October 10, 2015  

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Food, friendship and enthusiasm for a great cause are the bedrock of the partnership born in 2011 between Newk’s Cafe and The Children’s Center for Communication at Development at Southern Miss. Newk’s, and general manager David Cullop, a Children's Center alumni dad, has turned the third Thursdays of each month at his Newk's restaurant into “Third Thursday for The Children’s Center.”

War imagery and its influences will be the focus of a program hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.

Dr. Bill Holcomb, associate professor and director of the Athletic Training Program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation has been selected to receive a 2015 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). Holcomb will receive his award in June at the NATA annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo.

University of Southern Mississippi researchers and Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg have established a collaborative research effort focused on Staph infection. From left, microbiology students Justin Batte of Laurel, Miss. and  Dhritiman Samanta of West Bengal, India; Dr. Luis Marcos, director of Forrest General’s Infection Prevention Department; and Dr. Mohamed Elasri, professor of microbiology at Southern Miss meet to discuss the next stage of the project in Elasri’s laboratory on the Hattiesburg campus. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

In a competitive application process, Jennifer Brannock, associate professor and curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a participant in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute (ALI).

She withstood the hostility of fellow students and others as one of the first African Americans to integrate then all-white University of Georgia in 1961. In doing so, Charlayne Hunter-Gault leaned on the protection of her “body armor,” her metaphor for the values instilled by her family and community that raised her.


The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular University Forum Lecture Series will continue throughout the Spring 2015 semester with an acclaimed array of speakers scheduled to offer insightful presentations.


The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is featuring a new exhibit by artist Joy Jennings. “The Art of Joy Jennings,” which is currently on display, is a collection of her oil on canvas artwork.

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating the birthday of Charles Darwin with an array of Darwin Day festivities set for Friday Feb. 13 on the Hattiesburg campus. 

A childhood marked by numerous visits to doctors’ offices helped Miss University of Southern Mississippi Hannah Roberts develop a passion for two life-changing pursuits – reading and medicine.


Today, the Southern Miss senior from Mount Olive, Miss., is actively engaged in both arenas, having been accepted into the University of Mississippi School of Medicine while continuing to oversee a book donation project that has grown beyond her grandest expectations.

Runners, walkers and friends of The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will be “ready, set, go” on Saturday, Feb. 28 when The Children's Center Classic kicks off. 

The University of Southern Mississippi has partnered with the Republic of Panama in an initiative known as Panama Bilingue [Bilingual Panama], a project implemented by the president of Panama to ensure his citizens are bilingual in Spanish and English.

With antibiotic-resistant Staph infection becoming more prevalent – especially in the southeastern U.S. -- researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi and Forrest General Hospital embarked on a campaign to reduce the morbidity and mortality in those affected by Staph infections.


For the past decade, Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) and the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COHCH) at The University of Southern Mississippi have been sharing the stories of real people who have lived through some of the most dramatic moments in the nation’s history. Beginning Feb. 2, this special program will begin airing Monday-Friday at 12:30 p.m. on MPB Radio.

More than 1,000 researchers, students and professors from across the state will convene at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center on Feb. 26-27 for the Mississippi Academy of Sciences’ Annual Meeting.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi and director of its Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, has been selected a Fellow with American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is one of only six psychologists chosen for the prestigious honor.

University Librarians Michele Frasier-Robinson and Elena Azadbakht of The University of Southern Mississippi have been elected to statewide office with the Association of College and Research Libraries, Mississippi Chapter of the Mississippi Library Association (MLA-ACRL).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Symphony Orchestra presents an exciting and rare program featuring the venerable symphony orchestra and the combined forces of Southern Miss and guest choirs in two world premieres. The program, entitled The Prodigal for one of the premieres, takes place Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church.

Cagney Weaver, a Biloxi native and University of Southern Mississippi alumna, is the first Biloxi School District teacher to be recognized with the prestigious Milken Educator Award. Only 40 teachers across the United States receive the Milken Award annually.

Dr. Jill Taylor, director of the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, will be the featured presenter for The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Trent Lott Center, room 103 A-D. Dr. Taylor’s presentation topic will be “Guarding our present and future: The public health laboratory network in America.” Admission is free.

Local artists and crafts vendors are invited to be part of the 6th Annual Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, April 4, at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Research Initiative on Social Justice and Equity (RISE), Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, and Student Association of Social Workers will sponsor Social Justice Movie Night Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium (room 108) of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The featured movie is “Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek.” Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome guest lecturer Carey Fee, a doctoral candidate at Florida State University, who will present “Trail Mix: How Pilgrims and Politics Shaped Sacred Monuments of Medieval Europe.” The lecture will be held Thursday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gallery of Art and Design in the George Hurst Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Interest has been so significant in The University of Southern Mississippi’s initial MBA online classes that College of Business officials will offer the entire program through an online delivery format by 2016. Students can start now to take two classes per term and complete the MBA program in approximately two years.