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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, will give the Spring 2013 Commencement address Friday, May 10 in two ceremonies at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.  

The LSU Police Department, in conjunction with the LSU Athletic Department, received the Sport Event Security Aware, or SESA, certification from the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a viewing event Saturday, April 20 from 8 - 9:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus in conjunction with national Astronomy Day. This free event will be held adjacent to the intramural fields and the public is invited.

The Big Event, an annual day of community service at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently honored with a Keep Hattiesburg Beautiful award during a Hattiesburg City Council meeting held April 16. Accepting the award from Hattiesburg landscape architect Russ Bryan is Jacob Barry, center, a senior from Folsom, La. who served as this year’s assistant director of The Big Event; and Julia Bradley, a senior from Hattiesburg, who served as The Big Event director. (Photo courtesy of City of Hattiesburg)

The McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently seeking appplicants. The application deadline is Friday, May 10.

Students from Bay, Long Beach and Biloxi High Schools took part in the annual Day at Southern Miss event April 12, hosted by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. Day at Southern Miss, which caters to junior and sophomore female high school students, was created as a way for girls to learn more about the university and future career options. The students took part in sample class lectures, a tour of the Gulf Park campus and lunch with various Southern Miss faculty and administrators. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

A free seminar by a renowned scientist in the field of metagenomics is set for 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 22, in the Caylor Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The presentation will be the fifth in the Grimes Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Dr. Stuart Rowan, a professor of macromolecular science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio will give the 11th annual Bayer Distinguished Lecture Thursday, April 25 at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The lecture series is sponsored by Bayer MaterialScience and hosted by the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 11th annual Golden Eagle Intertribal Society Powwow on April 19 – 20 at Centennial Lawn on the Hattiesburg campus.  A “powwow” is a traditional dance competition, and many types of dancing will be demonstrated. All Powwow events are free and open to the public.

A team of students at The University of Southern Mississippi was named a regional champion at the Enactus United States Regional Competition held April 10 in Dallas, Texas. As an Enactus U.S. regional champion, the Southern Miss team advances to the 2013 Enactus U.S. National Exposition in Kansas City, Mo., May 21-23.

The University of Southern Mississippi will end its Spring 2013 theatre season with the musical production of Assassins, written by Stephen Sondheim and Charles Weidman. Showtimes are April 18-20, April 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. in Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building. Admission for general public is $14; faculty, staff, seniors and military is $10; student tickets are $8.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a free fair housing workshop on Tuesday, Apr. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Warren Hood Building at 200 South President St. in Jackson, Miss.

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree presented the senior class of Medical Laboratory Science at The University of Southern Mississippi with a proclamation at a recent City Council meeting. The proclamation is in support of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week which is April 22-26.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance will host the second residency of the spring semester with Maryland-based Adrienne Clancy and her company ClancyWorks. Now through April 21, the well-respected dance company returns to teach additional master classes and partner with Southern Miss dance majors in K-12 educational outreach events.

It may be the “coffee spill heard ‘round the world,” but a documentary about the infamous lawsuit filed by a woman who was burned by McDonald’s coffee reveals more than what was reported in the media.

Hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi Paralegal Society and Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs, the event will be held in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108 on April 16 at 5:30pm.  The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Les Quizerables from Pearl River Community College (PRCC) took the winning title at the 4th Annual Scholars Bowl held Thursday, April 11, at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Academic Dean Tom Lansford, left, presented trophies to the winning team, from left to right, Robert Maynard, biology instructor at PRCC, students Amanda Fouasnon, Casey Butler and Jessie Streeter. A total of eight teams competed from Southern Miss Gulf Coast, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and PRCC.

The University of Southern Mississippi Film Program will sponsor a Master Class in Screenwriting course under the direction of renowned writer David Sheffield May 13-24 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

Dr. John O. Dabiri, Engineering and Applied Science Director, Center for Bioinspired Wind Energy, California Institute of Technology, will present “Jellyfish-Inspired Engineering” Tuesday April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center. 

Mississippi’s leading broadcasters from across the state will meet with and mentor students for the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Day Thursday, April 18 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

This week, the Gulf Coast Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi will join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, which recognizes a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today a comprehensive landscaping plan to restore the southern edge of the University’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by an EF-4 tornado on February 10. The USM Foundation also announced a campus beautification campaign to generate private funds to help address the cost of the plan.


The landscape of the campus was drastically altered by the tornado with the loss of 75 trees and debris scattered across the front of the campus.

Jon Scieszka sees himself simply as an author supplying the material needed by teachers and librarians "who go to work everyday” to inspire their students and other young people to read.

"My job's easy," Scieszka said. "I just sit in my office and write, but they're the ones in the trenches motivating kids to want to be readers."

Scieszka is the author of the acclaimed The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. He was on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus this week to receive the top honor given at the annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, the Southern Miss Medallion.

Community health science students at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast reached out to the university community by hosting the health fair, “Are Your Loved Ones in the Zone?,” during National Public Health Week April 1-7.