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Student Success Website

This January, we will be officially launching the new Student Success website, a joint venture of the Student Success Committee and the College of Arts & Letters.

The site brings together links to important resources on campus, quick log-ins to Blackboard and SOAR, a new search bar tailored to bring up relevant results from the USM site, links to USM forms, SOAR shortcuts for faculty and staff, FAQs for students and parents, and much, much more!

This site is intended to be a resource for the entire Southern Miss community. Please take a look at the site, and sned any suggestions or comments to webmaster Danielle Sypher-Haley, web designer for the College of Arts & Letters.


In Search of Mississippi Community Cookbooks

The Mississippi Community Cookbook Project helmed by Andrew P. Haley (History), Wendy Atkins-Sayre (Communication Studies) and Dana Fennell (Sociology) is collecting and digitizing pre-1970 Mississippi community cookbooks in order to preserve and comment on the history of small towns all over the state.

Cookbooks donated to the project will become part of the permanent collection at McCain Archives.  (If you are reluctant to give up a family heirloom, they understand, but would still love to take a look at your cookbook.)  To donate, please contact Andrew Haley at

Books by Arts & Letters Faculty

Arts & Letters is full of creative, engaged scholars and researchers.

Take a look at a few of the books published by our faculty.

Flashback 2013

Did you miss Dave Davies, former Dean of the Honors College and current Interim Chair of Mass Comm dancing Gangnam Style with Seymour on the steps of Honors House? Flashback time!


Facebook: Getting Maximum Impact

Many people at USM are trying their hand at event promotion on Facebook. For maximum impact, rather than create a new page for an event, try creating an event for your department's existing page, so you'll have built-in followers. Not sure how to do that? Check out this video created by Kerri Walker, A&L Public Relations Intern.


Mississippi Moments to be Broadcast Five Days a Week

"For ten years, the Mississippi Moments radio broadcasts on MPB have brought to the people of Mississippi the stories of their common history from the people that experienced it. With this new daily schedule, we will be able to share more stories from the collections of Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage" - Louis Kyriakoudes, director of Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage

Ross Walton, who produces the program says: "Mississippi Moments also shares the stories Mississippian's way of life, learning to hunt, fish or farm from their parents, or continuing the shared traditions that make Mississippi and its people so unique."


Gulf Coast Mornings Radio

Dr. Pauly assessed the causes, characteristics and consequences of the marginalization of French Muslim communities generally and the links between that marginalization and last week's terrorist attacks against the weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris.

Segment 1: Did Charlie Hebdo Pick A Fight They Shouldn't Pick?

Segment 2: Show The Cover or The Terrorists?

Instructor of Paralegal Studies Robert Harenski discusses the Singing River Health System's court case and Florida A&M Band Member: Hazing or Battery?





View our Online Art Galleries

Students in  the Department of Art & Design are now showing their work online. Check out the galleries:


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Series Schedules

Never miss another event in a series you follow with our new printable Arts & Letters event schedules! Philosophical Fridays, War & Society Roundtable, Visiting Writers, Music, Theatre, and Culinary Communities Lecture Series are available here!


Live Oak Teacher Consultant Wins Milken Family Foundation Teaching Award

Cagney Weaver, a teacher consultant with the Live Oak Writing Project on the Southern Miss Gulf Coast campus won the prestigious MIlken Family Foundation teaching award. This monetary award celebrates excellence in teaching.





Links We Like

Tromboteam! - TROMBOTEAM! seeks to inspire and entertain audiences throughout the country. This unique chamber ensemble prides itself on performing music of different styles and periods throughout history. (Ben McIlwain, School of Music)

Memorious - Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction is an online literary journal publishing poetry, fiction, and views on literary craft, including reviews, interviews, and sketches. Memorious was founded in 2004 by Robert Arnold, Rebecca Morgan Frank (Department of English), and Brian Green.

Hub Dance Collective - HDC creates professional choreographic and performance opportunities for its collaborating artists, while bringing the highest quality modern dance shows to its audiences. (Meredith Early, Stacy Reischman Feltcher, Elizabeth Lentz, Kelly Ferris Lester, Rebecca Sleger McArthur, Department of Dance)


Southern Miss Acquires 103rd Infantry Division Archives for McCain

Through the efforts of Kenneth Swope of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society & Stephen Haller at McCain Archives, Southern Miss has acquired the complete archives of the 103rd Infantry (Cactus) Division from World War II. The Dale Center will also assume oversight of a redesigned website for the 103rd, currently being constructed by Danielle Sypher-Haley, webmaster of the College of Arts & Letters. Representatives of the 103rd will be on campus November 6-8 to deliver the materials to the McCain Library & Archives.



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