November 24, 2015  

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Three University of Southern Mississippi librarians were honored recently at the Mississippi Library Association (MLA) annual conference in Natchez. Sarah Mangrum, Jennifer Brannock and Elena Azadbakht all received awards for their dedication and service in a Mississippi Library.

Dr. Susannah Ural of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of History was recently named the 2015-2017 recipient of Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professorship in the Humanities.

University of Southern Mississippi business students captured four out of eight awards presented at the Mississippi Cotton Merchandising Competition held Nov. 20 at Mississippi State University in Starkville. While 45 merchandising plans were entered in the completion, only 17 were chosen for the final competition at Mississippi State University. 

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP), a statewide outreach program of The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education, kicked off its 9th annual program series on Nov. 4 in Jackson, Miss.

The Big Read and The University of Southern Mississippi will present “On the Radio with Edgar Allan Poe: A Live Theatrical Performance” Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Poems and stories by the acclaimed master of mystery will be performed by the Department of Theatre with spooky soundscapes produced live by students from the School of Mass Communications and Journalism.

The 2015 Southeast Regional IDeA conference held earlier this month in Biloxi, Miss., showcased biomedical research from more than 250 researchers. Over the course of the three-day conference, 27 students from The University of Southern Mississippi competed against undergraduate and graduate students across the region to win awards for their biomedical research.

Mississippi Gulf Coast anglers young and old are invited to the 2015 Mississippi Marine Fisheries Workshop on Monday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Caylor Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Christiana Kay Whitley of Hattiesburg, Miss., has been awarded a Study Abroad Grant worth $1,000 from the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi. Whitley is one of 25 students nationwide to earn the award.

The IDeA program in Mississippi served as host for the 2015 Southeast Regional IDeA Meeting held at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss., on Nov. 11-13.


The School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi hosted the 44th annual Alabama/Mississippi Social Work Education Conference Oct. 29-30 in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg Campus. More than 350 students and professionals attended the event.

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi will begin a new era when the program moves into beautiful Asbury Hall, scheduled for completion in Spring of 2016. As part of this historic celebration, the College of Nursing has launched a Brick by Brick Campaign for Asbury Hall.

The Mississippi Humanities Council recently named Dr. Matthew Casey as The University of Southern Mississippi’s Teacher of the Year. Casey, a professor of history at Southern Miss, will present “Connected Histories: Cuba, Haiti and the United States, 1900-1940” Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. This lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed with a reception.

Allison Tharp, an English doctoral student at The University of Southern Mississippi, was named the Grand Champion in the Second Annual Three-Minute Thesis competition which was held Nov. 6 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter, Gamma Lambda, held induction for new Sigma Theta Tau International members on Nov. 2, in the Thad Cochran Ballroom on the Hattiesburg Campus. Eighty seven baccalaureate, RN-BSN, and graduate students were inducted.

The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble will give a free concert Monday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. It will feature classic works for wind band including the Symphony in B Flat by Paul Hindemith, Adagio Para Orquesta de Instrumentos de Viento by Joaquin Rodrigo and The Fairest of the Fair March by John Philip Sousa. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach (730 East Beach Boulevard) is very special to Long Beach native Joely Corban. She received her Girl Scouts Brownie pin at a banquet in Hardy Hall in 1978, swam in the pool where the Gulf Coast Library now stands and spent countless summer mornings practicing for high school cheerleading camps held on the Gulf Park campus.

Duane Lock took the skills he learned more than 30 years ago as a business student at The University of Southern Mississippi and parlayed them into a successful career in the energy sector.


On Thursday, Nov. 12, the Southern Miss College of Business honored Lock with its Alumnus of the Year Award during a banquet held at Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The award is sponsored by Joseph F. Boardman.


Science Café on the Coast, a collaboration between The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries, Harrison County Library System, Long Beach Public Library, and Hancock County Library System, will host Dr. Francis Bozzolo as he discusses “Our Changing Wetlands:  Benefits, Threats, and Conservation” on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Pass Christian Library, 111 Hiern Ave, Pass Christian, Miss.


Ten University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology (COST) students are in Seattle Nov. 11-14 to participate in the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minorities (ABRCMS).

They left the comforts of home more than 70 years ago, many of them fresh out of high school, to travel across the Atlantic Ocean and help defeat an enemy bent on enslaving the world.


That’s the legacy of the men who fought in World War II with the U.S. Army’s 103d Infantry Division – one of bravery, sacrifice and patriotism – and it is being preserved by The University of Southern Mississippi.

The third annual Mississippi Geospatial Conference was held October 22 and 23 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. With 110 participants, the 2015 meeting marks the largest conference to date.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus hosted businessman Frank Wilem at the first Business Advisory Council (BAC) Lunch and Learn Speaker Series on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Dr. Scott Milroy, assistant chair and associate professor in the Department of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be one of the featured speakers for the TEDxJackson “Ideas Worth Spreading” series set for Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Jackson (Miss.) Convention Complex.

The University of Southern Mississippi has formalized an agreement with four organizations to form a consortium that will examine and develop programs for restoration of native coastal plant life along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.