February 23, 2017  

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Dr. Frances Lucas, vice president for the Gulf Park campus at The University of Southern Mississippi, was named 2014 Woman of the Year in the Education category by the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women at the organization’s annual spring luncheon, held May 6 in Jackson.

Graduation festivities at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will carry special significance this spring as the Center celebrates its 40th commencement service on Friday, May 16.

Three graduate students from The University of Southern Mississippi have completed extensive training through the  Institute for Disability Studies’ Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities (LEND) program.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast employees who previously worked in the Administration Building on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach cut the ribbon to officially open the Administration Building Plaza Thursday, May 8. The Administration Building, which sustained major damage following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, was demolished allowing a new green space on campus. The space features the original footprint of the Administration Building’s foundation.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dale Center for the Study of War & Society will present the final War & Society Roundtable Discussion of the spring semester Tuesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Public Library.

Michael Sims believes his future is bright, and for that he credits The University of Southern Mississippi.

Rex Moak, 53, of Moss Point, and a graduate student at The University of Southern Mississippi, died suddenly in March of 2013 while working toward his dream of achieving a doctorate in higher education administration. But his dream did not end there.

Dr. Tim Rehner has been selected to represent The University of Southern Mississippi as Grand Marshal during graduation on Friday, May 9 at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.

Marketing and Merchandising students at The University of Southern Mississippi enjoyed some hands-on retail experience during the annual “Passion for Fashion” event held April 7-11 on the Hattiesburg campus.

INCONTROL Simulation Solutions and The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi are proud to announce the first high school deployment of SportEvac at Menomonee Falls High School in Menomonee Falls, Wis.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi recognized its top students at its annual awards banquet Wednesday, April 23.

After 30 years of teaching at The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. James Pat Smith, professor of history, will attend his final Commencement ceremony as a full-time faculty member at the University. Smith has attended each Southern Miss Gulf Coast Commencement since they were held annually beginning in 1997.

Workers spray concrete onto the walls of the fountain that fronts the Lucas Administration Building at The University of Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, May 6. After many years of lying dormant, the fountain is undergoing a major renovation that is expected to be completed by this fall. The fountain was originally constructed in 1972. (Photo by Danny Rawls)

When University of Southern Mississippi senior Nicholas Powers accepts his undergraduate diploma on Friday, May 9, he will be extending a family tradition that began more than 80 years ago.


Powers, a music major and Ocean Springs, Miss., native, will become a fourth-generation Southern Miss graduate during the 2014 Spring Commencement ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus. The legacy began with his maternal great-grandmother, Lorene Rayburn (1932); continued with his maternal grandmother, Barbara Ann Conner, (1955) and followed with his father, Terrell Wayne Powers (1988).

University of Southern Mississippi broadcast journalism students took home the lion’s share of awards at the latest Associated Press college competition in a variety of categories among the TV and Radio divisions.

The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce a symbolic new initiative honoring our graduating Veterans and military students. 


Red, white and blue honor cords will be made available to any graduating Veteran, Active Duty and National Guard/Reserve Component Service Member or Army/Air Force ROTC commissioned students who would like to wear them during the Spring Commencement ceremonies later this week.

Two University of Southern Mississippi students studying broadcast journalism have earned highly competitive fellowships from Raycom Media, Inc.

Seniors Emily DeVoe of Mobile, Ala. and Hillary Stepney of Hattiesburg bested the competition that included students from some of the top journalism schools in the country, including those at the Universities of Missouri and North Carolina. The fellowships included two for reporting and one for meteorology, and provide practical, hands-on experience in preparation for careers in the broadcast industry.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) concluded its current series of educational high school events and competitions on Wednesday, April 30, with its 7th annual SEP Statewide Business Plan Competition.

Saying he “looked forward to our future together,” Dr. Rodney Bennett was officially inaugurated as president of The University of Southern Mississippi Friday, May 2 on the Hattiesburg campus during a ceremony held at Bennett Auditorium. An inauguration ceremony was also held at Southern Miss Gulf Coast in Long Beach May 1.

The 2014 Graphic Design Senior Show at The University of Southern Mississippi opened this week and will be open to visitors through May 9 in the Cook Library Art Galleries during Cook Library hours. This event is free and open to the public. 

Faculty Dance Concert May 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a performance on May 2 at 2 p.m. All shows will take place in the Theatre and Dance Building, Room 115. Admission is $5 for the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance’s Dance Student Showcase will be presented Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. in Studio 115 of the Theatre and Dance Building. The event is supported by two student groups, the USM National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Student Chapter and Chi Tau Epsilon.

Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis is proud to announce the hiring of Doc Sadler as the 20th head men’s basketball coach in school history.

Since 2001, the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program has impacted the lives of more than 1,400 students at The University of Southern Mississippi through the gift of scholarship, service, leadership and community engagement.


In April 2014, the Luckyday Foundation renewed funding for the program at Southern Miss for another four years with a gift commitment of $6.9 million to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation. This gift will provide 75 incoming freshmen with $5,000-per-year scholarships, which are renewable for three years after the students’ freshman year, provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements.