May 31, 2016  

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The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present the Future Stars Concert and the Seven Last Words of Christ, a choral world premier, Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health Ambassadors have proven organ, eye and tissue donation awareness is an important issue on the Hattiesburg campus and statewide.

Jennifer S. Lewis, compliance coordinator for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Compliance and Ethics, authored a chapter for the book “Epigenetics, the Environment, and Children’s Health Across Lifespans.”

The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular rallying cry: “To the Top!” represents a fitting description for the escalating academic career of recent University graduate Katherine “Kati” Perry.


Perry, a Moss Point, Miss., native, has notched her name in the Southern Miss history books as the University’s first Fulbright U.S. Student since 1986. The 2015 Honors College graduate has been selected for an English Teaching Assistantship in Spain for the 2016-17 year.


A University of Southern Mississippi alumna who is an executive with a prominent national alternative fuel company is the guest speaker for USM’s 2016 Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity.

The Gulf Coast Center for Child Development (GCCCD), a dual-purpose early childhood education and care center of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, will be visited by Wild at Heart Rescue, a local wildlife rescue group based out of Vancleave, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi represented well at the annual state conference for the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM), held April 6-8 in Jackson, taking home nine awards, including a sweep of the competition’s top prizes. The Judges’ Choice Award, the Professional Achievement Award and the Student of the Year Award, were among the honors won by USM.

A partnership between The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, has enabled MGCCC students to enroll into a program that will guide them from the community college to a bachelor’s degree in the entertainment industry with an emphasis in film.

Matthew Gallardo is not your typical high school senior. Despite a schedule packed with classes and extracurricular activities, the Sacred Heart High School student participates in volunteer or service activities nearly every week.

Mississippi’s 2015 Teacher of the Year Anna Morris will be the guest speaker for an April 27 program hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Education Major Student Association. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. in room 102 of Owings-McQuagge Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate students Jeremy Johnson and Grover Brown are following in a lengthy line of successful scholarship winners at the University as recipients of 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.


The fellowships cover three years of funding. Students receive a $34,000 stipend every year as well as a $12,000 cost of attendance allowance tenable at any university in the country. NSF Graduate Research Fellows are selected on the basis of their academic merit as well as their potential for broader impact on the greater scientific community and society as a whole.

Perry Robinson of Jackson, Miss., a senior broadcast journalism major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently honored by Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity with his selection as Junior Vice Polemarch for the Mighty Southwestern Province at the organization’s 80th Southwestern Provincial Meeting. The Kappa Iota Chapter of the USM fraternity was also recipient of its Large Chapter of the Year award for the fourth straight year.

The Institute for Disability Studies on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, in conjunction with Junior Civitan, will be co-hosting Amputee Awareness Day on Saturday, April 23.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the selection of Kate Howard as the University’s Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions, effective June 27, 2016, following a national search. The appointment is pending IHL Board approval.


Four University of Southern Mississippi Greek Life students were selected recently by their national headquarters to serve as national consultants for the 2016-2017 year. Phoenix Pope of Pi Beta Phi and Sarah Beth Selph of Alpha Delta Pi have been chosen by their respective sororities to serve as traveling consultants for the next school year. Recent alumni Elena Lofton of Delta Gamma and Emily Radcliffe of Phi Mu were selected to serve as second-year consultants for their respective organizations.

University of Southern Mississippi history doctoral student Hayden McDaniel, center, and Stephanie Millet, transcriber/editor with the USM Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, view a documentary based on oral histories from the center that focus on the U.S. civil rights movement. The center received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2014 to digitize its civil rights oral histories, and held a reception April 12 at the Hattiesburg African American Military History Museum to celebrate its work on the project. McDaniel serves as project manager for the grant. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Dr. Ann P. Blackwell, dean of The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology, reads to children at the Center for Child Development on the Hattiesburg campus Friday, April 15 as the centers executive director Jeffrey Leffler looks on. Dr. Blackwell’s visit with the students was held in conjunction with national Week of the Young Child, which is an annual program hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) that celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers and families. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science (DMS) has announced its annual Wiesenburg lecturer as Dr. John Hughes Clarke, a professor with a joint appointment in mechanical engineering and Earth sciences at the University of New Hampshire.


The public is invited to enjoy a free lecture by Clarke titled “What Drives Deep Sea Channel Systems” at 11 a.m. April 20 in the StennisSphere Auditorium at the John C. Stennis Space Center.

Each year, during the first week of April, the American Public Health Association recognizes the benefits of public health and highlights issues important to improving the nation during National Public Health Week (NPHW). This year, students in the Department of Public Health, brought the national event to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Putting a limit on knowledge and doing the bare minimum has never been anything Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour has aspired himself to do – or expected of anyone else.


Instead, he is what others may consider an over-achiever, or a man of many talents, and these traits have led to Naghshpour being named The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2016 Mentor of the Year and the 2016 Research Fellow for the Academy of Economics and Finance.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health recognized student success during its annual Student Awards Night held Tuesday, April 12 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The event is an opportunity for each school and department in the college to award outstanding students for their academic accomplishments and extracurricular activities.  

The student organization I.D.E.A.L. (Intelligent, Dignified, Elegant, Ambitious, Leaders) Women at The University of Southern Mississippi will host an inaugural Lupus Awareness Walk on Saturday, April 23 at Pride Field on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi received a gift of a baby grand piano at the annual senior reception on Tuesday, April 12.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hattiesburg for Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, who died April 14 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 65.