May 23, 2019  

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University of Southern Mississippi students have a special opportunity to elevate their professional attire at discounted savings during the “Suit-Up Event” sponsored by JCPenney.


The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) Teacher of the Year nominee, Assistant Professor of History Dr. Allison Abra, will present the MHC lecture “Overlooked No More: Women’s History in the Classroom and Beyond” Tuesday, March 19 at 5 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108 on the Hattiesburg campus. Held also in conjunction with Women's History Month events at USM, admission to this event is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Symphonic Winds presents its third performance of the 2018-2019 academic year on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium. This concert is free and open to the public.

University of Southern Mississippi students and alumni will have a special opportunity to learn more about employment possibilities during the annual “Careers on the Coast” Networking and Job Fair set for Tuesday, March 19 at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

For the second consecutive year, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work has captured five top honors at the annual conference of the National Association of Social Workers-Mississippi chapter.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) was recently selected as having one of the Best Master’s in Gifted and Talented Education Programs for 2019 by, a non-profit company designed to provide information about online degree programs nationwide.  In addition to being ranked 13th in the nation by the company, it was also named the Most Military Friendly online program in gifted and talented education. 

From California to New York, students from across the country are choosing The University of Southern Mississippi’s fully online Master of Library Science (MLIS) degree. Since 2002, Southern Miss has been offering the program online to meet the needs of students who cannot make it to campus.


For one group of Hattiesburg-area high school students, Spring Break 2019 is not about the sand, the sun or the water — it’s about preparing for the future. 


This week (March 11-15), the Transition of Teens to Adult Life (ToTAL) Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies is hosting an Alternative Spring Break on the Hattiesburg campus focused on preparing high school students with disabilities for employment.

Gina McCarthy, who as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) led President Obama’s efforts to address climate change, will present “The Future of the Planet: Climate Change and Environmental Protection” as guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) March 26 University Forum. This free event is set for 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus, and the public is invited; it is also available via IVN at USM's Gulf Park campus in Hardy Hall, room 316.

Dr. Rebecca Newton, assistant professor in the School of Professional Nursing Practice at The University of Southern Mississippi, won the Mississippi Nursing Association Faculty Member of the Year Award at the 14th annual Nightingale Awards Gala held earlier this month in Jackson, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music has a long and prestigious reputation for preparing some of the world’s finest music educators. With an eye toward the classroom of the future, the school is pleased to welcome Ashley Allen, Assistant Professor of Music Education (choral), and Melody Causby, Assistant Professor of Music Education (instrumental).

Three members of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) academic community are recipients of the inaugural Dale Center for the Study of War and Society Research Awards, which are designed to support faculty, staff, and students in the study of historical and contemporary wars across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

More than 100 safety and security officials from high schools across the country will be in attendance for the fifth annual National Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities Safety and Security Summit.


The event is being held April 3-5 at Katy, Texas, and is hosted in conjunction with Katy Independent School District and The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Art & Design program will exhibit its Annual Student Show from March 21 through April 4 in the Gallery of Art & Design, George Hurst Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

When we think of economic drivers, we often think of work—the number of jobs, the number of employees, and the amount of revenue and tax collections generated. But sometimes fun can drive the economy too.


Tourism plays a key role in Mississippi’s economy. In its Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report, the Mississippi Development Authority reports that “Mississippi’s unique tourism assets, including unique culture, culinary, history, music, natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities, contributed to a $6.343 billion industry in FY18.”

Dr. Greg Ladner, a longtime Mississippi educator now serving as a special assistant to Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker, emphasized the need for schools to better prepare their students for the labor market when he spoke at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Education’s spring retreat March 8.

The smooth sounds of local jazz and blues musicians will soon fill the coastal air as The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park Campus hosts its 11th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

When personnel within The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work hatched the idea for a food pantry, no one could have foreseen the heights to which the initiative would soar.

Outstanding students and faculty members from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and colleges were honored at the annual HEADWAE program, held last week in Jackson. Higher Education Appreciation Day — Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) was established by legislative resolution to honor individual academic achievement and the overall contribution of the state’s public and private institutions of higher learning.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards ranked The University of Southern Mississippi 13th in the country in producing new National Board-Certified Teachers in 2018 with more than 1,000 teachers certified.


USM also ranked No. 13 in the 2017 Top 50 Alma Maters by Total Number of NBCTs with 1,001 teachers certified.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Theatre program will host the 14th annual Midsummer Musical Theatre Experience July 8-19 on its Hattiesburg campus, and applications are now being accepted.

Science Café on the Coast will present “Earthquakes: There’s a Whole Lot of Shaking Going On” on Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library.

Dr. David Holt will discuss the New Madrid Seismic Zone that could affect eight states, including Mississippi. The New Madrid fault system has the potential to produce powerful earthquakes (6+ on the Richter scale) in addition to the minor quakes recorded yearly.

An education partnership agreement between The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the U.S. Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport (NUWCDIVNPT) hopes to encourage and enhance study in many scientific disciplines.

Twelve University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Psychology graduate students in its clinical, counseling and school psychology programs recently earned pre-doctoral internship placements at various sites across the United States.