October 27, 2016  

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Stephanie McCracken, a junior at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has moved a significant step closer to becoming the school’s fourth winner of the prestigious Truman Scholarship.


McCracken, who is majoring in geography/geographic information systems, recently learned that she had been named a Truman Finalist – joining more than 200 students from across the country vying for the coveted prize. She is Mississippi’s only Truman Finalist selection.

William Landrum of Hattiesburg is earning his stripes as a soldier in the Mississippi Army National Guard and cadet in The University of Southern Mississippi’s U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC).

A sophomore criminal justice major at Southern Miss, Landrum was recently named the State Guard’s Soldier of the Year after besting fellow soldiers in a series of exercises, both physical and mental, to earn the title. The achievement earned him the right to move on to regional competition.

University of Southern Mississippi radio station WUSM-FM is kicking off the third annual Slumgullion Campaign at the Keg & Barrel Friday, March 14.

Fraternity chapters with membership in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Interfraternity Council (IFC) are marking a milestone as its collective grade point average (GPA) increased to make it the highest in more than two decades.

The University of Southern Mississippi Center for the Study of the Gulf South will host a free presentation, “Guantanamo Past and Present: The Politics of the Law on the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay” March 19 at 5 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the New Writer’s Institute, a two-week summer writing camp for young adults ages 13-17.

From 2010-2013, photographer Betty Press had the state of Mississippi in her sights. Recording life in the rural South with every click of the camera, she knew she had something special. The photos she captured are now in two online shows, which are the first to present her new project "Mississippi: The Place That I Live."

The Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, along with the university’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, will host a United States Senate Candidates’ Forum Wednesday, March 19, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the university’s Fleming Education Center auditorium on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The forum, which is open to the public, will feature candidates Bill Marcy (D) and State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) as they discuss current and relevant issues. For more information, contact Shea Dobson at shea.dobson@eagles.usm.edu.

University of Southern Mississippi communications specialists Catherine Lott and Hanna Knowles have been included in a national list of 17 PR Students to Watch as compiled by public relations expert Arik Hanson.

Each year Hanson spotlights what he deems to be the next generation of PR professionals. His list is based upon nominations made by professors at universities across the country.

The world premier of a film about the exploits of an American military unit in the Vietnam War includes expert consultation from University of Southern Mississippi distinguished professor of history Dr. Andrew Wiest.

Wiest, founding director of the university’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, was contacted more than three years ago by Lou Reda productions to serve as a consultant on the documentary “Brothers in War” which is based on Wiest’s book “The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam.”

Vanessa Murphree, associate professor and graduate coordinator in the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, is one of 17 professors, administrators and communications professionals chosen to participate in the seventh annual Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy to be held June 1-5 at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will perform the concert, “A Lenten Passion Journey,” Friday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach and on Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m. in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Biloxi.

Two years ago, the leadership at the Mississippi High School Association (MHSAA) took the lead to enhance risk management for their interscholastic athletic programs and after-school activities. Several school districts in Mississippi were involved in state-wide pilots to identify security areas for improvement. 


The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters and the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) will co-host the 2014 Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity. The symposium will be held April 11 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance Building and on April 12 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus.

Graduate students in the Speech-Language Pathology program at Southern Miss recently took part in Special Olympics’ annual “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign by participating in a pledge drive.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism is accepting applications for the Remembering “Freedom Summer” Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop, which will be held on the Hattiesburg campus June 15-22.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold three free fair housing workshops along the Gulf Coast in March.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus student, Shea Dobson of Ocean Springs, recently attended the 2014 International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C., where he served as the organization’s campus coordinator representing the state of Mississippi.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is bringing a popular professional development course for general and special education teachers, speech-language pathologists and reading specialists to the Mississippi Gulf Coast – Missing Links in Academics.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hattiesburg announced the “royalty” for this year’s Irish-Italian Festival and Parade. The Grand Marshall is Robert St. John (right), Hattiesburg restaurateur, chef and author who began the Extra Table charity several years ago with a goal to “make sure that no child in Mississippi goes to bed hungry at night.” The King is Dr. Denis A. Wiesenburg (center), provost at the University of Southern Mississippi and the Colleen (Queen) is Deles Roberts, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Administrator.

The University of Southern Mississippi kicked off its “Health is Golden” campaign today (March 6) with a check presentation of $250,000 from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

Robert Moses, a renowned leader in the civil rights movement, spoke with members of the University of Southern Mississippi and Hattiesburg communities following a portrait unveiling and dinner held in his honor March 4 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Phyllis Anderson, the first female tribal chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, will help kick off Women’s History Month events at The University of Southern Mississippi at an opening reception today, March 6 at 4 p.m. in room 101 of the International Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission to Women’s History Months is free and open to the public.

The School of Music at Southern Miss has released tickets for Showbiz Showstoppers, a one-night-only spectacular featuring show-stopping numbers from some of Broadway’s best musicals.


A talented cast of students, alumni and community members are already in rehearsals for the April 11 performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.