March 18, 2018  

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Mississippians who need help enrolling or re-enrolling in health coverage through only have through Dec. 15, the national deadline, to get coverage for 2018.

DOHA, Qatar – Shaping a whole-of-society approach to enhance safety and security at major events was the focus of international experts at a meeting held last month in Doha.

The Education Achievement Council Report Cards for all Mississippi public universities have been posted online at the following link: The report cards show the progress that has been made toward educational goals for each university and community college.

Kristy Gould, corporate planning and development officer at Hattiesburg Clinic, will give a presentation Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. in College Hall at The University of Southern Mississippi to students studying public relations.  

Call it craziness, or call it stubbornness. But you should also call it “impressive” when referring to the accomplishments of husband-and-wife graduate students Rick and Angie Walker, who will receive their doctoral degrees during The University of Southern Mississippi’s Fall 2017 Commencement on Friday, Dec. 8.


The couple, both employed by the U.S. Navy, somehow managed to juggle demanding, full-time jobs, and two teenagers at home with a rigorous doctoral program in Human Capital Development (HCD) through the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will bring together top safety and security industry leaders representing intercollegiate athletics as well as commercial sport and entertainment facilities during the week of January 15-19, 2018 at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Florida.  

Jack Hoda of Petal, 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. Hoda is one of 25 students nationwide to receive the award.

The University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked among the nation’s best values for music majors by online resource guide Great Value Colleges. USM is the only Mississippi college or university to earn a spot among the top 60 schools listed.

The Southern Miss football program on Sunday announced it has accepted an invitation to participate in the 42nd Walk-On’s Independence Bowl. The Golden Eagles, which finished their regular season with an 8-4 mark, will play Florida State (6-6) from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi received a gift from the Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg in the amount of $17,000. A check presentation and small gathering was held at the school with representatives of the Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg joining DuBard School staff and students.

Some of The University of Southern Mississippi’s top undergraduates have earned the title of Eagle Scholar and will be able to further advance their academic goals, after securing funding through the Southern Miss Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research’s Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR).

Shawn Arrington’s academic and career path took shape after he enrolled in a new course offered by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Psychology.

“Orientation to the Psychology Major” (PSY 203) is designed for the incoming cohort of psychology majors at Southern Miss, including freshmen and new transfer students. The one-hour course meets once a week and was launched in the fall 2017 semester. It focuses on helping students become familiar with the university, engage with the department through meetings with faculty members, establish connections with peers, improve study habits and identify areas of interest in their curriculum, as well as learning about careers in psychology and graduate education in the field.

University of Mississippi Blues Curator, Greg Johnson, will deliver a multimedia presentation on the history of music in Mississippi in the final event in the series, “Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial,” Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Blu Jazz Café in downtown Hattiesburg. The series is presented by Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Angela Ball, award-winning poet and professor in the Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, has published her sixth book of poetry from the University of Pittsburgh Press. A release party celebrating Talking Pillow will be held at T-Bone’s Records & Café in Hattiesburg Friday, Dec. 1 at 8:30 p.m. Ball will read some selected poems and sign copies following the reading.

For the second consecutive year, the University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked by Military Times as one of the Top-20 “Best for Vets” universities across the United States. USM, the highest-ranked university in Mississippi, is rated No. 17 out of the 140 four-year institutions that earned recognition.

One current and one former graduate student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Master of Business Administration program delivered presentations during the annual Society of Marketing Advances conference held earlier this month in Louisville, Ky.

Dr. Amy C. Miller, professor and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, is a featured essayist in the latest edition of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

Students, faculty and staff from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus presented Thanksgiving Golden Baskets and one car to 25 needy Mississippi Gulf Coast families on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Three current Master of Fine Arts in Performance students at The University of Southern Mississippi and two MFA alumni have completed the rigorous requirements to earn the distinguished Lessac practitioner designation.

Dr. Robert Press, an associate professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi and director and founder of its Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties, has been selected to attend a national leadership summit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Dec. 7-9 in Washington D.C.

Although The University of Southern Mississippi's impacts extend well beyond the Hub City and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, USM is most influential close to home. And in July, three men who are passionate not only about the City of Hattiesburg, but also The University of Southern Mississippi, took office in the Hub City. Together, Mayor Toby Barker, and new councilmembers Jeffrey George and Nicholas Brown, are ushering in a change in leadership, and they hope, mindset in the Hub City. They are all Southern Miss alumni, and all are new to their roles in city government.

For students stuck on campus for the holiday break, it was a taste of home. For international students who likely were experiencing their first Thanksgiving, it was a time to sample an American tradition.

Students in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business were recognized for outstanding academic achievement during the fall 2017 honors program held Friday, Nov. 17 on the Hattiesburg campus.

A grant-funded program administered through The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems is helping underserved fifth-grade students in a tri-county area of the state improve their self-esteem and develop better eating habits.