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The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a U.S. District Court’s favorable ruling for The University of Southern Mississippi in a due process lawsuit filed by a former professor at the University.


The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), located at The University of Southern Mississippi, is launching a fundraising campaign supporting the new MBA with an Emphasis in Sport Security Management. NCS⁴ has recently partnered with the College of Business to develop the nation’s first graduate degree that focuses on sport security.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi held its first-ever Risk Management for Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities course on May 11 in Dover, Delaware. The course focuses on developing prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery techniques at interscholastic athletic events, and for after-school activities.

In celebration of June as National Homeownership Month, a free community resource housing fair will be held Thursday, June 4, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center at 220 West Front St., in downtown Hattiesburg.

From left to right, University of Southern Mississippi representatives Janeal McKee, student services coordinator; Mary Maner, alumna and vice president of the Women’s and Gender Studies Student Organization; and Kady Pietz, executive assistant to the Gulf Park campus vice president; present a check for $1,005 to Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence representatives Sandra Morrison, executive director, and LaDona Schwertman, transitional to permanent housing case manager.


The graduate nursing program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked as the state’s best and also included among the top programs nationwide in a recent assessment by U.S. News & World Report.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) concluded its series of educational high school events and competitions on Friday, May 1, by hosting its 8th annual SEP State Business Plan Competition on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach will offer a full schedule of events for the Summer Session. In addition to 40 classes, seminars, field trips and special events during the summer semester, a couple of events are new and unique on the schedule.

As recent studies indicate that speech and hearing disorders are growing causes of disability for children in the U.S., May’s Better Hearing and Speech Month is the perfect time for parents to learn how to recognize the early signs.


The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is encouraging parents to educate themselves through the Identify the Signs campaign, a national effort of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

University of Southern Mississippi students working toward a Master of Business Administration (MBA) have a number of options — and not just in terms of job opportunities post-graduation.


Southern Miss students have been able to take classes at the University’s campuses in Hattiesburg and in Long Beach for many years, and now the first students have begun working toward their MBA entirely through online offerings.

Having already accepted a job out of state, Joe Paul was unable to participate in graduation exercises after earning his bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi.


But the longtime Southern Miss administrator will have an opportunity to amend that regret as the keynote speaker for Southern Miss’s spring 2015 commencement on Friday, May 8. He will also serve as the speaker for commencement at the University’s Gulf Park Campus on Saturday, May 9.  

Hundreds of guests, including Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, joined The University of Southern Mississippi in celebrating the acquisition of its newest research vessel, the Point Sur, Friday, April 24, at the Port of Gulfport. The University acquired the state-of-the-art research vessel in February 2015 through a $1 million grant provided by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.


“The Point Sur will provide unparalleled opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students as they venture into the Gulf of Mexico and gain hands-on research experience,” said University President Rodney D. Bennett.

The Live Oak Writing Project at The University of Southern Mississippi will host Camp Live Oak June 22 – 26 at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. For students entering fifth through seventh grades, Camp Live Oak will explore the power of writing through digital tools.

Erica Estes, a graduate student pursing a master’s degree in sports management at The University of Southern Mississippi, was elected as the National Student Leader for NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation. She also serves as graduate assistant for facilities and fitness in the recreational sports department.

Three University of Southern Mississippi employees have been selected for the Area Development Partnership’s prestigious Leadership Pinebelt program's Class of 2015.

The University of Southern Mississippi School Psychology Service Center will launch a new social skills development program this summer for children with autism spectrum disorder and their peers. The program begins June 2 to include sessions from 1-3 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for eight weeks.

In honor of Earth Day, Miss University of Southern Mississippi, Hannah Roberts visited Oak Grove Primary School in Lamar County on Wednesday, April 22, to conduct science experiments and read from the book “It’s Earth Day (Little Critter)”.

Limited space is available for 6-8th graders for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris 2015 Summer Science Camp set for June 14-27 at The University of Southern Mississippi. The camp is open to students across Mississippi and the application deadline is May 1.

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that occurred on April 20, 2010 not only triggered an unprecedented contamination of the northern Gulf of Mexico, but also yielded an unparalleled research effort to gauge the effects of the massive oil spill.


Five years after the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, scientists at The University of Southern Mississippi continue to lead the way in mapping and analyzing the oil spill’s effects on the Gulf waters’ fragile ecosystem.

The Marine Industries Science and Technology (MIST) Cluster program, managed by The University of Southern Mississippi, will host its second quarterly Small Business Summit on Monday, April 27, on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The summit will be held from 7:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center.

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.

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.

Dr. Joseph S. Paul has worked at The University of Southern Mississippi for more than 40 years, spending the last 21 as vice president for Student Affairs. In February, Paul announced his retirement from the vice president’s position, effective June 30, 2015.


In celebration of his service to Southern Miss, the Southern Miss Alumni Association will host a Retirement Roast in his honor on Friday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom, located on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association has announced that festivities for Homecoming 2015 will occur on Saturday, Oct. 17, when the Golden Eagle football team battles Conference-USA rival University of Texas at San Antonio at M.M. Roberts Stadium.