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The anniversary of America’s worst natural disaster - Hurricane Katrina - is no cause for celebration.

But the resiliency and commitment of The University of Southern Mississippi family and Gulf Coast residents to rebound from the epic storm was honored during a special program Aug. 28 at the school’s Gulf Park Campus.   

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature 130 original works of art by award winning illustrator Tasha Tudor at an exhibit from October through December at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. These pieces are part of a traveling exhibit organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge, Mass.

In what he believed was sometimes lost in the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour delivers the story of how the people of Mississippi faced down the costliest and deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history in his new book America's Great Storm: Leading through Hurricane Katrina.

Ten years ago, Patricia “Pat” Joachim had just accepted the job of interim Associate Provost for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast operations in August of 2005, as the start of the fall semester was fast approaching. In her first week on the job, she began getting to know students, faculty and staff, examining budgets, class schedules and tackling a variety of other tasks.

Aramark, Eagle Dining is excited to announce the 2015 - 2016 expanded Southern Miss Catering menu. With an updated catering menu, the focus is to ensure each customer is presented with new and exciting choices to enhance their event.

Say the name “Sanderson Farms” and two things immediately come to mind—chicken and success.  Because of the company’s entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to core values, the University of Southern Mississippi College of Business and its Advisory Council has chosen to honor Sanderson Farms and the company’s CEO, Joe Sanderson, Jr., as the 2015 Boardman Entrepreneur of the Year.

A new Title IX Office, consistent policy protocols, and heightened awareness have placed The University of Southern Mississippi at the forefront of collegiate institutions confronting the issues of sexual harassment and misconduct.

The presidents of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) and The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) signed a memorandum of understanding between the Honors Colleges of both institutions on Monday, August 24, at MGCCC’s Perkinston Campus. The agreement will allow Honors students at MGCCC easier access to the Honors College at USM when they transfer.

 

The agreement allows MGCCC graduates seeking admission to the USM Honors College automatic admission to the program once they are admitted to USM; have submitted the Honors College Application for Admission to Senior Honors; have a letter stating they are in good standing in the MGCCC Honors College; and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better.

Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Council on Economic Education. Her three-year term became effective July 30.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Student Counseling Services (SCS) office has moved from Kennard-Washington Hall to Bond Hall East, located at 103 Ray Guy Way behind the parking garage on the north side of the Hattiesburg campus.

 

An important milestone in the history of The University of Southern Mississippi will be observed Sept. 2-6 when the institution marks the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the institution.

Bearing the theme “Celebrating 50 Years of Progress: Desegregation of The University of Southern Mississippi,” the week’s programming will include a keynote speech by renowned author and journalist Soledad O’Brien Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

As The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business prepares for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Scianna Hall in September, The First, A National Banking Association furthered its investment in business education at Southern Miss with an additional $100,000 gift commitment to the USM Foundation. This gift brings The First’s total commitment to Scianna Hall to $250,000.

As a recent graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, Amber Westfall credits Career Services with helping her secure employment shortly after earning her bachelor’s degree in public health from the university’s Gulf Park campus, where she finished with a 4.0 grade point average.

University of Southern Mississippi students at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach pass the golden eagle statue of “Lofty Return” on the first day of fall 2015 semester classes. The completion of major building projects, as well as new upcoming projects slated for the Gulf Park campus, have allowed the university to grow significantly since Hurricane Katrina caused widespread destruction and millions of dollars in damages in August 2005.

(Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

The story of the modern South, the intersection of NASCAR and science and the litigation of one of the most important legal struggles of this century are among the featured topics of The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2015 University Forum.

Success is hard to come by — it isn’t a given in any field. Harder, perhaps, is continuing an elevated level of success. In football, for instance, only a few quarterbacks have followed Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks with a Super Bowl victory of their own. More often than not, replacing a legend in the field is a difficult, almost impossible task.

 

Such is the challenge facing Dr. Jeffrey Wiggins, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. Wiggins and fellow faculty members follow in the footsteps of academic giants who built USM polymer science into one of the world’s best.

After the Deepwater Horizon incident, the coastline oiling that occurred raised questions about oil movement and impact. For example, before a surface slick reached land, was there oil below the surface waters and how might that affect coastal environments and organisms?

 

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative recently awarded CONCORDE a grant to study nearshore currents and circulation flows and their potential role in creating sub-surface oil exposure pathways.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings will kick off the 2015-16 season with Pride Preview. This free concert will be held Friday, August 28 at 7 p.m. at Centennial Green on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, and all are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic dinners to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment.

The University of Southern Mississippi School campus in Hattiesburg was buzzing with excitement on Friday, Aug. 14 as freshmen students began the process of moving into residence halls. The first classes of the Fall 2015 Semester begin on Wednesday, Aug. 19. In this photo, volunteers help students move their belongings into Century Park South. (University Communications photo by Van Arnold)

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is excited to announce a free tailgate for all active members of the organization prior to the Golden Eagle football game against Mississippi State on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted the workshop “Professional GPS: Using Your Social Skills to Navigate the Workplace,” presented by the Coast Young Professionals Institute. The workshop, held at the university’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, was presented by Dr. Jacob Breland, assistant professor in the College of Business at Southern Miss.

Launched Feb. 6, 2014, the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society Campaign has exceeded its $2 million goal. The fundraising initiative built upon early successes of the program and elevated the Dale Center from one of the top five military history programs in the country to the premier academic program for the study of war and society in the United States.

Thirteen graduates of the Joint International Hydrographic Applied Science Program (JIHASP) at The University of Southern Mississippi were recognized during a special ceremony held by the Department of Marine Sciences (DMS) at John C. Stennis Space Center.

A series of health-conscious initiatives has helped The University of Southern Mississippi gain recognition by the American Heart Association as a fit friendly workplace.