August 25, 2016  

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The Lake Thoreau Environmental Center at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting three week-long camps next month as a means of helping kids establish a closer connection with nature.


The legacy of James “Jim” S. Franks, senior research scientist at The University of Southern Mississippi, was featured Saturday, June 18 as guests gathered at the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi to celebrate the commissioning of the University’s newest research vessel.

Whether facing a hot stove, or a bank of TV cameras, Katie Dixon feels right at home in the kitchen. Any kitchen.


Dixon, a 2005 University of Southern Mississippi graduate, has parlayed her love of cooking into a spot among the Top 17 contestants remaining on the current season of Fox TV’s hit series “MasterChef.” The winner will receive a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics and local alumni chapters, has announced the dates for its annual Big Three Summer Parties presented by Keesler Federal Credit Union. Southern Miss coaches, administrators, athletes, cheerleaders, and school mascot Seymour will all be on hand to visit with fans.


Students and faculty participating in The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular British Studies program witnessed history June 23 as the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU) in the much anticipated “Brexit” referendum and British Prime Minister David Cameron resigned.

Former University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Jasmine Tate has been selected to receive the prestigious National Gold Key Award from the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). She will be honored during the group’s national conference in October.

Half a dozen sports security professionals under the age of 40 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.

A faculty member in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism has been selected for a fellowship in public relations with the Plank Center for Leadership.

Seven students from The University of Southern Mississippi are among the 44 contestants vying for the crown of Miss Mississippi, beginning Wednesday, June 22 at the Vicksburg Convention Center. Preliminary rounds for the 2016 Miss Mississippi Pageant will begin at 8 p.m. and continue through Friday, with each contestant group competing in talent, swimwear, eveningwear and an on-stage question.

Jay Dean travels the great state of Mississippi and beyond every year meeting and talking with everyone from professional artists and arts teachers to leaders in government and business.

Each year he continues to spread the word about something we all know here in Hattiesburg — The University of Southern Mississippi is the flagship university for the arts in the state. The arts are vitally important to Southern Miss, an institution that attracts students who are incredibly talented in art and design, creative writing, dance, music and theatre.

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).