April 21, 2019  

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Three years ago, University of Southern Mississippi (USM) faculty members teaching select core courses embarked on a major effort to strengthen student success and student learning as part of the University Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP, a component of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Successful completion of core undergraduate courses in the humanities, math, and sciences is required to earn a degree at USM, and at 4-year colleges and universities across this state and the nation. The principal behind this is to ensure that no matter what students major in, they are broadly trained to be successful decision makers in the complex world in which they work and live.

The National Association of Social Workers-Mississippi state conference in March couldn’t have a more perfect theme for the University of Southern Mississippi: Elevate Social Work.

The university’s School of Social Work will be taking it to the top with a large number of presenters who are faculty, staff, students, alumni or former adjunct professors – the most of any university or college. The conference is March 6-8 in Natchez.

An exhibit featuring pieces from the papers of women from Mississippi involved in the National Organization for Women (NOW) during the 1980s, drawn from a collection held in the University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) McCain Library and Archives, is currently on display in the Cook Library lobby on the Hattiesburg campus.

Impending storms threatened to derail The Children’s Center’s 5th annual race this past weekend. But, in true Mississippi fashion, a last-minute shift in the forecast brought about a surprise – this time of the pleasant kind.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Scientist Danielle Bailey was recently selected to join the 2019 Ocean Exploration Trust’s (OET) Science Communication Fellowship Program.

Dr. Steve Miller, Vice President for The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus and Pam Moeller, Director of External Affairs for USM’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering, have been selected for the 403rd Wing Honorary Commander Program at Keesler Air Force Base (AFB).

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) is collecting donations of wet and dry pet food for homeless, neglected and abused animals served by Hub City Humane Society.

Approximately 550 University of Southern Mississippi students embraced the spirit of volunteerism last Saturday (Feb. 23) as participants in the annual Big Event community service program.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Symphony Orchestra presents Future Stars Goes Pops! on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. The concert is presented in part by the generous support of Partners for the Arts.

The College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will kick off its Spring 2019 Inspired Leaders Series on Wednesday, Feb. 27 with a presentation by alumnus Duane Lock, founder and president of River Oaks Energy Dallas, Texas.

The conclusion of the 14th annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will feature a presentation by author and historian Dr. Larry Berman, based on his book "Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An, Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent,” Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building 101. Admission is free.

When University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Sidney Smith learned he had won a national social work fellowship, the first thing he did was call the one person who would best understand what he was feeling.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, announced today the winners of the 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award.

The University of Southern Mississippi revised its speech policies to join an elite group of just 47 colleges and universities nationwide that earn the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s highest rating for free speech.

University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the USM Food Research Group will host the 5th annual Edible Book Festival in the Cook Library Learning Commons Gallery Monday, April 1 on the Hattiesburg campus, beginning at 10 a.m.

Dr. Shannon Campbell, director of the Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the Marsha N. Hamilton Spirit Award by the Mississippi Development Authority.

The War & Society Roundtable, jointly sponsored by The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) History Program’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society and the Hattiesburg Public Library, continues today, Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. when Dr. Heather Stur, associate professor and Blount Professor of Military History at USM, leads a discussion on Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors’ Wives by David Cordingly. Admission to War & Society Roundtables is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi will present Pearl Cleage’s "Blues for an Alabama Sky" at the Hartwig Theatre in the Hattiesburg campus, with performances set for Feb. 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and on Feb. 23 and 24 at 2 p.m.

More than 700 young innovators from across the state will converge at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) March 1-2 for the annual Mississippi VEX Robotics State Championship.

 

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) students in Hattiesburg and at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach will serve a cause bigger than themselves through “The Big Event” Saturday, Feb. 23 when they assist community agencies, schools and charities with a variety of service initiatives.

Students and faculty members at Mississippi Public Universities represent a powerful force for good when they devote their time and talent to numerous community service opportunities. In the 2018 fiscal year, more than 15,000 student and staff volunteers gave more than 400,000 hours of their time to work on more than 3,700 projects. This equates to more than $33,000,000 in volunteer time. University volunteers raised almost $650,000 through their efforts.

Dr. Kevin Greene, assistant professor of history and director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) recently made a presentation based on his first book, "The Invention and Reinvention of Big Bill Broonzy" in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums (Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum) as part of the “History is Lunch” series Feb. 13.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s first-of-its-kind fully online Nursing Leadership Ph.D. program has extended the application for fall 2019 admission to March 1. The program, which is designed to bring nurses into leadership roles, offers students a unique way to complete their Ph.D. from the comforts of their home.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Art and Design Visiting Professionals Series presents artist Sarah Lutz on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 11:30 a.m. in the George Hurst Building, room 123. This free event is presented in part by the generous support of Partners for the Arts.