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February 14, 2017

By the time she reached her sophomore year in college, Dr. Sherita L. Johnson knew that she wanted to be an English professor.

Dr. Sherita L. Johnson is an associate professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, where she specializes in 19th-century African-American Literature, black women writers, Jim Crow literature and cultural studies. She has also taught study abroad courses of Caribbean literature in Jamaica with USM’s International Programs.

November 22, 2016

Dr. Westley "Lee" Follett, associate professor of history, stresses that education is valuable not because of where it might lead you but rather for what it makesyou.

Dr. Westley “Lee” Follett is an associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, who was recently named the University’s Teacher of the Year by the Mississippi Humanities Council. At the University’s Gulf Park campus, Follett specializes in religious history, with emphases on monasticism, hagiography, liturgy and manuscript studies, and a geographical focus on pre-Norman Ireland.

July 22, 2016

Southern Miss musician and instructor Mike Lopinto believes that life is about experiences and interactions.

Dr. Mike Lopinto is the PR/Marketing Coordinator for the School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi. Under his professional leadership, Lopinto has brought a high level of recognition to the arts programs at the University, as well as the state of Mississippi.

March 28, 2016

Acclaimed history professor and author Dr. Andrew Wiest cannot imagine doing anything else with his life.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Andrew Wiest is a University Distinguished Professor of History at Southern Miss. He is also the founding director of the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society. In this special feature, Wiest shares some insight into his personal and professional achievements.

Q. What is your hometown and educational background?

September 2, 2014

SGA President Jeffrey George is dedicated to the idea of inspiring fellow students to get involved in campus activities and organizations.

Student Government Association President Jeffrey George plans to leave Southern Miss better than he found it by encouraging other students to reach to the top. George, of Covington, Louisiana, is a junior political science major pursuing a minor in marketing.

Q: What led you to attend The University of Southern Mississippi?

August 1, 2014

Our ability and willingness to come together and talk through issues will build a solid foundation for the University and the coastal community to become a much more economically progressive area.

As President of The University of Southern Mississippi, I am deeply troubled that USM’s commitment to meeting the needs of the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been called into question. I am aware of the historical tension surrounding access to higher education in the coastal community, and I respect each community member who has worked tirelessly to ensure that the coast is not marginalized or overlooked but is instead recognized as a critical region that deserves access to quality educational opportunities.

February 13, 2013

Dr. Rodney Bennett, incoming president at The University of Southern Mississippi, addresses a large group of students who turned out for a campus cleanup project on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The student-led project was coordinated in response to the EF-4 tornado that struck the Southern Miss campus and the Hattiesburg area on Sunday, Feb. 10.

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May 22, 2012

Dr. Steven Moser, recently named Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, says that spreading news about the college's attributes and achievements is a top priority.

Dr. Steven Moser was recently named Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi. He has also served as director of the Pride of Mississippi and conductor of the Symphonic Winds. In this Q&A feature Moser reflects on his current responsibilities and outside interests.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

November 21, 2011

Dr. Chris Campbell, director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, says today's students will dictate the course of news media in the future.

Chris Campbell serves as the director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at Southern Miss. Recently, Campbell took a few moments to reflect on his current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

A: I’m from Dayton, Ohio. I have a BA in English from Webster University in St. Louis, an MS in mass communication from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Ph.D. in mass communication from Southern Miss.

October 18, 2011

Dr. Wendy Atkins-Sayre, director of the Speaking Center at Southern Miss, says there is no substitute for experience when it comes to speaking in public.

Dr. Wendy Atkins-Sayre is an assistant professor of communication studies and director of the Speaking Center at The University of Southern Mississippi. Recently, Atkins-Sayre took a few moments to reflect on her current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

A: I grew up in Portland, Texas. I have a BA and MA from Texas State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

May 9, 2011

New Student Printz Executive Editor Mary Margaret Halford is following in her uncle's footsteps and enjoying every second of the journey.

Southern Miss sophomore Mary Margaret Halford was recently named the Executive Editor of the Student Printz campus newspaper. Recently, Halford took a few moments to reflect on her new role at the university and other interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

June 19, 2017

Although some of its members were separated by continents and oceans, Lijie Zhou’s dissertation committee came together June 14 - virtually and face-to-face - to review the University of Southern Mississippi graduate student’s dissertation defense.

