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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Human Capital Development will launch the Professional Development Series, a new workshop series designed for training and human resource professionals, March 30-31. All sessions will be held on the Gulf Park campus.

Thanks to a wedding anniversary and a daughter’s creative gift idea, senior theatre majors at The University of Southern Mississippi will benefit from a new foundation scholarship celebrating the esteemed career of retired professor R.B. Hill, who served 30 years at Southern Miss.

Xavier L. Agee, simulation & IT specialist in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing, has earned unique distinction as the state’s only Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS).

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mapp Family Foundation will present The Children’s Center Institute, a professional development experience to take place May 9-11 at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg.

Mississippi State Sen. Willie Simmons will join other panelists Thursday, March 30 from 6-7:15 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg for the forum “Justice in the Mississippi State Penitentiary: Past Reflections, Present Challenges and Future Directions.” This free event will be in room 101 of the USM International Building, and the public is invited.

As part of its ongoing Visiting Writers Series, the Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes award-winning writer Ben Lerner to the Hattiesburg campus on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium for a reading and book signing.

Due to the overwhelming response to The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s call for auditions for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, another block of times to try out has been opened on the same day, Sunday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.

A new slate of Student Government Association (SGA) executive officers were recently chosen in elections held at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. They will assume their posts in April.

Access to health care services provided by The University of Southern Mississippi is becoming more accessible for students along the Mississippi Gulf Coast thanks to the use of telehealth technology.

Russ Willis, a management and human resources professor of practice at The University of Southern Mississippi, spent his spring break as a guest lecturer at Keele University, located just outside Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England.

Dr. Robert Adelman, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus and associate professor of sociology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, will present "Immigration Revealed: Facts, Figures & Debates" Friday, April 7 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 204 on the Hattiesburg campus. This event, part of the USM Department of Anthropology and Sociology’s 40th anniversary colloquium series, is free and open to the public.

Senior banking and finance major Zachary Irons has extended an impressive streak for The University of Southern Mississippi by capturing the prestigious 2017 Orrin W. Swayze Scholarship.

The techniques of oral history are being used by Hattiesburg High School students in a project designed to gain more information about the history of racial segregation and desegregation of the city’s public education system.

In a conscious effort to “see the world from a different angle,” students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate Diversity and Civility Week, March 27-31, on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Jennifer Scroggins is a passionate advocate for individuals with disabilities and senior citizens. She is a natural giver and has a heart for serving others.


In recognition of her exceptional volunteer service, she was recently selected to receive an Honorable Mention award as part of the 2017 Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Awards. 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology, in conjunction with the Golden Key International Honour Society, will host a fully online information fair about its graduate programs Wednesday, March 22 between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. CST..

The University of Southern Mississippi’s part-time Master of Business Administration degree program has been recognized among the nation’s best in rankings just released by U.S. News & World Report. The USM program is the only part-time program from Mississippi ranked in the Top 200.

Dr. Ann Blankenship, an assistant professor of educational administration at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been chosen to receive the Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence award for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Author and Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson will discuss her insights on the intersection of the millennial generation and American political culture at the next University of Southern Mississippi University Forum.

Dr. Katherine Nugent, Dean of the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, has added another sparkling honor to her illustrious career with induction in the Mississippi Nurses’ Association Hall of Fame.

More than120 University of Southern Mississippi education students and alumni, and William Carey students came to the Southern Miss Teacher Job Fair held March 9, in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg Campus.


University of Southern Mississippi Senior Research Scientist Harriet Perry was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Fisheries Society on Feb. 23 in Biloxi.

Registration is now open for iD8, The University of Southern Mississippi’s inaugural Hackathon, Friday and Saturday, April 7-8 in Hattiesburg. The competition is open to teams of four African-American high school girls. Teams will learn to code, build, and present a mobile app. No coding experience is necessary.

The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized as one of the state’s top institutions of higher learning by BestColleges.com – a renowned online resource guide for prospective students and their families.


BestColleges.com ranked USM as the top public university in the state for online education and the second best four-year public university in the state overall.