September 1, 2015  

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Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Sept. 12, for anyone in Wayne and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Community and Civic Engagement Volunteer Fair will be held Thursday, Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the R.C. Cook Union Lobby on the Hattiesburg campus.

To say the Small Business Development Center at The University of Southern Mississippi has performed successfully this year would be akin to saying Brett Favre enjoyed a decent NFL career. Major understatements on both accounts.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is pleased to announce that Indiana University is now the 11th institution in the nation to earn the prestigious Sport Event Security Aware (SESA) designation.


The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate School will host an information fair Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the R.C. Cook Union lobby.

As University of Southern Mississippi students make their way around the Gulf Park campus for the start of the fall 2015 semester, they will notice a new addition to the landscape of the beachfront campus – Code Blue emergency phones.

The University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles football team will square off with the Mississippi State University Bulldogs Saturday, Sept. 5 at 9:05 p.m. at M.M. Roberts Stadium – “The Rock” – in the season opener for both teams. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

The Center for Community and Civic Engagement at The University of Southern Mississippi has teamed up with the City of Hattiesburg and other area organizations for a city-wide day of service and outreach called #WeAreHattie on Sept. 11.

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 school marks the 50th anniversary of its desegregation.

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.