Although some of its members were separated by continents and oceans, Lijie Zhou’s dissertation committee came together June 14 - virtually and face-to-face - to review the University of Southern Mississippi graduate student’s dissertation defense.

June 16, 2017

Dr. Jameela Lares, professor of English in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters, has been named the Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Humanities for 2017-2019.

Dr. Jameela Lares, professor of English in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters, has been named the Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Humanities for 2017-2019.

June 6, 2017

Southern Arena Theatre (SAT) returns for its 41st season at The University of Southern Mississippi with two classic plays, and after a wildly successful inaugural run last summer, the Improv Comedy Club is back to the delight of SAT fans throughout the Gulf South.

Southern Arena Theatre (SAT) returns for its 41st season at The University of Southern Mississippi with two classic plays, and after a wildly successful inaugural run last summer, the Improv Comedy Club is back to the delight of SAT fans throughout the Gulf South.

June 6, 2017

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Victoria L Brown was recently selected as one of 30 students to participate in the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Doctoral Honors Seminar in Bowling Green, Ohio. She will be the first Southern Miss student to attend this particular program.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Victoria L Brown was recently selected as one of 30 students to participate in the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Doctoral Honors Seminar in Bowling Green, Ohio. She will be the first Southern Miss student to attend this particular program.

May 24, 2017

Four University of Southern Mississippi faculty members have been chosen as recipients of the Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship for the 2017-18 academic year, with two each from the College of Arts and Letters and College of Education and Psychology.

Four University of Southern Mississippi faculty members have been chosen as recipients of the Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship for the 2017-18 academic year, with two each from the College of Arts and Letters and College of Education and Psychology. 

The Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship was established in 2011 to recognize an outstanding junior faculty member for outstanding accomplishments and professional promise.

Recipients of the Suggs Professorship include:

May 17, 2017

Dr. Jeanne Gillespie, a professor of Spanish and American Indian Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 24 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Dr. Jeanne Gillespie, a professor of Spanish and American Indian Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 24 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

May 12, 2017

The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Arts and Letters recognized to outstanding alumnae for their professional accomplishments during its annual College Awards Ceremony and Reception. Lindsey "Katie" Jack, Class of 2003, was honored as the recipient of the College of Arts and Letters Distinguished Alumni Award, and Rachel Rizzuto, Class of 2009, was selected to receive the College of Arts and Letters New Alumni Award.  

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters recognized two outstanding alumnae for their professional accomplishments during its annual College Awards Ceremony and Reception. Lindsey “Katie” Jack, Class of 2003, was honored as the recipient of the College of Arts and Letters Distinguished Alumni Award, and Rachel Rizzuto, Class of 2009, was selected to receive the College of Arts and Letters New Alumni Award. 

May 11, 2017

The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Arts and Letters recently honored students, alumni, faculty and staff at an annual awards ceremony at the Thad Cochran Center. Family, friends and other guests gathered to celebrate students academic achievements and alumni accomplishments. The college recognized excellence in service, teaching and research at the event.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters recently honored students, alumni, faculty and staff at an annual awards ceremony at the Thad Cochran Center. Family, friends and other guests gathered to celebrate student academic achievements and alumni accomplishments. The college recognized excellence in service, teaching and research at the event. 

May 10, 2017

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters recently held its annual awards ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom. Students were recognized for academic excellence at the event.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters recently held its annual awards ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom. Students were recognized for academic excellence at the event.

May 9, 2017

Spring commencement at The University of Southern Mississippi promises to be special for Willie Tubbs and Dr. David R. Davies, with Tubbs set to receive his Ph.D. and Professor Davies serving as commencement grand marshal.

Spring commencement at The University of Southern Mississippi promises to be special for Willie Tubbs and Dr. David R. Davies, with Tubbs set to receive his Ph.D. and Professor Davies serving as commencement grand marshal.

Dr. Davies, director of USM’s School of Mass Communications and Journalism, is Tubbs’ dissertation advisor so he’ll be juggling grand marshal duties while also hooding Tubbs upon receipt of his degree.