February 19, 2018  

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When University of Southern Mississippi senior Nicholas Powers accepts his undergraduate diploma on Friday, May 9, he will be extending a family tradition that began more than 80 years ago.


Powers, a music major and Ocean Springs, Miss., native, will become a fourth-generation Southern Miss graduate during the 2014 Spring Commencement ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus. The legacy began with his maternal great-grandmother, Lorene Rayburn (1932); continued with his maternal grandmother, Barbara Ann Conner, (1955) and followed with his father, Terrell Wayne Powers (1988).

University of Southern Mississippi broadcast journalism students took home the lion’s share of awards at the latest Associated Press college competition in a variety of categories among the TV and Radio divisions.

The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce a symbolic new initiative honoring our graduating Veterans and military students. 


Red, white and blue honor cords will be made available to any graduating Veteran, Active Duty and National Guard/Reserve Component Service Member or Army/Air Force ROTC commissioned students who would like to wear them during the Spring Commencement ceremonies later this week.

Two University of Southern Mississippi students studying broadcast journalism have earned highly competitive fellowships from Raycom Media, Inc.

Seniors Emily DeVoe of Mobile, Ala. and Hillary Stepney of Hattiesburg bested the competition that included students from some of the top journalism schools in the country, including those at the Universities of Missouri and North Carolina. The fellowships included two for reporting and one for meteorology, and provide practical, hands-on experience in preparation for careers in the broadcast industry.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) concluded its current series of educational high school events and competitions on Wednesday, April 30, with its 7th annual SEP Statewide Business Plan Competition.

Saying he “looked forward to our future together,” Dr. Rodney Bennett was officially inaugurated as president of The University of Southern Mississippi Friday, May 2 on the Hattiesburg campus during a ceremony held at Bennett Auditorium. An inauguration ceremony was also held at Southern Miss Gulf Coast in Long Beach May 1.

The 2014 Graphic Design Senior Show at The University of Southern Mississippi opened this week and will be open to visitors through May 9 in the Cook Library Art Galleries during Cook Library hours. This event is free and open to the public. 

Faculty Dance Concert May 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a performance on May 2 at 2 p.m. All shows will take place in the Theatre and Dance Building, Room 115. Admission is $5 for the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance’s Dance Student Showcase will be presented Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. in Studio 115 of the Theatre and Dance Building. The event is supported by two student groups, the USM National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Student Chapter and Chi Tau Epsilon.

Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis is proud to announce the hiring of Doc Sadler as the 20th head men’s basketball coach in school history.

Since 2001, the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program has impacted the lives of more than 1,400 students at The University of Southern Mississippi through the gift of scholarship, service, leadership and community engagement.


In April 2014, the Luckyday Foundation renewed funding for the program at Southern Miss for another four years with a gift commitment of $6.9 million to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation. This gift will provide 75 incoming freshmen with $5,000-per-year scholarships, which are renewable for three years after the students’ freshman year, provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements.

Holmes Adams, a successful Mississippi attorney whose work with the Luckyday Foundation helps provide opportunities for students to attend The University of Southern Mississippi and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, a Southern Miss alumnus and supporter, will be the spring commencement speakers at the University’s celebrations in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast, respectively. Approximately 1,800 students are candidates for degrees at the University this semester.

For the third consecutive year, a portion of the proceeds from the Spraberry-Schankin Memorial Trout Tournament has been donated to the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) to support fisheries research. 

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters and the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) co-hosted the 2014 Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity recently on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

BILOXI, Miss. – The United Way of South Mississippi recently hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Breakfast at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi to honor volunteers who contribute to the organization’s success. Southern Miss Gulf Park campus employees, Edward McCormack, associate dean and professor for Gulf Coast Libraries, and Christy Elias, coordinator of student development and leadership, were among those recognized.

The University of Southern Mississippi has granted an exclusive license to an international company for multiple pieces of USM proprietary intellectual property to be used in software development to produce custom simulation modeling and training systems for sport stadiums, arenas and other venues.


The Leadership for Crime Prevention class at The University of Southern Mississippi and the Schafer Center for Crisis Prevention invites everyone to a special fundraising event “Break the Silence” from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, May 2 at the Student Union Baptist Lawn.

Shelia White, director of University Communications, and Charmaine Schmermund, assistant director of public relations, at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Office of University Communications received two professional awards at the 2014 Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) Awards Banquet in Hattiesburg.

Because of inclement weather expected for the Hattiesburg area today, the exhibit opening for "Pictures that Made a Difference:  The Civil Rights Movement," a rare set of photographs by Charles Moore, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. in College Hall room 104 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. It will be on display in College Hall  until Sept. 15.

University of Southern Mississippi operations on the Hattiesburg campus will close at 12:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, April 29)  as a result of anticipated severe weather conditions in the Pine Belt this afternoon. Operations at the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus and additional locations will continue as regularly scheduled.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library is currently exhibiting artwork created by members of the university’s faculty and staff. The exhibit will be on display through the end of May and a reception honoring the artists will be held Thursday, May 29 from 3 – 5 p.m. in room 204 of the library, located on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is accepting applications for admission into the spring 2015 class for the baccalaureate of nursing degree program. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2014.

The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a U.S. District Court’s favorable ruling for The University of Southern Mississippi in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former graduate student at the University.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT), in collaboration with the 184th Sustainment Command, will present a free webinar “Logistics within the Mississippi National Guard” at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 5.