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June 22, 2016

Dr. Julie Howdeshell loves the sense of community that working in a university environment brings.

Dr. Julie G. Howdeshell serves as Director, Quality Enhancement Programs, at The University of Southern Mississippi. 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?

A. I grew up in Memphis and studied English and political science at The University of Memphis, followed by a master’s in political science at Baylor University, and a doctorate in higher education administration at Southern Miss.

September 9, 2015

Recent Southern Miss graduate and reigning Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts is tearing down stereotypes as a contestant in this week's Miss America pageant.

I’d been waiting on this conversation for eight months. Then it happened on Sunday, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Here’s the short version.

“Why do you have pink goggles in your office?” my 6-year-old asked me.

“It’s because we’re supporting Miss Hannah in the Miss America Pageant, and she wears pink goggles when she’s learning about science,” I said.

“She likes science?” my daughter inquired.

April 1, 2015

The University's acquisition of the unique Point Sur research vessel helps Southern Miss not only enhance the high-quality education and research opportunities we provide as the leading marine science institution in the state of Mississippi, but it will also provide valuable benefits to our community and associated marine economy.

Recently, I had the opportunity to experience a significant milestone in the growth and development of The University of Southern Mississippi’s research program as the research vessel Point Sur made its way across the Panama Canal. As I traveled to the country of Panama, entered the waters of both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and explored the most recent addition to USM’s fleet, I was struck by the impact this vessel will have on our marine science research initiatives.

January 22, 2014

Consider this note an open invitation to take a closer look at Southern Miss.

Consider this note an open invitation. It’s your invitation to take a closer look at Southern Miss over the next few months, whether you are a prospective student or family member, current student, faculty or staff member, alum or fan. Beginning tomorrow, an advertising campaign throughout south Mississippi and on social media will feature some of the best Southern Miss has to offer—its top students, its groundbreaking research, its successful alumni. It will remind those who know Southern Miss well of its amazing achievements.

December 2, 2013

As a top-tier research university, we pride ourselves on developing new innovation techniques.

The University of Southern Mississippi has much for which to be thankful.

November 15, 2013

Mississippi Innovation Month provides an opportunity to showcase our best efforts.

When I travel to other parts of the state and country spreading Golden Eagle spirit, I often hear “you’re doing that at Southern Miss?” at the conclusion of one of my stories.

My answer, always with a smile, is “yes, and more.”

August 8, 2013

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July 10, 2013

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March 28, 2013

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January 28, 2013

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January 28, 2013

Statistics show that a post-secondary degree does indeed matter in today's competitive marketplace.

If you were to ask a classroom of first grade students what career path they plan to choose, you will likely receive answers such as “fireman” or “astronaut,” probably based on the excitement of riding on a fire truck or a spaceship, or “teacher,” based on the example set each day by their own teacher.

However, as these students grow and mature, discover and develop their own talent and aptitude, and consider many other factors, including job availability and salary, these career aspirations often change.

January 3, 2013

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November 19, 2012

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October 23, 2012

Southern Miss Vice Provost for Research Dr. Gordon Cannon notes that the state's universities work in collaboration more often than the average citizen realizes.

I read with great interest a recent editorial in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that applauded the cooperative research efforts by Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi. While competition often brings out the best in opponents in a football stadium, at The University of Southern Mississippi we also know that it is collaboration that produces the most significant results in the research laboratories and fields.