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March 31, 2017

Karen Rowell, director of USM's Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival, reflects on its 50-year history, what it takes to put the festival together, and the lasting impact of the event on the literary genre that touches the hearts of both young and old alike.  

Q: What is the Fay B Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, and how did it come to be? What’s in store for its golden anniversary?

December 2, 2016

Dr. Michael Madson's research examines college student alcohol use and strategies that can help them avoid substance abuse.

Dr. Michael Madson is a professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at Southern Miss. Madson joined the USM faculty in 2005 and his research involves college student substance use, harm reduction, and motivational interviewing (MI). He directs the Department of Psychology’s Behavior and Alcohol Research Laboratory and its Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program.

August 18, 2016

Suicide prevention efforts must go beyond designating a month calling attention to this national tragedy. 

September marks National Suicide Prevention Month.  Although I am profoundly pleased that impactful people are calling such attention to suicide, I always find myself somewhat frustrated at this time each year.  Suicide prevention does not need a month – it needs a national movement commensurate with the public health crisis it represents. 

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.

If you cannot view the embedded video above, watch it on YouTube.

September 9, 2011

Student Government Association President Erick Brown hopes to leave a legacy of inclusion at Southern Miss.

Erick Brown serves as the president of the Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi. Brown, a senior sociology major, recently 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 am from Columbus, Mississippi and attended Columbus High School.

Q: What were your dreams and ambitions as a small child?

July 13, 2011

Dr. Ann Blackwell, dean of the College of Education and Psychology at Southern Miss, takes pride in her Hattiesburg roots and this university's legacy as a teacher's college.

Ann Blackwell serves as dean of the College of Education and Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi. A Southern Miss alumna, Blackwell taught in the Hattiesburg Public School System before taking on her current role. She took a few moments recently to reflect on her current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

November 5, 2018

Graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi will have an opportunity to showcase their research and compete for significant prizes during the 5th Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition set for Nov. 7-9 at the Trent Lott National Center on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

 

Graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi will have an opportunity to showcase their research and compete for significant prizes during the 5th Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition set for Nov. 7-9 at the Trent Lott National Center on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

Preliminary rounds will be held Nov. 7-8 from 2-5 p.m. with the finals set for Friday, Nov. 9 from 2-4 p.m.

November 2, 2018

The University of Southern Mississippi will take part in a $4.73 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative (DPSI). The initiative coordinates Department of Defense efforts to identify, evaluate, deploy, and transfer technology, items, and equipment to federal, state, and local first responders.

 

Dr. Joshua Hill, assistant professor of criminal justice and forensic science at The University of Southern Mississippi, USM’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security and Kopis Mobile will lead this year-long project to identify Department of Defense technology and equipment that can enhance public safety and improve homeland security.

The University of Southern Mississippi will take part in a $4.73 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative (DPSI). The initiative coordinates Department of Defense efforts to identify, evaluate, deploy, and transfer technology, items, and equipment to federal, state, and local first responders.

October 9, 2018

If you’ve got extreme entertainment skills – or if you have food items you’re willing to donate – then SMAC has the perfect opportunity for you.

 

The Southern Miss Activities Council is holding its annual USM Has Talent show on Wednesday, Oct. 17, including a donation drive to benefit the on-campus Eagle’s Nest food pantry. Students are encouraged to make a donation if they are able. The show is at 7 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium; doors open at 6:30.

If you’ve got extreme entertainment skills – or if you have food items you’re willing to donate – then SMAC has the perfect opportunity for you.

The Southern Miss Activities Council is holding its annual USM Has Talent show on Wednesday, Oct. 17, including a donation drive to benefit the on-campus Eagle’s Nest food pantry. Students are encouraged to make a donation if they are able. The show is at 7 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium; doors open at 6:30.

August 14, 2018

Hallie Jordan, a University of Southern Mississippi counseling psychology doctoral student from Birmingham, Ala., is serving as a co-editor for the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 2 (Society for Teaching of Psychology) Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) blog.

Hallie Jordan, a University of Southern Mississippi counseling psychology doctoral student from Birmingham, Ala., is serving as a co-editor for the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 2 (Society for Teaching of Psychology) Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) blog.

August 13, 2018

The School of Education at The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce a new leadership team, formed under recently appointed Director Dr. Sandra Nichols. The completed team will enhance the school’s recommitment to community partnerships with state school districts and realignment as the prominent producer of educators for the State of Mississippi.

The School of Education at The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce a new leadership team, formed under recently appointed Director Dr. Sandra Nichols. The completed team will enhance the school’s recommitment to community partnerships with state school districts and realignment as the prominent producer of educators for the State of Mississippi.

The leadership team for the School of Education consists of Associate Director and Teaching Professor Dr. Noal Cochran and Associate Director and Associate Professor Dr. Myron Labat.

August 6, 2018

Dr. Carol Connell, professor of nutrition in the School of Kinesiology and Nutrition, has been named Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Carol Connell, professor of nutrition in the School of Kinesiology and Nutrition, has been named Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Connell, a native of Eastaboga, Ala., will support and foster faculty research initiatives within the college, as well as oversee all aspects of graduate studies.

