May 24, 2017  

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During the month of February, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music is celebrating International Musician Month. Every weekday, international music students will be playing noon mini-concerts at Hattiesburg eateries -- Java Werks and T-Bones -- or the Fresh Food Company (on the Southern Miss campus).

University of Southern Mississippi Department of History faculty members, from left, Rebecca Tuuri; Heather Stur; Andrew Ross; and Allison Abra participate in a ‘teach-in’ as part of the “Social Justice in Uncertain Times: A Day of Inquiry and Critique” public workshop Wednesday, Jan. 25 on the Hattiesburg campus. Hosted by the USM Department of Communications Studies, the event brought together various faculty from the University’s College of Arts and Letters at the Cook Library Speaking Center to present multiple disciplinary perspectives on current domestic and global issues. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature more than 150 original works by award-winning illustrator, Wendell Minor, at an exhibit from March 1 through May 15 at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. These pieces are part of a traveling exhibit organized by Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The exhibition opening and reception will take place March 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Nurse Anesthesia Program welcomed its newest cohort to the Hattiesburg campus for orientation earlier this month. The new class consists of 20 students, forming the program’s fifth group since being established in 2012.



For the next three years, these students will learn didactic anesthesia principles in the classroom and practice their skills in clinical settings throughout the State of Mississippi. 


Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Thursday, Feb. 9, for any residents in Jones and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting a two-day multisensory math workshop, offering hands-on, evidence-based strategies for meeting the needs of all students in critical skill areas. General education teachers working in math from basic skills to algebra, elementary school math teachers, speech-language pathologists, special education teachers, and academic language therapists are encouraged to attend.

Following a tornado that struck the Pine Belt during the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 21, students and employees at The University of Southern Mississippi have reached out to assist those affected by the storm that took the lives of four people and caused severe damage to property, including facilities at nearby William Carey University. Shown here is Southern Miss communication studies professor and department chair Dr. Wendy Atkins-Sayre, left, helping Jennifer Talbert, director of forensics at William Carey and a doctoral student at USM, remove belongings from her office at WCU’s historic Tatum Court building as recovery work continued on the campus.  (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will bring together the top safety and security industry leaders representing stadiums, arenas, and outdoor events for the annual Professional Sport Facilities Safety and Security Summit March 7-9, 2017 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, one of the state’s premier waterfront casino and resorts located in Biloxi, Miss.

The University Police Department has arrested Foster Wicktom, 21, in conjunction with a Friday evening incident at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house on the Hattiesburg campus. Police have charged Wicktom, who is not a Southern Miss student, with rape. UPD is continuing its investigation. Should you have any questions or related information that would assist with the case, please call 601.266.4986.

At present, there have been no reported injuries or reports of tornado-related damage to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus related to last night’s weather.


Sylvia Williams, left, a retired librarian who worked at public schools throughout Mississippi during her career, recently donated her collection of books, reference books and magazine and newspaper articles to the deGrummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi. Pictured with Williams are deGrummond Collection Curator Ellen Ruffin and Dawn Smith, assistant to the dean of University Libraries, discussing the contents of the donation which features African American literature, including a copy of a biography written by Williams of famed soprano Leontyne Price, a Laurel, Miss. native. Williams earned a master’s degree in educational media and instructional technology from USM in 1972. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi are kicking back into gear, and prospective members still have time to sign up.

A sports safety and security radiological response exercise, facilitated by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), was held at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Wednesday, Jan. 18 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. This was the first coordinated exercise of its kind to be conducted on a university campus in the state.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s entertainment industry program is searching for promising musicians to compete for the South City Records Artist Development Project 2017. This project could lead to one or more qualified artists being signed with South City Records.

Julie Hammond White, associate professor and director of Dance Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently chosen to serve a three-year term as a teaching artist with the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). In this role, White will partner with teachers throughout the state to artfully teach academics.

The Southern Quarterly has published a special issue dedicated to understanding the life, accomplishments and legacy of former Mississippi Gov. William Winter, who has spent the last seven decades creating and encouraging radical change in the politics and social climate of his home state.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its 3rd Annual Children’s Center Classic on Feb. 25.


The University of Southern Mississippi has been deemed a White House Healthy Campus due to the work of the Mississippi Health Access Collaborative (MHAC), an effort of the School of Social Work’s Center for Discovery, Integration, and Transformation.

Dr. Marjorie Geisz-Everson, assistant professor and interim director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program in The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing, has been elected to Distinguished Fellowship of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Nursing.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cook Library will 'In Memory of Light,' a photographic exhibit on display from Jan. 24 through March 10 in the Cook Library Art Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing has been recognized as one of the nation’s best online graduate nursing programs in rankings recently released by U.S. News & World Report. In its 2017 rankings edition, U.S. News places the Southern Miss College of Nursing at No. 57 nationally – the highest spot for any Mississippi college or university.

Two University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park undergraduates have been awarded grants to advance their research ideas through the Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR).

Science Café on the Coast, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Library, will present “Dogs vs. Cats – Their Noses Know” on Monday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. at Margaret Sherry Memorial Library in Biloxi.

The Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi has awarded funding for research project proposals made by 18 students through the Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR).