June 26, 2017  

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Bobby Chain, a former mayor of the city of Hattiesburg and a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, died Saturday, May 31 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. He was 84.

The University of Southern Mississippi held a welcoming reception for the inaugural class of the new master of education degree in dyslexia therapy on Monday, June 2, prior to the start of the group’s first in-person class. This is the first program of its kind in the State of Mississippi offered by a public institution.


A collaboration between the DuBard School for Language Disorders in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences in the College of Health and the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education in the College of Education and Psychology, this degree program will prepare graduates to become dyslexia therapists licensed by the Mississippi Department of Education.


The Southern Connection Leadership Team has been selected for the upcoming 2014 – 2015 academic year.

Throughout the year, the team of student leaders will serve as hosts for orientation and registration events, Gold Rush, and as leadership ambassadors for a variety of university events, including Commencement and Welcome Week.

Elections were held during the spring semester at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus for the 2014 – 2015 Student Government Association (SGA).

After more than 20 years of service to the Institute of Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi – including the past six as executive director – Dr. Royal P. Walker Jr., has announced he is retiring, effective May 30.

More than 250 young women from across the state will be on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus June 1-6 for the 66th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Magnolia Girls State. The weeklong program educates delegates about the mechanics of democracy through simulated political campaigns, legislative and judicial processes in the fictitious state of “Magnolia.”

A prominent University of Southern Mississippi alumnus brings his experience and expertise gained in the world of business as one of the newest members of the Mississippi State Board of Health.


Edward J. “Ed” Langton (’70), CEO and Chairman of the Board of Grand Bank in Hattiesburg, was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to the State Board of Health March 4 and was sworn in at its April meeting.

While The University of Southern Mississippi’s de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection is well known for H. A. and Margaret Rey’s Curious George contributions or those of Ezra Jack Keats, it also home to the works of more than 1,200 authors and illustrators, including critically acclaimed author John Green.

Dr. Royal P. Walker Jr., executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that recommends disability policy to the Administration, Congress and other federal agencies.

The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its annual Summer Learn to Drive Program June 2-20 on the Hattiesburg campus. The program fee is $275 and includes a morning session from 8-11 a.m. and an afternoon session from 12-3 p.m.

The Mississippi Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at The University of Southern Mississippi traveled to Atlanta during the spring 2014 semester to attend the annual Carlson Leadership Academy (CLA), sponsored by its national fraternity.

Exams do not always involve No.2 pencils and scantrons, a lesson quickly learned by students enrolled in the School of Human Performance and Recreation’s self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba) course at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) at The University of Southern Mississippi, along with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR), will be releasing approximately 5,000 juvenile spotted seatrout this week, which have been reared in ponds at the Lyman Fish Hatchery.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies will conduct autism screening for children ages 5 years and under in Tupelo from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on May 29 at the Lee County Library at 219 North Madison St. An April screening was canceled last month as a result of inclement weather.  

A University of Southern Mississippi graduate student is the recipient of a fellowship from the Open Society Foundations, an organization dedicated to social justice around the world.

Bahtiyar Kurambaev, a third-year doctoral student in mass communication, will use the fellowship to build global relationships with other social science scholars and researchers to contribute to a body of knowledge in their respective disciplines.


The Office of University Communications at The University of Southern Mississippi captured numerous awards during the annual College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) conference held May 19-20 in Tupelo, Miss.


Each year, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Recreational Sports honors outstanding student staff members and graduating seniors at the Student Staff Appreciation and Awards night. Southern Miss Rec Sports held the 2014 awards night at the end of the spring semester at the Payne Center.


With four successful conferences already under their belts, officials at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi expect the fifth edition to be even bigger and better.

The Downtown Hattiesburg Farmers Market honored The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work for its role in founding the market, with a plaque presented during Earth Day celebrations held April 24 at Town Square Park.

Five students who are part of the Summer Field Program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) have been awarded scholarships to assist with their marine studies this summer.

The Magnolia State shined Saturday, May 17 against competitors from across the U.S. during the SeaPerch National Challenge, held on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.


Some of the nation’s top middle and high school students put their science and engineering knowledge to the test during the underwater robotics competition. The event featured 125 teams of about eight members each, including students from Puerto Rico and New Zealand.

For the fifth year in a row, the Speaking Center at The University of Southern Mississippi brought home honors from the National Association of Communication Centers conference held at Arizona State University—West in Phoenix. 

A new book by a University of Southern Mississippi professor examines the roots and formation of Jesuit institutions of higher learning in the American South.

The Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast hosted the 2014 Golden Eagle Pride Awards Ceremony April 25 in recognition of outstanding students, faculty, and organizations.