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Did you know a landlord cannot refuse to rent to a family with kids? Did you know a service animal is not a pet? Did you know that a landlord cannot “steer” a person to a particular apartment or listing?  

 

April is National Fair Housing Month and The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) recognizes that fair housing laws and practices should be highlighted in April as well as all other months of the year.

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.

Mississippians have always liked living and working in their home communities. Mississippians with disabilities are no exception. House Bill 836, adopted by the Mississippi House of Representatives and Senate on March 31, will provide new opportunities for people with disabilities to use their skills and strengths as part of the state’s workforce.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will host a 2015 Youth Health Equity Fellowship in conjunction with the Southeastern Health Equity Council. Lavonne D. Brown, a doctoral student in the School of Health Science at Jackson State University, has been selected as the participating fellow.

 

Brown will participate in research on the healthy food initiative from May through August. Her work includes the development of a regional food resource directory and preparation of communication strategies to increase the awareness of health equity issues.

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.

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 celebrated Founders’ Day 2015 on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses with the awarding of service pins, recognition of academic achievement among students and the installation of Student Government Association officers.

 

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Southern Miss gathered on Monday, March 30 to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the University’s legislative founding.

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.