April 26, 2017  

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Trombone Choir and Select Octet has been invited to perform at the American Trombone Workshop at the culmination of their tour on March 10, 2017. Under the direction of Dr. Ben McIlwain, the group will perform with guest soloist MSG Sam Woodhead of The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.”

Years of dreaming, planning, and engineering culminated today (Friday, March 3) with the official dedication of Asbury Hall – The University of Southern Mississippi’s state-of-the-art nursing building.


Special ceremonies on the Hattiesburg campus included a ribbon-cutting and tour of the facility. Faculty and staff in the College of Nursing began moving into the $31-million building last November. Classes were held for the first time when the current semester got underway in January.


The University of Southern Mississippi Speech and Debate Team recently hosted the Southern Forensics Championship Tournament, where the Golden Eagles won the title of Mississippi Debate Sweepstakes State Champions. This three-day tournament functions as a state championship for Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, but is open to other states.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s EAGLE Summer Gifted Studies Program will be held June 11-16, and EAGLE Day Program for Young Gifted Students is set for June 12-16. Sponsored by the USM’s Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, the registration deadline for both is March 31, and space is limited.

Sarah Myers, M.S., CCC-SLP, assistant director for The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi was recently selected for the Area Development Partnership’s 2017 Leadership Pinebelt class.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting Missing Links in Academics, a two-day workshop for educators March 7-8 on the Hattiesburg campus.

To mark Women’s History Month in March, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Committee on Services and Resources for Women (CSRW) is coordinating a series of free events that includes lectures by nationally renowned scholars and authors, panel discussions of prominent women in the community, workshops by experts in various fields, and theatrical and musical performances, among others.

Piggybacking on the success of the inaugural Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Faculty Development Institute last fall, The University of Southern Mississippi has launched a two-pronged approach for the Spring 2017 semester.

Students and alumni of The University of Southern Mississippi are invited to attend “Careers on the Coast,” a networking and job fair slated for Tuesday, March 7 at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 

As part of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “Eagles Engaged,” six grants have been awarded for initiatives to increase the number of Southern Miss undergraduate students participating in pathway experiences, such as internships, research, and fieldwork.

An upcoming lecture series named after Clyde Kennard is a collaborative initiative sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC), Historic Eureka School and Freedom50 Research Group, an interdisciplinary cohort of Southern Miss professors.

As Mississippi’s flagship university of the arts, The University of Southern Mississippi prides itself on the richness of culture and art. One only needs to look to its Department of Art and Design, where a number of instructors have had their works on exhibit throughout the country.

James Fox, a student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology, is a finalist for a national physical education major award. Fox will be recognized at the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Convention in Boston in March.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale continues to celebrate the value of long-lived musical practices in its upcoming concert “Choral Traditions” March 3 and March 5.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families honored the service of Maj. Gen. Rexford H. Dettre Jr. with the unveiling of a memorial plaque during a special ceremony held Monday, Feb. 27. Center Director Jeff Hammond (Maj. Gen. U.S. Army, retired) made the presentation alongside Dettre’s wife, Betty Dettre.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi has maintained elite status internationally with re-accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The accreditation covers a five-year period.


In recognition of Black History month, Dr. Mohamed Elasri, Associate Dean for The College of Science and Technology and Professor of Microbiology, has been awarded the Diversity Award for Excellence as part of the annual Diversity celebration sponsored by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.

On Saturday, March 4 the men of Delta Tau Delta and women of Pi Beta Phi at The University of Southern Mississippi, along with the Mississippi Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will host the annual Cystic Fibrosis-Hattiesburg 5K Run for Breath.

Cancer drug delivery, solar cell innovation, and developing a better helmet for U.S. Army soldiers — University of Southern Mississippi faculty and students are ambitious and innovative in their current research. Those projects promise to change, and in some cases, save lives. And the value of discoveries can be measured in numerous ways, including monetary.

Nearly 700 students came to the Southern Miss Career Fair last week in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg Campus. There were nearly 100 employers in attendance ready to hire Southern Miss students and alumni.

The USM Foundation has announced the launch of Eagle Fever - Southern Miss Crowdfunding to provide members of The University of Southern Mississippi community an avenue to raise funds and awareness about specific campus needs and projects.

“Who are you? Who are you separate from your parents, your teachers? . . . I want you all to know yourselves,” stated acclaimed actress and activist Jasmine Guy at The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2017 Armstrong-Branch Distinguished Lecture Series. 


On Feb. 21, many from the Southern Miss and Hattiesburg community gathered in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus to hear Guy, best known for her role as Whitley Gilbert on the popular television sitcom A Different World, give an engrossing presentation titled “Making Your Own Different World” for the 2017 lecture series.

High school students from across South Mississippi explored the intricacies of market research during a regional youth symposium held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at The University of Southern Mississippi and sponsored by the Southern Entrepreneurship Program.

Patients with X-Linked Hypophosphatemia (XLH) are living the theme of this year's Rare Disease Day: "Research brings hope to people living with a rare disease." One of these patients is the daughter of a University of Southern Mississippi faculty member in Hattiesburg.