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Nearly 50 years ago, Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong Chamberlain and Raylawni Branch showed up for class in the fall of 1965 at The University of Southern Mississippi as the school’s first African-American students.

 

On Friday, Sept. 6 the two returned to be honored for their important place in the institution’s history with the dedication of Armstrong-Branch Plaza, located between the Liberal Arts Building and Joseph Green Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett and Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King, a Southern Miss alum, were among the dignitaries on hand for the event.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Wednesday, Sept. 11, for residents with and without disabilities in Humphreys and surrounding counties.

The University of  Southern Mississippi Activities Council (SMAC), in partnership with Eagle Dining and Southern Miss Rec Sports, will host a County Fair from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Centennial Green on the Hattiesburg campus.

An $18 million renewal of the Mississippi INBRE grant from the National Institutes of Health will enable The University of Southern Mississippi and partner institutions throughout the state to foster a vision in biomedical research that began a dozen years ago.

 

The recent renewal runs from 2013-2018 and brings the total amount of the grant – established in 2001 – to nearly $54 million. Dr. Glen Shearer and Dr. Mohamed Elasri, professors in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Miss, serve as principal investigators for the grant which has been in effect for 12 years.

A reception welcoming the art of Julia Reyes and Aline Villanueva will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library, located on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

One recent graduate and another current student at The University of Southern Mississippi helped organize an important one-day gathering of 13 federal, state and local agencies to discuss the criteria necessary for the Port of Gulfport to become designated a “strategic port” by the Defense Department.

 

A mighty restoration project is underway at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Ogletree House, left severely damaged by a tornado that struck the Hattiesburg campus on Feb. 10.

 

After more than six months of relocation to an off-campus site, the Alumni Association is poised to resume operations at the Ogletree House in the coming weeks. The 13-person staff will occupy space toward the north annex of the building added to the historic structure during a restoration and expansion project completed in 2009.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s African American Student Organization (AASO) will hold its first reunion August 30 – Sept. 1 in Hattiesburg with a variety of events designed to reconnect former students who were members of the organization.

Dr. Tom Lansford, academic dean and professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was editor for the “Political Handbook of the World 2013.”

The School of Construction at the University of Southern Mississippi, in collaboration with The Mississippi Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., will hold a Building Information Modeling Educational Seminar on Sept. 13 at the University’s Hattiesburg campus.

 

The Pride of Mississippi marching band at The University of Southern Mississippi has started a contest to allow fans to vote on the music for its Oct. 5 performance at the Golden Eagles’ home game against Florida International.

Every year, Hattiesburg’s music lovers anxiously await the announcement of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra season. This year’s season features special guests from classical celebrities to the Beach Boys.

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi football team took part in Go Gold Day during a visit to the DuBard School for Language Disorders on Thursday, Aug. 22.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students cross the bridge at Bear Creek on the first day of fall semester classes at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The completion of five major building projects allowed all classes to return to the Gulf Park campus since it was damaged by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

(Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

A new semester began Wednesday, August 21 at The University of Southern Mississippi, as freshmen became acquainted with their new home and returning students took the next step toward graduation.

 

Faculty, staff and students were positioned across the Hattiesburg campus to answer new students’ questions concerning directions and where their classes are located, while also providing information about student resources and the various campus organizations that match their interests.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a “Back-to-School Bash” from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Peck House/Asbury Annex, 3601 Pearl St. in Hattiesburg.

The social gathering is designed as a fall membership and business meeting for returning members and new, or prospective, members interested in learning more about the programs OLLI offers.

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will host a “9/11 Observance Reception” Wednesday, Sept. 11 to recognize and promote charitable services and other community outreach efforts that honor the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett challenged students gathered for Freshman Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 18 to complete the academic requirements necessary to earn their degrees in four years.

 

“It is my desire and hope that I will have the opportunity to shake your hands and hand each of you a degree from this fine institution in four years,” said Bennett to an enthusiastic turnout of approximately 1,200 students at Reed Green Coliseum. “You have been given an invaluable gift as a college student. It is your responsibility to make the most of your time here.”

Unseasonably cool weather and overcast skies greeted approximately 1,500 incoming freshmen as they moved into residence halls on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Friday, August 16 to begin the fall 2013 semester and the next chapter in their lives.

 

University employees and students, along with community members, welcomed the new students and their parents while also helping them move into their rooms in Century Park, Wilber Hall, Roberts Hall and Jones Hall.

Reflecting on the impact made by Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast eight years ago, the Katrina Research Center (KRC) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will present Patchwork and Tales: Two Women Reflect on Katrina. The Hurricane Katrina anniversary event will be held Thursday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the KRC, located on the third floor of the library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The online Master of Science for Logistics, Trade and Transportation at The University of Southern Mississippi has been approved by the American Society of Transportation & Logistics Board of Examiners as an approved Certified in Transportation and Logistics academic program.

The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation in Ruleville, Miss., recently received a generous donation of $9,000 from the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler.

Barnes & Noble, the official bookstore for The University of Southern Mississippi, has a new location on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The new 1,470-square-foot bookstore is now located in Hardy Hall and features a more expanded area for general university merchandise.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) recently held its Fall 2013 Industry Advisory Council Roundtable at the Trent Lott National Center on the Hattiesburg Campus.