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August 14, 2017

Newly elected Student Government Association President Cameron Cloud wants Southern Miss to feel like home for all students.

Cameron Cloud is a junior biology and communication studies double major at The University of Southern Mississippi and the newly elected Student Government Association (SGA) president. Before being elected as president, Cloud served with the Freshman Forum and as an assistant director of Eaglepalooza. He is also a Luckyday Scholar and Honors College student.  We spent some time asking Cloud questions about his plans and goals as the new SGA president for the 2017-18 school year.  

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 22, 2018

John Mark Lawler discovered the joy of “making something out of nothing” as a young boy helping his father with projects in his woodshop.

Lawler, a professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Art and Design, is teaching an art photography class in London this summer in the university’s British Studies Program, where he’s also taking stock of how far he’s come from the creative exploits of his youth  in that workshop to sharing that passion with students, while also seeing his digital collage piece “Compassion” on display as part of the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition.

John Mark Lawler discovered the joy of “making something out of nothing” as a young boy helping his father with projects in his woodshop.

June 21, 2018

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — has named University of Southern Mississippi graduate Ariel Elliott a Phi Kappa Phi Fellow, awarding her $5,000 toward the first year of graduate or professional study.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — has named University of Southern Mississippi graduate Ariel Elliott a Phi Kappa Phi Fellow, awarding her $5,000 toward the first year of graduate or professional study.

Phi Kappa Phi currently awards six fellowships of $15,000 each and 51 fellowships of $5,000. USM has had nine fellowship recipients in the past decade, including a seven-year streak from 2009 to 2015.

June 6, 2018

In the last three years, Puerto Rico has experienced massive outbreaks of two newly discovered mosquito-borne diseases, causing devastating effects for Puerto Rican citizens. Mosquito-borne diseases like Zika, for example, can have a wide range of negative effects on pregnancies, causing higher rates of miscarriages and birth defects in developing fetuses.

In the last three years, Puerto Rico has experienced massive outbreaks of two newly discovered mosquito-borne diseases, causing devastating effects for Puerto Rican citizens. Mosquito-borne diseases like Zika, for example, can have a wide range of negative effects on pregnancies, causing higher rates of miscarriages and birth defects in developing fetuses.

May 31, 2018

What began as a simple means to showcase creativity in the Pine Belt region nine years ago has blossomed into the popular, multi-dimensional event known as FestivalSouth®. Set for June 9-23, FestivalSouth® is Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre arts festival, offering both free and ticketed events to local residents and cultural tourists.

What began as a simple means to showcase creativity in the Pine Belt region nine years ago has blossomed into the popular, multi-dimensional event known as FestivalSouth®. Set for June 9-23, FestivalSouth® is Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre arts festival, offering both free and ticketed events to local residents and cultural tourists.

May 30, 2018

The Scripps Howard Foundation has selected Dr. David R. Davies, director of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Mass Communication and Journalism, as one of only six members of its newest class of prestigious Visiting Professors in Social Media. Educators chosen for the program are members of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

The Scripps Howard Foundation has selected Dr. David R. Davies, director of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Mass Communication and Journalism, as one of only six members of its newest class of prestigious Visiting Professors in Social Media. Educators chosen for the program are members of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).  

May 17, 2018

Saxophonists and music enthusiasts from across the country will gather in Hattiesburg again this summer to study with two acclaimed saxophonists, Patrick Meghian, professor emeritus of music at Florida State University, and University of Southern Mississippi Professor Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz.

Saxophonists and music enthusiasts from across the country will gather in Hattiesburg again this summer to study with two acclaimed saxophonists, Patrick Meghian, professor emeritus of music at Florida State University, and University of Southern Mississippi Professor Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz.

The week-long intensive welcomes students of all ages to the Hattiesburg campus June 24-30. Registration is open at southersax.com. The public is invited to a series of concert performances that will feature camp participants, a chamber concert, quartets, and more. 

May 8, 2018

Dr. Maureen Ryan has filled many leadership roles advancing the academic mission of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) over more than three decades. Now, she’ll have a role in shaping its future.

Dr. Maureen Ryan has filled many leadership roles advancing the academic mission of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) over more than three decades. Now, she’ll have a role in shaping its future.

USM Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Steven R. Moser, has announced the appointment of Ryan as one of the University’s Distinguished Professors for the academic year beginning in August, as well as her new role as a special assistant to the Provost.

May 4, 2018

Dr. Heather Marie Stur, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, is a recipient of an Alumni National Award from Marquette (Wisc.) University’s Diederich College of Communication. Dr. Stur accepted the award during a recent ceremony on the university’s Milwaukee campus.

Dr. Heather Marie Stur, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, is a recipient of an Alumni National Award from Marquette (Wisc.) University’s Diederich College of Communication. Dr. Stur accepted the award during a recent ceremony on the university’s Milwaukee campus.