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Civil rights and social justice advocate Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights movement leader Medgar Evers and chairwoman of the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute, gave the annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture Tuesday, March 8 at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The lecture is named for Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong and Raylawni Branch, who integrated the University in September of 1965 as its first African-American students. (Southern Miss photo by Kelly Dunn)

Allison Tharp, an English doctoral student at The University of Southern Mississippi, placed second in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Three-Minute Thesis (3MTÒ) competition held last month in Charlotte, N.C.

Main Street Café in Collins is hosting a “Dinner for DuBard” to raise funds for the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 6 p.m. The event will feature Mississippi Magazine editor and Easy Entertaining author Patty Roper, who will present excerpts from her book as well as sign copies for guests.

The 11th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang) will be held March 21-24, 2016 in New Orleans, La. University of Southern Mississippi faculty members will represent the University at this biennial meeting.

More than 80 experts in sports security have convened for an inaugural Pro Summit being held this week (March 8-10) at The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) in Hattiesburg.

 

The Professional Sport Facilities Safety and Security Summit serves as the only annual combined meeting for professional and minor league safety and security professionals.

 

 

The boat launch at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, which has been open for public use during weekends, will close March 11 due to the beginning of a construction project.

Students at The University of Southern Mississippi elected executive officers for its Student Government Association (SGA) during elections held recently on the Hattiesburg campus. The new officers will be sworn in during a Founders’ Day ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center.

With deadlines approaching to apply for financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host FAFSA Day by offering free sessions for high school seniors and college students who need assistance to complete federal and state forms for college financial aid.

The University of Southern Mississippi has awarded a teaching grant to Dr. Holly Huye, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, for her proposal “Integrating the Humanities across the Nutrition and Dietetics Curriculum: An Active Learning Experience for Students and Faculty.”

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host a special SHOWCASE event on Tuesday, March 8 highlighting the myriad opportunities for prospective undergraduate students and their families. The event will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble will present a concert with the Symphonic Winds on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

University of Southern Mississippi faculty and staff working with REACH MS (Realizing Excellence for ALL Children in Mississippi) gathered in Jackson recently with invited guests from the Mississippi Department of Education and other stakeholders to celebrate the grant's past and plans for the future. 

Sarah Case-Price, director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently selected for the Area Development Partnership’s 2016 Leadership Pinebelt class.

 

Three graduate students in The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology were honored with the Deans’ Award for two research presentations at the recent annual meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance will host the American College Dance Association (ACDA) South Conference March 11-14 on the Hattiesburg campus. Dance concerts will be held on March 11 at 7 p.m., March 12 at noon and 7 p.m. and March 13 at 7 p.m., with the gala concert to be held March 14 at 7 p.m.

As part of an ongoing commitment to student engagement and success, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business hosted its third Executives On: lecture series event in Scianna Hall on March 2. The presenter was Real Estate professional and Vice Chair of the Mississippi Real Estate Commission Mark Cumbest of Cumbest Realty.

Mississippi District Health Officer Dr. Christy Sones Thornton will discuss all aspects of the Zika virus as a guest speaker at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus on Monday, March 7.

The University of Southern Mississippi has been rated as a 2016 Top Military Friendly Online College – one of only 81 to receive that designation nationally – by Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAET).

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.