July 17, 2018

Dr. Sandra Nichols has been named the director of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)’s new School of Education.

 

Nichols, a native of Ellisville, will oversee one of the largest academic schools at the university with almost 1,000 students enrolled in three undergraduate degree and 13 graduate degree programs. Her role began July 1.

Dr. Sandra Nichols has been named the director of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)’s new School of Education.

Nichols, a native of Ellisville, will oversee one of the largest academic schools at the university with almost 1,000 students enrolled in three undergraduate degree and 13 graduate degree programs. Her role began July 1.

July 3, 2018

Laura Pazos now has more on her mind about the mind after participating in a highly selective national workshop on cognition and neuroscience.

Pazos, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) senior from Slidell, La. was selected for the 2018 Summer Workshop in Cognitive and Brain Sciences, held in June at the University of Delaware. The workshop provides undergraduate students with opportunities to engage in cognitive neuroscience research methods in a week-long program that also covers travel and accommodations.

Laura Pazos now has more on her mind about the mind after participating in a highly selective national workshop on cognition and neuroscience.

Pazos, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) senior from Slidell, La. was selected for the 2018 Summer Workshop in Cognitive and Brain Sciences, held in June at the University of Delaware. The workshop provides undergraduate students with opportunities to engage in cognitive neuroscience research methods in a week-long program that also covers travel and accommodations.

July 2, 2018

A program based at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) since 2005 continues its original charge of assisting the state's elementary, middle and high schools, as well as juvenile detention centers and group homes, succeed in their implementatuon of behavior modification goals, while also advancing initatives created in recent years.

A program based at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) since 2005 continues with its original charge of assisting the state’s elementary, middle and high schools, as well as juvenile detention centers and group homes, succeed in their implementation of behavior modification goals, while also advancing initiatives created in recent years.  

June 27, 2018

The Epsilon Delta Chapter of Chi Omega at The University of Southern Mississippi capped off an impressive 2017-18 academic year by capturing the prestigious Founders’ Cup presented to the organization’s top-5 performing chapters. Winning chapters are announced every two years.

The Epsilon Delta Chapter of Chi Omega at The University of Southern Mississippi capped off an impressive 2017-18 academic year by capturing the prestigious Founders’ Cup presented to the organization’s top-5 performing chapters. Winning chapters are announced every two years.

Epsilon Delta President Alexis Bexley, of Spanish Fort, Ala., points out that several noteworthy factors contributed to the chapter’s recognition. Among those:

May 29, 2018

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online child development undergraduate degree program has received a No. 4 national ranking from noted education resource guide BestValueSchools.com.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online child development undergraduate degree program has received a No. 4 national ranking from noted education resource guide BestValueSchools.com.

May 23, 2018

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program has earned a 10-year accreditation designation from the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program has earned a 10-year accreditation designation from the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).

April 24, 2018

Two University of Southern Mississippi students recently were awarded study abroad grants worth $1,000 each from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The students are part of a select group of 50 students nationwide to receive the award.

Two University of Southern Mississippi students recently were awarded study abroad grants worth $1,000 each from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The students are part of a select group of 50 students nationwide to receive the award.

USM students receiving a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant are:

April 4, 2018

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi community and area residents will bring awareness to suicide prevention when the USM Department of Psychology hosts the “Out of the Darkness Walk” on the Hattiesburg campus. The event, set for April 28 from 8:30 – 11 a.m. at the Bruce and Virginia Wilgus Fitness Trail, located next to the Payne Center on the Hattiesburg campus, is being held in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s efforts to save lives and give hope to those affected by suicide.

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi community and area residents will bring awareness to suicide prevention when the USM Department of Psychology hosts the “Out of the Darkness Walk” on the Hattiesburg campus. The event, set for April 28 from 8:30 – 11 a.m. at the Bruce and Virginia Wilgus Fitness Trail, located next to the Payne Center on the Hattiesburg campus, is being held in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s efforts to save lives and give hope to those affected by suicide.

March 26, 2018

The annual Summer Gifted Studies Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, hosted by its Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, will be held June 24-29 at the Hattiesburg campus. The dealine for application is April 9.

The annual Summer Gifted Studies Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, hosted by its Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, will be held June 24-29 at the Hattiesburg campus. The deadline for application is April 9. 

March 8, 2018

University of Southern Mississippi junior Jack Hoda, an English major from Petal, Miss., can add one more impressive honor to his already gleaming academic portfolio – Truman Scholarship finalist. Hoda is the only USM student to be nominated for the Truman Scholarship this year.

University of Southern Mississippi junior Jack Hoda, an English major from Petal, Miss., can add one more impressive honor to his already gleaming academic portfolio – Truman Scholarship finalist. Hoda is the only USM student to be nominated for the Truman Scholarship this year.

A brief recap of Hoda’s impressive list of achievements reads like a who’s-who of collegiate recognitions.