October 26, 2016  

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Biloxi native and University of Southern Mississippi alumna Christy Pickering will appear in a self-entitled presentation called “Girl, You Deserve Better: A Night with Christy Pickering” Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 


What can you do with a degree from The University of Southern Mississippi? Great things according to the string of student successes achieved by its graduates. That is why the Office of Online Learning has launched a new video series profiling successful students.


“Southern Miss produces top graduates doing incredible things all over the world,” said interim director of the Office of Online Learning, Dr. Tom Hutchinson. “We are spotlighting students in our programs to demonstrate how completing a degree at Southern Miss can help anyone succeed in their personal and professional goals.”

Jennifer S. Lewis, MHA, MED, compliance coordinator at the University of Southern Mississippi, and Kenneth M. Heard, J.D., director of state authorizations at the University Medical Center, made a presentation at the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors’ meeting in Arlington, Va. Sept. 12.

The Office of Sustainability at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring a panel discussion regarding climate change on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

It’s time to get all dolled up in your dapper threads for a night on the town at the 4th Annual DuBard School Speakeasy on Friday, October 7. The DuBard School for Language Disorders, a United Way agency at The University of Southern Mississippi, is excited to host this 1920’s themed event for new and long-time friends alike.

As part of a concerted Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Eagles Engaged, The University of Southern Mississippi has selected April Gonzalez as Director of Pathway Experiences after completion of a national search.

NOTE: An earlier media report that the University’s Trent Lott Center has been renamed the Drapeau Center is incorrect.

Because of the generous support of a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, David Sliman II of Ocean Springs can pursue his research interests in biochemistry that he hopes will lead to a career in genetic engineering.  


That alumnus, Donald Drapeau, was honored Sept. 14 at the University’s Hattiesburg campus with the announcement of the naming of the Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Sat., Oct. 15, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Willie Morris Public Library Conference Room at 4912 Old Canton Road in Jackson.

The University of Southern Mississippi was visited by American energy expert Dr. Jay Hakes last week for a dialogue concerning the consumption and expansion of energy in a panel discussion and lecture held at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The School of Social Work at The University of Southern received a $359,712 grant renewal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). With open enrollment for 2017 only a few weeks away, the funding will support local in-person assistance to help Mississippi consumers navigate, shop, and enroll in the wide variety of Marketplace coverage options. 

The way politics functions in our country is changing rapidly. The Age of Information ushered in a new era of interaction between candidates and their voters, and the science behind targeting these voters and collecting data is evolving. Dr. Marcus Coleman, an assistant professor of communication studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, is monitoring these changes closely.

Oxiteno, a global leader in surfactants and specialty chemicals, announced today, an investment in a new Research & Development (R&D) laboratory in the United States. The R&D lab is the output of a partnership between Oxiteno and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and will be located in The Garden, the University’s 521-acre innovation and commercialization park. The Lab is a great example of Oxiteno’s commitment to international markets, and USM’s commitment to innovation.

The University of Southern Mississippi kicks off its annual Connoisseur Series with a free community concert set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.


More than 35 companies participated in the annual Experience Business Casually event sponsored by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi. The event was held on Thursday, Sept. 8 at Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

Science Café on the Coast, a collaboration among The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Library, Harrison County Library System, Long Beach Public Library and Hancock County Library System, will host “Flesh-Eating Bacteria: Separating Facts from Fiction about Vibrio!” on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library.

The University of Southern Mississippi has enrolled the most academically talented freshman class in the institution’s recorded history for the third year in a row. The highest recorded ACT scores and grade point averages for incoming freshmen; record enrollment at the University’s Gulf Park campus and other coastal locations; and an increase in new students show that USM’s ongoing efforts to recruit and retain high-achieving students are proving successful.


For the seventh straight year, the median grade point average for first-time, full-time freshmen at Southern Miss is the highest ever recorded – 3.33, compared to 3.27 in fall 2015. The average ACT score of new freshmen also increased from 22.73 in fall 2015 to 22.94 this year.

University Libraries is celebrating the 75th birthday of Curious George by challenging University of Southern Mississippi faculty, staff, students and the Hattiesburg community to walk 75 miles in eight weeks. “Go George Go!” will begin Sept. 15 and conclude Nov. 12 and is designed to encourage health and wellness while celebrating a children’s literature icon.

Dr. Victoria Bynum, author of The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil Warwill return to The University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday, Sept 13 as speaker for the first fall 2016 University Forum, titled “Free State of Jones: History and Memory.” The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Economic Driver. Employment Generator. Community Partner. The University of Southern Mississippi fills many roles for the state of Mississippi above and beyond its primary mission as an educator and research leader. And the extent to which it successfully fills those roles has now been revealed.


The results of an independent economic and social impact study are in, and USM officials have announced the University generates $603.3 million per year in Mississippi.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring an “Experience Business Casually” event designed to help students develop the traits and etiquette necessary for a successful career in business. The event is set for 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 in the lobby of Scianna Hall.

The University of Southern Mississippi will present leading American energy expert Jay Hakes in a panel discussion and formal lecture Thursday, Sept. 8, on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Accounting students at The University of Southern Mississippi took full advantage of an opportunity to interact with prospective employers during a “Meet the Firms” event held Sept. 1 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Considering a college degree program that will lead to immediate employment upon graduation? Then the Medical Laboratory Science program at The University of Southern Mississippi might just be the ticket.


For the past several years, the University’s Medical Laboratory Science program has seen a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates. Program Director and Assistant Professor Dr. Sabrina Bryant notes that a national shortage of medical technologists has helped expand the job market for degree candidates.

University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff are lacing up their shoestrings in preparation for Health and Fitness Week, beginning today, Sept. 6 through Sept. 9, at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.