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The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast College of Nursing will co-host a blood drive with Mississippi Blood Services Tuesday, Feb.19 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the reception area of the Fleming Education Center at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a group of special European visitors on April 24-26 as part of a clean technology project that could lead to transformative partnerships.

When her school needed her, University of Southern Mississippi student Denise Bryant of Oak Grove answered the call.


Bryant joined nearly 1,000 fellow students, faculty, staff, alumni and community volunteers in a student-led cleanup effort Wednesday morning as part of the university’s recovery from an F-4 tornado that hit the Hattiesburg campus Sunday, Feb. 10.


She even bought a new rake to help with clearing debris. “It means a lot to me to be able to help, because I felt so helpless after the storm,” said Bryant, a senior nursing major. “It’s the least I could do.”

Cleanup efforts are proceeding in earnest at The University of Southern Mississippi where an EF-4 tornado struck on Sunday, Feb. 10, damaging several buildings on the Hattiesburg campus.

Gov. Phil Bryant stood on the campus of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi, Monday morning and declared that the state would respond to devastation wrought by Sunday’s tornado in typical fashion – with resiliency.


“Unfortunately we have more experience and are better qualified than anyone in the nation to deal with weather-related emergencies,” said Bryant before a media throng at the Thad Cochran Center. “I always enjoy being on the Southern Miss campus, and it’s difficult to see the damage that is here. But these men and women know how to handle this and know exactly what to do.”

Dr. Rodney Bennett, who on Thursday became the next president of The University of Southern Mississippi, said one of his primary duties as the school’s leader will be helping its students succeed in meeting their academic goals through “pathways for completion.”


Dr. Rebecca Morgan Frank, assistant professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award for Poetry.

The Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the first of two readings by visiting writers on Friday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. in the International Center Room 101. 

Dr. Robert J. Pauly, associate professor of international policy and development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been appointed to a two-year term as associate dean for the Gulf Coast operations of the College of Arts and Letters.

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation and the School of Mass Communication and Journalism will announce a major fundraising campaign to benefit the school on Friday, Feb. 8 during a luncheon in the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Former University of Southern Mississippi football coach P.W. Underwood passed away early Monday (Feb. 4) morning at the age of 81.

Each year during February, high school students from throughout the southeastern United States convene on The University of Southern Mississippi campus to enjoy an inspiring, music-filled weekend.


The Southern Miss School of Music will host more than 250 students Feb. 7 - 10 during the All-South Honor Band weekend. For many talented students, simply taking part in their own school’s band program is not enough. All-South provides the perfect environment for high school students who crave more knowledge and opportunities to play.


The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate Homecoming 2013 on Oct. 26 when the football Golden Eagles take on Conference USA newcomer North Texas at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

An international historian who has researched and written about the American civil rights movement’s global impact will speak at The University of Southern Mississippi during Black History Month.

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team spent several hours answering questions and mingling with students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning announced on Friday, Feb. 1 the selection of Dr.
Rodney D. Bennett as the preferred candidate for the  presidency of The University of Southern Mississippi.


Bennett has a wealth of experience in higher education and currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs for the University of Georgia in Athens.

Kate Brunelle, a graduate student in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Library and Information Science, is the recipient of a prestigious internship from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5 The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts & Letters and Honors Forum will bring New Orleans jazz and culture to Hattiesburg as they host Doreen Ketchens, a musical legend from the French Quarter. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom 1 and admission is free.

The Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced that Phillip Phillips and Elle Varner will be the featured artists for the 10th Annual Eaglepalooza event, set for April 5 in downtown Hattiesburg.

Donate Life Mississippi honored The University of Southern Mississippi, its fans, alumni and students with a special presentation as winners of the inaugural Donor Challenge for 2012.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Film Department will present a free screening and filmmakers’ discussion of the film, “Girl Model,” Friday, Feb. 22 at 6:45 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Thanks in part to a donation of approximately $10,000 worth of equipment from the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) Marine Education Center (MEC), Bel-Aire Elementary School in Gulfport is opening the only elementary science laboratory of its kind in the Harrison County School District.

When the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill disaster occurred along the Gulf Coast two years ago, ecologists at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg wanted to dig deep to study the impacts.