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Rusty Keyes, Assistant Chief of Operations for The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)’s Police Department (UPD), has been appointed incoming chief, effective July 1. Keyes will succeed current Chief Bob Hopkins, who is set to retire June 30 after nearly two decades of outstanding service in the role.


Keyes has been a law enforcement officer for nearly 30 years, first serving the Hattiesburg Police Department as a patrolman, narcotics officer, street crimes officer, detective, and as a detectives and patrol supervisor. He is a USM alumnus who joined UPD in 2006, first serving as detective lieutenant and then as detective captain, prior to assuming his current role as assistant chief in 2017.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents the Southern Mississippi Steel Pan Orchestra (SoMiSPO) featuring Andy Narell on April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center. This concert is free and is open to the public.


For the 10th year, FestivalSouth® events return to venues across the Pine Belt this June, with a fun-filled line-up of activities, performances, and opportunities.


Presented by the Hattiesburg Concert Association (HCA), FestivalSouth is Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre festival, offering both free and ticketed events that showcase the area’s rich creative economy. Featuring many University of Southern Mississippi faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and happening in several Hattiesburg campus venues, there is something for everyone.

The School of Marketing and the School of Performing and Visual Arts at The University of Southern Mississippi have partnered to offer a unique experience for a diverse group of students looking to practice their skills. Dr. Chris Balaski, professor of sales, and Dr. Monica Hayes, professor of theatre, oversee the initiative. 

Religion’s impact on the culture of Mississippi and the everyday lives of its citizens can be viewed in a new exhibit at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) that draws from material found in its University Libraries’ Special Collections.

“Now Preaching in Your City”: Religion in Mississippi was assembled by members of the Special Collections staff, and includes a spotlight on the stories of not-so famous ministers and faith communities throughout the Magnolia State. It is on display now through Nov.1 on the third floor of McCain Library and Archives on the Hattiesburg campus.


The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park Cultural Arts Series will conclude its Spring 2019 programming on Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. with “Gotta Dance” in the Fleming Education Center Auditorium.


The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Mississippi Southern Chorale proudly present the final concert of the 2018-19 season, “Music of the Night,” on April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. This is an encore performance of part of the program from New York City’s Carnegie Hall the previous week.

Governor Phil Bryant appointed Dr. Read Hendon, Associate Director for the School of Ocean Science and Engineering’s (SOSE) Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC). Hendon will serve as the citizen representative on the Commission for Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development continues its International Business Speaker Series with a presentation by Shelly Reboul, Export Sales Manager at Sanderson Farms at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 25 in Scianna Hall (Room 1048) on the Hattiesburg campus.

All University of Southern Mississippi campuses and teaching sites will close on Thursday, April 18 at 1 p.m., due to a severe weather system that is expected to move through south Mississippi on Thursday afternoon and evening.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a special gala celebration at 7 p.m. on May 4 at the Thad Cochran Center ballrooms on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) recognized for exceptional achievement in academics, leadership and service, as well as installing new Student Government Association (SGA) officers, during its annual Student Awards Ceremony at the Hattiesburg campus April 10.

The Southern Arena Theatre is gearing up for its 43rd season at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) with two events based on Shakespearean plays: I Hate Hamlet and Speak the Speech! in June.

The location of The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) Tuesday, April 16 University Forum, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., has been moved from the Mannoni Performing Arts Center to Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The founder of what would become The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) Public Health program will be honored at a symposium April 18 on the Hattiesburg campus, featuring a lecture given by the head of the Mississippi State Department of Health (MDH).

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Repertory Dance Company presents its second Spring Dance Concert on April 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance Building, in studio 115 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Two retired U.S. Army generals from Mississippi hosted a roundtable discussion recently on deeper learning competencies at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development & Entrepreneurship on the Hattiesburg campus.

Research presentations, laboratory tours, an evening social and special recognition of a distinguished faculty member will highlight the 2019 School of Polymer Science and Engineering Conference and Alumni Event at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

Dr. Thomas O’Brien, a professor in The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Education, is USM’s recipient of the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) 2019 Diversity Award for Excellence. The selection of Dr. O’Brien for this honor was based on the breadth of his teaching and publication record, and range and duration of his community service projects demonstrating a lifelong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Southern Chorale and the Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will be performing with the Rutgers University Voorhees Choir, IN HER WORDS, a concert featuring the U.S. premiere of Moorland Elegies by Kõrvits on April 23 at 8 p.m. in New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

Making plans is a part of everyday life. These plans may include taking a trip, deep cleaning the house, or deciding to get outdoors for some exercise. For some people, these plans include getting an online degree.


Jobs, long commutes, and family obligations can seem like an obstacle to higher education. Online education, however, makes it possible to achieve academic goals even with busy schedules and without a university nearby. With all the options available today for earning degrees and credentials online, how do you find the best university for you?

Amy Rosonet LeBert, director and instructor of the Speech Pathology Clinic at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected president-elect of the Council of State Speech-Language-Hearing Association Presidents.

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves read to children and toured the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi earlier this week. He was accompanied by state Sen. John Polk, state Sen. Joey Fillingane and several other state and local officials.

Jennifer Brannock, professor and curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana in The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Libraries’ Special Collections, has earned the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)’s Learning History Research and Innovation Award, sponsored by Gale, A Cengage Company.