February 21, 2018  

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A firsthand account of the life of an undocumented immigrant in America is the topic for the next program in the fall 2017 University Forum series at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera has completely sold out. Capacity crowds will enjoy this mega-hit musical October 26 – Nov. 4 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recognized former presidents of the organization during a special event held on Sept. 29, 2017, in the historic Ogletree House on the Hattiesburg campus. More than 60 people attended the dinner, including 19 former presidents of the Alumni Association.


Students at The University of Southern Mississippi now have the opportunity to use the free Pocket Points mobile app that incentivizes them to not use their phone in class.


Pocket Points works by partnering with local and online businesses to offer student incentives, like free food or other discounted items, that students can earn when they don’t use their mobile phone in the classroom.

Nurses from across the globe will convene on Oct. 20-21 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus for the annual King International Nursing Conference. The event will be held at Asbury Hall, home to USM’s College of Nursing.

Edited by Dr. Philip C. Kolin, Distinguished Professor of English (Emeritus) at The University of Southern Mississippi, the diverse contributions to the fall 2017 general issue of The Southern Quarterly explore the importance of the visual—in photography, cinema, music, jazz, poetry—as it sheds light on Southern authors, landscapes and texts.

Report recommends removal of Friendship Oak's collapsed limb and remediation to increase support to remaining limbs; work to begin Thursday, Oct. 19.

Kathleen Koch’s acclaimed news coverage of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters educated viewers about the realities those affected by these events on the ground.  Now Koch, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna, author and former reporter with CNN, is leveraging her experience documenting Mother Nature’s fury to help citizens, elected officials and private sector leaders make sound decisions about how to prepare and recover from the ravages of storms, earthquakes and fires that continue shaping daily headlines.

With NASA’s goal to explore Mars in the 2030’s, Tougaloo College professor, Dr. Santanu Banerjee has been called upon to assist with research in preparation.


A $26,000 grant will allow Banerjee to conduct research which will mimic environmental conditions on Mars such as UV radiation, temperature, humidity and microgravity. The goal will be to test bacteria samples to determine how long it will survive.

The University of Southern Mississippi invites organizations and businesses to participate in this year’s homecoming parade Saturday, Oct. 14 with floats, decorated vehicles or walking groups. There is no entry fee.

The Alpha Pi Eta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus was recently recognized as an outstanding chapter among 880 chapters worldwide.


A steady stream of students stopped by to participate in the Sweet Potato Drop held Wednesday, Oct. 11 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The event was held to address and raise awareness about food insecurity in the Pine Belt area.

Homelessness is a devastating experience for families with children. Many families prepare to make a new home with no groceries and no home goods. National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 11-19, is held the week before Thanksgiving each year to focus on community solutions to people experiencing homelessness.

The Mississippi Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi Sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its first “Wing Ching” fundraiser Monday, Oct. 16 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at its house on the Hattiesburg campus, benefitting its philanthropy “Read>Lead>Achieve!”

The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate the fall season with a Golden Eagle Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 16 – 31, on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Macy Mitchell, a junior criminal justice major from Petal, Miss., was crowned winner of the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant Saturday, Oct. 7 on the Hattiesburg campus. Mitchell will advance to compete in the Miss Mississippi Pageant next year in Vicksburg.

The Golden Eagle family is celebrating homecoming week at The University of Southern Mississippi, which will culminate in the Saturday, Oct. 14 Conference USA football matchup at 6 p.m. with the University of Texas at El Paso. Students, alumni, faculty and staff and friends of USM are invited to participate in the wide array of activities marking the occasion, with the homecoming theme “Behold the Gold.”

The work of the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC) at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies will be featured in a live, one-hour Inclusive Classroom Profile webinar on Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. CDT.

The acclaimed songwriter-producer, Mac McAnally, recently put an orchestral spin on some of his most familiar songs with album Southbound.


His latest compilation features the FestivalSouth Orchestra consisting of faculty, students and alumni from The University of Southern Mississippi and a rhythm section that includes MacAnally’s colleagues in Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band. Proceeds from the CD benefit the USM Symphony Orchestra and Extra Table. 

University of Southern Mississippi officials have issued an all-clear for coastal operations at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs and Stennis Space Center in Hancock County following Hurricane Nate. Regularly scheduled classes and operations will resume at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Mississippi Blood Services is sponsoring a Transylvania Bowl Blood Drive from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 through Thursday, Oct. 12 in the R.C. Cook Union Building on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.


Nuala Ribeiro’s passion for helping children with disabilities in her home country of Kenya has enabled her to secure an internship with the Institute of Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. Ribeiro comes to Hattiesburg, Miss., as part of the ADA International Fellowship Program.

University of Southern Mississippi officials have completed initial assessments of all locations following Hurricane Nate. The worst of the storm bypassed most University sites, with minimal impact to the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses. No damage has been reported for Stennis Space Center operations. Minor damage, power outages and road flooding have been reported at both Gulf Coast Research Laboratory locations in Ocean Springs.

University of Southern Mississippi operations at the Gulf Park campus, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, and Stennis Space Center will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, and will remain closed through Monday, Oct. 9, in anticipation of severe weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Nate. Normal operations, including classes, are expected to resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10.