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Four outstanding public relations practitioners, including Gulfport leader, Shelia White, who recently retired as Director of University Communications for the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, will be inducted into the Southern Public Relations Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held in Starkville on July 25.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) at The University of Southern Mississippi became the new owners of the research vessel R/V Tom McIlwain during a ceremony held June 19 in Ocean Springs, Miss. The vessel was transferred to GCRL from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Five University of Southern Mississippi students and a recent graduate of the school will be competing in the Miss Mississippi Pageant July 9-12. The event will be held at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

Polymer researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi are conducting studies that could revolutionize the drug delivery process for cancer patients.


A research team under the direction of Dr. Daniel Savin is hoping to create a cancer treatment that will deliver drug therapies to targeted locations, instead of current treatments that impact almost every organ in the body.

Presenting research to a room full of professors and researchers can be daunting for students, but recently several students from Mississippi stepped up to the task and represented their state in front of an audience of seasoned biomedical researchers from across the nation.

Paul Terrell was a 21-year-old college graduate when he came to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 to help African-Americans register to vote. In the face of state and local governments committed to upholding segregation by any means – including with violence - it was a daunting task.

But like many Americans, young and old, Terrell was inspired to help bring justice to a state considered then one of the most ardent in its opposition to equal rights for blacks. “I knew I wanted to do something useful for the country,” he said of his decision to go to Mississippi.

As part of the Office of Sustainability’s Climate Action Plan, The University of Southern Mississippi is working toward climate neutrality -- a net zero carbon footprint by 2050. The goal is to have zero impact on the environment from campus operations.


Officials with the National Center for Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi are making final preparations for the 5th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 8-10 in Indianapolis, Ind.

The closing program of the 2014 University of Southern Mississippi Summer Math Institute will be held from 1 - 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 27 at the Trent Lott National Center, rooms 101-102.

Miriam Cabana, a former laboratory coordinator with The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing, died Friday, June 20. She was 67.


The University of Southern Mississippi and the City of Hattiesburg earned a No. 24 ranking in a recent list of the “50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S.” as chosen by GreatValueColleges.Net. Southern Miss was the only Mississippi college or university to make the list.

Aaron Broussard, left, student service coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus, joins Evelyn Diann Spratlin as she places a memorial brick honoring her son, Robert Louis Avery, Jr., during a Golden Eagle Memorial Service in his honor on Friday, June 20. A Sport Coaching major, Avery died last November 28 in a car accident.

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Judy Day Isbell

Sixteen high school students from across Mississippi spent the week of June 15-20 at The University of Southern Mississippi learning how to be journalists as part of the Remembering “Freedom Summer” Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop.

Nolan D’Angelo of Gulfport, Miss. recently received a second lieutenant commission into the U.S. Army after completing the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at The University of Southern Mississippi. ROTC helps train college students to become an officer in a branch of the U.S. military.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has selected a graduate student from The University of Southern Mississippi to participate in its inaugural Community Leadership Network, a fellowship dedicated to helping vulnerable children and their families.  

Shelia Nabors of Tupelo, Miss., a graduate student in the College of Health’s School of Social Work, is one of the 120 selected fellows from the 2,000 applicants. The first class consists of leaders from the foundation’s targeted areas of Mississippi, Michigan, New Mexico and New Orleans. 

Voting rights. Jim Crow. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The murders of Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner in Philadelphia, Miss. The 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer has focused the nation’s attention on the Civil Rights Movement in the state, and The University of Southern Mississippi is leading the way in preserving the divisive era’s history.

Lines are memories, costumes are stitched and sets are ready for the 39th season of Southern Arena Theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi. This year, the wonderfully talented summer theatre company will present Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn and One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, adapted from Carlo Goldoni’s masterpiece “Servant of Two Masters.”


Taking Steps opens June 19 in Hartwig Theatre. All show times are 7:30 p.m. for performances on June 20, 21, and 28; and July 3, 5, 9 and 11. A matinee performance is scheduled for July 6 at 2 p.m. One Man, Two Guvnors opens June 26 in Tatum Theatre. All show times are 7:30 p.m. for performances on June 27 and July 2, 4, 10, and 12.  Matinee performances will be held June 29 and July 13 at 2 p.m. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Undergraduate Research and the Office of the Vice President for Research have approved research proposals of students competing for inclusion in the spring 2014 class of the Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR). This select group of undergraduates received up to $1,000 each in the competition for research grants, with just over half of 30 proposals earning acceptance.  

Dr. Maureen K. Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA), a national organization that certifies dyslexia therapists and practitioners.

On Wednesday, June 18 employees from The University of Southern Mississippi will hit the dance floor for the first of a four-week beginner’s ballroom dance lesson series. Offered by USA Dance Hattiesburg-Laurel, the program will be held in the Payne Center’s Dogwood Studio.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recently welcomed Lauren Richards as the organization’s new manager of programs.


Richards, a Ridgeland, Miss., native, earned a degree in elementary education from Southern Miss in 2011.

As part of the upcoming "Freedom Summer 1964-2014 Conference" to be held June 19-21 on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, noted civil rights historian Dr. Emilye Crosby will deliver her keynote address "Local People: Revising the Master Narrative of the Freedom Movement." 

James Moody, a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, is spending part of his summer working as an intern for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) in Washington D.C.

University of Southern Mississippi student Wilton Jackson received a special surprise recently with a resolution from the Mississippi House of Representatives honoring his scholastic achievements and internship as a USA Today correspondent.