April 1, 2015  

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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.

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.

The University of Southern Mississippi, which is focused on creating a caring and civil community for all, will host Civility Week March 31 – April 2 on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The theme, “Uphold the Black and Gold,” will promote the university’s demonstration of respect for others and the true Golden Eagle values of students, faculty and staff.

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.

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®).

With their soulful blues sound, the sibling trio of Homemade Jamz Blues Band will showcase their unique musical talents at the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, April 4, at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the front lawn of the campus.

 

The Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival is free and open to the public offering a day of fun and music. In addition to local restaurants and food vendors offering a variety of cuisine, the festival will also feature arts and crafts vendors set up throughout the front lawn of the campus.

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.

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.”

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.