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The spring 2019 University Forum series at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will feature some of the most influential writers, policy makers, and scientists in the U.S., whose work shines a light on things hidden to most of us.

All spring 2019 University Forums will be held on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free, and members of the university community and general public are invited.

Opening the 2019 Spring semester, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) English and Theatre programs will proudly host the 2019 Blaine Quarnstrom Playwright Series featuring playwright Robert Icke from Jan. 24 – 27.

Dr. Rose Jones, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Education and an expert in early childhood education, shared her research at the annual Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) conference, held Nov. 7-9 in Pensacola, Fla.

The Gulf Coast Business Council called upon the research expertise of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship recently to produce a Quality of Place report for the region.

Siblings Alden and Field Bennett earned degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi during fall 2018 commencement, making them third-generation graduates of the school.

The two Oak Grove (Miss.) natives were among approximately 1,200 who were candidates for degrees this semester, becoming alumni of USM’s College of Business and Economic Development. Alden earned his MBA, while younger brother Field secured a degree in marketing.

A University of Southern Mississippi social work professor and social work alumna were named field instructors of the year at the annual School of Social Work Fall Colloquium.


Dr. Susan Hrostowski, associate professor, and one of her former students, Alix Dearing of Merit Health Gulf Oaks in Biloxi, were honored at the November event, which also featured speakers from around the state and Alabama.

Dr. Gordon Cannon, vice president for research at The University of Southern Mississippi, is pleased to announce that Dr. Rebekah Young has been named executive director of the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS). Dr. Jerry R. Alliston has been named associate director of IDS.

Graduate students in The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School Psychology program can now pursue the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) designation, after the program’s coursework met the approval of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) in fulfilling its criteria for Verified Course Sequence (VCS) status.

Two University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Psychology students will attend a national conference in the spring with support from the school’s Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research.

LaQuitta Simpson, a senior from Kenner, La. and Lauren Parker, a senior from Clinton, Miss. were selected by a Drapeau Center review committee for funding to participate in the 2019 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. April 10-13.

DOHA, QATAR - During the Milipol Qatar 2018 Exhibition on October 29-31, 2018, the The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and INTERPOL, signed a training cooperation agreement with the State of Qatar, represented by the Security Committee of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

Katie Ramsey, a second-year doctoral student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s clinical psychology program, was recently awarded the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies ADHD Special Interest Group's 2018 "Exceptional Graduate Student Poster" at the organization’s national conference.

When Chrishasta Gardner walks across the stage Friday, Dec. 7 to receive her bachelor of social work degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, there are two things she is sure of. She will be the first graduate in Mississippi to earn a minor in child advocacy studies. And her eyes will not be dry.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Associate Professor of History Dr. Allison Abra, a fellow in its Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, is the school’s nominee for Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) Teacher of the Year. The MHC will host a ceremony in Jackson in April 2019, along with the nominees from Mississippi's other state institutions of higher learning, when the recipient is announced.

University of Southern Mississippi Research Professor YuanYuan Zhang has secured a $130,000 national highway grant that she says could transform how pedestrian data is collected across the United States.

In a partnership like no other at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Luckyday Foundation of Ridgeland, Miss., is continuing its support of the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program at Southern Miss with an additional commitment of more than $8.7 million through The USM Foundation. The Luckyday Foundation has provided over $35.7 million to the program to date, making it the University’s most generous benefactor.


Founded by the late Frank R. Day of Jackson, Miss., the Luckyday Foundation funds scholarships for Mississippi high school seniors who are exemplary students with outstanding leadership skills and community involvement.

A University of Southern Mississippi (USM) educator long prized for her talents in the classroom and as an administrator has been honored with a noteworthy role in the school’s fall 2018 graduation ceremonies.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) faculty members are using a new software platform to keep track of their achievements and activities in a way that facilitates use of the information.

The platform, Digital Measures, was developed by Watermark and customized by the company for the needs of the USM faculty. It allows easier creation of CVs, publication lists, and other self-reports needed for various purposes such as tenure dates, scheduled teaching, promotions, and web profiles, as well as a method for academic programs to complete accreditation reports, among other uses. Faculty members can enter their information once, and then manage the software to use it in a variety of ways.

In an effort to help faculty acquire more productive ways to engage student in service learning opportunities, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is sponsoring an educational seminar in spring, 2019.

The University of Southern Mississippi Sport Management program collaborated with the National Center for Spectator Sport Safety & Security (NCS4) in its Sport Facility and Event Management class this fall semester that enabled undergraduate students to become more aware of the center’s goals and objectives.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony presented its 2018-19 Themis Award to University Event Planner Carl Ledyard “Rusty” Rolison University during a special ceremony held earlier this month.

National Disability Employment Awareness month (NDEAM) is recognized across the United States each October to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities to the nation’s workforce.


To underscore the importance of employment in the lives of people with disabilities, The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) sponsored a series of NDEAM activities for youth and young adults participating in IDS’ transition to adulthood programs.

The online nutrition degree program at The University of Southern Mississippi has received a No. 1 ranking nationwide by higher education resource guide OnlineColleges.com.

Students, faculty and staff from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus in Long Beach are making the upcoming holiday season a little brighter for several local families.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Symphony Orchestra and USM Choral Activities will present the Annual Holiday Choral Spectacular on Nov. 27 & 29. Both performances are set for 7:30 p.m. at the Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Miss. The event is presented in part by the generous support of Partners for the Arts.