December 10, 2018  

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Two individuals who contracted an uncommon illness  – one, a bestselling author, and the other, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) alumna now pursuing a Ph.D. – will share their story of recovery and resilience Tuesday, Sept.18 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium at the first University Forum of the fall 2018 semester.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is set to feature artist Stacey Johnson demonstrating and lecturing on Monday, Sept. 10 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the 3D Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission for the lecture is free.

A celebration of Latin heritage will kick off WUSM-FM’s Leaf River Fall Fests series Saturday, Sept. 8 with El Grito Latin Fest from 3-9 p.m. at Hattiesburg’s Chain Park at Twin Forks, located on East 8th Avenue. Admission is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will feature a showing of National Theatre Live’s (NTL) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Monday, Sept. 10. This special one-night movie event is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Martha R. Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

All University of Southern Mississippi operations along the Gulf Coast and in Hattiesburg will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 5, as a result of predicted severe weather from Tropical Storm Gordon. All Wednesday day and night classes will not meet, and faculty and staff, with the exception of essential personnel, are not expected to report to work. 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s mission of educating students, conducting research and providing outreach in support of the growing business and industry in the Pine Belt and Gulf Coast regions were discussed during the University of Southern Mississippi visit that was held last week as part of the Commissioner’s Listening Tour. Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education, learned more about how Southern Miss serves its students, the state and the Gulf South region.

Companies and students turned out in record numbers this year for the annual “Meet the Firms” event hosted by the College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.


The University of Southern Mississippi Pride of Mississippi Marching Band will welcome hundreds of area band students, their directors and families to All-South Marching Band Day on Saturday, Sept. 8. Participants will experience a full day of activities with the Pride, culminating in a performance at M.M. Roberts “The Rock” Stadium.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s operations along the Gulf Coast, including the Gulf Park Campus and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 4, in preparation of predicted severe weather from Tropical Storm Gordon. 

Members of the University community on the Gulf Coast and in Hattiesburg are asked to monitor news reports concerning Tropical Storm Gordon, which is expected to produce heavy rain and possible coastal and inland flooding as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast late Tuesday. 

What began four years ago as a promising idea in the imagination of Maj. Gen. Jeff Hammond has sprouted into a vibrant, prestigious and heralded Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families at The University of Southern Mississippi.


Housed on USM’s Hattiesburg campus, the Veterans Center provides a comprehensive "military-friendly" education support program (application, admission, matriculation, graduation and professional placement) that successfully attracts military veterans, service members, dependents (family members) and survivors to pursue academic and professional development interests.

The University of Southern Mississippi will have an opening reception of the Faculty Art & Design Show on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Gallery of Art and Design, George Hurst Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The free, month-long exhibition will feature recent works created by the Art & Design faculty of Southern Miss.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) students interested in pursuing a legal career after graduation are invited to free events offered during Pre-Law Week Sept. 17-21 on the Hattiesburg campus. Pre-Law Week is sponsored by the Legal Studies Program in USM’s School of Social Science and Global Studies.

The Office of Student Ombudsman Services (OSOS) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) provides a variety of services to help students maintain progress toward degree completion, and become aware of the resources available to them.

As the 2018 Fall semester begins at The University of Southern Mississippi, students will notice a new, mobile dining option on campus. A new food truck, The GrubSlinger, will offer a wide variety of menus items.


New students at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) found the gold carpet rolled out for them on the first day of classes Aug. 29, signaling the start of the fall 2018 semester.

Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. is spending his first 100 days in office touring university campuses across the state to gain insights and perspectives on the university system from students, faculty, staff, elected officials and community leaders.

Brady Raanes, CFA, CFP®, CMT, Director of Investment Strategy at Raanes Capital Advisors and financial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services, was recently named to the Forbes list of America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors, which recognizes advisors from national, regional and independent firms.

Raanes, a University of Southern Mississippi graduate, was the only advisor in Mississippi to earn this recognition in 2018.

The University of Southern Mississippi prepared a welcome nest for its newest flock of Golden Eagles this past weekend.

Golden Eagle Welcome Week (GEWW) is the official welcome event for first-year students to Southern Miss, along with Move-In Days for residence halls. GEWW takes place during the week prior to the start of fall semester classes starting.

Imagine a treasure trove of artifacts so vast that you could not accurately pinpoint the exact number of items on hand. Such is the cavernous amount of historical memorabilia stored in the Special Collections wing of The University of Southern Mississippi’s McCain Library & Archives.


From a hardcover copy of “Aesop’s Fables” printed in 1530, to an original manuscript of “A Wrinkle in Time,” to a campaign poster for then-presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, USM’s collection of historical material is uniquely special.

Dr. Robert Shindell was a featured guest speaker who led an interactive session for more than 22 employers at the Total Internship Management Workshop, held Aug. 22 at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in Hattiesburg. The event was hosted by USM's Center for Pathway Experiences.  Dr. Shindell offered knowledge and resources needed to competitively recruit and effectively utilize interns. Company representatives attending were from Hattiesburg and the surrounding area, including Mobile, Ala.; Birmingham, Ala.; Tupelo, Miss.; Slidell, La.; and Covington, La..

Students in the Recording Industry program at The University of Southern Mississippi will get a fresh perspective on the field in the fall 2018 semester, with the return of Dr. Jonathan Pluskota from his 11-month Fulbright Scholar experience in Estonia.

Pluskota, an assistant professor in the School of Communication, spent the past academic year teaching and researching sound engineering at the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings are ready to kick off the 2018-19 football season with the annual Pride Preview performance.

As a way to open the 2018 fall semester at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Hub Dance Collective (HDC) will perform “Meet Me Again,” Aug. 30-31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance Building, Studio 115 on the Hattiesburg campus.