December 1, 2015  

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University of Southern Mississippi Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs Joe Paul will return to Southern Miss to assist in raising funds and strengthen support of the University, effective Monday, Oct. 5.


Paul will collaborate with The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation and the Southern Miss Athletic Foundation to focus on cultivating existing relationships and developing new partnerships that will help expand the University’s reach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association will induct seven of the university’s most dedicated and distinguished alumni into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 16 as one of the highlights of the 2015 Homecoming celebration.

The banquet and ceremony will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Limited seating is available to the general public through Monday, Oct. 12. All-inclusive tickets for the event are available for $50, and can be purchased by visiting or by contacting the Alumni Association at 601.266.5013.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Sustainability, iTech and LE Scrap Recycling are sponsoring the first ever Southern Miss Community E-Waste disposal day Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Payne Center parking lot on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is an opportunity for proper disposal of unwanted electronic items.

Dr. Lilian Hill and Dr. Eric Platt, faculty members in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Educational Studies and Research, are recipients of the 2015 Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education.

Dr. Georgianna Martin, an assistant professor of student affairs/higher education administration in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Educational Studies and Research, recently contributed to an article in The Wall Street Journal about the place of fraternities on college campuses. It can be found at

University Libraries will participate in Open Access Week Oct. 26 – 30 to provide The University of Southern Mississippi’s academic and research community the opportunity to learn about the potential benefits of open access, particularly those related to student research.

The Southern Miss Alumni Association will host its 17th Annual Shell Finish Line/Alumni Homecoming Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 16. Proceeds from the annual tournament allow select children and grandchildren of Southern Miss alumni to receive one-time, $1,000 scholarships through the Association’s Robert D. Pierce II Legacy Scholars Program.

The University of Southern Mississippi has earned a No. 15 ranking by Sports Management Degree Guide in its listing of the “50 Most Affordable Urban Schools for Sports Management in 2015.”

The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble will present a concert featuring two premieres of works commissioned by the ensemble on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. 

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi will present Bernstein's timeless classic “West Side Story” as part of homecoming weekend celebrations.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Theatre begins the 2015-2016 season with the musical “Violet” by Doris Betts. All performances will be held in Tatum Theatre on Southern Miss’ Hattiesburg campus. On Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9 and 10, the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Two matinee performances are set for Oct. 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. Prior to the show on Oct. 4, a preshow talk will begin at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 1-800-844-TICK.

The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting Maya Week on its Hattiesburg campus the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Hosted by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, a lecture series over the course of the week will consist of four presentations of research from several sites in Belize and Guatemala. All of the presenters are recent Ph.D. recipients or doctoral candidates who have just returned from summer fieldwork and will be discussing their findings.

Dr. Kenneth Swope, an expert on China and East Asia history, is the recipient of the General Buford “Buff” Blount Professorship in Military History at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Blount Professorship is awarded biannually and funds research by a faculty member of the Southern Miss Department of History toward publication of a major study in the field of War and Society. At the end of their two-year term, the holder of the Blount Professorship will present a lecture or program based on the findings of their research. Swope is the second recipient of the professorship.

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) recently named Dr. Claire Kimberly, an assistant professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, as the 2015 recipient of the Cindy Winter Scholarship Award.

Humility and reverence are words that come to mind as University of Southern Mississippi student Bailee Alexander reflects on being selected as the inaugural recipient of the Deen and Tate Memorial Scholarship. The endowment is named in honor of Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, who were killed in the line of duty on May 9 of this year.


The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation officially announced the establishment of the endowed scholarship during a special ceremony held Monday, Sept. 28 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host the lecture "It Takes a Cookbook to Raise a Village: Laurel, Mississippi and Community Cookbooks” by Southern Miss history professor Dr. Andrew Haley at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 in room 123 of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus.

Coach Larry Calhoun, star of the “Move to Learn” exercise break videos, will visit The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Child Development (CCD) Monday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. to present a live exercise as part of the Move to Learn initiative. The CCD is located on the west side of the University’s Hattiesburg campus at 3400 Morningside Drive.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore stands outside the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy upon arrival at the North Pole earlier this month. Whitmore, a native of Palmer, Alaska, is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Marine Science (chemistry emphasis) conducting experiments as part of a unique 65-day research cruise sponsored by GEOTRACES. Her research focus involves the study of dissolved methane distribution and transport in the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean. The research cruise will conclude in late October.

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Kelley Winship of Tampa, Fla., a University of Southern Mississippi graduate student in the Department of Psychology’s Brain and Behavior Psychology doctoral program, won the Best Student Poster Award at the 2015 Conference on Comparative Psychology. Her poster title was "Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Vocalizations During A Cooperative Task,” and was co-authored with Brittany Jones, Audra Ames, Holli Eskelinen and Dr. Stan Kuczaj.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host “Health and Fitness Week” from Sept. 28 – Oct. 2. This week-long slate of health and wellness themed activities includes opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries will host the free pre-recorded webinar, “Introduction to Proposal Writing,” for nonprofit groups looking for guidance on how to write grant proposals. The webinar will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, from 1-2 p.m. in room 213 of the Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Think Center is hosting an open house for the new Active Learning Classroom Thursday, October 1 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Library room 204 on the Gulf Park Campus at Long Beach.


Inspired by his time as a journalist in Africa, University of Southern Mississippi political science professor Dr. Bob Press has written his third book, Ripples of Hope: How Ordinary People Resist Repression without Violence.

The public is invited to the opening of the exhibit Tasha Tudor: Around the Year Thursday, Oct. 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. It will be presented by the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi and feature 130 original works of art by award winning illustrator, Tasha Tudor.

The exhibit will be on display from October through December at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. Items will be available for purchase at the opening.