May 26, 2017  

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On April 21, 2011, a pre-dawn fire swept through the Johnson Natatorium at The University of Southern Mississippi. The flames and intense heat destroyed all SCUBA equipment, a week before students were to take their open water certification dives.

Three years later the SCUBA program, offered by the university’s School of Human Performance and Recreation, is back. Students are able to earn college credit for courses ranging from basic certification to specialties such as advanced diver and rescue diver. In some cases students may apply these skills to a future profession, such as marine biology or therapeutic recreation.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus celebrated the university’s Founders’ Day with a reception honoring employees for continuous service of 10, 20, and 30 years to Southern Miss. In recognition of their service, honored employees received a commemorative pin from the university.

University of Southern Mississippi student Lindsey Pellittieri has been recognized with one of the Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Awards, presented annually by Volunteer Mississippi and the Office of Gov. Phil Bryant to reward Mississippians who make a difference in their communities and state.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host a free African-American Genealogy workshop Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. in room 204 of the Gulf Coast Library, located on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will present Showbiz Showstoppers, a one-night-only spectacular featuring numbers from some of Broadway’s best musicals at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.


The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) launched its annual series of regional qualifier business plan competitions on March 25-26 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. 


The University of Southern Mississippi honored its best and brightest during the annual Founders’ Day Ceremony, held March 27 in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus with the institution marking its 104th anniversary.

During National Walking Day and Public Health Week, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will be recognized by the American Heart Association for achieving Fit-Friendly status. This recognition will be presented Wednesday, April 2, at 11:45 a.m. under the Friendship Oak on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach followed by a one-mile walk around campus.


The University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for individuals interested in obtaining a master of education degree in dyslexia therapy. This will be the first program of its kind in the state of Mississippi offered by a public institution.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, April 5, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

The Repertory Dance Company (RDC) at Southern Miss will present two concerts, CONN X US Dance concert, and Divergent Spectrum Dance Concert. Each performance showcases the skillful dancers of the Southern Miss Repertory Dance Company.

Each performance is uniquely choreographed around the site and provides an opportunity for viewers to experience the venues in an atypical fashion. The first of the two site-specific dances is the CONN X US Dance Concert on March 26 and March 27 at 7 p.m. Performances will be held at Brewsky's Bar and Grill In Hattiesburg.

Shelia Varnado, former executive director of Recover, Rebuild, Restore South Mississippi (R3SM), and University of Southern Mississippi President Emeritus Aubrey K. Lucas stand in front of the Lucas/Varnado Volunteer House Tuesday, March 25 after the facility was dedicated in their honor. Located on Buschman Street in historic downtown Hattiesburg, the Lucas/Varnado House provides space for the agency’s administrative offices and housing for volunteers who come to the area to participate in community service initiatives.

More than 120 students were recognized for academic achievement by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi during the College’s annual awards banquet held Monday, March 24 at the Thad Cochran Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received approval from the State College Board to name three new buildings and a student health center as part of the Century Park South residential complex.

The University of Southern Mississippi Enactus team raised more than 5,000 pounds for Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger Project Partnership for the third consecutive year.

Dr. Allan Eickelmann, instructor of philosophy and religion at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, will give a guest lecture titled “The Gift of Homosexuality: A Postmodern Christian Perspective” Thursday, March 27 from 11:45 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. in Lloyd Hall room 103 on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Alliance for Equality at Southern Miss Gulf Coast. For more information, contact the College of Arts and Letters at 228.214.3245.

The Department of Theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi routinely offers exciting theatric productions performed by tomorrow’s stars of stage, film, television and recording. These students hone their talents under the careful and thoughtful tutelage of outstanding professors at Southern Miss. One of these professors is Robin Carr.

This past fall, The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business partnered with Hattiesburg Clinic on a developmental project to provide an audit of the clinic’s information systems.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre continues its Spring 2014 season with Picnic by William Inge. All performances will take place in the Hartwig Theatre of the Theatre and Dance Building at Southern Miss. Performances are on March 28, 29 and April 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m. and March 30 at 2 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, in conjunction with Hattiesburg Clinic, will host the 2014 Spring Health Forum titled, “Hattiesburg ‘Midtown’: Health-Enhancing Economic and Community Development.” The event will be held Tuesday, April 15 from 12 - 3 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom II.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus students and employees, as well as students from local colleges, joined the university in celebrating the Big Event, a university-wide community service project held Saturday, March 22. Big Event projects spanned the Mississippi Gulf Coast as 120 volunteers worked on various projects in Bay St. Louis, Long Beach and Gulfport.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance will participate in the National Water Dance Project April 12, with an event scheduled for 3 p.m. on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at the intersection of U.S. Highway 49 and U.S. Highway 90 at the first dock.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance and Department of Theatre will present The Mystery of Other Lives April 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 6 at 2 p.m. The 50-minute performance combines both dance and theatrical elements in a contemporary form. The performance will be held at 416 East Pine Street in downtown Hattiesburg.

Diane Halpern, dean of Social Sciences at the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute and the McElwee Family Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College, will be the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2014 Hildman Colloquium in Psychology.

Halpern will present "Knowns and Unknowns About Cognitive Sex Differences" Wednesday, April 9 at 2 p.m. in the Trent Lott Center, rooms 103A-D on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and the public is invited.