March 27, 2015  

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The Kennard Scholars Program, a pilot retention program under the Dean of Students Office at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently announced its inaugural class. The program, launched in the fall 2014 semester, includes a cohort of 10 undergraduate students. They include, from left: Justin Keys; LaDarrius Milton; Rhonda Schexnayder; Ariel Knight; Rachel Young; Brelana Coleman; Anna Francis; Lonnie Craig; and Jay Denson.

The Kennard Scholars Program honors Clyde Kennard, who attempted to integrate Southern Miss in the 1950s. The program offers a variety of resources to aid students in their ability to pay for college, personal and academic development and pursuit of a degree. Services include the Supplemental Instruction, a Mentor Program, Academic Readiness Workshops and the Enrichment for Excellence Series. Together, these programs are available to help students develop the skills necessary to succeed.

For more information about the Kennard Scholars Program, contact the Southern Miss Dean of Students Office at 601.266.6028.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library, in partnership with the Alliance for Equality student organization, has established a Diversity Book Club. For the club’s first meeting, the award-winning documentary, “The Times of Harvey Milk,” will be featured Monday, Feb. 23 beginning at 12:15 p.m. in the Learning Commons, located on the first floor of the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

As an expert on U.S. foreign policy and international politics, former White House senior staffer, Dr. Henry Nau, has been all over the world. On Feb. 23, however, he is coming home to Hattiesburg where his roots are deep at The University of Southern Mississippi.


University of Southern Mississippi students Alisha DeFatta and Kayla Scharfenstein were chosen to attend the Beta Gamma Sigma Student Leadership Forum held Feb. 5-8 in San Diego, Calif. The forum provides a hands-on learning experiences for business students across the country to improve their leadership skills.

Food, friendship and enthusiasm for a great cause are the bedrock of the partnership born in 2011 between Newk’s Cafe and The Children’s Center for Communication at Development at Southern Miss. Newk’s, and general manager David Cullop, a Children's Center alumni dad, has turned the third Thursdays of each month at his Newk's restaurant into “Third Thursday for The Children’s Center.”

War imagery and its influences will be the focus of a program hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.

The Mississippi Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at The University of Southern Mississippi recently traveled to Atlanta, Ga. to attend the annual Carlson Leadership Academy, sponsored by their national fraternity. During the conference, the chapter received its third Excelsior Cup in a row.

Dr. Bill Holcomb, associate professor and director of the Athletic Training Program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation has been selected to receive a 2015 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). Holcomb will receive his award in June at the NATA annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo.

The Eta Zeta chapter of Alpha Delta Pi at The University of Southern Mississippi travelled to Atlanta, Ga. recently to attend the District I District Leadership Conference. The District Leadership conference is a 3-day long officer training and leadership seminar held for each of the 6 Districts of Alpha Delta Pi at the beginning of each year.

University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Rodney D. Bennett and Dr. Steven G. Miller, interim vice president for the Gulf Park campus at Southern Miss, presented the Outstanding Staff Awards as well as the inaugural Students’ Choice Award at the 2015 Employee Appreciation Luncheon held Feb. 12 in the Hardy Hall ballroom.

University of Southern Mississippi researchers and Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg have established a collaborative research effort focused on Staph infection. From left, microbiology students Justin Batte of Laurel, Miss. and  Dhritiman Samanta of West Bengal, India; Dr. Luis Marcos, director of Forrest General’s Infection Prevention Department; and Dr. Mohamed Elasri, professor of microbiology at Southern Miss meet to discuss the next stage of the project in Elasri’s laboratory on the Hattiesburg campus. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning appointed Mississippi University for Women President Jim Borsig as Commissioner of Higher Education at a meeting held earlier today in Jackson.


In a competitive application process, Jennifer Brannock, associate professor and curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a participant in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute (ALI).

The EF-4 tornado that struck the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus two years ago significantly changed the front landscape with the loss of more than 75 trees.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, announced Feb. 11 the winners of the 29th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year, a new writer and new illustrator are celebrated.

The 2015 awards ceremony will be held April 9 during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. The winners receive a gold medallion as well as an honorarium of $1,000.

She withstood the hostility of fellow students and others as one of the first African Americans to integrate then all-white University of Georgia in 1961. In doing so, Charlayne Hunter-Gault leaned on the protection of her “body armor,” her metaphor for the values instilled by her family and community that raised her.


The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular University Forum Lecture Series will continue throughout the Spring 2015 semester with an acclaimed array of speakers scheduled to offer insightful presentations.


The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is featuring a new exhibit by artist Joy Jennings. “The Art of Joy Jennings,” which is currently on display, is a collection of her oil on canvas artwork.

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating the birthday of Charles Darwin with an array of Darwin Day festivities set for Friday Feb. 13 on the Hattiesburg campus. 

The Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus is hosting the second annual Krewe of Southern Miss Mardi Gras Ball on Friday, Feb. 13, from 7 until 11 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom, located on the university’s campus in Long Beach.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Feb. 21, for anyone in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at BancorpSouth at 100 Hardy Street in Hattiesburg. This workshop is co-sponsored by BancorpSouth. Light refreshments will be provided.

A childhood marked by numerous visits to doctors’ offices helped Miss University of Southern Mississippi Hannah Roberts develop a passion for two life-changing pursuits – reading and medicine.


Today, the Southern Miss senior from Mount Olive, Miss., is actively engaged in both arenas, having been accepted into the University of Mississippi School of Medicine while continuing to oversee a book donation project that has grown beyond her grandest expectations.

For decades, Dr. Joe Paul, Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, has inspired numerous student leaders to live by his mantra of encouragement to leave the institution “better than they found it.”

The Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi is accepting applications through March 18 for its Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR).