May 26, 2015  

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Evan S. Dillard, president and chief executive officer of Forrest Health, will serve as grand marshal for the 30th annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo. The event is set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21 at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center on U.S. Highway 49 South in Hattiesburg.

In partnership with the 29th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Coastwide Celebration, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host an inaugural film festival with a screening of the documentary, “Aboveboard: Port of the Future.” The documentary, along with a panel discussion, will be held Thursday, Jan. 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Maureen K. Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, was re-elected to the board of directors for the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), an accrediting organization for multisensory structured language education training courses.

The Career Services office at The University of Southern Mississippi has been selected as the Sherwin Williams 2013-14 Distinguished Partner of the Year. This marks the first time that the Southern Miss office has received the prestigious distinction.


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi is expanding its programs to the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 


OLLI has offered programs at the Hattiesburg campus for the past 23 years.  Programming is geared toward individuals 50 years of age or older, with any level of education, working or retired.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host open advisement and registration for the spring 2015 semester Wednesday, January 7, from 2 – 5 p.m. in the Admissions Office, located in Hardy Hall on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Orientation for new undergraduate students will begin at 1 p.m. on January 7 in the Hardy Hall ballroom.

Classes for spring semester begin Monday, January 12. The last day to register for full-semester classes is Friday, January 16.

The University of Southern Mississippi has joined ranks with approximately 50 universities worldwide that have united to address the global issue of hunger. Leaders from these universities recently signed “The Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security” – a declaration acknowledging their pledge to make food insecurity a priority.

Affordable Colleges Foundation (ACF), a resource for online learning and college affordability information, has included The University of Southern Mississippi in the top 20 of its new ranking of 2015’s Best Online Colleges.

It was 1984 and the movie “Terminator,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger was released along with Apple’s new Macintosh computer. And on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Lawrence Mead began his career as a Golden Eagle.

Citing a desire to streamline his focus on other responsibilities, Dr. Eric Powell has announced his resignation as executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), effective Dec. 16, 2014.

A graveside service is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Roseland Park Cemetery in Hattiesburg for Dr. William Hatcher, former chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Political Science, who died Dec. 12 in Jackson, Miss. He was 92.

Kathryn Kellett, a doctoral student at the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, recently completed a research collaboration with University of Southern Mississippi researchers Dr. Karl Wallace and graduate student Hugh Broome in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.


Kellett came to Southern Miss for 12 weeks as a part of her fellowship provided by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. She is the first Winston Churchill Fellow to collaborate with Southern Miss researchers.

Student Health Services at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting special day devoted to family fitness on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.

Andy Wiest is excited about what the future may hold as University of Southern Mississippi graduates transition to the next chapter in their lives, taking their new education into a world he believes needs their talents to make it a better place for everyone.


“We’ve taught them how to think and dream, and now they need those abilities to take on the problems in our world, because there’s a plethora of them that we haven’t solved yet,” said Wiest, a professor of history who delivered the 2014 Fall Commencement speech on Friday, Dec. 12.

While you are reading this article, two-to three people will develop Alzheimer’s disease - a life-threatening illness that killed more than 83,000 people in 2010 alone.


However, with the help of Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), Southern Miss Professor Vijay Rangachari is furthering research on the disease to help find better treatments, or a cure, for those affected.

James C. Bishop, a retired professor of mass communication and journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi, died Dec. 3 at his residence in Hattiesburg. He was 92.

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi has extended the registration deadline for its Saturday Gifted Studies Program, to be held Jan. 17-Feb. 28 on the Hattiesburg campus. 


Tracy Englert, reference librarian for science and technology at The University of Southern Mississippi University Libraries was selected to participate in the "Implementing the Sharing Science Workshop and Practicum” sponsored by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE).  The immersive workshop was held Nov. 14-16 at the Museum of Science in Boston.

The Corporation for National and Community Service has awarded The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) a spot on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.


The Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. 

In an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle and contribute to safe and secure campuses at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Gulf Park campus is now using CARES, the Campus Action Referral and Evaluation System, to report critical incidents at the university.

A new group of students chosen for the Eagle SPUR (Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research) by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Undergraduate Research will get an opportunity to see their research ideas advanced to the next level.

The University of Southern Mississippi Sport Management Club travelled to Tallahassee, Fla. to visit Florida State University’s athletic facilities, Nov. 20-22.  Dr. Allen Brown, instructor of sport management and Dr. Doug Manning, assistant professor of sport management, accompanied the students.

Dr. William “Monty” Graham, professor and chair of the Department of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named to the advisory board of the Gulf Research Program.

With a recent gift of $65,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, Southern Miss alumnus Ed Williamson and his wife, Gloria, are enhancing the legacy of their daughter’s love for others through the Ashley Dawn Williamson Memorial Scholarship Fund for Non-Traditional Students.