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A total of 7 sport security professionals will be recognized for their leadership in addressing safety and security issues as part of the 2015 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 6-9, in Orlando, Fla. More than 450 security professionals and 55 vendor exhibits are expected for the national conference.

“Leave your mark on Southern Miss.”


It’s a statement heard often around The University of Southern Mississippi campus. Freshmen are asked how they will leave their mark, and seniors are asked: “how did they leave their marks” on the University? Few students, however, have left a mark to match that of 2015 graduate Wilton C. Jackson, II.

The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention and The University of Southern Mississippi will host a Green Dot bystander intervention training session Tuesday, June 30 from 1-5 p.m. in room 102 of the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Training will be facilitated by staff from the Shafer Center.

Hannah Roberts is fully aware of the first impression some will have of her as she travels the country as Miss Mississippi—it comes with the crown.

And that’s not all good; nor is it entirely bad. State titleholders in the Miss America pageant are viewed by supporters as the best of the best, talented, beautiful and intelligent young women—but by cynics as possessing the polar opposite of many of those positive traits.

Former astronaut Bernard A. Harris Jr., reminded a group of attendees at a summer camp bearing his name that the same wide-eyed wonder they exhibit today helped catapult him to heights he once considered unrealistic.


Harris addressed a group of 46 elementary and middle school students on Friday, June 26 to close out the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Southern Miss camp, held June 14-27, featured rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from 33 different schools in 21 cities across the state.

Dr. Davin Wallace, an assistant professor in the Department of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a prestigious Early-Career Research Fellowship by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Gulf Research Program.

The University of Southern Mississippi is educating the next generation of leaders for Mississippi and beyond, a group that includes diverse individuals from more than 60 countries, every region of the United States, and every corner of Mississippi. Our commitment to inclusion compels us to recognize that the current state flag does not represent the spirit of all Mississippians, and as such should continue to be discussed in an educated and civil manner.

The 2015 edition of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Summer Math Institute will hold its closing program Friday, June 26 from 1-3:30 p.m. in rooms 101-102 of the Trent Lott National Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Department of Public Health at The University of Southern Mississippi has been granted continued accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for its master of public health degree program. Accreditation is for the maximum 7-year period.

Youth education initiatives – that included guidance from The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work – helped the City of Hattiesburg earn recognition as a “Most Livable” City in America by the 2015 City Livability Awards Program.

Four young women with ties to The University of Southern Mississippi will compete in the annual Miss Mississippi Pageant later this week in Vicksburg, Miss. Those include, from left to right: Arrielle Dale, Miss New South (dance major at Southern Miss); Hannah Roberts, Miss University of Southern Mississippi (May 2015 graduate); Bethany Cuevas, Miss Mid-South (Gulf Park Campus student); Kaylee Scroggins, Miss Metro Jackson (fall 2015 incoming freshman at Southern Miss).


Want to learn how to improve your credit score and get the score you need to qualify for a mortgage loan? The Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) program is sponsoring a free credit education workshop on Friday, July 10.

The University of Southern Mississippi, in collaboration with the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, has been approved for a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute that will focus on improving lives for residents of the Mississippi Delta region.

Ross Walton, writer/producer for The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COCH), made a presentation on the history of Holiday Inns of America, Inc. at the Intercontinental Hotel Group home office June 16 in Atlanta. 

MBA alumni were welcomed back to The University of Southern Mississippi at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach on Tuesday, June 16, for the first reunion in the program’s more than 50-year history.

Today, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program (EPA Gulf Program) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will serve to increase cooperation between the two in areas of mutual interest.


USM President Rodney D. Bennett and Diane T. Altsman, EPA Gulf Program Chief of Staff signed the MOU at the University’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Miss. The agreement formalizes a partnership between Southern Miss and the EPA Gulf Program and will provide environmental education opportunities to students at GCRL.

The Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Heather Stur and Dr. Kevin Greene the new co-directors of the University’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COHCH) effective July 1.

A remarkable collection of artwork is now on view for the second time at The University of Southern Mississippi. “Drawing on Katrina: Mississippi Children Respond to the Storm” was first introduced in the summer of 2006 and featured approximately 300 works of art from South Mississippi children in kindergarten through the fifth grade.

Dr. Deanne Stephens Nuwer has been named Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus. Nuwer has previously served as an associate professor of history and history pedagogy at the Gulf Park campus.

Hannah Roberts, the reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, held a trunk show at the Hattiesburg campus’ Trent Lott Center on Thursday, June 18 in advance of the Miss Mississippi Pageant set for June 25-27 in Vicksburg.

Many know the phrase “the big bang theory.” There’s even a top television comedy series with that as its title. According to scientists, the universe began with the “big bang” and expanded to the size it is today. Yet, the gravity of all of this matter, stars, gas, galaxies, and mysterious dark matter, tries to pull the universe back together, slowing down the expansion. 

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves visited the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, June 18 to announce new legislation to benefit students with special needs across the state.

The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome the nation’s first class of undergraduates seeking a degree in Marine Science with an emphasis in hydrography when the 2015-16 Fall Semester begins in August.

In recognition of outstanding student achievement, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus recently hosted the 2015 Awards Day Ceremony in the Hardy Hall ballroom on the university’s campus in Long Beach.