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One of the best ways to learn is through experience. For university students, getting real-life experience alongside classroom education is a win-win combination. That’s exactly what four graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi are getting at the DuBard School for Language Disorders.


Emily Murray from Mandeville, LA, Olivia Ryals from Columbia, MS, Sheridan McClendon from Greenville, MS and Christi Carrier from Niceville, FL are currently working on their master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Southern Miss and work part time at the DuBard School as graduate assistants.

Gov. Phil Bryant, along with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett, today announced USM’s plan to launch an emphasis area in Applied Behavior Analysis in its psychology master’s degree program. Applied Behavior Analysis, also known as ABA therapy, is widely regarded as an effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

When Hattiesburg Rotary contacted the Southern Miss Children’s Center’s then-director, Margaret Buttross Brinegar, to tell her Rotary had chosen the Center as Rotary’s 2005 beneficiary, Brinegar’s response, after “Thank you,” was, “What do we need to do to help?”  The generosity of Hattiesburg Rotary, and the spirit of partnership between Rotary and The Children’s Center, has been a tradition every year since that first conversation.

A graduate education training project spearheaded by polymer Professor Derek Patton has placed The University of Southern Mississippi among an elite group of awardees in the inaugural National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program.


Patton, associate professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, served as the principal investigator on a collaborative proposal titled: “NRT: Training Next-Generation Scientists with Experimental, Theoretical, and Computational Competencies for Complex Interfaces (INTERFACE).” The award is just above $2.8 million, covering five years.

As the end of another school year comes to a close and parents search for summer activities for their children, The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of English and the official Southern Miss Quiddich Team have partnered to host the second annual Camp Quidd-Litt, a one of a kind one-week summer program on the Hattiesburg Campus. 


The Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi will honor retiring dance professor Shellie Nielsen at the upcoming Repertory Dance Company’s (RDC) Spring Concert. The performance will be held April 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and April 19 at 2 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and military and $6 for students.

It’s Paul Zelinsky’s hope that the 2015 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi was a source of inspiration for all its participants, particularly school teachers and librarians who attended, to keep doing what they do best: motivate young people to read.

In a follow-up to last season’s smash hit musical, Rent, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will present the exhilarating rock musical Spring Awakening, adapted by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater from the original play by Frank Wedekind.


The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome Dr. Jeffrey Grey, an international expert on military history, as the featured speaker for the Annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series on Monday, April 13.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is hosting various events throughout the week of April 12 in honor of National Library Week.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) are excited to offer a new Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Security Management.

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) and the Southern Students About Service (SSAS) at The University of Southern Mississippi are dedicated to helping individuals in recovery.

The Honors College at the University of Southern Mississippi will host an “Out of the Darkness” Campus Walk benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Saturday, April 18 at Pride Field at 5 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus.

The third annual VooDoo 5K Run will be held Saturday, April 18 at 8 a.m. at Walthall Park in downtown Hattiesburg in conjunction with the annual Downtown Crawfish Jam. Proceeds benefit The University of Southern Mississippi Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic, which provides mental health services at a reduced cost to qualified Hattiesburg area residents.

The University of Southern Mississippi will pay special tribute to its graduate students with a variety of activities tied to Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 6-10 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) will host a seminar series, Deepwater Horizon:  A scientist’s perspective,” which will begin on April 20, the fifth anniversary of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Pam Parry, author of “Eisenhower: The Public Relations President,” discussed her book and its findings during an address at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and boyhood home in Abilene, Kan., on March 31.

Several South Mississippi students showcased their entrepreneurial ideas during The Southern Entrepreneurship Program’s 8th annual series of regional high school business plan competitions held Tuesday, March 24, in Long Beach, Miss.

The Department of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi has selected Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson, distinguished professor in marine science at the University of South Carolina, as the 2015 Denis and Jean Wiesenburg Distinguished Lecturer in Ocean Science. As the distinguished lecturer, Benitez-Nelson will give two presentations focused on the marine environment.

Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory have spent decades studying soft-shell blue crabs. The research has led to the development of one of just two blue crab hatcheries in the U.S.

On April 1, The University of Southern Mississippi Food Research Group will host the semester’s final event of the series, “The Culinary Communities of Mississippi: Farm, Table and Campus.”  The series has explored how we cook, eat and grow food in Mississippi.

After making its three-week voyage from San Jose, Calif. through the Panama Canal and into the Gulf of Mexico, The University of Southern Mississippi’s newest research vessel, the Point Sur, has made its way to its new home at the Port of Gulfport.


More than 30 Southern Miss faculty, staff, and students, as well as Port of Gulfport representatives, greeted the Point Sur upon arrival into the Port on Sunday (March 29) afternoon.

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.

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.