August 25, 2016  

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Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic and one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians joins The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra to perform Nielson’s Clarinet Concerto Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This fun evening of music will include orchestra masterworks by Rossini, Copland and Stravinsky under the baton of Dr. Michael Miles.

The Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi was presented with The Jon C. Dalton Institute Best Practice in Campus Programming Award at the annual conference on Feb. 5, 2016. Dr. Larry Sparkman, director of the Luckyday Program, accepted the award on behalf of the Luckyday Foundation and Program at Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi Research Foundation and Pelagic Research Systems are announcing the signing of a joint asset and expertise collaboration. The pairing of resources in the Gulf of Mexico will greatly expand ocean research capabilities for offshore works.

Marshall Ramsey, author and nationally-syndicated editorial cartoonist, stopped by The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi this week to read his book “Banjo’s Dream: an A-Z children’s book starring a little brown Border Terrier who taught his owner how to dream.”

The School of Kinesiology at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will host an open house highlighting its graduate programs Wednesday, March 2 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Kinesiology Building, room 203.

The event is an opportunity for prospective graduate students to learn about the different programs offered, research opportunities, financial aid and more. Current students, faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments will be available.

Dr. Kevin Greene, associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and History at The University of Southern Mississippi, received special recognition today (Feb. 18) by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning during a Black History Month celebration in Jackson.

Nationally recognized speakers and round table discussions will highlight the 3rd Annual Gulf Coast ADVANCE faculty retreat set for Friday, Feb. 26 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cedar Point research facility in Ocean Springs.

University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English Philip Kolin will discuss his new book of poems dedicated to the late Emmett Till on the Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Think Radio program “Mississippi Edition” Thursday, Feb. 25 from 8:30 - 9 a.m. The weekday news show is hosted by Karen Brown.

The widow of a civil rights movement icon who continues her husband’s work advocating for racial equality and social justice will be the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2016 Armstrong-Branch Lecture. 

Myrlie Evers-Williams, chairwoman of the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute and scholar-in-residence at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 at Bennett Auditorium on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Challenged to develop a plan for combating obesity and health issues in Mississippi, a team of students from The University of Southern Mississippi devised a strategy that propelled them to victory in the second annual Social Business Challenge competition held earlier this month in Jackson.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mapp Family Foundation will present The Children’s Center Institute, a conference focused on learning strategies for children with significant disabilities and complex communication needs, set for April 4 – 8 at Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

A Holocaust survivor aided by a unit of African American soldiers from Mississippi will be in Hattiesburg Tuesday, Feb. 23 to speak at the screening of a documentary detailing his ordeal as a prisoner of the Nazis near the end of World War II.

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education will partner with Mississippi State Science & Engineering Fairs (MSEF-Region I) to host a Science and Engineering Fair for middle and high school students in grades 7-12 on Friday, Feb. 26. This all-day affair will be located in the Thad Cochran Center at The University of Southern Mississippi.

First-year University of Southern Mississippi student Lisa Brackeen credits the head-start she received through the University’s unique Jump Scholars Program with making her transition to college life a seamless one.


The Jump Scholars Program, launched in 2014, is a summer program for select incoming freshmen who want to get a “jump” on their classes and get connected quickly to the Southern Miss experience. 

Students from the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi participated in the annual Arbor Day celebration on the Hattiesburg campus, as they worked with members of the University’s Physical Plant staff in establishing an edible orchard on the south side of the University’s Payne Recreation Center. The garden, which includes a variety of fruit trees and shrubs, expands the campus’ tree canopy and will serve as a teaching tool for the USM Department of Biology. The University holds a Tree Campus U.S.A. designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. (Photos by Sara Kathryn Beasley)

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Robert D. Gholson its new General Counsel, effective March 7, 2016, pending completion of a successful background check. Mr. Gholson will succeed Jon Mark Weathers, who won the post of Circuit Court Judge, Place 2, in last November’s election.

Samantha McCain, APR, recently joined The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi as the new communications coordinator.

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi will open a new production of the sensational music drama Carmen Feb. 18 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium. Glorious voices, sets, costumes, props and lights are accompanied by the incomparable Symphony Orchestra in this enormous production.

December is a month filled with special occasions and, for most people, it is the month of the year to take time out of busy schedules and be mindful of others in the community who might need some extra love and care.

For AmeriCorps members, though, December is another month that members get to do what they truly love to do all year long: provide service. The TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program members are especially thankful this month provides ample opportunities to get involved and continue to make active contributions to the community.

Financial experts expressed cautious optimism about the U.S. economy for 2016 during the annual Economic Outlook forum held Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

A $196,800 grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is helping to extend a culture of wellness on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The extension of the Health is Golden campaign, originally launched on USM’s campus in Hattiesburg, is providing recreational activities, wellness programs and educational services to students, faculty and staff.


On Thursday, February 11, Southern Miss officials launched the Health is Golden at Gulf Park campaign with a check presentation by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation to the University.

The R/V Jim Franks made its way from New Iberia, La. after a 12-hour journey to the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi last week. The 60-foot research vessel is the newest addition to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) fleet and will replace the R/V Tom McIlwain, which is being retired later this year.


Planning for the R/V Jim Franks began in 2012 with the actual on-site construction at the GEO Shipyard beginning in early 2015.

Jerry Mitchell, a McArthur Award-winning journalist with the Jackson, Miss. Clarion-Ledger, will be the first speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s spring 2016 University Forum series. His presentation, “Civil Rights Cold Cases,” is set for Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Marriage and Family Therapy Student Organization and Department of Child and Family Studies will host “50 Shades of Safe” Friday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Payne Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The program will feature presentations designed to help female students learn how to stay safe in a variety of situations, and will also serve as a research project conducted within the department.