February 23, 2019  

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Marine Education Center (MEC) received the 2018 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for its new $16-million facility in Ocean Springs.


The award honors new construction projects and specifically those that were built with sustainability at the forefront of the design.


The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) proudly presents the acclaimed musical “Cabaret” November 8-11 at Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus. Performances are set for Nov. 8, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Nov. 10 and 11 at 2 p.m.

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will host a tailgate party Saturday, Nov. 3  from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Spirit Park, located between the Thad Cochran Center and the LuckyDay building on the Hattiesburg campus, prior to the USM vs. Marshall University home Conference USA football game.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music presents Guest Artist Series featuring the duo Peter Steiner, trombone, and Constanze Hochwartner, piano, on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and is open to the public.

University of Southern Mississippi students with aspirations of becoming an entrepreneur are encouraged to attend the “Eagles Engaged in Entrepreneurship” event set for Nov. 13 in the Thad Cochran Center on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

“I am my own muse. The subject I know best. The subject I want to better.” – Frida Kahlo


Individuality and self-expression are powerful avenues for individuals to showcase who they are, what they believe in and their interests. Sometimes though, individuals with disabilities are hindered in their attempts to express themselves.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development utilized collaboration with three departments -- Economic Development, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Sports Management -- to assist the city of Grenada on a recent sports complex feasibility study.

To celebrate 25 years of providing comprehensive, transformative service to clients throughout South Mississippi, the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) is holding a special anniversary open house that will include guest speakers, tours and an after-hours reception.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at USM kicked off its first-ever inclusion-centered “Play the Same” event on Sunday, Oct. 21 with a visit from Rosie’s Ice Cream truck, face painting, and lots of smiling faces.

FestivalSouth® opens its 10th anniversary season in June, 2019 with Broadway’s singing, dancing, feel-good musical Sister Act.

Examining how we view immigrants and what it means to be American citizen must include input from those who live in the Southeastern U.S., said Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Jose Antonio Vargas Oct. 23 at the final edition of the fall 2018 University Forum series at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

A group of reenactors demonstrate late medieval armor and fighting techniques for students in an Honors course at the University of Southern Mississippi Thursday, Oct. 25 on the Hattiesburg campus. The demonstration is one of several experiential events offered in the course, taught by history professor Dr. Andrew Wiest, that focuses on the realities of war and combat (University Communications photo by David Tisdale).

The University of Southern Mississippi is proud to present the Jazz Lab Bands Fall Concert on Monday, Oct. 29 7:30 p.m. at The Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This concert is free for students and $5 for the general public.


The University of Southern Mississippi is featured as one of the best online Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degrees for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN) by TheBestSchools.org. Following a review of all accredited online RN-BSN programs in the United States, Southern Miss stands out among its peers.

When Galit Kaunitz realized there was a food pantry on campus at The University of Southern Mississippi, she began allocating part of her monthly grocery budget to donate. Now, the School of Music faculty member is trying to make an even bigger impact – and she’s bringing dozens of her colleagues and music students into the mix as well.

Paula Mathis, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) alumna with a wealth of academic administration and program management experience, has been named director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Southern Miss.

Continuing its tradition of excellence, The University of Southern Mississippi has produced a record 13 Gilman scholars over the past year. This brings the University’s total of Gilman Scholarships over the past three years to 29, far and away the state’s leader in that prestigious category.

Captain Brian Connon, U.S. Navy (ret) has been named the director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Hydrographic Science Research Center (HSRC).


Connon joined the HSRC in September 2018 after a 28-year career as a naval officer. A graduate of USM's Hydrographic Science Master's Degree program, he commanded the Navy's Fleet Survey Team and was Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Before becoming the HSRC Director, he served as director of the Maritime Safety Office at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music is proud to present its Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry Benefit Concert on Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Mississippi Scholastic Press Association’s (MSPA) Fall High School Convention will be held Thursday, Oct. 25 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The event, hosted by the USM School of Communication, will feature a variety of informative breakout sessions throughout the day on topics ranging from sports reporting to yearbook photography, among many others.

The final concert in the WUSM-88.5 FM Leaf River Fall Fests series, Harvest Fest, is set for Saturday, Oct. 27 at Hattiesburg’s Chain Park at Twin Forks. This free music event will bring rock, country and Texicana music to the Hub City beginning at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music presents a Guest Artist Series recital featuring Kristin Leitterman, oboe, and Emily Trapp Jenkins, piano, on Sunday, Oct. 28. This free event will take place at 6 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received a No. 15 national ranking by Military Times in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 survey. No other Mississippi college or university is ranked among the top-100.


This marks the third consecutive year in which USM has been ranked nationally in the top-20 of all four-year colleges across the United States. Last year USM was ranked number 17. Rankings are based on the results of Military Times’ annual survey – the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement – as well as a detailed review of public data collected by federal agencies.

Dr. Andrew Wiest, a distinguished professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), will give a talk on his newest book, Charlie Company’s Journey Home: The Forgotten Impact on the Wives of Vietnam Veterans Thursday, Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby. Admission is free.