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The presidents of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) and The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) signed a memorandum of understanding between the Honors Colleges of both institutions on Monday, August 24, at MGCCC’s Perkinston Campus. The agreement will allow Honors students at MGCCC easier access to the Honors College at USM when they transfer.

 

The agreement allows MGCCC graduates seeking admission to the USM Honors College automatic admission to the program once they are admitted to USM; have submitted the Honors College Application for Admission to Senior Honors; have a letter stating they are in good standing in the MGCCC Honors College; and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better.

The story of the modern South, the intersection of NASCAR and science and the litigation of one of the most important legal struggles of this century are among the featured topics of The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2015 University Forum.

The University of Southern Mississippi is on a seven-year roll when it comes to producing Phi Kappa Phi National Fellows. And with the steady influx of high-achieving Honors College students, the trend shows no signs of slowing down.

 

The seven-year streak began with Justin Poelma in 2009 and continued this year with Stephanie McCracken’s selection.

Kristen Dupard of New Orleans was crowned Miss University of Southern Mississippi during a ceremony Monday, July 13 in the President’s Conference Room of the Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Dupard ascended to the role in place of Hannah Roberts, who won the Miss Mississippi Pageant in June.
 

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.

 

The Honors College at the University of Southern Mississippi will host an “Out of the Darkness” Campus Walk benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Saturday, April 18 at Pride Field at 5 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus.

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.

Renowned flutist Dr. Ulrike Anton will present: “If Only She Were A Man: Women Composers From the 18th to the 21st Centuries” as part of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Honors College Forum at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 in Bennett Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

She withstood the hostility of fellow students and others as one of the first African Americans to integrate then all-white University of Georgia in 1961. In doing so, Charlayne Hunter-Gault leaned on the protection of her “body armor,” her metaphor for the values instilled by her family and community that raised her.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular University Forum Lecture Series will continue throughout the Spring 2015 semester with an acclaimed array of speakers scheduled to offer insightful presentations.

 

Dr. Jill Taylor, director of the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, will be the featured presenter for The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Trent Lott Center, room 103 A-D. Dr. Taylor’s presentation topic will be “Guarding our present and future: The public health laboratory network in America.” Admission is free.

Dr. Justin Barrett of Fuller Theological Seminary will present "Is Religious Belief Natural? The Relevance of Cognitive Science to Faith” Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I, to open the spring 2015 Honors Forum series.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s British Studies Program is marking four decades since it began providing students a global and transforming educational experience that lasts a lifetime.

 

During the summer 2015 semester, 16 courses will be offered through the BSP and four of the university’s Colleges, including Arts & Letters, Business, Education and Psychology, and Health. Most classes are taught by Southern Miss faculty and also feature lectures and presentations by some of England’s top scholars and business and political leaders.

Sensing her stressed-out students needed some puppy love headed into finals week, University of Southern Mississippi Honors College Dean Ellen Weinauer arranged for a therapeutic meeting Dec. 8 between some four-legged fur babies and the scholars.

For the first time, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Graduate School will offer a unique opportunity for students to showcase their thesis or dissertation work in a competitive format.

 

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition invites graduate students to describe the significance of his/her thesis or dissertation to a general audience in three minutes or less. Cash prizes will be awarded to the eight finalists – ranging from $250 for finalists to $1,000 for the Grand Champion.

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s 2012 nominee for president, will be the featured speaker at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Oct. 21 University Forum, set for 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Andrew Wiest, professor of history and founding director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for the Study of War and Society, will be the guest speaker for the Tuesday, Oct. 14 University Forum on the Hattiesburg campus. This free program will be held in the Thad Cochran Center, ballroom III at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Whitney Miller, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna who won the inaugural title of “MasterChef” on the Fox reality television show of the same name, will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 7 University Forum. The program will be held at the Trent Lott Center, room 103 A-D at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

An internationally prominent activist devoted to social and environmental causes will be the next speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum.

Dr. Robert Jensen, a member of the faculty in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas will present “Crises, Ecological and Social” Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in room 103 A-D in the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and the public is invited.

University of Southern Mississippi student Julian Walker, featured alongside Oscar winning actress Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington in the movie “Blackbird,” is the guest speaker at University Forum Tuesday, Sept. 16. His presentation will be held in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom II at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus, and admission is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that its Fall 2014 entering class is the most academically talented in the institution’s recorded history.

 

With a renewed focus on student recruitment, retention, progression and graduation, the University’s newest students have the highest grade point average of any entering class. In addition, retention and graduation rates have improved.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2014 University Forum begins Tuesday, Sept. 9 with James Inabinet, director of the La Terre Bioregional Center. Inabinet will present "Human Ecology, Pathways to Sustainability, and the Earth Circle Exhibit.”

Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will begin work in Hattiesburg on Aug. 1, pending IHL Board approval.

A Mississippian who upholds her home state’s reputation for producing accomplished writers will be the featured University Forum speaker Tuesday, March 18 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.