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Innovate Mississippi will provide a platform for business ideas to be pitched and evaluated during the next Startup Weekend, set for Nov. 6-8 at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi and Pearl River Community College, in conjunction with the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC), will partner with The Telling Project to present “Telling: South Mississippi” in Hattiesburg, Poplarville and Long Beach in November.

James Fox, a physical education student in the School of Kinesiology at The University of Southern Mississippi, was selected to participate in The Southern District Future Professional Leadership Conference (FPLC), hosted by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America. The conference was held Oct. 8-10 at Eastern Tennessee State University.

Moving business programs forward on the Mississippi Gulf Coast served as the theme for the day as The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus College of Business held its first Business Advisory Board meeting last month in Long Beach.

Tired of renting? Interested in buying a newly renovated home in Jackson? The Home Buyer Advantage Program may have exactly the home you’re looking for. Those interested can learn more at a housing event to be held Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 3 until 7 the Jackson Medical Mall at 350 West Woodrow Wilson Boulevard in Jackson. This free event is open to the public.

Dr. Jeffrey Wiggins, left, director of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, honors former Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames on behalf of the School during its first alumni event Friday, Oct. 16 on the Hattiesburg campus. Dr. Thames is Professor Emeritus of polymer science and founder of the program, which is recognized internationally for its research and innovation. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Dr. Michael Salda, a professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of English, died Oct. 16 in Hattiesburg. He was 57.

The online education program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized as the best among Mississippi colleges and universities in a 2015-16 ranking by (AC Online).


Of the seven Mississippi schools that offer online courses and programs, Southern Miss ranked No. 1 based upon factors such as academic quality, student services and graduate success.

An accomplished and highly regarded multi-cultural marketing professional will speak at The University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday, Nov. 3 on the effective use of old and new media to reach diverse groups in America.

Bill Imada, chairman, founder and chief executive officer of the IW Group, will present “Multi-cultural Media: Embracing diversity and the transforming American public” from 11 a.m. – noon at the Thames Polymer Science Research Center, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus.

A group of 18 University of Southern Mississippi students were recently trained in water quality testing led by the Audubon Society and The Nature Conservancy. Students in the Beta Iota Omicron (BIO) Club, EcoEagles and Gamma Theta Upsilon student organizations, based on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, participated in the event.


Weather permitting, scientists from Rutgers University will release an autonomous underwater robot in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, Oct. 21 to monitor temperature, salinity, oxygen levels, chlorophyll levels, and sediment concentrations.

State Farm Insurance representative Bradely Black’s appearance as a guest speaker at a University of Southern Mississippi marketing class, turned into support for a special sales program initiated by students.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Art and Design will hold a visiting artist workshop featuring ceramic artist and professor Brett Kern. The free workshop will be held on the Hattiesburg campus at the 3D Arts Building Oct. 19-21, and is open to the public.


Beginning as a graphic design major in college, Kern discovered his interest in ceramics. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia along with teaching ceramic classes and showing on a regional and national level.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced today that the Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence (MBRACE) has been selected as the RESTORE Research Center of Excellence.

The Hispanex Program has awarded a grant to Dr. Alejandro Gomez-del-Moral, an assistant professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi. The program, administered by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, is used to promote Spanish research and culture in collaboration with foreign universities and scholars.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host “Science on the Half Shell: Mississippi Sound Oysters from Mississippi Sound Science,” Monday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the Gulf Park campus (730 East Beach Boulevard) in Long Beach.

The University Police Department has received a large number of complaints recently regarding pedestrians and vehicles properly utilizing and responding to our pedestrian cross walks on campus. We have also had several bicycle vs. vehicle accidents with injuries reported recently.

Andrew Wiest fondly recalls his mom taking him and his siblings to see the annual University of Southern Mississippi homecoming parade. He dreamed of one day becoming a member of the University’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, an important participant in the parade’s lineup.

On Oct. 26 The University of Southern Mississippi Jazz Studies Program will present its Fall Concert at 8 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center, featuring world-renowned jazz drummer Carl Allen. This event is free and open to the public.

The Board of Directors of The First Bancshares, Inc. announced recently that Dr. Rodney D. Bennett, President of The University of Southern Mississippi, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bank.

Elyssa Klipsch, a senior at The University of Southern Mississippi, was named the Association of College Unions (ACUI) Region III Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader during the Region III regional conference held Oct. 2-4 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.

Dr. Marjuyua Lartey-Rowser, registered dietitian and 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, works to ensure schools provide healthy meals and maintain strong student participation in meal programs.

National College Alcohol Awareness Week (CAAW) is scheduled for Oct. 19-24. As part of CAAW, members of the Behavior and Alcohol Research lab at The University of Southern Mississippi have planned outreach activities Oct. 19-20 to help students better understand the effects of harmful alcohol use and benefits of safe drinking strategies.

Dr. Janie Butts and Dr. Karen Rich, both members of the nursing faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi, were invited presenters at the University of South Alabama’s Sigma Theta Tau (international Honor Society for nursing) chapter meeting on Sept. 17. Their presentation was titled: “Theoretical Foundation in DNP Education.”