November 27, 2015  

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Each year, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Recreational Sports honors outstanding student staff members and graduating seniors at the Student Staff Appreciation and Awards night. 

In celebration of June as National Homeownership Month, a free housing information session will be held Saturday, June 13, from 5 until 6 p.m. at the Andrew Jackson Conference Room of the Warren Hood Building at 200 South President Street in Jackson.

Dr. Vickie Stuart, director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing, was recently inducted as a Distinguished Public Policy Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) during a special membership banquet held last month in Alexandria, Va.

Hannah Roberts, the reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, took time out of her hectic schedule to donate approximately 1,000 books to the Fieldhouse for the Homeless on Tuesday, May 19 as part of her “Pages of Love” program.

Gov. Phil Bryant’s recent signing of the Competitive Employment Act will further expand the growing emphasis on employment opportunities for Mississippians with disabilities. The act focuses on promoting policies that explore and develop meaningful jobs for people with disabilities based in the community that have living wages comparable to those earned by people without disabilities.

The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a U.S. District Court’s favorable ruling for The University of Southern Mississippi in a due process lawsuit filed by a former professor at the University.


Several University of Southern Mississippi marketing and public relations professionals were honored for their work at the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Awards in April in Tupelo. The awards program recognizes outstanding work in the field of public relations by professionals within the state of Mississippi. In all, Southern Miss picked up six awards in the competition.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), located at The University of Southern Mississippi, is launching a fundraising campaign supporting the new MBA with an Emphasis in Sport Security Management. NCS⁴ has recently partnered with the College of Business to develop the nation’s first graduate degree that focuses on sport security.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi held its first-ever Risk Management for Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities course on May 11 in Dover, Delaware. The course focuses on developing prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery techniques at interscholastic athletic events, and for after-school activities.

In celebration of June as National Homeownership Month, a free community resource housing fair will be held Thursday, June 4, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center at 220 West Front St., in downtown Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) recently awarded six students officer commissions in a ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus, following their completion of the program.

The University of Southern Mississippi, in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard, announced today the establishment of a Coast Guard Auxiliary University Program (AUP) located on the university’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

From left to right, University of Southern Mississippi representatives Janeal McKee, student services coordinator; Mary Maner, alumna and vice president of the Women’s and Gender Studies Student Organization; and Kady Pietz, executive assistant to the Gulf Park campus vice president; present a check for $1,005 to Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence representatives Sandra Morrison, executive director, and LaDona Schwertman, transitional to permanent housing case manager.


The graduate nursing program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked as the state’s best and also included among the top programs nationwide in a recent assessment by U.S. News & World Report.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) concluded its series of educational high school events and competitions on Friday, May 1, by hosting its 8th annual SEP State Business Plan Competition on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach will offer a full schedule of events for the Summer Session. In addition to 40 classes, seminars, field trips and special events during the summer semester, a couple of events are new and unique on the schedule.

This past weekend as The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the class of 2015 with commencement exercises, the College of Arts and Letters recognized the accomplishments of some of its brightest students at a recent awards banquet.

As recent studies indicate that speech and hearing disorders are growing causes of disability for children in the U.S., May’s Better Hearing and Speech Month is the perfect time for parents to learn how to recognize the early signs.


The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is encouraging parents to educate themselves through the Identify the Signs campaign, a national effort of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

University of Southern Mississippi students working toward a Master of Business Administration (MBA) have a number of options — and not just in terms of job opportunities post-graduation.


Southern Miss students have been able to take classes at the University’s campuses in Hattiesburg and in Long Beach for many years, and now the first students have begun working toward their MBA entirely through online offerings.

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President for Student Affairs Joe Paul did in his May commencement address what he’s done best in a 39-year career at his alma mater – give sound advice and guidance to students.


Paul, a Bay St. Louis, Miss. native shared life lessons from experiences and observations gained from working in the private sector and in student affairs administration at Southern Miss in two addresses Friday, May 8 at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus, and also during an address to Gulf Park Campus students on Saturday, May 9 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.



The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi has earned accreditation through the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) – indicating that it meets or exceeds professional standards, giving students an advantage with prospective employers and graduate schools.

University of Southern Mississippi biology professor Dr. David Beckett is serving in the role of  Grand Marshal-Distinguished Professor, an award recognizing a senior faculty member who has excelled in teaching, research and service.

By a twist of fate, two alumnae from The University of Southern Mississippi have crossed paths some 7,600 miles away from Hattiesburg, Miss.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Kelvin Barber will soon trade his life as a Hattiesburg college student for a new one as a system engineer with Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Mo.


Barber, a Natchez, Miss., native and Information Technology major at Southern Miss, will be working with Linux to update systems and software used in hospitals.