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On Saturday, March 5 Delta Tau Delta fraternity at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the annual Lace Up – Run for Breath – Cure Cystic Fibrosis 5K run/walk. Delta Tau Delta has been fundraising in the effort to fight Cystic Fibrosis over the past 30 years.

The 2016 class of Kennard Scholars at The University of Southern Mississippi was recently announced by the USM Dean of Students Office. Named in honor of Clyde Kennard, who attempted to integrate Southern Miss in the 1950s, the Kennard Scholars program is designed for students committed to academic excellence, leadership development and citizenship. 


Whitney Miller, 2010 Fox TV “MasterChef” winner and University of Southern Mississippi alum, will serve as a celebrity chef for the 12th Annual Passions of the Palate event set for April 11 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

University of Southern Mississippi students who are members of its Greek Life organizations had a lot to celebrate Saturday, Feb. 20 at they earned multiple honors and awards, welcomed new members, raised funds for charities they support and participated in leadership and personal development programming. 


Nearly 700 students came to the Southern Miss Career Fair last week in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg Campus.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi exceeded its goals for The 2nd Annual Children’s Center Classic 10K, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run with more than $35,000 raised and 340 participating runners.

James Fox, a physical education major and Dr. Evelyn Gordon, assistant professor of sport coaching education in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology, will meet with their Congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. for SHAPE America’s – Society of Health and Physical Educators 8th annual SPEAK Out! Day, March 1-2.

The popular Science Café series at Cook Library on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will kick off Monday, Feb. 29 from 6-7 p.m. in room 123. The opening program is titled GLOBE (The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program). Sherry Herron with the USM Department of Biological Sciences will be the presenter.

Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, Chair and Professor in the Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, led a group of faculty, students and alumnus as participants in the 2016 Academy of Human Resource Development International Research Conference in the Americas Feb. 18-22 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Research in the development of spatial insect repellents continues to be of paramount importance as insect-transmitted diseases remain a threat wherever mosquito populations exist.


Dr. Paige Buchanan, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been working with the Army on topics related to the development and application of spatial insect repellents.

University of Southern Mississippi students Jaylen Hackett and JD Rimann have moved significantly closer to reaching historic academic milestones as the University’s newest finalists for the coveted Truman Scholarship.


Hackett, a political science/economics major from Mobile, Ala., and Rimann, a history/English/political science major from Red Rock, Texas, hope to follow in the footsteps of previous Southern Miss Truman scholars – Stephanie McCracken (2014), Brandon Hersey (2013), Marie Holowach Federer (2011) and Lance Brown (1999).

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre's spring season includes Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker.” with scheduled show times Feb. 26, 27 and Mar. 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will be hosting Saxophone Day 2016 on Saturday, March 5. Student registration begins at 9 a.m. in the Intermezzo@Woods Gallery and events run until 7 p.m.

Kristen Dupard, a senior biochemistry major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to present her research at the 30th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 7-9 at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach has been recognized as a Platinum Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. This is the only Platinum Level designation awarded to a Gulf Coast business or organization in 2016.

Professor Laurent Pernot, a specialist in ancient Greek rhetoric, will make presentations at The University of Southern Mississippi on the continued importance of ancient rhetoric to modern issues Friday, Mar. 4 at 2 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium; Monday, Mar. 7, 5:30 p.m. in the International Center room 101; and Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m. in the International Center, room 101.

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 March.

World renowned flutists Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway will return for their third performance with The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra as part of a special concert on March 31 in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.


The acclaimed duo appeared free-of-charge for their second performance in 2006, as a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert. Next month’s concert, set for 7:30 p.m., will mark the 10-year anniversary of that evening of recovery.

She took on forces bigger and more powerful than herself in staring down workplace discrimination, and for her efforts was immortalized with legislation bearing her name.  

Lilly Ledbetter, the inspiration for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, is guest speaker for the University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Her presentation, titled “Grace and Grit,” will cover her fight for equal pay for women that went all the way to the federal government.

Inspired by the theme, “Rise Up, O Flame,” The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will perform two concerts this weekend that celebrate the spirit of those who have given their lives to the recovery of Hurricane Katrina -- both in death and life.

Students from 15 different high schools will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs early Saturday for the 2016 Hurricane Bowl.

John Eze Uzodinma, II, a music performance major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently Awarded The Presser Foundation’s Undergraduate Scholar Award. Selected by the music faculty guided solely by consideration of excellence and merit, this award is an honor award and the student, in his/her senior year, is to be known as a Presser Scholar. The Award includes a $4,300 stipend to aid in continuing musical studies.

Now more than ever, stadiums and arenas are becoming quite complex, hosting multiple types of events (both sport and entertainment) at their facilities. To address these challenges, The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will bring together the top industry leaders in the field of sports safety and security for the annual Professional Sport Facilities Safety and Security Summit on March 8-10 at the National Center on its Hattiesburg campus. The event has drawn international attendees from as far away as Holloway, London.

As part of an ongoing commitment to student engagement and success, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business will host a multi-faceted Executives On: Lecture Series over the next three months at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.