February 18, 2018  

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Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree poses with seniors in the Medical Laboratory Science program at Southern Miss after proclaiming April 20-26 as National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week in the city.

Approximately 1,000 middle and high school students from across the country will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus May 17 for the prestigious SeaPerch National Challenge underwater robotics competition.

Tyler Brown, a senior polymer science major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been recognized by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) with financial support to attend graduate school.

For Christopher Paul Curtis, writing books for children is no chore.

“I’m one of the luckiest people in the world, doing something I love,” said Curtis, the winner of the Southern Miss Medallion, presented to him at the recent Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach has reached record enrollment in the number of students enrolled to earn their master’s degree. For the spring 2014 semester, a total of 361 graduate students are working to earn one of 11 master’s degrees available to students at the university’s Gulf Park campus.

More than 35 years in higher education, which includes extensive administrative and engineering credentials, made Dr. David T. Hayhurst the clear choice to become the new dean of the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi.


Hayhurst previously served as dean of the College of Engineering at both San Diego State University (2002-2013) and the University of South Alabama (1992-2002). Pending approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning, Hayhurst will begin his new role at Southern Miss on August 15.

Looking for a summer of magic? The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of English and the official Southern Miss Quiddich Team invite will host Camp Quidd-Lit, a one-week summer program on the Hattiesburg Campus.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, along with Dr. D. Jay and Beverly Grimes, will be hosting a free seminar by Dr. Bill Hogarth, director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) Tuesday, April 22 at 5 p.m. at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education. This will be the sixth presentation in the Grimes Distinguished Lecture Series.

The Live Oak Writing Project at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus invites teachers to participate in their annual Invitational Summer Institute to be held June 9 – July 3 at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The Invitational Summer Institute is dedicated to the professional development of teachers at all grade levels in all content areas.

The business portfolio of Joseph F. Best III reads like an instructional manual for entrepreneurial success.


Best, chief executive officer of H&F Bread Company and president of Best Building, LLC, has amassed more than 40 years of comprehensive consulting and senior line management across a wide variety of industries including – retail, distribution, systems development, project management, and the service sector.

The Department of Dance Repertory Dance Company presents Dance for Film April 11 a 7 p.m. and midnight and on April 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Performances will be held in the Woods Theatre in the University of Southern Mississippi's Theatre and Dance Building.  Admission is $5, check or cash on only.

Jennifer Odell, a professional journalist who writes about the New Orleans jazz and brass band scenes and edits pop culture for MSN’s entertainment section, spoke with University of Southern Mississippi students about her experiences with the music and entertainment industries April 8 on the Hattiesburg campus. She was a guest of the university’s School of Mass Communications and Journalism and its distinguished lecturer in music industry, Drew Young.

After The University of Southern Mississippi Technology Learning Center (TLC) Golden Eagles wheelchair basketball team won the Gulf Coast Conference Championship for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA), the group headed to Louisville, Ky. to compete in the 2014 NWBA national championships where they finished the season 17th in the nation among more than 300 other Division III teams.

The Student Government Association will host the annual Golden Eagle Memorial Service Tuesday, April 15 which honors students, faculty and staff who passed away during the 2013-14 academic year. The service begins at 6:30 p.m. in room 218 of the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society recently placed 12th in Combined Sweepstakes (Individual Events and Debate) at the 2014 Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament. The team ranked among 79 colleges/universities competing in the competition held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters and the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) are proud to co-host the 2014 Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity. The symposium will be held April 11 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance Building and April 12 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

The second installment of the four-part seminar series, “Catch More Fish with Science,” will be held Thursday, April 17 at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL).

The University of Southern Mississippi has selected Dr. John Eye to lead its University Libraries as dean, following a national search to fill the position.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Health, in conjunction with Hattiesburg Clinic, will present a Spring Health Forum from noon-3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.


Therapeutic recreation practitioners, students and educators from five states and six universities converged for a workshop recently co-hosted by the therapeutic recreation programs of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation and The University of South Alabama. More than 170 attended the event titled, “The Gulf Coast Coming Together for Therapeutic Recreation,” held at the C.E. Roy Community Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Student Organization at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus is giving a free performance of the play, “The Vagina Monologues,” Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Photographer Martin J. Dain was one of the few who photographed author William Faulkner at Rowan Oak, the writer’s home in Oxford. A selection of those images, compiled in the traveling exhibit, “Faulkner’s World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain,” are on display through May 2 at the Evelyn Gandy Cultural Center, located on the third floor of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate Homecoming 2014 on Nov. 8, when the football Golden Eagles take on Conference USA rival Marshall at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work, Department of Biological Sciences, and Center for Science and Mathematics Education will host a Science Careers and Research Encounters program for teachers, counselors, and ninth through twelfth students on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Lloyd Hall on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.