November 30, 2015  

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The presidents of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) and The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) signed a memorandum of understanding between the Honors Colleges of both institutions on Monday, August 24, at MGCCC’s Perkinston Campus. The agreement will allow Honors students at MGCCC easier access to the Honors College at USM when they transfer.


The agreement allows MGCCC graduates seeking admission to the USM Honors College automatic admission to the program once they are admitted to USM; have submitted the Honors College Application for Admission to Senior Honors; have a letter stating they are in good standing in the MGCCC Honors College; and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better.

Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Council on Economic Education. Her three-year term became effective July 30.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Student Counseling Services (SCS) office has moved from Kennard-Washington Hall to Bond Hall East, located at 103 Ray Guy Way behind the parking garage on the north side of the Hattiesburg campus.


An important milestone in the history of The University of Southern Mississippi will be observed Sept. 2-6 when the school marks the 50th anniversary of its desegregation.

Bearing the theme “Celebrating 50 Years of Progress: Desegregation of The University of Southern Mississippi,” the week’s programming will include a keynote speech by renowned author and journalist Soledad O’Brien Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

As The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business prepares for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Scianna Hall in September, The First, A National Banking Association furthered its investment in business education at Southern Miss with an additional $100,000 gift commitment to the USM Foundation. This gift brings The First’s total commitment to Scianna Hall to $250,000.

As a recent graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, Amber Westfall credits Career Services with helping her secure employment shortly after earning her bachelor’s degree in public health from the university’s Gulf Park campus, where she finished with a 4.0 grade point average.

University of Southern Mississippi students at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach pass the golden eagle statue of “Lofty Return” on the first day of fall 2015 semester classes. The completion of major building projects, as well as new upcoming projects slated for the Gulf Park campus, have allowed the university to grow significantly since Hurricane Katrina caused widespread destruction and millions of dollars in damages in August 2005.

(Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

The story of the modern South, the intersection of NASCAR and science and the litigation of one of the most important legal struggles of this century are among the featured topics of The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2015 University Forum.

Success is hard to come by — it isn’t a given in any field. Harder, perhaps, is continuing an elevated level of success. In football, for instance, only a few quarterbacks have followed Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks with a Super Bowl victory of their own. More often than not, replacing a legend in the field is a difficult, almost impossible task.


Such is the challenge facing Dr. Jeffrey Wiggins, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. Wiggins and fellow faculty members follow in the footsteps of academic giants who built USM polymer science into one of the world’s best.

After the Deepwater Horizon incident, the coastline oiling that occurred raised questions about oil movement and impact. For example, before a surface slick reached land, was there oil below the surface waters and how might that affect coastal environments and organisms?


The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative recently awarded CONCORDE a grant to study nearshore currents and circulation flows and their potential role in creating sub-surface oil exposure pathways.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings will kick off the 2015-16 season with Pride Preview. This free concert will be held Friday, August 28 at 7 p.m. at Centennial Green on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, and all are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic dinners to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment.

The University of Southern Mississippi School campus in Hattiesburg was buzzing with excitement on Friday, Aug. 14 as freshmen students began the process of moving into residence halls. The first classes of the Fall 2015 Semester begin on Wednesday, Aug. 19. In this photo, volunteers help students move their belongings into Century Park South. (University Communications photo by Van Arnold)

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is excited to announce a free tailgate for all active members of the organization prior to the Golden Eagle football game against Mississippi State on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.


The University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted the workshop “Professional GPS: Using Your Social Skills to Navigate the Workplace,” presented by the Coast Young Professionals Institute. The workshop, held at the university’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, was presented by Dr. Jacob Breland, assistant professor in the College of Business at Southern Miss.

Launched Feb. 6, 2014, the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society Campaign has exceeded its $2 million goal. The fundraising initiative built upon early successes of the program and elevated the Dale Center from one of the top five military history programs in the country to the premier academic program for the study of war and society in the United States.

Thirteen graduates of the Joint International Hydrographic Applied Science Program (JIHASP) at The University of Southern Mississippi were recognized during a special ceremony held by the Department of Marine Sciences (DMS) at John C. Stennis Space Center.

A series of health-conscious initiatives has helped The University of Southern Mississippi gain recognition by the American Heart Association as a fit friendly workplace.

The University of Southern Mississippi will mark its recovery from the greatest natural disaster in modern American history and welcome the man who led the Magnolia State through it at events in Hattiesburg and Long Beach August 26 and 28.

Every year, Hattiesburg’s music lovers anxiously await the announcement of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra season. Celebrating 96 years, the venerable organization is the state’s oldest orchestra and a leader in cultural offerings for the region.

Music Director Jay Dean notes: “Every symphonic concert this season features wind or brass soloists. Some of these performers will be students who come from different parts of the world, including Mississippi, while others are globally renowned celebrity artists."

Fall 2015 semester student move-in days at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will be Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15, with the following areas to be closed as preparations are made to welcome students to their residence halls.

Hannah Roberts, Miss Mississippi 2015, will preview some of the gowns she plans to wear for the upcoming Miss America pageant as part of a special send-off celebration set for Saturday, Aug. 22 at the Vicksburg City Auditorium. The event will begin at noon.

An award-winning American journalist and author will be the keynote speaker for the University of Southern Mississippi’s 50th anniversary celebration of the desegregation of the institution.

Soledad O’Brien, a former CNN news anchor and reporter, will address an audience at Bennett Auditorium Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m., in conjunction with The University’s programming featured in “Celebrating 50 Years of Progress: Desegregation of The University of Southern Mississippi.”

Freddie White-Johnson, program director of the Mississippi Network for Cancer Control at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently completed the year-long Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy.

Michael Marks says Hurricane Katrina is an event that still lives with him, like it happened yesterday. And he hopes those who lived through it won’t ever forget its lessons.