February 27, 2017  

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The School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi has secured a $910,000 Connecting Kids to Coverage grant from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to support initiatives needed to enroll eligible children who do not have health coverage. Out of about 200 eligible applicants, the School is one of 38 recipients nationwide to receive funding.

Major upgrades to practice facilities – which include a new viewing tower and synthetic turf – are striking a harmonious chord for everyone affiliated with The University of Southern Mississippi’s marching band (The Pride of Mississippi).

Two University of Southern Mississippi faculty members have been working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to learn more about the impact and effectiveness of technology designed to help individuals stay safe in an emergency.

Representatives from The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) gathered for a grant check presentation totaling $160,000 from MDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Tuesday, June 21.

As fans of the book The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil Wareagerly await the June 24 release of its big screen adaptation, they can also look forward to comparing notes on both versions with its author Victoria Bynum at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi received 15 new iPads and 19 computers thanks to a gift from the Walmart State Giving Program, totaling $25,000.

TRX, an innovative total body resistance exercise program, has come to the Payne Center at The University of Southern Mississippi. The program is the largest TRX install in Mississippi.

In light of recent incidents reported on the Longleaf Trace in Hattiesburg, University of Southern Mississippi Police want to remind students, faculty and staff who use the recreational pathway to be vigilant in taking precautions to ensure safety.

The National Society of Leadership and Success welcomed 53 students from The University of Southern Mississippi as new members during induction ceremonies held recently on the Hattiesburg campus.


Funding awarded by National Geographic to a University of Southern Mississippi graduate student will support a unique research project focused on the communication capabilities of North American river otters.

Dr. Shannon Campbell, Director of the Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi, participated in the U.S. Army War College 62nd Annual National Security Seminar in Carlisle, Pa., June 6-9.

A University of Southern Mississippi graduate program accredited for more than three decades has received an extension of that status for its continued success at meeting a variety of quality benchmarks.

The University of Southern Mississippi continues to receive recognition for its commitment to assist military service members and their families with inclusion among the Top 50 Military Friendly® Schools for Hospitality as designated by Victory Media Inc.

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Director of University Communications and Gulf Park Campus Communication Officer Jenny Tate was recently elected president of the College of Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM).

Cassie Hicks, director of Housing at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), has been named as one of 12 members of the inaugural Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee.

The book bin may be tiny, but the impact could be huge for students at The University of Southern Mississippi’s DuBard School for Language Disorders who soon will have access to a renowned Little Free Library.

Identifying solutions to some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems was the focus of the “Advancing Mississippi: Research for a Better Mississippi for More Mississippians” Conference held last week in Jackson.


Natural or man-made disasters and economic downturn can be devastating. Individuals with cultural and language barriers may find it especially difficult to seek help.

Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson of The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with Boat People SOS (BPSOS) to develop policies and support networks among the Vietnamese community along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Mayfield-Johnson received a $50,000 research award from the Gulf States Health Policy Center for her project, titled “Measuring Vulnerability and Developing Resiliency with the Vietnamese Gulf Coast.”

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting a variety of programs for academically talented and gifted youth this summer on the Hattiesburg campus, attracting students from across the state and nation. Established in 1979, the Center furthers the education of gifted students and those with leadership abilities through teaching, research and services.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has taken transformative steps to fortify its reputation as the leader in marine education and research along the Gulf of Mexico with the formation of a new School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST).


The new school, housed within the College of Science and Technology, brings together marine-related research and education programs under one administration and harnesses elements from key areas of the University including the Division of Marine Science (DMS) based at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County; the USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) and Division of Coastal Sciences in Ocean Springs, Miss; and the University’s fleet of five research vessels.

The artwork of Long Beach artist and resident Sue Cockrell is now on display at the Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

They made their case for votes in their campaigns for office, worked across the aisle to craft legislation and listened as their constituents in cities, towns and communities across the state demand effective governance.


A total of 12 sports facilities will be recognized for their leadership in addressing safety and security issues as part of the 2016 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 12-14, in Phoenix, Arizona. This year’s theme is Achieving the Gold Standard.

Timothy Brownlee, a senior history major at The University of Southern Mississippi, took home a first place award for his presentation during the annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity held April 22-23 at the Hattiesburg campus.