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Students in Lance Hopkins’ marketing class at The University of Southern Mississippi enjoyed a unique opportunity to work with a major production company in developing a series of TV commercials earlier this semester.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present two evenings of concerts featuring Southern Miss Choral Activities on Tuesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 29 at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg. Each program begins at 7:30 p.m. and is ticketed.

The Mississippi Community Veterans Engagement Board, in coordination with The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families, will offer Hepatitis C testing to military veterans on Thursday, March 15 at select sites in South Mississippi.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a news release from Gov. Phil Bryant's office. The appointments include Southern Miss alumni Gee Ogletree, Class of 1977, and Jeanne Luckey, who earned a USM master's degree in 1986.

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Gov. Phil Bryant announced today he has made four appointments to the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.

 

 Dr. Steven Cunningham, Jeanne Luckey, Bruce Martin and Powell “Gee” Ogletree, Jr., will begin their 9-year terms on May 8. Rotating off the Board are trustees Alan W. Perry, Christy Pickering, Dr. Doug W. Rouse and Board President C.D. Smith.

Talented young innovators from all corners of the state demonstrated their creative engineering and coding prowess during the 2018 Mississippi VEX Robotics State Championship held March 2-3 at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

A total of 108 teams, comprised of almost 700 competitors, took part in the event. Students in grades 2-12 competed for state titles. Twenty-two teams will now advance to the 2018 VEX World Championship to be held next month in Louisville, Ky.

University of Southern Mississippi junior Jack Hoda, an English major from Petal, Miss., can add one more impressive honor to his already gleaming academic portfolio – Truman Scholarship finalist. Hoda is the only USM student to be nominated for the Truman Scholarship this year.

University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff in Hattiesburg and at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach will leverage their passion to serve others during “The Big Event” Saturday, March 24. Since 2010, Southern Miss has participated in The Big Event, which is also held at other colleges and universities across the country during which service projects benefiting local communities are undertaken by university volunteers.

The University of Southern Mississippi has added a fully online Ph.D. program in Nursing Leadership. The degree provides nurses with an opportunity to earn an advanced degree and open their career opportunities for a range of healthcare and educational settings. Best of all, a loan program is making this degree highly affordable for students.

Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk, Vice Provost for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, has been selected to the 81st Training Wing Honorary Commander Program at Keesler Air Force Base (AFB).

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Steven R. Moser, has announced the selection of Dr. Dee Dee Anderson as the University’s new Vice President for Student Affairs. The appointment is effective Monday, April 16, pending approval from the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning. Anderson will succeed Dr. Thomas H. Burke, who is retiring in June.

 

A $956,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Human Services will help support training programs and related services provided by the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC) housed at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies.

Selected student leaders at the University of Southern Mississippi attended the 4th annual Student Leadership Summit, hosted by the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement on the Hattiesburg campus at the Trent Lott National Center March 2. The theme for this year’s summit was “Taking Leadership To The Top: Seeing the Gold Standard.”

A philanthropic, tradition-rich – and mysterious – campus group has made a trademark donation to one of the University of Southern Mississippi’s newer initiatives.

 

The Gold Leaf, a “secret society,” has given $777.77 to the Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry, a project started in 2016 by the School of Social Work to address food insecurity among needy students and staff.

Now more than ever, there is exciting information to be learned in the realm of child hearing loss.

 

And The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi is not only taking full advantage of this wealth of information, but also helping to share this knowledge with the speech and hearing community, including professionals, pre-professionals, and families of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Approximately 800 researchers, professors and students from across the state converged on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi for the 82nd Annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences meeting held Feb. 22-23 on the Hattiesburg campus.

EDITOR'S NOTE: New York Times best-selling author Angie Thomas’ University Forum presentation, scheduled for tonight, March 6, has been cancelled. Thomas informed Forum organizers this morning that she would not be able to attend due to illness. Forum organizers will work to reschedule Thomas’ presentation for a future date. 

 

How she employs the written word to inform action for social justice will be among the topics author Angie Thomas discusses in her talk, “The Hate U Give: Finding Your Activism,” at the Tuesday, March 6 University Forum at The University of Southern Mississippi. Presented by the Southern Miss Honors College, this program will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus, and admission is free.

More than 40 employers will be represented at the 2018 “Careers on the Coast” Networking and Job Fair on Tuesday, March 6, at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies is hosting a free nutrition education workshop for people with disabilities and their families in north Mississippi on Friday, March 9. The Nutrition is for Everyone workshop will be held at the Family Resource Center of Northeast Mississippi at 425 Magazine Street in Tupelo at 10 a.m.

Acclaimed author Wil Haygood said finding a story like the one he made into New York Times bestseller “The Butler: A Witness to History,” is the kind “a journalist is fortunate to land.”

The book, which was the basis for the 2013 award winning film “The Butler,” is based on the story of relatively unknown African-American White House butler Eugene Allen, who served in the White House from the presidential administration of Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Haygood discussed the making of the book and more as the featured speaker at Southern Miss Feb. 27 for the school’s 25th annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is pleased to announce Homecoming 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, when the Golden Eagle football team battles the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in M. M. Roberts Stadium.

The Committee on Services and Resources for Women (CSRW) at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring events and activities to mark national Women's History Month, beginning with a talk March 1 by accomplished corporate and private attorney, Paige Goldman, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Asbury Hall, room 124 on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free, and a reception will follow.  

The path to living the American Dream can prove a little rockier for people with disabilities. Oftentimes, the idea of homeownership is as remote as any uninhabited desert.

 

But thanks to a unique program offered by The University of Southern Mississippi’s institute for Disability Studies, many underserved state residents have an opportunity to purchase their first homes. Since its inception in 1997, the Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) program has assisted more than 700 homebuyers across 66 of the state’s 82 counties in obtaining a new home.

The spring 2018 Day of Sharing for Teachers of the Gifted will be held Friday, March 9 on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. Sponsored by Southern Miss’s Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, this event is designed to educate teachers on current curriculum and instructional issues in gifted education.

“This is one of our favorite days of the year,” said Sarah Case-Price, director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. “Every year we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community, and this year is no exception.”