June 29, 2017  

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Dr. Jeanne Gillespie, a professor of Spanish and American Indian Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 24 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

For more than a decade, First Southern Bank of Columbia, Miss., has faithfully invested in scholarship at The University of Southern Mississippi, enabling many Golden Eagles to pursue their academic dreams within the College of Business. Their commitment continues through a recent gift of $10,000.

The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus requests the help of volunteers to assist with the third annual Mississippi Coast Region Special Olympics Summer Games to be held Saturday, June 10, at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach is currently exhibiting illustrations by local artist Tracy Williams.


The University of Southern Mississippi's Office of Leadership and Student Involvement recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of its 210 registered student organizations at the Student Organization Awards and Recognition (SOAR) ceremony April 26. A review committee comprised of faculty and staff determined the winners.

The University of Southern Mississippi has provided its spring 2017 graduates the tools needed to make a successful future, if they use them to make that future a reality.


That was central to the message James S. “Jim” Franks delivered as keynote speaker for the University’s commencement ceremonies May 12 at Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg and May 13 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. Franks, a senior research scientist at USM’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), is an internationally recognized marine life expert with more than 40 years’ experience working in the Gulf of Mexico.

With 15 ports, major shipbuilders, coastal tourism and substantial fisheries, Mississippi’s “blue economy” contributes billions of dollars to the state’s annual revenues. While these maritime industries dominate the state’s economy and support at least 35 percent of its entire workforce through “blue” jobs, the sector is often overlooked as a source of economic development for the state.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of History, Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, and the African American Military History Museum will host a roundtable book discussion on Integrating the US Military Thursday, May 18 at 1 p.m. at the museum located at 305 6th Street, Hattiesburg. The event is open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi honored 33 faculty members during a special ceremony last week to recognize their participation in the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Faculty Development Institute.


The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Arts and Letters recognized to outstanding alumnae for their professional accomplishments during its annual College Awards Ceremony and Reception. Lindsey "Katie" Jack, Class of 2003, was honored as the recipient of the College of Arts and Letters Distinguished Alumni Award, and Rachel Rizzuto, Class of 2009, was selected to receive the College of Arts and Letters New Alumni Award.  

The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Arts and Letters recently honored students, alumni, faculty and staff at an annual awards ceremony at the Thad Cochran Center. Family, friends and other guests gathered to celebrate students academic achievements and alumni accomplishments. The college recognized excellence in service, teaching and research at the event.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Autism and Treatment (SMART) Lab is offering two programs for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and their peers, beginning May 31 on the USM Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters recently held its annual awards ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom. Students were recognized for academic excellence at the event.

“Jessica Adcock. Zachary Agee. Leah Alda.” One by one, names of senior Luckyday Scholars were called as The Luckyday Foundation Executive Director Patricia Smith and board member Kristin Merrell bestowed the Luckyday graduation stoles on the scholars.

Spring commencement at The University of Southern Mississippi promises to be special for Willie Tubbs and Dr. David R. Davies, with Tubbs set to receive his Ph.D. and Professor Davies serving as commencement grand marshal.

University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi is continuing its celebration of Mississippi’s Bicentennial with two summer lectures that will examine Mississippi’s film industry and Mississippi as a landscape for literature.

A senior English Licensure major at The University of Southern Mississippi is the university’s winner of the Mississippi Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (MACTE) Outstanding Student Teacher Award. This prestigious annual award is delivered to students who display exceptional talent and dedication within their field of study.

Michael McGee, Senior Veterans Affairs Certification Official at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected President of the Veterans Affairs Administrators of Mississippi (VAAMS). 

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.