February 22, 2018  

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library presents the roundtable discussion, “Women of the Gulf Coast: A Historical Perspective,” on Tuesday, March 25, from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in room 204 of the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design will hold its annual Student Show, featuring more than 100 works of art created by students from March 25 to April 15 in the Cook Library Learning Commons Gallery. An awards ceremony and reception will be held April 1 at 6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

The registration deadline for the University of Southern Mississippi's Summer Gifted Studies and Leadership Studies Programs is March 31. Space is limited.

These programs are presented by the university's Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies. For more detailed information about these programs and the Center, visit www.usm.edu/gifted or call 601.266.5236.

Members of the Mississippi Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at The University of Southern Mississippi traveled recently to Atlanta to attend the annual Carlson Leadership Academy (CLA) sponsored by their national fraternity. CLA is a two-day conference that consists of a variety of involved workshops and presentations from distinguished alumni.

Human Capital Development Attend Academy of Human Resource Development Program Excellence Network Meeting

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, professor and chair of the Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, and Dr. Heather Annulis, professor of human capital development, participated in the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Program Excellence Network (PEN). 

For University of Southern Mississippi student Jeffrey George, this year’s Founders’ Day celebration will be especially significant, as he will take the oath of office as president of the school’s Student Government Association.

George, a sophomore from Covington, La. and other SGA executive officers elected this semester will be sworn in as part of the schedule of events on Thursday, March 27 that will mark the 104th anniversary of the university. Southern Miss was created by an act of the Mississippi Legislature in 1910, when it was first known as Mississippi Normal College.

Parents of children and youth with special health care needs in Mississippi can get the information they seek about health resources, services and supports for their children and family through the Mississippi Family 2 Family Health Information and Education Center.

Eight members of the Gamma Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi attended the Fraternity’s Southern LEAD Provincial Conference & Council Meeting in Orlando, Fla., held Feb. 28-March 2.


The first installment of the four part seminar series, “Catch More Fish with Science,” will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Miss.

The American Marketing Association student organization at The University of Southern Mississippi will sponsor a “Pancakes for Parkinson’s: Teen Wolf Edition” on Saturday, April 5 from 6-9 p.m. on NITChampsburg Field next to Reed Green Coliseum.

Donations are welcome and all proceeds from the charity event will be directed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The event includes a free pancake dinner and screening of the Michael J. Fox classic film “Teen Wolf.”

A new student organization at The University of Southern Mississippi is ready to STEP UP in 2014.


This month, the STEP UP (Starting Today Empowering Peers through Uniting and Participating) Council became an official University student organization. Council members, composed of youth and young adults with and without disabilities, serve as leaders within their schools, colleges/universities and communities. Council members are not only university students, but community leaders with and without disabilities.

Allan Rowe, a graduate student in The School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi, and assistant professor Dr. Laura Richard will present on “The Need for Mental Health Services in Mississippi Public Schools” at the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Social Workers' annual conference.

Presenters will be joined by faculty and staff attending the conference, “All People Matter” in Biloxi, Miss. on March 26-28. In conjunction with the conference, the school will host its annual alumni reception.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Biological Sciences will host "Fire in the Forest" day camp March 22 in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association and representatives from the Mississippi State Extension Service. This camp will introduce children to fire safety and teach them about the importance of prescribed fire in forest management.

The University of Southern Mississippi Technology Learning Center (TLC) Golden Eagles wheelchair basketball team is once again conference champions after winning the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Gulf Coast Conference Championship March 8 at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, La.

The management and owners of Half Shell Oyster House in Hattiesburg are opening their hearts and wallets to support The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its annual Honors Banquet at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 24 at the Thad Cochran Center Grand Ballroom on the Hattiesburg campus.

The event will recognize the best-of-the-best among the University’s business students. Awards are presented to student in each business discipline with the recipients selected by faculty members.

The banquet will also include recognition for the new inductees of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and presentation of the Faculty of Year Awards.

Several members of the Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC) attended the 2014 National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Convention Feb. 15-19, in Boston, Mass.

SMAC Vice President Rachael Luckett and events coordinator Elyssa Klipsch facilitated this year’s convention presentation titled: “Transformation To The Top!” that highlighted the growth and branding opportunities that SMAC has undergone over the past year.

Students from the Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi were recently honored at the American Advertising Federation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s annual awards dinner. The Federation’s ADDY awards recognize the most creative student advertising and design students and professionals.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus Vice President Frances Lucas will serve as the keynote speaker for the 8th Annual Celebration of Caring Women luncheon to be held April 22 at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage was honored March 8 by the Mississippi Historical Society with its prestigious Award of Merit for contributions to museums in Mississippi and the region.

This won’t be your mother’s Lake Byron. Or your grandmother’s, for that matter.


When major upgrades are completed on The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular landmark this summer, Lake Byron will be more accessible, more attractive, more appealing than at any time during its 80-year history.


The lake has been drained to allow for expansion and other construction objectives as part of Phase III of the University’s Front Campus Landscape Restoration and Enhancement Plan.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library commemorates Women’s History Month throughout the month of March with an exhibit honoring Mississippi women of achievement.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies will hold a homeownership application fair on Tuesday, March. 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Metrocenter Mall at 1395 Metrocenter in Jackson.

Dr. Eric Powell, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs has been selected to be part of this year’s 2014 Masters Program announced by the Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation.