October 22, 2017  

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University of Southern Mississippi undergraduate Latisha Swygert has been accepted to two national programs designed to promote diversity in psychology graduate education.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host the First Annual Women in Science and Engineering Conference on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host Health and Fitness Week Sept. 25-29 on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Organized by the Fitness Center on the Gulf Park campus, Health and Fitness Week offers students, faculty and staff a weeklong schedule of programming designed to renew one’s mind, body and spirit. Throughout the week, participants are provided with a variety of opportunities that will motivate them to make healthier choices and live a healthier lifestyle.

As we enter the peak of hurricane season, students, faculty and staff should be preparing now in the event a hurricane threatens The University of Southern Mississippi’s campuses, teaching and research sites. 

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating a record percentage increase in new freshmen and has surpassed all previous record enrollment numbers at its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.


Those are just two of the positives from Fall 2017 enrollment figures that have set the University on a course for future unmatched success. In Fall 2017, 22.6 percent more first-time, full-time freshmen are attending the University than in 2016.

Philosophical Fridays returns this fall at The University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus, beginning Sept. 15. Dr. Paul Waldau will present “’Are We Still of Any Use?’ The Emerged Field of Religion and Animals.” Waldau is the director and lead faculty member for the anthrozoology program at Canisius College. The lecture will be held in the International Center, room 101.

On Friday, Sept. 15, architect and art historian Dr. Christina Crawford of Emory University and Roy Decker of the architectural firm Duvall Decker in Jackson, Miss. will join USM faculty members to discuss urban studies in a day-long colloquium.

The work of Hattiesburg artist Theresa Parker is featured in an exhibit hosted through September by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), located in the Peck House at 3601 Pearl St. in Hattiesburg.

"Theresa Parker: A Retrospective Art Exhibit" includes 40 pieces featuring paintings and colored photographs, and may be viewed from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. A reception honoring the artist will be held at OLLI from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. Admission is free.

The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce that Gen. David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Retired) will deliver the 2017 Lt. Col. John H. Dale Distinguished Lecture in International Security and Global Policy on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at 7 p.m.

When two great bands take the field this weekend during the Southern Miss-Southern University game at M. M. Roberts Stadium, it won’t be a battle, but instead a musical convergence as they join forces in an epic halftime finale.

For the fourth year, The University of Southern Mississippi will present National Theatre Live, Britain’s National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast world-class theatre to all parts of the globe. Southern Miss Theatre is one of a few designated locations in the country specifically chosen and equipped to be a venue for Britain’s distinguished National Theatre’s productions.

From Sept. 8-10, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance will host the 5th annual Mississippi Dance Festival (MDF) on the Hattiesburg campus. The festival is for student dancers in grades 7-12, dance educators, traditional classroom educators interested in incorporating the arts into their classrooms, and professional dancers from around the region.

Students who wish to pursue a legal career will have the opportunity to meet with law school representatives and legal professionals during Pre-Law Week at The University of Southern Mississippi. Hosted by the Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs, Pre-Law Week will be held Sept. 11-14 on the Hattiesburg campus and Gulf Park campus of Southern Miss.

On September 1st, The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Sport Security Research, Training and Operations Center at the National Sport Security Laboratory (NSSL). The new center helps bring to life NCS4’s vision of being the world’s leading academic research institution in addressing sport safety and security risks and threats.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Library will present a watercolor exhibit by the late Finnish artist Osmo Visuri. The exhibit will be on display, Sept. 6 – Nov. 30, on the third floor of the Gulf Coast Library on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. An opening reception will also be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 4:30 – 6 p.m.


In an ongoing effort to provide and maintain a safe and inclusive living and working environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct across all University campuses and research sites, The University of Southern Mississippi recently added a new position of deputy coordinator to its Title IX Office.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Wednesday, Sept. 20, for any residents in Jones and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi is concluding its celebration of Mississippi’s Bicentennial with three lectures during the fall semester.

Dr. Joseph Weinberg, assistant professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi, will present Cotton, Catfish and Cochran: Mississippi’s Place in U.S. Agricultural Policy, a lecture focused on Mississippi’s agricultural policy Thursday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in the university’s Cook Library Art Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus. Dr. Weinberg’s talk is the first of University Libraries fall series “Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial.”

Dr. Vijay Rangachari, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently awarded one of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) most competitive grants, the Research Project Grant or R01. This grant will enable him to further his research on Alzheimer’s disease.

All University of Southern Mississippi classes in Hattiesburg and along the Gulf Coast are canceled beginning at 2 p.m., today, Wednesday, August 30, as a result of a continuing severe weather pattern for the remainder of the afternoon. It is anticipated that the unstable weather will continue into the evening. Wednesday evening classes are also canceled.

University offices will remain open for normal operating hours. Classes will resume on Thursday morning as usual.

Marathon and running/endurance event officials from across the country will converge on Dec. 5-7 in Orlando, Fla. for the fourth annual National Marathon and Running Events Safety and Security Summit, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2017-18 University Forum season sopener will be a one-of-a-kind concert and lecture, when renowned author and composer James McBride and the Good Lord Bird Band take the stage Tuesday, Sept. 5 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

As the fall semester kicks off, students at The University of Southern Mississippi will notice a brand new dining location located in Asbury Hall, Freshens Fresh Food Studio. Freshens opened this summer with condensed hours to give campus a taste of what was to come.

“Like a dream,” that’s how University of Southern Mississippi alumna Katie Dixon describes her experience as a finalist on Season 7 of the Fox television series, “Masterchef.”


As a wife, mother of two, and businesswoman preparing for the opening of the Birdhouse Café, her new restaurant in west Hattiesburg, as well as additional new ventures, it is easy for Dixon to feel like she has still yet to wake up.