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The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies is hosting a free nutrition education workshop for people with disabilities and their families in north Mississippi on Friday, March 9. The Nutrition is for Everyone workshop will be held at the Family Resource Center of Northeast Mississippi at 425 Magazine Street in Tupelo at 10 a.m.

Acclaimed author Wil Haygood said finding a story like the one he made into New York Times bestseller “The Butler: A Witness to History,” is the kind “a journalist is fortunate to land.”

The book, which was the basis for the 2013 award winning film “The Butler,” is based on the story of relatively unknown African-American White House butler Eugene Allen, who served in the White House from the presidential administration of Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Haygood discussed the making of the book and more as the featured speaker at Southern Miss Feb. 27 for the school’s 25th annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is pleased to announce Homecoming 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, when the Golden Eagle football team battles the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in M. M. Roberts Stadium.

The Committee on Services and Resources for Women (CSRW) at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring events and activities to mark national Women's History Month, beginning with a talk March 1 by accomplished corporate and private attorney, Paige Goldman, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Asbury Hall, room 124 on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free, and a reception will follow.  

The path to living the American Dream can prove a little rockier for people with disabilities. Oftentimes, the idea of homeownership is as remote as any uninhabited desert.

 

But thanks to a unique program offered by The University of Southern Mississippi’s institute for Disability Studies, many underserved state residents have an opportunity to purchase their first homes. Since its inception in 1997, the Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) program has assisted more than 700 homebuyers across 66 of the state’s 82 counties in obtaining a new home.

The spring 2018 Day of Sharing for Teachers of the Gifted will be held Friday, March 9 on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. Sponsored by Southern Miss’s Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, this event is designed to educate teachers on current curriculum and instructional issues in gifted education.

“This is one of our favorite days of the year,” said Sarah Case-Price, director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. “Every year we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community, and this year is no exception.”

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member’s exemplary scholarship in Civil War history has earned her a spot on the editorial board of one the most respected journals examining the subject.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Mar. 10, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The movie inspired by his book brought an American president to tears.

A new documentary on the life of a civil rights pioneer who sought to desegregate higher education in Mississippi is the result of a collaborative research effort by a group of faculty members at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

Graduation, first jobs, first college classes, a pageant winner, a national conference presenter, guest on national YouTube series, a local YouTube program host, state and national awards – these are just a few of the significant life accomplishments made by the Starting Today Empowering Peers through Uniting and Participating (STEP UP) to Leadership Council members during the last 10 years.

The Mississippi Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning celebrated Black History Month by holding its annual Diversity Awards ceremony at the meeting held yesterday in Jackson. Campus and community leaders were recognized for their efforts in advancing diversity and encouraging understanding and respect.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Arbor Day celebration was held Friday, Feb. 9 on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

The program featured the planting of a Live oak tree on the north side of the Administration Building Plaza and remarks from University representatives delivered outside near the Friendship Oak.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, have announced the winners of the 32nd annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year a writer and an illustrator are recognized early in their careers for their outstanding work.

Dr. Rebecca Woodrick Malley, coordinator of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Title IX Office, served as a guest panelist for a session focusing on the issue of sexual misconduct on college campuses at the Women in Higher Education Mississippi Network (WHEMN) Conference, held Feb. 8-9 at Hinds Community College.

Dr. SherRhonda Gibbs, associate professor of management at The University of Southern Mississippi, was named Volunteer of the Year during the 2018 United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) conference held earlier this month at California State University-Northridge.

Science Café on the Coast, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Library, will present “Mississippi Sound Dolphins, Current Research: Concerns and Barriers” Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

McMullan Motors of Hattiesburg will host a special Chrysler Cars 4 Classrooms fundraiser for The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at USM as part of the center’s Classic I CAN! 10K, 5K, and 1-mile fun run on Saturday, Feb. 17. The fundraiser will be held from 8 a.m. – noon.

Harvard University astronomy professor John Asher Johnson is expanding not only the knowledge base about our university, but also opportunities for more people to contribute to that endeavor.

Johnson - internationally recognized both for his talents as a research pioneer in his field and leading advocate for diversity in the sciences - will be the first speaker for the spring 2018 University Forum series at The University of Southern Mississippi. He will present “Recruiting the Culture of Science” Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi has been named to Phi Theta Kappa’s prestigious “Transfer Honor Roll,” which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students.

University of Southern Mississippi faculty, staff, students and alumni will make nearly half of the presentations at the annual conference this year for the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) staff members swept top honors at the 2018 Spark Awards, annual honors presented by the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM). USM staff members won the Judges’ Choice Award, signifying the top work in the competition; the Bud Kirkpatrick Practitioner of the Year Award, and the Burlian O’Neal Walker Professional Promise Award.

In honor of the 200th birthday of famed abolitionist and social justice advocate Frederick Douglass, The University of Southern Mississippi will serve as one of many host sites across the country for Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon of the Smithsonian Institution's  Freedmen’s Bureau Papers Wednesday, Feb. 14. Southern Miss’s Digital Archives Research Group, Department of English, and University Libraries are joining to present the event on the Hattiesburg campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cook Library, room 110.