September 24, 2016  

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Partners for the Arts recently announced Russ Willis from The University of Southern Mississippi as its chair for 2016-2017. Four new board members were also announced.

Created in 1997, Partners for the Arts is a community alliance between the Pine Belt Community and the Southern Miss Departments of Art and Design, Dance, Theatre; the School of Music and the Center for Writers in the Department of English.

The Office of Admissions at The University of Southern Mississippi is ramping up student recruitment efforts with a series of Go Gold Information Nights planned across the state in the coming weeks.


Hannah Cole’s passion for interior design provided the impetus for an unexpected, life-changing experience this summer as an intern with global architectural firm Gensler in New York City.


Cole, a University of Southern Mississippi senior from Belleville, Ill., spent 10 weeks (June 1-August 5) working with Gensler’s Digital Design Team. The company, which boasts more than 2,700 clients worldwide, occupies three floors of famed Rockefeller Center in New York.

Ernest “Tony” Gonzales has always shown a keen interest in government, and this fall he’ll have the opportunity to be in the middle of it all, serving as a 2017 Navy Legislative Fellow for the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington D.C.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently honored 13 students with a ceremony for completing the rigorous, one-year hydrographic science program.


Family and friends gathered Aug. 4 in the Fleming Education Center (FEC) Auditorium on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach to recognize 13 students who successfully completed the Master of Science degree in hydrographic science, which covers all aspects of geodesy and hydrographic science during a continuous 50-week curriculum.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Institute for Disability Studies, in collaboration with Metro Area Community Empowerment (MACE) Foundation, have teamed up to present this year's 40th Annual Wheelchair Softball World Series.

Dr. Keith Rushing, research scientist at the Institute of Child Nutrition, Applied Research Division (ICN, ARD), a research center of The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, evaluated the effectiveness of the pilot Team Up for School Nutrition Success workshop.

Active shooter training for local law enforcement will be conducted on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Monday, August 8 through Friday, August 12 and again Tuesday, August 16 through Thursday, August 18.

The University of Southern Mississippi and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program (EPA GMP) recently amended a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to include cooperation with the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

University of Southern Mississippi students Samantha Allen and Evan Derrick have been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program (MRDSP). Allen, is a senior from Delisle, Miss., while Derrick is a junior from Morton, Miss.

A University of Southern Mississippi student witnessed political history recently, getting a front-row seat for the 2016 presidential campaign as an intern with the Republican National Committee (RNC).

The Society for Science & the Public recently announced that ­­­­University of Southern Mississippi Professor Dr. Douglas Masterson has been accepted into the Society’s 2016-2017 Advocate Grant program. Masterson is one of 31 Advocates selected from 240 applications from 45 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems is partnering with industry internship programs to pilot an online master’s degree in nutrition and food systems.


The Gulf Coast Library presents “3 Views,” a photographic exhibit now on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

“We do not fear the future, for we are the future,” was the theme featured on the inaugural Project SEARCH University of Southern Mississippi Class of 2016 graduation invitation.

The Sport Management degree program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked among the nation’s most affordable programs by OnlineU, an education resource for ranking U.S. online college and universities.


History will be made, one way or the other, when the raucous 2016 U.S. presidential election finally reaches a crescendo in early November. Taking up residence in the White House will be either the country’s first female president or its first commander-in-chief without prior government or military experience.

The Southern Miss Alumni Association, in conjunction with The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Athletics and the Southern Miss South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter, will host the 21st Annual Eagle Fanfare on Saturday, August 13 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.


Asbury Hall, future home of the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, is growing ever closer to completion on the Hattiesburg campus.


According to University officials, the project is on track to be substantially finished by October, with classes scheduled to begin for the spring semester next year. Groundbreaking on the $31 million, state-of-the-art facility was held in September of 2014.

Dr. Claire Kimberly, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Child and Family Studies, recently offered effective stress management strategies related to work, finances and family relationships in an article for Wallet Hub titled “2016’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America.” The article can be viewed at

A journal submission by a University of Southern Mississippi faculty member and graduate student in its College of Education and Psychology has earned special recognition.

“The Forgotten Slayings: Memory, History and Institutional Response to the Jackson State University Shootings of 1970,” published in Volume 43 of the American Educational History Journal (AEHJ) and co-authored by Melandie McGee, a doctoral student in higher education administration, and Dr. R. Eric Platt, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Studies and Administration, earned the publication’s “Article of the Year” honor.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in August.

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President for Finance and Administration Dr. Douglas H. Vinzant has announced the selection of Dr. Latonya Guillory as Director of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity, effective August 8, 2016. The appointment follows a national search.

The Drum Corps International Tour will return to Hattiesburg, Miss. on Wednesday, July 27 for the 2016 edition of DCI Southern Mississippi. World-class corps will be headlining this always exciting event’s lineup at The University of Southern Mississippi's M.M. Roberts Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.