March 28, 2015  

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WUSM-FM, 88.5 Southern Miss Radio, will host its 5th annual golf tournament, A Round for Roots Radio, on Monday, April 27, at Canebrake Country Club in Hattiesburg, Miss. Robert St. John will be chairing the tournament for the second time since its creation.

By demonstrating a commitment to professional excellence in policy and practice, the University of Southern Mississippi’s Police Department has been awarded national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA®).

Anthony Abshire, a senior Chemistry (ACS Certified Chemistry) major in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, was awarded first place in the biochemistry/organic oral presentation at the 47th Annual Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference held recently at the University of Alabama.

Since its founding nearly 30 years ago, the Zeta Chi chapter of Delta Tau Delta at The University of Southern Mississippi has raised approximately half a million dollars to fight Cystic Fibrosis. That tradition continues Saturday, March 28 when the fraternity hosts its annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Run for Breath 5K Run/Walk.

The University of Southern Mississippi will commemorate the 105th anniversary of its legislative founding Monday, March 30 with annual Founders’ Day celebrations in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi will continue its Spring 2015 theatre season with a production of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal. Performance dates are March 26, 27, 28, 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and March 29 at 2 p.m.

During the week of April 13-17, Cook Library at The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate National Library Week with a full schedule of events. National Library Week aims to bring attention to the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a book sale Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on the front lawn of the university’s Gulf Park campus. The book sale will benefit the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library.

The Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, in partnership with the Metro Area Community Empowerment and the National Wheelchair Softball Association, will host the 2015 Wheelchair Softball World Series August 6 - 8 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi.

Mississippi Supreme Court Associate Justice Randy G. Pierce will be speaking on Thursday, March 26th at 2 p.m. in the Polymer Science Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi as a part of the College of Business’s Ethics Forum.

Dr. Susannah Ural, the 2013-2015 Blount Professor of Military History at The University of Southern Mississippi, will present “John Bell Hood’s Texas Brigade: Why Unit Histories Still Matter,” a special lecture about her research on Thursday, March 26, from 4-5 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 203. A reception will follow the event, which is free and open to the public.

Hundreds of students from The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses provided volunteer services as part of the 6th Annual Big Event on Saturday, March 21.


The students fanned out across various sites in Hattiesburg and along the Gulf Coast to assist with painting, landscaping, cleaning, organizing and related services.

Want to learn how to improve your credit scores and get the score you need to qualify for a mortgage loan? The Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) program is sponsoring a free three-hour credit education workshop on Thursday, March 26. The workshop will be held from 1 until 4 p.m. at Dismas Charities at 100 Tishomingo Street in Tupelo.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, April 11, for any residents in Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation kicks off the 2015 Southern Miss Gold Rush this week with a 36-hour crowd-funding initiative aimed to raise support for all areas of the University. The event will be held from Noon, Tuesday, March 24 to midnight on Wednesday, March 25.

For the past three semesters, the Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi has been second to none when it comes to job placement. Schools throughout South Mississippi are peppered with Golden Eagles, but Southern Miss graduates have also gone on to teach in Alabama, Florida and Louisiana.

The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi and Hattiesburg's Half Shell Oyster House will continue a successful partnership that began in 2014 with another benefit event set for Thursday, March 26 at the restaurant.

Renowned flutist Dr. Ulrike Anton will present: “If Only She Were A Man: Women Composers From the 18th to the 21st Centuries” as part of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Honors College Forum at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 in Bennett Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

With deadlines approaching to apply for financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host FAFSA Day by offering free sessions for high school seniors and college students who need assistance to complete federal and state forms for college financial aid.

Limited space is available for 6-8th graders for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris 2015 Summer Science Camp at The University of Southern Mississippi. The camp allows 48 students to attend a two-week long academic, residential summer science camp free of charge.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning voted recently to extend the contract of University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Rodney D. Bennett following a careful review of the university under his leadership.


“Dr. Bennett’s leadership has been a tremendous advantage for Southern Miss,” said Trustee Aubrey Patterson, President of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. “From leading the recovery effort after the tornado to numerous other building and beautification projects on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park Campuses, he has provided students with an excellent environment in which to live and learn. His focus on the students is evident in the progress made during his tenure.”

Dana Berry, assistant to the dean for Advisement and Records at The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology, has been named to the 2015 Leadership Pinebelt Class.

William Faulkner said, “To understand the world, first you must understand a place like Mississippi.” Taking a cue from one of the Magnolia State’s favorite sons, an English professor at The University of Southern Mississippi took students from her graduate seminar class on a literary field trip last fall.

Dr. Bernd Schroeder, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recognized as Distinguished Teacher at the recent Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Louisiana/Mississippi Section meeting.