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University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus Vice President Frances Lucas will serve as the keynote speaker for the 8th Annual Celebration of Caring Women luncheon to be held April 22 at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.

This won’t be your mother’s Lake Byron. Or your grandmother’s, for that matter.

 

When major upgrades are completed on The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular landmark this summer, Lake Byron will be more accessible, more attractive, more appealing than at any time during its 80-year history.

 

The lake has been drained to allow for expansion and other construction objectives as part of Phase III of the University’s Front Campus Landscape Restoration and Enhancement Plan.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies will hold a homeownership application fair on Tuesday, March. 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Metrocenter Mall at 1395 Metrocenter in Jackson.

Southern Miss Today, WUSM’s daily news and public affairs show, took home a first-place award for Best Community News Coverage at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s annual awards ceremony held March 8 in New York. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold three free fair housing workshops along the Gulf Coast in March.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is bringing a popular professional development course for general and special education teachers, speech-language pathologists and reading specialists to the Mississippi Gulf Coast – Missing Links in Academics.

The University of Southern Mississippi kicked off its “Health is Golden” campaign today (March 6) with a check presentation of $250,000 from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

The School of Music at Southern Miss has released tickets for Showbiz Showstoppers, a one-night-only spectacular featuring show-stopping numbers from some of Broadway’s best musicals.

 

A talented cast of students, alumni and community members are already in rehearsals for the April 11 performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, March 15, for residents with and without disabilities in Warren and surrounding counties.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is proud to announce that Criterion Venue Security is now requiring their staff to attain NCS4’s Certified Sport Venue Staff (CSVS) Certification - the nation’s first comprehensive sport and special event security credential for front line venue and event staff.

University of Southern Mississippi international students will showcase their homelands during the annual International Food Fair Thursday, April 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baptist Student Center, located at 214 North 31st Ave. on the Hattiesburg campus.

A $250,000 grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation provides for a new campaign to create and sustain a culture of wellness on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi that will extend into the surrounding communities and schools.

Josh Duplantis, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE), will be the guest speaker at the next meeting/luncheon of the Don’t Mention Age (DMA) club. The meeting will be held Saturday, March 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Student Center in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host a special roundtable discussion titled, “From the Flatlands to the Coast: Bringing the Mississippi Delta to the Mississippi Gulf Coast” on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett extended a personal thank-you via Skype today (Feb. 21) to sixth-grade students in California for their contributions to the Oseola McCarty Scholarship Fund.

 

Bennett spoke with members of the class at Alice G. Mulcahy Middle School in Tulare, Calif., and their teacher, Matt Johnson, who introduced the students to McCarty’s story recently as part of a discussion about philanthropy. McCarty, a Hattiesburg, Miss., washerwoman, left the vast majority of her life savings to The University of Southern Mississippi for the establishment of a perpetual scholarship

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, March 1, for residents with and without disabilities in Forrest and surrounding counties.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi announced today (Feb. 19) the winners of the 28th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award.

The Student Government Association (SGA) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host a “Dinner and Learn” event featuring State Representative Jeramey D. Anderson (D) who represents district 110 in Mississippi. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Hardy Hall University Club on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Snarky Puppy, a Grammy Award-winning jazz/funk/world music fusion band is providing a free  educational workshop on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2–4 p.m., at Brewsky’s on West Fourth Street in Hattiesburg.  

 

The Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) at The University of Southern Mississippi with the leadership of Michigan Technology University and Ocean Springs Upper Elementary is hosting the first Family Transportation Activity Night from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Ocean Springs Upper Elementary School. 

While some students learned what it takes to be a nurse, others learned more about the film industry. These hands-on activities, among a number of others, were the highlight of today’s events at The University of Southern Mississippi’s “Showcase” held on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

Showcase was an open house event created to give high school juniors, seniors, and college transfer students actual hands-on lessons learned while earning a university degree. These activities and lessons also showed students what their career could be like after graduation.

The oil and gas industry will be the focal point of Spring Lecture Series presented at The University of Southern Mississippi on Feb. 21, Feb. 28 and March 7 on the Hattiesburg campus.

A live oak tree that did not survive replanting last spring at The University of Southern Mississippi was replaced today (Feb. 10) by another mature live oak. Last May five live oaks were transported from a grower in Florida and replanted on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus as part of a major landscaping restoration project. The remaining four are alive and thriving today. More than 75 trees were lost when an EF-4 tornado struck the campus on Feb. 10, 2013. (Photos by Kelly Dunn)

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.