September 29, 2016  

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Book signings typically take place in bookstores.


But Hot Coffee native Dwight Owens wanted to share his life story with those who helped give the tale a happy ending.

In celebration of its 90th anniversary, Mississippi Export Railroad Company established the Mississippi Export Railroad Gulf Coast Scholarship Endowment with a gift of $50,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation.

Dr. Frances A. Karnes, distinguished university professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, and Dr. Kristin R. Stephens, assistant professor at Duke University, have co-edited another book in the Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education published by Prufrock Press.

Two University of Southern Mississippi professors are culling through history’s classified section to gain insight into the world of slavery with the support of a $25,000 grant from the National Park Service (NPS).


Dr. Douglas Chambers and Dr. Max Grivno, faculty members in the Southern Miss Department of History, are launching a collaborative research project that will  document advertisements in Mississippi newspapers from 1790-1860 placed by masters seeking the capture and return of runaway slaves.

The School of Human Performance and Recreation (HPR) at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the Mississippi Strength and Conditioning Clinic on Saturday, June 9 at the HPR Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Industry professionals working in logistics, trade and transportation are invited to attend the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Summit Thursday, May 17, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the third floor of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The IAC Summit is presented by the university’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation.

Dr. Bridget Hayden, associate professor of Anthropology, and Dr. Michael Wittmann, associate professor of Marketing, have been selected to become the 2012 Trent Lott National Center Fellows at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Bay St. Louis chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) will present a check for $2,500 to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) on Saturday, May 5 at the Garfield Ladner Memorial Pier in Waveland.

Jim Franks first came to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in the summer of 1963 to participate in an undergraduate marine ichthyology course.  Some 50 years later, Franks has become one of the most recognized and recognizable scientists at GCRL.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Alaina Simmons is not just content with showing leadership and hard work on the local or state level. She is pioneering a new leadership role on the national level.

Four outreach/awareness sessions on employment for youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities will be held on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on May 7-8. All sessions will be held at the Technology Learning Center on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus at 730 East Beach Boulevard in Long Beach.

Returning to familiar territory, Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas has been selected to serve as the interim president for the University of Southern Mississippi, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning announced on Tuesday, May 1.

Eagle Dining at The University of Southern Mississippi is proud to launch its Give Back Night Program, a fundraising opportunity for local community and campus non-profit organizations.

Bay St. Louis artist Lori K. Gordon will give an artist talk at the exhibit opening of “Creoles of Hancock County: The Labat Project” Thursday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Biloxi Main Library, located at 580 Howard Avenue in Biloxi.

University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty, staff and area residents are invited to join conductor Gregory Fuller, the University of Southern Mississippi choirs and the Meistersingers Civic Chorus as they perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters recently acknowledged the accomplishments of outstanding students, faculty and staff in the college during a special ceremony at the Thad Cochran Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host its inaugural farmers’ market from 3-6 p.m. on Monday, May 7 on the lawn of the Baptist Student Union. Plans call for the farmers’ market to be held every Monday through the end of October.

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi has extended the application deadline for its Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth, set for July 1-20. Registration will continue until available spaces are filled.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold the DuBard Association Method® Basic Course June 4-8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DuBard School on the Hattiesburg campus.

Donnie Tyndall has been named the 19th head coach in the history of the Southern Miss men’s basketball program, announced Monday, Aprile 30 at a press conference held on campus. His appointment is subject to approval from the IHL Board.

The famed University of North Texas One’ O’Clock Jazz Lab Band will perform a special concert on Sunday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. The public is invited and admission is free.


As health care management continues to rank as an important element in the world of health, University of Southern Mississippi graduates are excelling in the field with innovation and leadership. 


One such alumnus is Nathan Tudor, CEO of Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital in Kennedy, Texas. Tudor’s position at the 25-bed, 140 employee Otto Kaiser Memorial is significant, but his roles with health management are equally important as he owns a track record of success and leadership.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a workshop on fair housing at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at the Mississippi State Extension Building at 982 Second South Street in Woodville, Miss.

The workshop will focus on fair housing, housing discrimination, the housing rights of individuals, how to file a housing complaint and other fair housing information. Refreshments will be provided.

Dr. Frances A. Karnes, Distinguished University Professor and director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been honored in the 2011-2012 National Association of Professional Women’s Legacy registry.  Karnes was honored for her standards of excellence in the field of gifted education, her extensive publications and community involvement.