February 21, 2018  

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The Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant will feature nine contestants vying for its crown Saturday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on its Hattiesburg campus. The winner advances to the Miss Mississippi Pageant in Vicksburg next year.

University of Southern Mississippi officials are monitoring Tropical Storm Nate, which is expected to become Hurricane Nate as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. The system has the potential to produce elevated tides, heavy rain, gusty winds and ongoing tornadic activity that is expected to impact Southern Miss campuses and teaching sites. 

A University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park English Licensure student was recently selected to attend the Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research Writing Studies at the York College of Pennsylvania. Leah Barnes, a senior English education major from Gulfport, Miss., submitted a research proposal to the Naylor Endowment last spring and was selected from a national pool to attend the three-day workshop.

For the second consecutive year, The University of Southern Mississippi has captured one of the top three awards at the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) Lantern Awards program.


The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a Sweet Potato Drop on Wednesday, Oct. 11 to address and raise awareness about food insecurity in the Pine Belt area. 


The University of Southern Mississippi is transitioning to tobacco-free for all campuses, teaching and research sites, effective Jan. 1, 2018. A copy of the new tobacco-free policy can be accessed at: https://www.usm.edu/institutional-policies/policy-stua-hs-001. This policy will replace the former smoking policy, which limited smoking to certain designated areas. 

In a special series of events titled, “A Celebration of Southern Photography,” The University of Southern Mississippi will host a lecture by renowned Southern studies expert Dr. William R. Ferris, as well as two exhibitions on campus and a special issue of The Southern Quarterly.

University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi will present the second lecture in the fall series “Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial” on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Public Library. Dr. Willie R. Tubbs will discuss Camp Shelby during World War II as seen through The Reveille, the base’s newspaper.

More than 80 companies will be represented as part of the Fall 2017 Career Fair set for Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

A remarkable donation to a culinary research project at the University of Southern Mississippi has been made in honor of a 1920 alumna of the school.

Anderson Orr, a resident of Norfolk, Va. and native of Carthage, Miss. recently gave more than 2,500 cookbooks he has collected to the McCain Library and Archives at USM. The donation is a tribute to his mother, the late Lessie Katherine Amsler of Leakesville, Miss., who graduated from Southern Miss when it was known as Mississippi Normal College (MNC).

Winning the war on terror and advancing democratic ideals around the world cannot happen on the cheap or with quick fixes, but rather with a sustained commitment to those goals and implementation of sustainable strategies with global partners.

That was the assessment given by retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, former commander of the Surge in Iraq and U.S. Central Command and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), of how America needs to approach foreign policy goals going forward in his 2017 Lt. Col. John H. Dale Distinguished Lecture in International Security and Global Policy, given Sept. 26 at the historic Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.

University of Southern Mississippi students once again to have an opportunity to study issues and create solutions facing the country’s national defense as part of a Hacking for Defense (H4D) course being offered for the second time during the Spring 2018 semester.


In observance of Sustainability Month in October, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus will celebrate Campus Sustainability Month, beginning today, Oct. 2. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will perform its second concert of the season, “Classical Companions,” Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online Master’s degree program in nursing has been ranked among the nation’s best in two distinguished categories by research publisher SR Education Group.

Music from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman, Star Wars, and more get a super special treatment when internet-sensation James Nova of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, who arranges John Williams’ scores for trombone and records all the parts, takes the stage of Bennett Auditorium with The University of Southern Mississippi Trombone Choir Monday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.

A packed audience on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus heard Mars Wrigley Co. executive Edward Taylor extol the virtues of education and core values as part of the Inspired Leaders Series sponsored by the University’s College of Business.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association will induct six of the University’s most dedicated and distinguished alumni to its Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 13, as one of the highlights of the 2017 Homecoming celebration.

Students and faculty in the Department of Theatre are preparing for an exciting season of storytelling and adventure in the form of Greek mythology, magicians, race and religion, classic playwrights and more at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Rodney Richardson stood at the end of the conference room table in Memphis, just getting started on a creative presentation that he and his Hattiesburg-based agency, RARE Design, had put together for the NBA’s Grizzlies new branding efforts. And it didn’t take long — moments really — for Michael Heisley, then-owner of the Grizzlies, to stop the presentation and ask Richardson where he was from before posing the question to a colleague, “Why in the hell are we working with someone from Mississippi?”


It seemed a fair question to Heisley when considering the important decision of who best to help tell the Grizzlies’ story to the world.

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced grants for The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) totaling $1 million toward researching the use of seaweed to produce energy.

Jim Coll, Chief Communication Officer at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been honored by the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) as a Senior Practitioner. The honor, which was bestowed on seven public relations professionals in the region this year, honors SPRF members who are “recognized by their peers as veteran public relations professionals with high ethical standing.”

Dr. Andrew Wiest, a University of Southern Mississippi professor and one of the country’s leading experts on military history, is serving on the Department of the Army Historical Advisory Subcommittee (DAHASC).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Civic Chorale returns this fall with another host of crowd-pleasing performances in its 23rd season, employing the theme “An American Classic.”