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In observance of Earth Day on April 22, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus will celebrate the worldwide event with weeklong programming April 17-22 for Earth Week.

Student and faculty representatives from The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology will meet with their Congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. for SHAPE America’s – Society of Health and Physical Educators 9th annual SPEAK Out! Day, April 25-26.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business honored one of its own on Friday, April 7 as mortgage industry expert Dr. Bill Rayburn received the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year award.


Rayburn, a 1981 Southern Miss Business Administration graduate, became the co-founder of FNC, Inc., a financial technology company that focused on scoring appraisals for the mortgage industry. Rayburn and his partners sold FNC,Inc. in 2016 and started

On Monday, April 10, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus hosted an art reveal and signing, featuring Gulf Coast artist Elizabeth Huffmaster.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Master of Science in Economic Development program will offer a new online elective course, ED 761 - Contemporary Issues in Economic Development Economic Development for Defense Communities, from June 5-July 31 in the 2017 summer semester. 

For 17 years, Kate DiCamillo has written books for children – a fact brought home to her when a sales associate helping her with a recent computer purchase was thrilled to learn her customer wrote one of her favorite childhood books, The Tale of Despereaux.

University of Southern Mississippi undergraduate students Nathaniel Prine, Rose Curtis, and William “Blake” Martin have been recognized for their research efforts as Honorable Mentions for the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Six University of Southern Mississippi students are currently presenting their scholarly projects at the annual National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tenn., joining 4,000 other students from across the country.

The 2017 Petal - Southern Miss Powwow,  a celebration of Native American traditions, will be held  in Petal, Miss. at Willie Hinton Park April 8-9. This annual event will include music, social dance, arts and crafts, along with food and novelty vendors.

Dr. Frank C. Whitesell, a retired University of Southern Mississippi professor of economics, died March 22 at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg. He was 76.

A memorial service for Dr. Whitesell will be held Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 115 N. 25th Ave. in Hattiesburg, where he was a longtime member. Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg is in charge of arrangements.

Susan Walley, a senior polymer science major at The University of Southern Mississippi, and recent University graduate Kristen Van de Voorde have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company, in cooperation with Mississippi Opera, presents Verdi’s "Rigoletto" for one-night-only Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

An army of University of Southern Mississippi students will fan out in the Hattiesburg area and at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach to provide community service through “The Big Event” Saturday, April 8.

A book by University of Southern Mississippi alumna Dr. Holly Burkett, which features case studies from two Southern Miss professors and one alumnus, has earned special recognition.

The Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 8 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Lake Thoreau Environmental Center.

Children at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated as a Little Free Library was placed in front of the school, bringing free books to individuals of all ages and reading levels, including those with language disorders.

What began 50 years ago with just a handful of hopeful students has blossomed into a premier program at The University of Southern Mississippi, and one that has decisively transformed nursing in the Gulf States region.


Since the inaugural class of 1967, the USM nursing program has produced more than 8,000 graduates, while evolving into a national leader in health care research, community service, and innovative best practices. In 2016, the College of Nursing produced 223 graduates from all programs.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business recently announced that students Josh Spivey and Marshall Acklin have been chosen to join the EAGLE Scholar Program for the 2017-18 year.

Award-winning war correspondent and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger will be the featured guest at The University of Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The event featuring guest speaker Junger is a collaborative initiative of the 2016-17 University Forum series and the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society’s 2016-2017 McCarthy Lecture Series.

More than 100 middle and high school students, teachers and parents from across the state recently attended National History Day in Mississippi March 25 at The University of Southern Mississippi. This statewide event precedes National History Day, a nationwide competition for middle and high school students.

The latest issue of The Southern Quarterly (Winter 2017), edited by University Distinguished Professor Philip C. Kolin, makes a major contribution to Southern Studies in its impressive scope of coverage of literature, history, law, art, film, popular culture, and original art and poetry. Copies of this issue are available for $15 through

A new book on organizational development features a case study conducted by two University of Southern Mississippi professors.

Mortgage industry expert Dr. Bill Rayburn will be honored by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business as its 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year during a special luncheon set for Friday, April 7. The luncheon will be held at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Community stakeholders are invited to attend the 2017 President’s Summit on Community Engagement on Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.