December 16, 2018  

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Legendary USM quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre spoke to attendees of a Transition Camp that wrapped up today (Friday, Sept. 21) at the University. Approximately 125 students from schools in Lamar, Forrest, and Jones counties participated in the unique camp.


Sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, the camp was designed to help students make a more successful move from high school to careers or college. Students had the opportunity to interact with Favre following his address.

(Photos by Kelly Dunn)

Many military veterans are not aware that they could be infected with the Hepatitis-C virus. One simple, free test can provide the answer.


On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Mississippi Community Veterans Engagement Board, in coordination with the University of Southern Mississippi Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Student Veterans of America, will offer free Hepatitis-C testing to military veterans.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music proudly announces The Festival of Choirs, presented by the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale, set for 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 at the St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church in Long Beach, Miss. The concert is under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Kilgore.

Renowned astrophysicist Dr. David Spergel will share his research into the origin of our universe as the guest speaker for the third annual Rayborn Lecture Series in Physics and Astronomy, set for Oct. 2 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Bennett Auditorium. The free lecture, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is being held in conjunction with the University Forum series sponsored by USM’s Honors College.

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi (The Partnership) will bring representatives of several colleges, universities and community colleges to the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg to introduce The Partnership’s Campus Anti-Hunger Team to The Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry.

Currently, one in every 10 babies is born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation) in the United States. And thanks to ever-evolving technology and care, survival rates of babies born prematurely have come a long way. Thirty years ago, less than 25 percent of premature babies survived, while today that number has risen to almost 90 percent, including infants born as early as 24 weeks.

Brain on Fire author Susannah Cahalan joined University of Southern Mississippi alumna Jasmine Whiteside for a unique edition of the school’s University Forum Sept. 18, featuring both discussing their battle with a rare disease, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.

The Lessac Training and Research Institute (LTRI) has recognized University of Southern Mississippi faculty member Robin Aronson with the highest honor it bestows to one of its members.

Aronson, professor of voice and acting in the USM Department of Theatre and a Lessac Certified Trainer, recently earned the institute’s Leadership Award for outstanding leadership contributions to the Institute. Lessac Kinesensics Voice and Body Training is a respected and established system for individuals seeking vocal clarity and physical flexibility.

The University of Southern Mississippi Dance Program presents “London Exposed: An Immersive Art Experience” on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance (TAD) Building, Studio 115 on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. Presented by the British Studies in Dance students, the event is $5 at the door.

A $20 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation will spur creative discovery and economic opportunities through Mississippi’s research universities.


With the grant funding, the state of Mississippi will establish the Center for Emergent Molecular Optoelectronics, an inter-disciplinary, multi-institution materials research program. Mississippi State University (MSU) will serve as the project’s administrative lead, and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will serve as the science lead.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association has extended its partnership with Hattiesburg Country Club. Hattiesburg Country Club is the official country club of the Southern Miss Alumni Association and host of the Association’s Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament.


More than 300 University of Southern Mississippi students seized the unique opportunity to interact with professionals from the business world during the “Experience Business Casually” event held Sept. 13 on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Series concert, featuring Dr. Jackie McIlwain, clarinet, and Dr. Ellen Elder, piano, on Sept. 26. This free recital starts at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The renewal of a $19 million grant for the next five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will allow Mississippi researchers and students to continue to enhance biomedical research in the state through the Mississippi INBRE program.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Series recital, featuring cellist Dr. Alexander Russakovsky with accompanist Yumi Nomoto at 8 p.m. on Sept. 24. Located in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus, the event is free and open to the public.

The Class of 2022 at The University of Southern Mississippi is already making their mark, and with it the promise of a bright future for themselves and the institution.


For the first time in University history, more than 2,000 first-time, full-time freshmen have enrolled at USM. This year’s 2,115 freshmen are 11 percent more than the 1,903 new freshmen who enrolled in Fall 2017. The 2018 freshman total also represents a 35 percent increase over the 2016 mark of 1,558.

Fall enrollment at Mississippi Public Universities remains level when compared to Fall 2017 figures. Preliminary figures indicate Fall enrollment for 2018 is 80,592 for the system, compared to 81,378 students enrolled in Fall 2017, representing a 1 percent decrease.

Designating September as National Suicide Prevention Month is an opportunity to call attention to and examine responses that one University of Southern Mississippi faculty says many Americans agree should be considered to address the problem.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Police Department (UPD) along the Mississippi Gulf Coast has transitioned from a UPD Gulf Coast Division to a UPD Gulf Coast Patrol Division, and promoted officer Patrick Williams to lead the division’s safety efforts. The Gulf Coast Patrol Division serves the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Halstead and Cedar Point locations in Ocean Springs, and the Marine Research Center at the Port of Gulfport.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will feature the 2018 Southern Invitational Choral Conference (SICC) on Sept. 24 and 25 at two different venues in Hattiesburg, Miss. The conference allows students from across the region to work and interact with some of the finest choral teachers in the country.


The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents a Faculty Lecture Recital with Dr. Ed Hafer, Dr. Galit Kaunitz, and Dr. Ellen Elder on Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This free recital will feature music written for oboe and piano by composers affected by the Holocaust and World War II.

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker will gather with staff at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi and dyslexia education specialists from throughout the city to proclaim October as Dyslexia Awareness Month in Hattiesburg. The event will be held on Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the DuBard School on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

From providing guidance for University of Southern Mississippi (USM) students working on class projects or papers, or helping faculty members identify resources to enhance their courses, a team of skilled and dedicated faculty and staff in the Research Services (RS) Unit of University Libraries’ Public Services Department is ready to assist.    

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Center for Writers program presents The Visiting Writer Series with Ada Limón on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building (LAB), room 108 on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.