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Whitney Miller, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna and winner of the first MasterChef title from season one of the Fox television show, will see a dream come true Tuesday, July 5 with the national launch of her new cookbook “Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm”.

Margaret Buttross-Brinegar gave The University of Southern Mississippi more than 30 years of unfailing service. Along the way, she gave thousands of developmentally challenged children unwavering support and direction. And now she’s ready to give retirement a try.

 

Buttross-Brinegar, longtime director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at Southern Miss, is retiring at the end of this month noting that “the center and I am ready for a new chapter. This change just feels right.”

Some freshmen are prepared to confidently plunge into university life; others cautiously test the water with a toe. Jennie Thomas took the plunge.

Rising high school seniors from across Mississippi have converged on The University of Southern Mississippi campus as part of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State convention.

 

The 64th edition of Girls State will run from June 4-11 on the heels of Boys State which just concluded at Southern Miss. Girls State is designed to teach young women about the intracacies of state and local governance, including how judicial branches operate; the finer points of campaigning for elected office and how to craft and promote legislation in the simulated state of "Magnolia."

How many 9-year-olds can truly understand the concept of “diminishing returns?”

 

After a few minutes of conversation with Fort Lauderdale, Fla., third-grader Peyton Robertson, one ascertains quickly he is anything but the typical elementary school student. Thus, it comes as no surprise to learn Robertson was named one of three nationwide winners in the 3rd annual Kids Science Challenge.

An ocean divides the United States and United Kingdom but scientists and researchers in both countries are discovering new ways to create intellectual bridges.

 

That was never more apparent than during a recent visit by an 18-person contingent from the U.K. to The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Formulation Science Laboratory located in the business and technology incubator known as The Accelerator.

After a full season of costume design for theatre plays, The University of Southern Mississippi Costume Shop set some time aside to address a need for quality costumes for the Mississippi Children’s Museum located in Jackson, Miss.

Jimmy Staring never dreamed that one simple sale from his auto salvage business might turn into an international export venture.

 

Yet, there he sat on Thursday, May 5 listening to a team of international business students at The University of Southern Mississippi present ideas for his company’s expansion as part of a senior project in Professor John Lambert’s class.

Members of a newly formed campus organization at The University of Southern Mississippi are taking an active role in helping those victimized by last month’s deadly tornadoes in Alabama.

The University of Southern Mississippi Repertory Dance Company members will explore grace, athleticism and artistry at the Studio 115 Dance Concert May 5 – 7 in the intimate setting of the Theatre and Dance Building’s Studio 115.

Perhaps University of Southern Mississippi student Laci Crager summed up the significance of “Passion for Fashion” with one simple assessment: “Where else can you buy a nice shirt for two dollars?”

Several University of Southern Mississippi campus entities have united in a special fundraising effort for victims of the deadly earthquake/tsunami that struck Japan last month.

There were some tense moments at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast’s second annual College Quiz Bowl, but the university’s Accounting Society emerged victorious over the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jefferson Davis Campus Reflections Team.

University of Southern Mississippi senior and Interfraternity Council President Lee Johnson recognizes the perception many outsiders have about Greek Life on university campuses, and his goal is to change that viewpoint.

The Epsilon Upsilon chapter of Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity at The University of Southern Mississippiwill host its 26th annual charity crawfish boil Saturday, April 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with all proceeds from the popular springtime event going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

As he stood on the 11th floor balcony of the Westin Hotel in New Orleans, gazing out at the majestic Mississippi River, University of Southern Mississippi student Jace Bounds could only shake his head in wonder.

 

“I never could have imagined having an opportunity like this when I first came to school at USM,” said Bounds, a Picayune, Miss., native. “Being a part of the International Business program has been a very rewarding and enriching experience that I would recommend to any student who’s considering a degree in this area.”

The nationally renowned University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble will showcase in concert the student winners of the Southern Miss Bands Concerto Competition on March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Tennessee Williams’ birth, The University of Southern MississippiDepartment of Theatre and Dance will produce what many consider a masterpiece by one of America’s greatest playwrights.

 

“A Streetcar Named Desire” hits the stage of the Martha R. Tatum Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Right off the bat, football comes to mind when the words “strength and conditioning” are mentioned. But baseball players also benefit from regimens of that nature provided by coaches who specialize in fitness training.

 

Dr. Brian Gearity, assistant professor in the Department of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, hopes to shed more light on the intricacy of strength and conditioning in Major League Baseball as part of a current research project.

As part of an ongoing effort to prepare graduates for the business world, Career Services at The University of Southern Mississippi used its annual Spring Etiquette Dinner as a platform for polishing students’ employability.

Dawn Burgess spends most of her time working with hearing-impaired toddlers at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. But the educational process does not end when those youngsters leave the classroom

 

Burgess, who joined the center to fill a newly created position last August, places just as much emphasis on parental involvement as she does in teaching sessions with the children.

Erick Brown wants to help propel The University of Southern Mississippiforward. Tuesday, his fellow students gave him the chance to do just that, electing the junior from Columbus, Miss. president of its Student Government Association (SGA).

Two University of Southern Mississippi theatre students are heading to Washington, D.C. in April as national finalists for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

Student Government Association (SGA) President Kasey Mitchell will soon be able to add the title “world traveler” to her list of accomplishments during her tenure at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Mitchell, a senior from Picayune, Miss., is one of only 45 SGA presidents from across the United States selected to travel to Russia in March as part of the Open World Leadership Center’s Kremlin Fellows program.