increase from the previous year.


Primary funding for FY 2015, which covers the time period of July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015, came from federal agencies (64 percent). Business and industry awarded the next largest percentage (25 percent). For FY 2014, Southern Miss received $58,790,269 in research and other sponsored program funding.

University of Southern Mississippi officials are continuing to assess the impact of a sinkhole that appeared Tuesday morning in the parking lot between Oseola McCarty Hall and Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The sinkhole, visibly measuring approximately 4 feet by 3 feet, is larger beneath the surface.


City of Hattiesburg engineers continue to evaluate the scope of the damage underground. They have been able to determine that the cavity does not extend beyond the parking lot into adjacent streets or property.


All roads near the sinkhole site, including Eagle Walk and Ray Guy Way, have reopened. Scianna Hall also reopened to faculty and staff this morning.


Residents of McCarty Hall returning to campus this weekend for the start of the spring semester are asked to park in the Hillcrest Hall lot.

Seven international business students from The University of Southern Mississippi enjoyed a memorable experience on the evening of Monday, Jan. 11 as dinner guests at the residence of the Consulate General of France in New Orleans.



A graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is Mississippi’s new State Librarian.

Stephen Parks, who earned a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree in the fall of 2013 from Southern Miss, took over the post Jan. 1. In this position he serves as director of the State Library, managing a staff that provides services to Mississippi’s Supreme Court, other state courts, state officials and the general public.

Dr. Max Grivno, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been presented the Humanities Scholar Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council as part of the council’s 2016 Public Humanities Awards.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the most prestigious award in journalism, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus will host several Pulitzer Prize winners for a panel discussion on Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom.


Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Jan. 23, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

University of Southern Mississippi English professor Dr. Jonathon Barron isn’t just familiar with the life and works of famed American poet Robert Frost—he’s an expert.

Director of the Robert Frost Society and editor of The Robert Frost Review, Barron recently had his new book How Robert Frost Made Realism Matter published by University of Missouri Press. In it Barron argues for a new way of reading Frost as a poet who stands at the intersection of 19th-century romanticism and 20th-century modernism.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Feb. 6, 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 St. in Jackson.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will hold the 3rd annual National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit Jan. 26-28 at the Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Frustration fueled inspiration which led University of Southern Mississippi professor Scott Milroy to author his first textbook -- “Field Methods in Marine Science: From Measurements to Models,” available now and published through Garland Science.

The “Greatest Show on Dirt” returns Feb. 19-20 for the 31st annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo. The Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the event at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center, located at 962 Sullivan Road off of U.S. Highway 49 in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi and Corn Board Manufacturing, Inc. (CBMI), a Texas-based company, announced today they have started plans to work together to leverage assets and capabilities of USM’s research enterprise into CBMI’s core business.

Tracie Fowler, president and chief executive officer of United Way for Southeast Mississippi, will serve as grand marshal for the 31st annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo.

A project managed by the U.S. Library of Congress (LOC) and the Smithsonian Institution that seeks to preserve the story of America’s civil rights advanced their mission recently with assistance from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COCH).

A student and faculty member from the School of Kinesiology at The University of Southern Mississippi were honored at the American Kinesiotherapy Association’s 69th annual conference in New Orleans Nov. 18-21.

The continued hard work and progress exhibited by the Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families at The University of Southern Mississippi has led to prestigious recognition for the University from two national military publications.


Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) has awarded Southern Miss the designation of a Top School in its 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. Additionally, Victory Media Inc., a veteran-owned ratings entity whose work includes identifying organizations, including schools, which engage in practices supportive of active duty military, veterans and their families, has designated Southern Miss a Military Friendly School.

The Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been selected for the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values 2016 Best Practices Award. The award will be presented during the Institute’s annual meeting Feb. 4-6 at Florida State University.

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 January, 2016.


Like most young adults, Antonio “Tony” Norwood is making plans for his future. He is deciding what courses to take in college, how to get his driver’s license, and what he wants to do for a career. What sets Norwood apart is that he has made a major effort to be a self-advocate to promote opportunities for others with disabilities.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2015 commencement speaker joined his audience as a new alumnus of the school.

Gregory Favre, former executive editor of the Sacramento Bee and a vice president for McClatchy Newspapers, addressed graduates at both ceremonies held at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus. Approximately 1,300 students were candidates for degrees this fall.

A University of Southern Mississippi student was arrested Friday, Dec. 11 in connection with an incident reported to have occurred at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on the Hattiesburg campus.

In taking her doctorate in history from The University of Southern Mississippi at commencement Dec. 11, Tonya De’Nee Blair also made history in the same year the school marked the 50th anniversary of its desegregation.

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences awarded a project led by University of Southern Mississippi researchers with $507,000 in data synthesis grants. The two-year grant will go towards a project working to advance marsh preservation and restoration in the northern Gulf of Mexico.