February 22, 2018  

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Fifteen students began classes earlier this week at The University of Southern Mississippi, where they are expected to be the first class in the nation to earn a certification in Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS).

A senior research scientist at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), internationally recognized for his longtime study of Gulf Coast marine life, will serve as the school’s spring 2017 commencement speaker.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) at The University of Southern Mississippi concluded its series of educational high school events and competitions on Wednesday, May 3, by hosting the 10th Annual SEP State Business Plan Competition at the Trent Lott National Center.

As part of its 100-year anniversary celebration, the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is pleased to award a record number of 100 Pierce Legacy Scholarships to incoming 2017 freshmen who are children and grandchildren of Southern Miss alumni.

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, right, visited The University of Southern Mississippi April 26 to present a proclamation from the city honoring students, faculty and staff of the USM College of of Health's Department of Medical Laboratory Science in conjunction with Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. “These students, their professors and support staff help make Hattiesburg the vital medical hub that it is today,” DuPree said.

According to the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, Medical Laboratory Professionals Week provides the profession with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel.  

For information about the USM Department of Medical Laboratory Science, visit https://www.usm.edu/medical-laboratory-science%20.

The University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked as the nation’s top “Military-Friendly Online College” as determined by AffordableCollegesOnline.org in its 2017 ratings.


Researchers and higher education experts collected and analyzed data from every accredited postsecondary institution in the United States to find the online colleges with the most notable balance of academic rigor, military student services, program variety, and affordability.

Retired Maj. Gen. Jeff Hammond, left, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families, accepts red, white and blue honor cords May 1 from members of the U.S. Marine Corps League of Hattiesburg, which will be awarded to graduating student veterans or Army/Air Force ROTC commissioned students to wear at commencement. The Center and the League have agreed to annually sponsor the University’s new “Honor Corps” program in awarding the honor cords. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi represented well at the Public Relations Association of Mississippi’s (PRAM) annual state conference, held April 23-25 in Hattiesburg, with staff members from four offices taking home two of the professional organization’s top awards.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dr. Kimberly Ward, assistant professor and audiology clinic coordinator in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, recently attended the 2017 Leadership Academy of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD).

The University of Southern Mississippi has 104 graduates on the nursing staff at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, which recently received the nation’s top honor for nursing excellence. The Magnet designation is granted by the credentialing center of the American Nurses Association and considered worldwide as the "ultimate seal of quality."


Only 7 percent of hospitals in America have earned Magnet recognition. Baptist is the only hospital in Mississippi to receive this designation.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will conclude its 22nd concert season with songs from popular theatrical productions in “Broadway Traditions,” scheduled for May 12 and 14.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents the winners of the William T. Gower Scholarship Competition in its last concert of the season, Future Stars, on Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.


Abagail Bryant looks forward to enhancing the skills she’s gained as a psychology major at The University of Southern Mississippi by serving as a mentor for fellow students in the fall 2017 semester as a Psychology Scholar.

University of Southern Mississippi future Hacking for Defense (H4D) program students heard from guest speaker and advisor Major General, (Ret.) Buford Blount III during a special presentation last week on the Hattiesburg campus. Blount is a Southern Miss graduate and was commissioned from the ROTC program as an armor officer in 1971.

You may think you know something about Mississippi. But what you may not know is that students from around the nation are finding their way to Mississippi, through online learning.

The University of Southern Mississippi held its annual Awards Day ceremony for students, faculty and staff at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach on Tuesday, April 25. The ceremony recognizes award recipients for their outstanding scholastic performance and service to the University.

William Carey University has presented University of Southern Mississippi (USM) President Rodney D. Bennett with an honorary degree for his work in communities across south Mississippi, including his leadership of USM’s response to a January 2017 tornado that struck William Carey.

We’ve all seen or heard the conventional rap on collegiate student-athletes: preferential treatment while taking the easiest courses offered. At The University of Southern Mississippi, that long-held stereotype has been expelled.


Enter Cameron Tom, Picasso Nelson Jr., Parker Adamson, Brittany Taylor, and Randall Dias II – scholarship student-athletes who are making distinct marks in the highly demanding banking and finance program. With just two weeks remaining in the 2017 spring semester, this group owns five of the 10-highest GPA’s among banking and finance seniors.

The School of Kinesiology at The University of Southern Mississippi is updating the application process for two of its online master’s programs.

Two University of Southern Mississippi Honors College students recently participated in Posters on the Hill, an event in which 60 undergraduates from nearly every state in the nation shared their research with legislators and administration officials in the U.S. Capitol April 25-26.

As part of his graduate thesis at The University of Southern Mississippi, theatre student Corey Bradberry is directing an American classic play that has spoken to many generations - Arthur Miller's The Crucible - which was the first production performed in USM's Martha Tatum Theatre in 1999.

Terri (Cookie) Smith, DBH, MSW, social worker and service coordinator at The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, was chosen recipient of the 2017 Woman of the Year award April 23 by the Jasper County chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clibs (NANBPWC).

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi honored students and faculty during its annual Awards Ceremony held Friday, April 21 in the Scianna Hall McDonnell Auditorium. A reception followed the ceremony. Southern Farm Bureau Insurance sponsored the event.

Jerry B. DeFatta Jr., Executive Director of the Alumni Association at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named to the prestigious Top 50 Under 40 list for 2017 by the Mississippi Business Journal. Honorees were recognized during a ceremony held Thursday, April 21 at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson, Miss.