September 25, 2016  

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A University of Southern Mississippi graduate program accredited for more than three decades has received an extension of that status for its continued success at meeting a variety of quality benchmarks.

The University of Southern Mississippi continues to receive recognition for its commitment to assist military service members and their families with inclusion among the Top 50 Military Friendly® Schools for Hospitality as designated by Victory Media Inc.

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Director of University Communications and Gulf Park Campus Communication Officer Jenny Tate was recently elected president of the College of Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM).

Cassie Hicks, director of Housing at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), has been named as one of 12 members of the inaugural Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee.

The book bin may be tiny, but the impact could be huge for students at The University of Southern Mississippi’s DuBard School for Language Disorders who soon will have access to a renowned Little Free Library.

Identifying solutions to some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems was the focus of the “Advancing Mississippi: Research for a Better Mississippi for More Mississippians” Conference held last week in Jackson.


Natural or man-made disasters and economic downturn can be devastating. Individuals with cultural and language barriers may find it especially difficult to seek help.

Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson of The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with Boat People SOS (BPSOS) to develop policies and support networks among the Vietnamese community along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Mayfield-Johnson received a $50,000 research award from the Gulf States Health Policy Center for her project, titled “Measuring Vulnerability and Developing Resiliency with the Vietnamese Gulf Coast.”

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting a variety of programs for academically talented and gifted youth this summer on the Hattiesburg campus, attracting students from across the state and nation. Established in 1979, the Center furthers the education of gifted students and those with leadership abilities through teaching, research and services.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has taken transformative steps to fortify its reputation as the leader in marine education and research along the Gulf of Mexico with the formation of a new School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST).


The new school, housed within the College of Science and Technology, brings together marine-related research and education programs under one administration and harnesses elements from key areas of the University including the Division of Marine Science (DMS) based at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County; the USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) and Division of Coastal Sciences in Ocean Springs, Miss; and the University’s fleet of five research vessels.

The artwork of Long Beach artist and resident Sue Cockrell is now on display at the Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

They made their case for votes in their campaigns for office, worked across the aisle to craft legislation and listened as their constituents in cities, towns and communities across the state demand effective governance.


A total of 12 sports facilities will be recognized for their leadership in addressing safety and security issues as part of the 2016 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 12-14, in Phoenix, Arizona. This year’s theme is Achieving the Gold Standard.

Timothy Brownlee, a senior history major at The University of Southern Mississippi, took home a first place award for his presentation during the annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity held April 22-23 at the Hattiesburg campus.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi is springing into summer with a host of activities sure to please anyone in search of some much-needed fun in the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast areas.

University of Southern Mississippi student Kristen Dupard has been selected to attend the United State of Women Summit set for Wednesday, June 14 in Washington, D.C.


More than 2,000 education professionals are expected to convene at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi June 8-10 for the 2016 Making Connections Conference.

Three University Librarians at The University of Southern Mississippi have been elected to executive positions with the Mississippi Library Association and the Chinese American Library Association.

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 June.

Setting the standard for academic excellence among colleges and universities in south Mississippi, The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced the induction of 99 students into the prestigious honor society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Magnolia Girls State delegates converged on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Sunday, June 5 for a week of activities designed to help them understand the inner workings of the American political systems from the local to national level. The rising high school seniors were welcomed on their first day at Girls State by University Provost Steve Moser and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker. On Monday, June 6, the delegates were visited by U.S. Rep. Greg Harper and Gov. Phil Bryant, who shared their perspectives on serving as an elected officeholder. (Photos by Kelly Dunn)

The Human Resource Management B.S.B.A. program at The University of Southern Mississippi has achieved an important distinction by renewing alignment of its curriculum with the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.


When daylight broke over the iconic and historic University of Southern Mississippi campus on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, Chris Crenshaw’s heart sank at the devastation that lay before him. Only hours earlier, a powerful F-4 tornado had ravaged the front portion of the Hattiesburg campus.


Today, Crenshaw’s heart swells with pride as he gazes upon the impressive restoration effort that has transformed the University’s “front porch” in just three years’ time.

Howard Lee Miller Jr., who served as director of public safety at The University of Southern Mississippi from 1981-1992, died May 31. He was 89.

The American Legion Auxiliary’s Magnolia Girls State returns to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus for its 68th annual session June 5-10, featuring programming designed to help delegates learn more about how America's representative democracy works.