April 17, 2014  

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The University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball team recently broke away from its busy practice and academic schedules to do a little workout with the toddlers and preschoolers at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Eleven University of Southern Mississippi students will compete Saturday for the crown of Miss University of Southern Mississippi and the opportunity to advance to the state pageant.

Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 10 from 5-8 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg for Dr. Don Cabana, a former professor of criminal justice at The University of Southern Mississippi and superintendent of the Mississippi State Penitentiary, who died Monday, Oct. 7 at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg. He was 67.

Students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi should be reminded that it is never too early to receive flu vaccines which are available now at the Beedie Smith Clinic on the Hattiesburg campus.

Parkway Heights United Methodist church in Hattiesburg will play host to Dr. Wayne C. Petty’s public lecture titled: “Hearing Beethoven’s Spring Sonata” at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13.


University of Southern Mississippi graduate Jordan Mathews of Biloxi, Miss., has been recognized by national fraternity Pi Kappa Phi as the 2013 Dr. Phillip M. Summers Student of the Year.

Dr. Trent Gould, who has served in a variety of roles during his 10 years at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named associate dean in the College of Health.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus student Brandy Jarvis of Ocean Springs, senior marketing major, will represent the Southern Miss Gulf Coast student body in this year’s Southern Miss Homecoming festivities October 21 - 26.


The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College has three of a kind among its freshman class of 2013.


Triplets Olivia, Ross and Rachel Paris-Harbison are Southern Miss Presidential Scholars from Mobile, Ala. where they graduated from McGill-Toolin High School. When the three tried to establish a hierarchy of choices as they looked for a college to attend, one held on to first place following their visit to the Hattiesburg campus.

Wisam “Sam” Buti once held the fruit fly in contempt.

“I use to just think of them as that annoying fly that buzzed around your food,” said Buti, a University of Southern Mississippi freshman. Now the fruit fly represents the inspiration for her studies at the university and future in either medicine or scientific research – or both.

The University of Southern Mississippi Roots N’ Shoots chapter, along with the Department of Biological Sciences, is hosting the Haunted Halloween Science Trail on Friday, Oct. 25 in the Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC), located in the basement of Mississippi Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

When Dr. Catherine Rand takes the podium to conduct the first University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble concert of the season, it will be an emotional night celebrating the human spirit. 

Retired businessman William Tatum Jr. and Polk’s Meat Products CEO Julie Polk Breazeale were honored as 2013 Alumni of the Year by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business during a luncheon on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Thad Cochran Center.


Officials at The University of Southern Mississippi have initiated steps to appeal a decision by the U.S. Army to close the University’s Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program.


Southern Miss administrators received an official notice from the Department of the Army stating that the closure would be effective at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. The Southern Miss ROTC program, which dates back to 1951, is one of 13 nationwide targeted for closure and the only one among six such programs in Mississippi.

Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn spent a good portion of Thursday, Oct. 3 touring facilities and departments at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses.

The Career Explorations for Girls Conference will be held on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi Saturday, Nov. 2. The registration deadline for the conference is Oct. 15, and there is no charge.

Dr. Mark Waymire, assistant professor of music education at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently interviewed on behalf of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum Corps this summer at a Drum Corps International (DCI) competition.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, a Leadership Pinebelt group will host the inaugural Sounds to Symbols 5K/10K/1 Mile Fun Run to benefit the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Law Constituent Society will hold its annual Elmo Lang Memorial Law Seminar on Friday, Oct. 4 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Trent Lott National Center, Room 101-102. This is a continuing legal education seminar and is approved for five CLE hours.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3. A three-member panel of the court will convene at the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I.

Students and faculty members from the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi received multiple honors at the Mississippi Recreation and Park Association’s annual conference held recently in Tupelo, Miss. Twenty-five therapeutic recreation majors and three faculty members attended the conference.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre opens its fall 2013 season with RENT, a rock musical. Loosely based on Puccini’s classic opera, La Boheme, RENT earned both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for best musical in 1996.

H.C. “Bill” McLellan, who served as director of athletics at The University of Southern Mississippi from 1986-1999, died Monday after a brief illness. He was 81.

The Office of Admissions at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach recently hired Dr. Kimberly C. Scherlofsky as an admissions counselor to focus on university recruiting and community outreach in the business, government, and industry sectors along the Gulf Coast.