December 13, 2017  

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Edited by Dr. Philip C. Kolin, Distinguished Professor of English (Emeritus) at The University of Southern Mississippi, the diverse contributions to the fall 2017 general issue of The Southern Quarterly explore the importance of the visual—in photography, cinema, music, jazz, poetry—as it sheds light on Southern authors, landscapes and texts.

Report recommends removal of Friendship Oak's collapsed limb and remediation to increase support to remaining limbs; work to begin Thursday, Oct. 19.

Kathleen Koch’s acclaimed news coverage of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters educated viewers about the realities those affected by these events on the ground.  Now Koch, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna, author and former reporter with CNN, is leveraging her experience documenting Mother Nature’s fury to help citizens, elected officials and private sector leaders make sound decisions about how to prepare and recover from the ravages of storms, earthquakes and fires that continue shaping daily headlines.

With NASA’s goal to explore Mars in the 2030’s, Tougaloo College professor, Dr. Santanu Banerjee has been called upon to assist with research in preparation.


A $26,000 grant will allow Banerjee to conduct research which will mimic environmental conditions on Mars such as UV radiation, temperature, humidity and microgravity. The goal will be to test bacteria samples to determine how long it will survive.

The University of Southern Mississippi invites organizations and businesses to participate in this year’s homecoming parade Saturday, Oct. 14 with floats, decorated vehicles or walking groups. There is no entry fee.

The Alpha Pi Eta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus was recently recognized as an outstanding chapter among 880 chapters worldwide.


A steady stream of students stopped by to participate in the Sweet Potato Drop held Wednesday, Oct. 11 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The event was held to address and raise awareness about food insecurity in the Pine Belt area.

Homelessness is a devastating experience for families with children. Many families prepare to make a new home with no groceries and no home goods. National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 11-19, is held the week before Thanksgiving each year to focus on community solutions to people experiencing homelessness.

The Mississippi Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi Sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its first “Wing Ching” fundraiser Monday, Oct. 16 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at its house on the Hattiesburg campus, benefitting its philanthropy “Read>Lead>Achieve!”

The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate the fall season with a Golden Eagle Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 16 – 31, on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Macy Mitchell, a junior criminal justice major from Petal, Miss., was crowned winner of the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant Saturday, Oct. 7 on the Hattiesburg campus. Mitchell will advance to compete in the Miss Mississippi Pageant next year in Vicksburg.

The Golden Eagle family is celebrating homecoming week at The University of Southern Mississippi, which will culminate in the Saturday, Oct. 14 Conference USA football matchup at 6 p.m. with the University of Texas at El Paso. Students, alumni, faculty and staff and friends of USM are invited to participate in the wide array of activities marking the occasion, with the homecoming theme “Behold the Gold.”

The work of the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC) at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies will be featured in a live, one-hour Inclusive Classroom Profile webinar on Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. CDT.

The acclaimed songwriter-producer, Mac McAnally, recently put an orchestral spin on some of his most familiar songs with album Southbound.


His latest compilation features the FestivalSouth Orchestra consisting of faculty, students and alumni from The University of Southern Mississippi and a rhythm section that includes MacAnally’s colleagues in Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band. Proceeds from the CD benefit the USM Symphony Orchestra and Extra Table. 

University of Southern Mississippi officials have issued an all-clear for coastal operations at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs and Stennis Space Center in Hancock County following Hurricane Nate. Regularly scheduled classes and operations will resume at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Mississippi Blood Services is sponsoring a Transylvania Bowl Blood Drive from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 through Thursday, Oct. 12 in the R.C. Cook Union Building on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.


Nuala Ribeiro’s passion for helping children with disabilities in her home country of Kenya has enabled her to secure an internship with the Institute of Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. Ribeiro comes to Hattiesburg, Miss., as part of the ADA International Fellowship Program.

University of Southern Mississippi officials have completed initial assessments of all locations following Hurricane Nate. The worst of the storm bypassed most University sites, with minimal impact to the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses. No damage has been reported for Stennis Space Center operations. Minor damage, power outages and road flooding have been reported at both Gulf Coast Research Laboratory locations in Ocean Springs.

University of Southern Mississippi operations at the Gulf Park campus, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, and Stennis Space Center will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, and will remain closed through Monday, Oct. 9, in anticipation of severe weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Nate. Normal operations, including classes, are expected to resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10.

“The work I do reflects my commitment to the belief that our purpose is to alleviate the hardships of our fellow man and to give back to the communities in which we live. This ideal is the core of my being and the driving force in my life and work.”


Best known as The University of Southern Mississippi’s third Harry S. Truman Scholarship recipient and the University’s first African-American student to receive the highly competitive prize, Honors College and USM alumnus Brandon Hersey continues to embody servanthood, concentrating his efforts toward those that truly matter: the people.

The Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant will feature nine contestants vying for its crown Saturday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on its Hattiesburg campus. The winner advances to the Miss Mississippi Pageant in Vicksburg next year.

University of Southern Mississippi officials are monitoring Tropical Storm Nate, which is expected to become Hurricane Nate as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. The system has the potential to produce elevated tides, heavy rain, gusty winds and ongoing tornadic activity that is expected to impact Southern Miss campuses and teaching sites. 

A University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park English Licensure student was recently selected to attend the Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research Writing Studies at the York College of Pennsylvania. Leah Barnes, a senior English education major from Gulfport, Miss., submitted a research proposal to the Naylor Endowment last spring and was selected from a national pool to attend the three-day workshop.

For the second consecutive year, The University of Southern Mississippi has captured one of the top three awards at the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) Lantern Awards program.