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The Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will sponsor a Fall Carnival and Haunted House Oct. 29-30 at the Technology Center on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The events will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 and from 1-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Admission is free and the general public is invited to attend. Many of the games and activities will be geared toward special needs children, and adults can join in the fun too.

For more information contact the Institute for Disability Studies at 228.214.3400.

Innovate Mississippi will provide a platform for business ideas to be pitched and evaluated during the next Startup Weekend, set for Nov. 6-8 at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Moving business programs forward on the Mississippi Gulf Coast served as the theme for the day as The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus College of Business held its first Business Advisory Board meeting last month in Long Beach.

Tired of renting? Interested in buying a newly renovated home in Jackson? The Home Buyer Advantage Program may have exactly the home you’re looking for. Those interested can learn more at a housing event to be held Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 3 until 7 the Jackson Medical Mall at 350 West Woodrow Wilson Boulevard in Jackson. This free event is open to the public.

The online education program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized as the best among Mississippi colleges and universities in a 2015-16 ranking by (AC Online).


Of the seven Mississippi schools that offer online courses and programs, Southern Miss ranked No. 1 based upon factors such as academic quality, student services and graduate success.

State Farm Insurance representative Bradely Black’s appearance as a guest speaker at a University of Southern Mississippi marketing class, turned into support for a special sales program initiated by students.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host “Science on the Half Shell: Mississippi Sound Oysters from Mississippi Sound Science,” Monday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the Gulf Park campus (730 East Beach Boulevard) in Long Beach.

Andrew Wiest fondly recalls his mom taking him and his siblings to see the annual University of Southern Mississippi homecoming parade. He dreamed of one day becoming a member of the University’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, an important participant in the parade’s lineup.

Students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Park campus in Long Beach can now receive primary health care from Student Health Services physicians located on the Hattiesburg campus through a telehealth connection set up and maintained by the Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is pleased to announce that Carmel High School in Indiana is the first high school in the nation to earn the prestigious Sport Event Security Aware (SESA) designation.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is “All In” for homecoming 2015 with a variety of fun events scheduled Oct. 12-16 on the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, including tailgating, a parade and reception for the USM Gulf Coast homecoming maid, among other activities.

Whether you come back each year or are making a special trip to visit your alma mater in 2015, homecoming is a time for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to celebrate all things Black and Gold at The University of Southern Mississippi. “Golden Eagles: All In” is the theme for this year’s homecoming week Oct. 12-18.


“I think homecoming is a time that our alumni can rekindle the spirit of their college years,” said Executive Director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association Executive Director Jerry DeFatta.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Lake Thoreau Environmental Center has a unique Halloween experience in store for residents of all ages with its inaugural “Spooky Hollow Biol-loween” event set for Oct. 23-24.

The initial stages of a construction project that will transform The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach has begun with demolition of the former Holloway Complex.

The University of Southern Mississippi Merchandising Program will host the Cotton Coterie and Up-Cycling Design Competition on Friday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. More than 120 merchandising students across state of Mississippi will participate in the event.

The annual Security and Fire Safety compliance document is now available on the University of Southern Mississippi Police Department’s website at

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.

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs Joe Paul will return to Southern Miss to assist in raising funds and strengthen support of the University, effective Monday, Oct. 5.


Paul will collaborate with The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation and the Southern Miss Athletic Foundation to focus on cultivating existing relationships and developing new partnerships that will help expand the University’s reach.

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.