September 21, 2014  

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The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Autism Project, a $1.3 million program developed through a partnership between the university and the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), opened its doors on Friday, Dec. 10 allowing the public to view what educational opportunities are available to those affected by autism.

Gary Marchand has already climbed to the rank of chief executive officer and president of Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Miss. But he isn’t content to let his administrative career languish in neutral.

Mary Libby Payne’s commencement address Friday at The University of Southern Mississippi included her own words, but they also reflected the timeless values and spirit of humanity passed on by her grandfather, Joe Cook, the university’s first president. 

Just in time for the holiday season, theUniversity of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents Bringing the World to Mississippi, a beautiful coffee-table-style book chronicling the history of the state’s oldest symphony orchestra from 1919-2010.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 15th Annual DuBard Symposium: Dyslexia and Related Disorders Feb. 3-4 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Jennifer Payne, a University of Southern Mississippi speech communication graduate, has accepted the position of associate director for external affairs with the Southern Miss Alumni Association.

Five  University of Southern Mississippi business students got a personal glimpse of the ripple effect created by the multi-billion-dollar gaming industry during a two-day trip to Tunica, Miss., in late November.

Those attending the special visit included Casino, Hospitality & Tourism Management (CHTM) seniors Whitney Hammons of Long Beach, Miss.; Kristen Livingston of Ocean Springs, Miss.; Andrew Lohnes of Picayune, Miss.; Joe Burrage of Picayune, Miss.; and DeWanda Green of Waynesboro, Miss.

Kristy Cleveland, a sophomore majoring in English Licensure at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the 2010 Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo Scholarship.

Could downtown Hattiesburg become a veritable Margaritaville?

A group of creative marketing students at The University of Southern Mississippi certainly think so and pitched that very idea to Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association Executive Director Betsy Rowell recently. Rowell served as the “client” while 11 teams of Southern Miss students delivered presentations designed to rejuvenate and invigorate downtown Hattiesburg.

After four years of honing their artistic skill, 13 graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate their academic achievements Dec. 2 - 10 with an exhibition of their works at the university’s Museum of Art.

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders loves her hometown of Hattiesburg. On Tuesday, Hattiesburg said: the feeling is mutual.

Saunders was named the 32nd recipient of The Hub Award, which honors outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to excellence and dedication to public service, during a recognition dinner at the Hattiesburg Country Club.

The Center for Child Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, located at 3404 Morningside Drive at the northwest corner of the Hattiesburg campus, is hosting a silent auction now through Friday to raise funds to purchase new playground equipment.

Wonderful performances and beautiful decorations will usher in the holiday spirit with a magical family event on Dec. 2 in the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center.

Holiday cheer will be overflowing during the fourth annual “Lighting the Way” celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

The program gets underway at 6 p.m. with vocal performances, free hot chocolate, photos with Seymour and the official lighting of the Christmas tree.

Southern Miss students and employees are currently unable to receive calls from off campus or make calls to off-campus numbers through university land line phones due to technical difficulties experienced by service provider AT&T. The company is working to correct the problem.

Until this matter is resolved, phone calls may be made phone-to-phone via campus land lines. In case of an emergency, University Police may be reached by dialing 6-4986, but NOT through the 911 emergency phone system.

Please note other campus phone systems may be out of order at this time, including the following:

·         Elevator emergency phones

·         Code Blue phones

·         Emergency call phones in residence halls

For more information, contact University Police at 601.266.4986 or University Communications at 601.266.4499.

Traditional South Mississippi musicians will showcase their talents during the 12th season of the Roots Reunion live radio show from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 4 at Hattiesburg’s historic Saenger Theater.

The rich and varied culture-based artistic traditions of Native Americans will be showcased at the inaugural Southeastern American Indian Festival on Saturday, Dec. 4 in Ocean Springs, Miss.

In the wake of the Nov. 14 shooting which left three University of Southern Mississippi students wounded, representatives from Southern Miss, the City of Hattiesburg, Hattiesburg Police Department, University Police Department and the Hattiesburg Fire Department have formed a committee looking for ways to keep entertainment seekers safe while having fun in the Hub City.