July 17, 2018  

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LYON, France – Senior police officials from 24 countries are participating in a hands-on training course this week in order to prepare for some of the biggest challenges in securing major sporting events.

College students in today’s world are busier than ever. Between work, friends, family, and community obligations, students today are always looking for a way to maximize their time. 


One way students at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) can manage their time is by using summer school to their advantage. Both undergraduate and graduate students can enroll in summer classes to help them stay on track to graduation and perform at their academic best.  


The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music Connoisseur Series presents famed musicians of Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Andrew Wiest, professor of history and founding director of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of History’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, gives a talk on the Vietnam War to 10th-grade students from Simpson (Miss.) Academy, Wednesday, April 18 at historic College Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The students are taught by one of Wiest’s former students and Southern Miss alumnus, Amie Green Jr., who earned teaching licensure in history from USM (University Communications photo by David Tisdale).  


University of Southern Mississippi doctoral student Abagail Williams has been chosen to receive a prestigious Graduate Student Research Program (SCGSR) award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Williams is one of only 60 graduate students nationwide to earn the honor.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Chris Winstead as the founding dean of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The appointment is effective July 1, pending approval from the Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) celebrated the opening of the new $16.1-million Marine Education Center (MEC) early Monday morning with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) Cedar Point site in Ocean Springs.


“This facility is the crown jewel of marine education at USM,” said Dr. Monty Graham, Director for the USM School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST). “I have been to many marine laboratories around the world. The MEC is by far the best of all of them. It will catapult us far ahead of some very prestigious marine education powerhouses.”

The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated outstanding achievements by its students in the areas of academics, leadership and service April 11 during the school’s annual Student Awards Ceremony at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. President Rodney D. Bennett, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Moser, and Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost Thomas Burke were on hand for the event to present awards and congratulate students on their accomplishments.  

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Sustainability is hosting a series of events associated with Earth Week 2018, April 16th - April 21st on the Hattiesburg campus. 

ACT testing at The University of Southern Mississippi, scheduled for Saturday, April 14, has been cancelled due to the threat of severe weather in the Hattiesburg area.

The 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winners are creating a legacy in accord with that of the honor’s namesake.

The Keats Book Award, presented since 2012 at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi, recognizes promising new authors and artists in children’s literature and is given by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

It sounds counterintuitive, Karie Chatham admits, but when the number of reports of abused children go up, it’s actually a good thing.


Chatham and colleague Riley Herrin of the Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center in Hattiesburg teamed up with the University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work to recognize abused children by planting a “pinwheel garden” on campus earlier this month.

Approximately 2,000 schoolchildren gathered in Reed Green Coliseum on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus April 11 to get free books from one of their favorite writers, Dav Pilkey, author and illustrator of the famed Captain Underpants and Dog Man series.

Dr. Maureen K. Martin spent more than four decades serving students with language disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi through various roles. In June of 2017, Martin retired as the director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has awarded a contract to ASV Global for the provision of a C-Worker 5 Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV). The 18’ USV will be used for testing, training, and establishing procedures and protocols for use of the system by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on future hydrographic programs. 

Exciting research conducted by University of Southern Mississippi geology Professor Mark Puckett will be featured during a special TV presentation “35 Million Years Down the Chickasawhay” set to air on Mississippi Public Broadcasting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.

The Arts Institute of Mississippi (AIM) at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced recipients for the 2018 AIM Awards, established to salute and honor the achievements of outstanding high school level arts teachers and organizations throughout the state of Mississippi.

Six University of Southern Mississippi students presented their scholarly projects at the annual National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Edmond, Okla. April 4-7, along with 4,000 other students from across country. The event, which featured participants from more than 400 institutions, was first established in 1987 by the Council on Undergraduate Research as a way to both celebrate and promote the research and creative activities of undergraduates.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Police Department (UPD) was awarded a continuation of national accreditation for the next four years from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA®) during a ceremony held March 24 in Frisco, Texas. The Southern Miss UPD was the first higher education law enforcement agency in the state to earn this status, and currently one of only two in Mississippi to be nationally accredited.

Michelle Le’s love for The University of Southern Mississippi; zest for life; and thirst for adventure fueled a creative spark that has helped her secure much-needed funding for a study abroad program next month in Italy.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Fallen Eagle Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 218, on the Hattiesburg campus. This annual event, which began in 2003 and is sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), honors the memory of members of the university community who died during the academic year.

The University of Southern Mississippi Speech and Debate team recently returned from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., where it won two national championships at the 2018 International Public Debate Association (IPDA) National Tournament.

On Tuesday, April 3, Mayor Toby Barker presented Dr. Jay Dean with a key to the city in honor of his storied 30-year career at The University of Southern Mississippi, and for his commitment as a pioneer of the arts in the Hub City.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business honored alumnus Chuck Scianna as the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year during a special luncheon held Friday, April 6 at the Trent Lott National Center on the University’s Hattiesburg campus.


Scianna, a 1975 graduate, is the owner, founder, and President of Sim-Tex, a leading firm in the oil country tubular goods (OCTG) industry. He completed an undergraduate degree in finance from USM, an MBA from University of Houston, and a distinguished record of service in the U.S. Marine Corps.