October 10, 2015  

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings will kick off the 2015-16 season with Pride Preview. This free concert will be held Friday, August 28 at 7 p.m. at Centennial Green on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, and all are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic dinners to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment.

The University of Southern Mississippi School campus in Hattiesburg was buzzing with excitement on Friday, Aug. 14 as freshmen students began the process of moving into residence halls. The first classes of the Fall 2015 Semester begin on Wednesday, Aug. 19. In this photo, volunteers help students move their belongings into Century Park South. (University Communications photo by Van Arnold)

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is excited to announce a free tailgate for all active members of the organization prior to the Golden Eagle football game against Mississippi State on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.


The University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted the workshop “Professional GPS: Using Your Social Skills to Navigate the Workplace,” presented by the Coast Young Professionals Institute. The workshop, held at the university’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, was presented by Dr. Jacob Breland, assistant professor in the College of Business at Southern Miss.

Launched Feb. 6, 2014, the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society Campaign has exceeded its $2 million goal. The fundraising initiative built upon early successes of the program and elevated the Dale Center from one of the top five military history programs in the country to the premier academic program for the study of war and society in the United States.

Thirteen graduates of the Joint International Hydrographic Applied Science Program (JIHASP) at The University of Southern Mississippi were recognized during a special ceremony held by the Department of Marine Sciences (DMS) at John C. Stennis Space Center.

A series of health-conscious initiatives has helped The University of Southern Mississippi gain recognition by the American Heart Association as a fit friendly workplace.

The University of Southern Mississippi will mark its recovery from the greatest natural disaster in modern American history and welcome the man who led the Magnolia State through it at events in Hattiesburg and Long Beach August 26 and 28.

Every year, Hattiesburg’s music lovers anxiously await the announcement of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra season. Celebrating 96 years, the venerable organization is the state’s oldest orchestra and a leader in cultural offerings for the region.

Music Director Jay Dean notes: “Every symphonic concert this season features wind or brass soloists. Some of these performers will be students who come from different parts of the world, including Mississippi, while others are globally renowned celebrity artists."

Fall 2015 semester student move-in days at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will be Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15, with the following areas to be closed as preparations are made to welcome students to their residence halls.

Hannah Roberts, Miss Mississippi 2015, will preview some of the gowns she plans to wear for the upcoming Miss America pageant as part of a special send-off celebration set for Saturday, Aug. 22 at the Vicksburg City Auditorium. The event will begin at noon.

An award-winning American journalist and author will be the keynote speaker for the University of Southern Mississippi’s 50th anniversary celebration of the desegregation of the institution.

Soledad O’Brien, a former CNN news anchor and reporter, will address an audience at Bennett Auditorium Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m., in conjunction with The University’s programming featured in “Celebrating 50 Years of Progress: Desegregation of The University of Southern Mississippi.”

Freddie White-Johnson, program director of the Mississippi Network for Cancer Control at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently completed the year-long Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy.

Michael Marks says Hurricane Katrina is an event that still lives with him, like it happened yesterday. And he hopes those who lived through it won’t ever forget its lessons.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems is partnering with Mississippi Winn-Dixie and Kroger locations to offer grocery store tours.  

Southern Miss dietetic interns will deliver grocery store tours about fruits and vegetables during the fall 2015 semester. Students will be trained by a Grocery Store Tour Registered Dietitian to conduct the tours with college students in Hattiesburg, the Gulf Coast and Jackson. Specific tour locations will be selected by the dietetic interns.

The Japan-America Society of Mississippi (JASMIS) will host the taiko (Japanese drum) performance ensemble Shirohato Taiko from Sumida, Tokyo for a series of performances in Mississippi August 20-26. Included on their schedule is a concert in Hattiesburg at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Mannoni Performing Arts Center Monday, August 24 at 8 p.m. with general admission $5 at the door the day of the show and free for USM students.

Balloons filled the sky and the smell of freshly boiled seafood filled the air, as the ribbon was cut to officially introduce MBK South, a new My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. wellness center, to the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Friday, July 24.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore hopes to discover a bit of magic at the North Pole this summer, whether she detects any signs of Santa’s workshop or not.


Whitmore, a second-year master’s student in the Department of Marine Science (chemistry emphasis), will participate in a unique 65-day research cruise to the top of the world aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Healy.” Her Arctic Ocean adventure begins Aug. 9 with departure from Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

TRIAD AmeriCorps members have been serving people with disabilities in the greater Hattiesburg area community for a year by providing economically disadvantage adults with financial training activities.

Entergy Mississippi, Inc. has funded a two-year Entergy Scholar Graduate Assistant position in The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business to conduct economic development research for the counties served by Entergy in Mississippi.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus will host an open house and sneak peek of fall courses Tuesday, August 18 at 3 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra (SMYO) will hold fall 2015 auditions at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 17 in Room 105 of the Fine Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The SMYO is searching for intermediate and advanced string players.

The University of Southern Mississippi has joined the IDEA® Academic Partnership to provide students enrolled in the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) program with experience using professional data analytics technology.

The University of Southern Mississippi is on a seven-year roll when it comes to producing Phi Kappa Phi National Fellows. And with the steady influx of high-achieving Honors College students, the trend shows no signs of slowing down.


The seven-year streak began with Justin Poelma in 2009 and continued this year with Stephanie McCracken’s selection.