May 29, 2016  

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University of Southern Mississippi student Lakelyn Taylor of Long Beach, Miss., has been awarded a Study Abroad Grant worth $1,000 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi -- the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

The University of Southern Mississippi will extend an official welcome to the newest cohort of Kennard Scholars during the 2nd Annual “Meet the Scholars Dinner” set for 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29 in the Thad Cochran Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host Alysia Steele to discuss her recent book, “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21. Hosted by the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, Center for Black Studies and Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, the open event will be held in Gonzales Auditorium in the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Scientists at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory spent April 5 training with surgeon Drew Hildebrandt to ensure the safety of animals used in research projects.


Richard Troxell, one of the world’s greatest lyric tenors and Kirsten Chavez, a mezzo-soprano known around the globe for her portrayal of Carmen, will perform in a special performance presented by the Hattiesburg Concert Association (HCA), William Carey University (WCU) and The University of Southern Mississippi on Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas Fine Arts Center at WCU.

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Director of University Communications and Gulf Park Campus Communication Officer Jenny Tate has joined the College of Public Relations Association of Mississippi’s (CPRAM) 2016 board of directors.

The highly successful McNair Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is saying farewell to a devoted advocate and hello to a new home as the program enters an exciting transitional phase.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and Shaggy’s restaurant in Biloxi, Gulfport and Pass Christian have announced a three-year corporate sponsorship worth $15,000. Shaggy’s is the first corporate sponsor in the history of GCRL’s Marine Education Center’s (MEC) summer camps.

The University of Southern Mississippi and the Gulf Coast community are invited to hear an eclectic arrangement of music pieces performed by pianist and Associate Professor Elizabeth Moak during a piano recital to be held on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Joanna Alston of Gulfport, Miss., a graduate student in adult education at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received the Emma Giles Scholarship from The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg will host “A Night in Italy,” an annual fundraiser benefitting The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, on Tuesday, May 3 at Southern Oaks House & Gardens.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of History recently hosted students from across the state at National History Day in Mississippi on its Hattiesburg campus. The annual event is a competition among students in grades 4-12 who qualified to be part of the statewide event at their local schools. Approximately 120 students brought their year-long research projects in the form of exhibitions, papers, documentaries, performances or websites to be observed and judged by panels that included Southern Miss history professors.

Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been recognized with the inaugural “Dean of the Year” award by Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) honor society.


University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Professor of History Dr. Rebecca Tuuri was recently announced as a 2016 recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Summer Stipend. Tuuri is one of three professors in the state of Mississippi to win this prestigious honor, which places her in the 9th percentile of college professors across the United States whose submitted projects were chosen.

Children’s literature author Jacqueline Woodson says writing is a way to help her understand the world. And as far as her fans are concerned, the world is better for her writing.  

Woodson was awarded the 49th annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival’s Southern Miss Medallion, the event’s top honor, on April 7 during the three-day event on the Hattiesburg campus. She also served as a keynote speaker for the festival.

Dr. S. James Gates, left, an internationally recognized physicist and the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, visited with students and faculty members in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Physics and Astronomy Friday, April 8 over lunch on the Hattiesburg campus to discuss his research, advances in the field of physics and career opportunities in the sciences. On April 7, he was guest speaker for the department’s first Rayborn Lecture in Physics during which he spoke about his research involving supersymmetry or “SUSY.” (University Communication photo by David Tisdale)

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will conclude the Executives On: Lecture Series for spring 2016 on Tuesday, April 19 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 

University of Southern Mississippi alumna Lamenda Hase was recently awarded the John K. Bettersworth Award from the Mississippi Historical Society. She was presented the award during the Mississippi Historical Society’s annual meeting held March 5 in Jackson. 

One of the most important collections of oral histories based on the civil rights movement is housed in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COHCH). Because of its significance, the Center was awarded a grant from the National Endowment of Humanities (NEH) in 2014 to digitize more than 425 of the interviews that spotlight a transformational period in Mississippi and American history.

Earlier today, The University of Southern Mississippi received the NCAA Committee on Infractions' Public Report related to allegiations involving the institution's former Men's Basketball staff during the academic years 2012-13 and 2013-14. The issuance of the Public Report is the final step in the NCAA's enforcement process.

The Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced an expansion and name change for REACH, the University’s federal community work study program.


South City Records and Southern Prohibition will host SCR Fest Saturday, April 9 at the Southern Prohibition Tap Room from 1-5 p.m. in downtown Hattiesburg. Presented by Turan Foley Chevrolet Cadillac Buick, the day includes live musical performances headlined by The Devil Music Co.


The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory recently retired the R/V Tom McIlwain with a ceremony aboard the vessel in Biloxi.


The vessel was named after former GCRL Director Tom McIlwain, who died in 2012. McIlwain spent more than 50 years in the field of marine fisheries sciences and all, but nine of those years (1994-2003), with GCRL.

New York Times best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich, whose work shines a light on the dark side of the American economy, will be the presenter for the concluding program of The University of Southern Mississippi's spring 2016 University Forum.