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The University of Southern Mississippi is home to one of the country’s top military history programs through the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society. In an effort to help the Center reach even loftier heights, the USM Foundation has launched the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society Campaign.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates offered a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of White House politics and policies as the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg, Miss.

 

Gates, who also served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, shared details of his professional life with the packed audience. The presentation included excerpts from his recent autobiography, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.”

 

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating the birthday of Charles Darwin with its first “Darwin Day” Feb. 14 on the Hattiesburg campus. 

 

The event features exhibits, morning spotlight talks by a group of diverse Southern Miss students and professors and afternoon events featuring a Darwin Quiz and teaching workshop. 

More than 100 high school students participated in a hands-on business symposium hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE) on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

To commemorate and educate about the history of civil rights in America, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which will feature three different discussions and their accompanying documentary films. Each discussion will be held from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and follow with the film at 6 p.m.

The Hattiesburg Area Multi-sport Racing (H.A.M.R.’d) group is sponsoring a half marathon February 8, 2014 at Lake Thoreau Environmental Center (LTEC).

The trail race allows runners to choose either the half marathon or 5K. The event is sponsored by H.A.M.R.’d and Hub City Velo.

The scenic half marathon will take runners from the new Lake Thoreau Center through two abbreviated laps of the Golden Eagle Trail complex on some of the most challenging and undulating single track in the state.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday. Feb. 7, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

Matthew Johnson encourages his sixth-grade students to be “lifelong givers. Looks like his California class is off to an impressive start.

 

The students, who attend Alice G. Mulcahy Middle School in Tulare, Calif., were inspired by the story of Hattiesburg, Miss., washerwoman Oseola McCarty, who left the vast majority of her life savings to The University of Southern Mississippi for the establishment of a perpetual scholarship.

Since its release, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” the autobiography of former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Dr. Robert M. Gates, has been both a best-seller and the topic of intense conversations across the country. On Thursday, Feb. 6, the book will also be the focal point of Gates’s presentation at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.

 

Experts from the Gulf South region offered economic updates and projections for the New Year during the Economic Outlook 2014 symposium held Jan. 23 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

 

A packed audience at the Thad Cochran Center ballroom heard the latest in economic developments and forecasts from several guest speakers.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Feb. 1, for residents with and without disabilities in Clay and surrounding counties.

The “Greatest Show on Dirt” is returning to Hattiesburg. The Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 29th Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo on Feb. 14-15 at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recently welcomed Shea Kidd Houze as the organization’s new associate director for external affairs.

 

Houze earned a degree in speech communication from the university in 2002. Upon graduation, she was employed in the sales industry until deciding to pursue a career in higher education.

While the state of Mississippi faces a teacher shortage in critical needs areas throughout the state, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is working to help alleviate those shortages through customized licensure programs, as well as promoting financial aid incentives for students offered by both the university and the state.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library welcomes two new exhibits on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The new exhibits feature landscape photography by daughter Rosemary Rowe and her father Bryan Rowe, as well as the exhibit, “Map and Geographical Imagery in Editorial Cartoons of the 1960-1970s.”

Economic trends and forecasts will take center stage during the Economic Outlook 2014 symposium set for Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a comprehensive Multisensory Math: Using Manipulative Objects to Teach the Common Core course on Feb. 6-7 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The year 2013 proved challenging and rewarding at The University of Southern Mississippi – from the devastation of an F-4 tornado to the naming of a new president.

 

Below are some of the highlights that helped shape what became a memorable year in the University’s history.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host spring semester 2014 registration and advisement for new and returning students Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 2 – 6 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Orientation for new undergraduate students will be held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on January 8. Spring semester classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 14 and the last day to register for full-semester classes is Friday, Jan. 17.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) will enter a transition phase at the conclusion of this year with the departure of Director Dr. Bryan Brister, who has accepted a position as chief operating officer with Voltea, an international water purification company. MPI Operations Leader Robert Thompson will assume the role of interim director.

 

"Give a Child a New Book Day" has announced the initiative received 4,000 donated books for 2013, an increase of 330 books from 2012’s donation collection total. This means every child in the Hattiesburg area served by the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program will receive a brand new book for Christmas.

The University of Southern Mississippi Film Program will sponsor a Master Class in Screenwriting course under the direction of renowned writer David Sheffield January 2-14 (including Saturdays) from 6-10 p.m. at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

Rodney D. Bennett, president of The University of Southern Mississippi, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 29th annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo.

With the required time period expired for filing new petitions to the United States Supreme Court, the Mississippi Supreme Court’s favorable ruling toward The University of Southern Mississippi in three cases involving former coaches with the women’s soccer program will stand.