October 25, 2016  

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One recent graduate and another current student at The University of Southern Mississippi helped organize an important one-day gathering of 13 federal, state and local agencies to discuss the criteria necessary for the Port of Gulfport to become designated a “strategic port” by the Defense Department.


A mighty restoration project is underway at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Ogletree House, left severely damaged by a tornado that struck the Hattiesburg campus on Feb. 10.


After more than six months of relocation to an off-campus site, the Alumni Association is poised to resume operations at the Ogletree House in the coming weeks. The 13-person staff will occupy space toward the north annex of the building added to the historic structure during a restoration and expansion project completed in 2009.

University Libraries at the University of Southern Mississippi will sponsor the first of five talks relating to the American Civil War on Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 6-7 p.m. at the Cook Library Art Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus. The lecture series is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s African American Student Organization (AASO) will hold its first reunion August 30 – Sept. 1 in Hattiesburg with a variety of events designed to reconnect former students who were members of the organization.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of Elizabeth Hall, the final of five building projects that was completed following the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Southern Miss administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community leaders took part in the ceremony to celebrate the building’s reopening.

Dr. Tom Lansford, academic dean and professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was editor for the “Political Handbook of the World 2013.”

The School of Construction at the University of Southern Mississippi, in collaboration with The Mississippi Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., will hold a Building Information Modeling Educational Seminar on Sept. 13 at the University’s Hattiesburg campus.


The Pride of Mississippi marching band at The University of Southern Mississippi has started a contest to allow fans to vote on the music for its Oct. 5 performance at the Golden Eagles’ home game against Florida International.

Every year, Hattiesburg’s music lovers anxiously await the announcement of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra season. This year’s season features special guests from classical celebrities to the Beach Boys.

Jonnie Cleveland, a University of Southern Mississippi doctoral student and Dr. Marge Crowe, an assistant professor in the university’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, recently had an article, titled “Cognitive Interventions for Students with Attention Deficit Disorder Transitioning from Secondary School Settings: A Meta-Analytic Review” published in the peer-reviewed journal Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin: International Journal for Professional Educators.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast recently held its faculty orientation for eight new faculty members who will be teaching at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi football team took part in Go Gold Day during a visit to the DuBard School for Language Disorders on Thursday, Aug. 22.

The School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes five new faculty members to aid in its mission of graduating students who are highly competitive in a variety of health and sport related careers.

The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating six years of project SEED, a high school chemistry mentoring program, with its biggest group of participants. 

The Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling at The University of Southern Mississippi received continued National Recognition for its programs in Educational Administration through the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students cross the bridge at Bear Creek on the first day of fall semester classes at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The completion of five major building projects allowed all classes to return to the Gulf Park campus since it was damaged by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

(Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

A new semester began Wednesday, August 21 at The University of Southern Mississippi, as freshmen became acquainted with their new home and returning students took the next step toward graduation.


Faculty, staff and students were positioned across the Hattiesburg campus to answer new students’ questions concerning directions and where their classes are located, while also providing information about student resources and the various campus organizations that match their interests.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College Panhellenic Council (CPC) is the recipient of the National Panhellenic Conference’s (NPC) Excellence Award for 2012-2013. Southern Miss is one of only 14 College Panhellenics in the country to earn the honor.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a “Back-to-School Bash” from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Peck House/Asbury Annex, 3601 Pearl St. in Hattiesburg.

The social gathering is designed as a fall membership and business meeting for returning members and new, or prospective, members interested in learning more about the programs OLLI offers.

Gulf Coast Library Featuring Works of Artist Sam Stolte

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library is currently featuring six new paintings by artist Sam Stolte, whose work is heavily influenced by abstract expressionism, contemporary art and cubism.

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will host a “9/11 Observance Reception” Wednesday, Sept. 11 to recognize and promote charitable services and other community outreach efforts that honor the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 25 at 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Ascension in Hattiesburg for Virginia Alice Price Shands Covington, a former professor of speech communication at The University of Southern Mississippi, who died at her home in Hattiesburg July 29. She was 84.

The Hub Dance Collective’s summer dance concert, The Moment at Which Something is Likely to Begin, continues Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24 with show time at 7:30 p.m. Featuring five members of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance, it will be held in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus in Studio 115.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett challenged students gathered for Freshman Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 18 to complete the academic requirements necessary to earn their degrees in four years.


“It is my desire and hope that I will have the opportunity to shake your hands and hand each of you a degree from this fine institution in four years,” said Bennett to an enthusiastic turnout of approximately 1,200 students at Reed Green Coliseum. “You have been given an invaluable gift as a college student. It is your responsibility to make the most of your time here.”