May 25, 2016  

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Dr. Stan Kuczaj, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, recently earned second place for a collaborative video based in part on his research of dolphin behavior in The Ocean 180 Video Challenge.

Graduate students in a sport marketing & public relations class at The University of Southern Mississippi have teamed up with the Biloxi Shuckers’ Minor League Baseball organization for a unique promotional project that could be a home run for both parties.


Under the guidance of Dr. Doug Manning, assistant professor of sport management, the class has been assessing the current marketing efforts of the Shuckers to create a marketing plan in an application of theory for organizational issues. The team is the Double A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers.

University of Southern Mississippi students will participate in an annual program of community service known as “The Big Event” Saturday, April 2.

The Coleen Salley Storytelling Session at the 2016 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival will feature Tim Tingle, an Oklahoma Choctaw and award-winning author and storyteller. The free storytelling session will be held Wednesday, April 6 in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms on the Hattiesburg campus from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi is counting down the days until its most anticipated Jazz and Blues Festival, slated for Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Held on the South Lawn on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, this free event is enjoyed by many family and friends along the Gulf Coast.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of The University of Southern Mississippi's Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, has been selected editor-in-chief of the Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Mammalian Social Behavior.


The encyclopedia will contain approximately 150 chapters, each written by accomplished scholars in their respective fields. 

More than 100 works will be featured during the 2016 Annual Student Show set for March 23-April 8 at the Gallery of Art and Design on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Students from all eight of Mississippi’s public universities will share their research and creative activities on topics ranging from healthcare to cultural heritage to agribusiness with legislators and state leaders at Posters in the Rotunda, which will be held in the Rotunda of the State Capitol on Thursday, March 24. The students will show how their research solves some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems and benefits the citizens of the state.

A team comprised of three University of Southern Mississippi students took home second-place honors at the annual Alley Scholars Shark Tank Challenge Business Plan Competition held earlier this month in Fort Worth, Texas.

Three students from The University of Southern Mississippi will present their undergraduate research to state legislators during the Posters in the Rotunda program set for Thursday, March 24 in Jackson, Miss.

All puns aside, University of Southern Mississippi student Bradley Floore described his reaction as “floored” upon learning that he had been selected as the winner of the prestigious 2016 Orrin W. Swayze Scholarship.

The Education, Empower, Enroll (E3) Health Initiative, a partnership between the city of Hattiesburg and The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Social Work, helped insure more than 3,000 Hattiesburg community members.

On any given day, you can find Jim Franks inside the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) or out on Gulf Coast waters, studying the habitats and conditions of fish along the Mississippi Coast and beyond.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in April.

The University of Southern Mississippi Steel Pan Orchestra (SoMiSPO) will perform with special guest artist Andy Narell on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for student age, or free with student identification. The program will consist of Andy Narell’s music including tunes from his most recent album “Oui ma Chérie!”including songs Visibly Absent and One More Touch.

The subject of a University of Southern Mississippi professor’s book has been captured by a professional cartoonist who brings American history to life in the syndicated comic strip Flashbacks.

While there have been no reports to date of the Zika virus entering Mississippi, there are confirmed cases in the surrounding states. Two University of Southern Mississippi professors have been conducting research related to the virus.

A federal grant awarded to The University of Southern Mississippi in 2014 has already paid significant dividends to former and active-duty military service members seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Students from The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems are providing educational sessions to the teachers and parents of Hawkins Elementary School in Hattiesburg.

More than 120 education students and alumni came to The University of Southern Mississippi Teacher Job Fair held March 4 in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg Campus.

Renowned biblical scholar and translator Dr. Joel M. Hoffman will present the lecture “The Bible Doesn’t Say That” Monday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi International Center, room 101.


A book signing will follow Hoffman’s lecture, based on his recently published book by the same name. Hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, this event is free and open to the public.



An internationally prominent theoretical physicist whose research could revolutionize understanding of the universe’s foundational properties is the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s inaugural Grayson H. and Jane Dishong Rayborn Lecture in Physics and Astronomy April 7.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host its annual Founders’ Day Celebration in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30 in recognition of the 106th anniversary of the establishment of the University by the Mississippi Legislature.

The inaugural Professional Sport Facilities Safety and Security Summit, held March 8-10 at The University of Southern Mississippi, accomplished all pre-conference goals and objectives, according to Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).


“Well-qualified safety and security thought leaders were able to address critical safety and security issues facing those responsible for professional sport facilities,” said Marciani.