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Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk, Vice Provost for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, has been selected to the 81st Training Wing Honorary Commander Program at Keesler Air Force Base (AFB).

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Steven R. Moser, has announced the selection of Dr. Dee Dee Anderson as the University’s new Vice President for Student Affairs. The appointment is effective Monday, April 16, pending approval from the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning. Anderson will succeed Dr. Thomas H. Burke, who is retiring in June.

 

A $956,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Human Services will help support training programs and related services provided by the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC) housed at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies.

Selected student leaders at the University of Southern Mississippi attended the 4th annual Student Leadership Summit, hosted by the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement on the Hattiesburg campus at the Trent Lott National Center March 2. The theme for this year’s summit was “Taking Leadership To The Top: Seeing the Gold Standard.”

A philanthropic, tradition-rich – and mysterious – campus group has made a trademark donation to one of the University of Southern Mississippi’s newer initiatives.

 

The Gold Leaf, a “secret society,” has given $777.77 to the Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry, a project started in 2016 by the School of Social Work to address food insecurity among needy students and staff.

Now more than ever, there is exciting information to be learned in the realm of child hearing loss.

 

And The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi is not only taking full advantage of this wealth of information, but also helping to share this knowledge with the speech and hearing community, including professionals, pre-professionals, and families of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Approximately 800 researchers, professors and students from across the state converged on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi for the 82nd Annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences meeting held Feb. 22-23 on the Hattiesburg campus.

EDITOR'S NOTE: New York Times best-selling author Angie Thomas’ University Forum presentation, scheduled for tonight, March 6, has been cancelled. Thomas informed Forum organizers this morning that she would not be able to attend due to illness. Forum organizers will work to reschedule Thomas’ presentation for a future date. 

 

How she employs the written word to inform action for social justice will be among the topics author Angie Thomas discusses in her talk, “The Hate U Give: Finding Your Activism,” at the Tuesday, March 6 University Forum at The University of Southern Mississippi. Presented by the Southern Miss Honors College, this program will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus, and admission is free.

More than 40 employers will be represented at the 2018 “Careers on the Coast” Networking and Job Fair on Tuesday, March 6, at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies is hosting a free nutrition education workshop for people with disabilities and their families in north Mississippi on Friday, March 9. The Nutrition is for Everyone workshop will be held at the Family Resource Center of Northeast Mississippi at 425 Magazine Street in Tupelo at 10 a.m.

Acclaimed author Wil Haygood said finding a story like the one he made into New York Times bestseller “The Butler: A Witness to History,” is the kind “a journalist is fortunate to land.”

The book, which was the basis for the 2013 award winning film “The Butler,” is based on the story of relatively unknown African-American White House butler Eugene Allen, who served in the White House from the presidential administration of Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Haygood discussed the making of the book and more as the featured speaker at Southern Miss Feb. 27 for the school’s 25th annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is pleased to announce Homecoming 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, when the Golden Eagle football team battles the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in M. M. Roberts Stadium.

The Committee on Services and Resources for Women (CSRW) at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring events and activities to mark national Women's History Month, beginning with a talk March 1 by accomplished corporate and private attorney, Paige Goldman, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Asbury Hall, room 124 on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free, and a reception will follow.  

The path to living the American Dream can prove a little rockier for people with disabilities. Oftentimes, the idea of homeownership is as remote as any uninhabited desert.

 

But thanks to a unique program offered by The University of Southern Mississippi’s institute for Disability Studies, many underserved state residents have an opportunity to purchase their first homes. Since its inception in 1997, the Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) program has assisted more than 700 homebuyers across 66 of the state’s 82 counties in obtaining a new home.

The spring 2018 Day of Sharing for Teachers of the Gifted will be held Friday, March 9 on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. Sponsored by Southern Miss’s Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, this event is designed to educate teachers on current curriculum and instructional issues in gifted education.

“This is one of our favorite days of the year,” said Sarah Case-Price, director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. “Every year we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community, and this year is no exception.”

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member’s exemplary scholarship in Civil War history has earned her a spot on the editorial board of one the most respected journals examining the subject.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Mar. 10, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The movie inspired by his book brought an American president to tears.

A new documentary on the life of a civil rights pioneer who sought to desegregate higher education in Mississippi is the result of a collaborative research effort by a group of faculty members at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

Graduation, first jobs, first college classes, a pageant winner, a national conference presenter, guest on national YouTube series, a local YouTube program host, state and national awards – these are just a few of the significant life accomplishments made by the Starting Today Empowering Peers through Uniting and Participating (STEP UP) to Leadership Council members during the last 10 years.

The Mississippi Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning celebrated Black History Month by holding its annual Diversity Awards ceremony at the meeting held yesterday in Jackson. Campus and community leaders were recognized for their efforts in advancing diversity and encouraging understanding and respect.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Arbor Day celebration was held Friday, Feb. 9 on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

The program featured the planting of a Live oak tree on the north side of the Administration Building Plaza and remarks from University representatives delivered outside near the Friendship Oak.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, have announced the winners of the 32nd annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year a writer and an illustrator are recognized early in their careers for their outstanding work.