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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.

Dr. Carrie Walker, a nuclear physicist and graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Honors College who has worked with the world-renowned Los Alamos National Laboratories, will present “Nuclear Energy: A Global Landscape in Change” Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Wilbur Stout Hall room A on the Hattiesburg campus.

Admission to this event is free. For more information, contact the Southern Miss Honors College at 601.266.4533.

Joshua Fortenberry, an assistant district attorney in the 12th Circuit Court District of Mississippi, will present “Driving Under the Influence in Mississippi: Law and Consequence,” Tuesday, Feb. 25 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Honor House on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

On Monday, Feb. 10, The University of Southern Mississippi marked a year since a destructive EF-4 tornado struck its Hattiesburg campus, damaging buildings and destroying trees, primarily at its front entrance next to Hardy Street.

University officials are pleased with progress to restore the campus and look forward to completing all work connected with recovery from the storm by the end of 2014.

Vincent Chaney, a University of Southern Mississippi student and filmmaker who was part of a team that produced last year’s popular documentary “subSIPPI,” will speak about the film for the University Forum Series Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College has three of a kind among its freshman class of 2013.

 

Triplets Olivia, Ross and Rachel Paris-Harbison are Southern Miss Presidential Scholars from Mobile, Ala. where they graduated from McGill-Toolin High School. When the three tried to establish a hierarchy of choices as they looked for a college to attend, one held on to first place following their visit to the Hattiesburg campus.

Wisam “Sam” Buti once held the fruit fly in contempt.

“I use to just think of them as that annoying fly that buzzed around your food,” said Buti, a University of Southern Mississippi freshman. Now the fruit fly represents the inspiration for her studies at the university and future in either medicine or scientific research – or both.

Never one to shy away from the Southern Miss spotlight, Dr. Dave Davies, dean of the Honors College, performed his rendition of the “Gangnam Style” dance on Friday, June 21 in support of the University’s annual faculty/staff giving campaign.

A University of Southern Mississippi Honors College student is the recipient of a prestigious National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship.

Kendall Moore, Jr., a sophomore computer science major from Madison, Miss. and a Presidential Scholar at Southern Miss, earned the award that includes funding for two academic years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time summer internship at a NOAA facility. It is named for retired U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings of South Carolina.