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What path will you chart? That is the primary question being asked by the Department of Resident Life at The University of Southern Mississippi, which will host an inaugural “Legacy Dinner” on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The event is set for 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center ballrooms on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Southern Miss Alumni Association will host its 17th Annual Shell Finish Line/Alumni Homecoming Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 16. Proceeds from the annual tournament allow select children and grandchildren of Southern Miss alumni to receive one-time, $1,000 scholarships through the Association’s Robert D. Pierce II Legacy Scholars Program.

The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble will present a concert featuring two premieres of works commissioned by the ensemble on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. 

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi will present Bernstein's timeless classic “West Side Story” as part of homecoming weekend celebrations.

Humility and reverence are words that come to mind as University of Southern Mississippi student Bailee Alexander reflects on being selected as the inaugural recipient of the Deen and Tate Memorial Scholarship. The endowment is named in honor of Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, who were killed in the line of duty on May 9 of this year.


The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation officially announced the establishment of the endowed scholarship during a special ceremony held Monday, Sept. 28 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Coach Larry Calhoun, star of the “Move to Learn” exercise break videos, will visit The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Child Development (CCD) Monday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. to present a live exercise as part of the Move to Learn initiative. The CCD is located on the west side of the University’s Hattiesburg campus at 3400 Morningside Drive.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host “Health and Fitness Week” from Sept. 28 – Oct. 2. This week-long slate of health and wellness themed activities includes opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries will host the free pre-recorded webinar, “Introduction to Proposal Writing,” for nonprofit groups looking for guidance on how to write grant proposals. The webinar will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, from 1-2 p.m. in room 213 of the Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Think Center is hosting an open house for the new Active Learning Classroom Thursday, October 1 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Library room 204 on the Gulf Park Campus at Long Beach.


On Friday, Oct. 9, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Live Oak Writing Project will host a Student Writer Workshop designed to help students strengthen their writing skills and to assist students preparing submissions for the Scholastic Writing Awards. The workshop will be held in Lloyd Hall on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach from 9 until 11:30 a.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of University Communications has been honored with three awards from the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF). The honors included the federation’s top award, the Lantern, for University Communications work on the website, Choose.USM.edu, as well as Awards of Excellence for the “Choose Southern Miss” advertising campaign, and a series of USM research videos.

University of Southern Mississippi alumna Ashley Rea (formerly Ashley Cockerham) has recently been named Communication Manager at Sanderson Farms, a position responsible for leading the company’s newly-formed Corporate Communication Department and all of its associated responsibilities.

The legacy of Herbert Johnston’s lifetime of service to his country will live on through an endowed scholarship established with The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation by his widow Anna Mae McNeece Johnston of Benton, Miss. and family.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in October.

Registration is underway for the 13th Annual Southern Miss Comcast Golf Classic to be held Oct. 10 at Canebrake Country Club in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is currently undergoing renovations that will, once complete, increase access to and from campus from Highway 90.

Everyone is invited to get all dolled up in your dapper threads for a night on the town at the 3rd Annual DuBard School Speakeasy, on Friday, Oct. 9. This 1920’s themed event is hosted by the DuBard School for Language Disorders, a United Way agency, at The University of Southern Mississippi.

A commitment to help elevate The University of Southern Mississippi will remain a guiding force for Stace Mercier as she transitions from interim Executive Director of the USM Foundation to a permanent role as the Foundation’s chief officer.


The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that it will be competing in the 2015 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge.  A total of 59 schools representing 30 states will participate in the 2015 event, kicking off this fall.

Young adults with and without disabilities in Hancock and Harrison counties will have a new opportunity to work in the community as part of an AmeriCorps service program.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra opens its 96th season Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. In true gala opening style, patrons are encouraged to dress in their best fashion for this special opening entitled, “New Acquaintances and Old Friends.”


“Similar to glamorous openings at the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet, this is the Pine Belt’s chance to ramp up the glamor and enjoy a first rate musical evening with the incomparable Symphony Orchestra,” said Jay Dean, music director.

University of Southern Mississippi students work in the community garden at Thames Elementary School as part of the #WeAreHattie Day of Service project on Friday, Sept. 11. The USM Center for Community and Civic Engagement partnered with the City of Hattiesburg and other local organizations to provide volunteer services in conjunction with the national 9/11 Day of Service.

Photos by Christopher Ferrell

The University of Southern Mississippi will present a Faculty Artist Series performance of the Logio Duo on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

For nine Hattiesburg High students, the first-day-of-school jitters were different than for most seniors.


Instead of starting their last year of secondary school studying customary classwork, these students began a new pilot program in Mississippi called Project SEARCH Southern Miss.