October 23, 2016  

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Students in the School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi presented and won awards at the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Social Workers conference, held March 23- 25 at the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Biloxi.

University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology Assistant Professor Dr. Ann E. Blankenship and University of Georgia College of Education Professor Elizabeth DeBary have published Volume 3 of the Education Law & Policy Review, serving as Guest Co-Editors-in-Chief for the special double issue. 


The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra concert on March 31 headlined by two of the world’s premier flutists, Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, will also feature three acting students from the Department of Theatre. They will join the orchestra on the first half of the concert by reading lines from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

An open house will be held Tuesday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies in room 133 of the J.B. George Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The J.B. George Building is located south of Reed Green Coliseum on Kay James Drive.

Faculty from the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi were recently nominated for recognition by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) for their artistic accomplishments in 2015. Winners will be announced at the 37th annual MIAL Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 11 at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Health is Golden initiative, in conjunction with its Department of Public Health, will present a community health fair Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. – noon at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg. The church is located at 2420 Hardy St.

C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) is visiting The University of Southern Mississippi and the city of Hattiesburg March 24-29, as it features the history and non-fiction literary life of the city and university on the cable network’s non-fiction book channel BookTV (on C-SPAN2) and history channel American History TV (on C-SPAN3).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business is preparing for its second installment of the Executives On: Lecture Series on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 

Civility Week at The University of Southern Mississippi will be held March 29-31 on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Focused on creating a caring and civil community for all, Civility Week promotes the University’s demonstration of respect for others and the true Golden Eagle values of its students, faculty and staff.

The Office of Sustainability at The University of Southern Mississippi plans to kick recycling up a notch with the inaugural Recycling Olympics set for 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30.


Dr. Stan Kuczaj, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, recently earned second place for a collaborative video based in part on his research of dolphin behavior in The Ocean 180 Video Challenge.

Graduate students in a sport marketing & public relations class at The University of Southern Mississippi have teamed up with the Biloxi Shuckers’ Minor League Baseball organization for a unique promotional project that could be a home run for both parties.


Under the guidance of Dr. Doug Manning, assistant professor of sport management, the class has been assessing the current marketing efforts of the Shuckers to create a marketing plan in an application of theory for organizational issues. The team is the Double A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers.

University of Southern Mississippi students will participate in an annual program of community service known as “The Big Event” Saturday, April 2.

The Coleen Salley Storytelling Session at the 2016 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival will feature Tim Tingle, an Oklahoma Choctaw and award-winning author and storyteller. The free storytelling session will be held Wednesday, April 6 in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms on the Hattiesburg campus from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi is counting down the days until its most anticipated Jazz and Blues Festival, slated for Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Held on the South Lawn on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, this free event is enjoyed by many family and friends along the Gulf Coast.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of The University of Southern Mississippi's Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, has been selected editor-in-chief of the Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Mammalian Social Behavior.


The encyclopedia will contain approximately 150 chapters, each written by accomplished scholars in their respective fields. 

More than 100 works will be featured during the 2016 Annual Student Show set for March 23-April 8 at the Gallery of Art and Design on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Students from all eight of Mississippi’s public universities will share their research and creative activities on topics ranging from healthcare to cultural heritage to agribusiness with legislators and state leaders at Posters in the Rotunda, which will be held in the Rotunda of the State Capitol on Thursday, March 24. The students will show how their research solves some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems and benefits the citizens of the state.

A team comprised of three University of Southern Mississippi students took home second-place honors at the annual Alley Scholars Shark Tank Challenge Business Plan Competition held earlier this month in Fort Worth, Texas.

Three students from The University of Southern Mississippi will present their undergraduate research to state legislators during the Posters in the Rotunda program set for Thursday, March 24 in Jackson, Miss.

All puns aside, University of Southern Mississippi student Bradley Floore described his reaction as “floored” upon learning that he had been selected as the winner of the prestigious 2016 Orrin W. Swayze Scholarship.

The Education, Empower, Enroll (E3) Health Initiative, a partnership between the city of Hattiesburg and The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Social Work, helped insure more than 3,000 Hattiesburg community members.

On any given day, you can find Jim Franks inside the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) or out on Gulf Coast waters, studying the habitats and conditions of fish along the Mississippi Coast and beyond.

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 April.