November 26, 2015  

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University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff who incurred damage to their residences or loss of personal property such as automobiles, furniture, books, musical instruments and clothing as a result of the Feb. 10 storms and tornadoes may be eligible for disaster aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the Small Business Administration (SBA).

A week after an F-4 tornado destroyed his Hattiesburg home and damaged The University of Southern Mississippi campus, Willie Pierce met with an insurance claims adjuster at his 34th Avenue residence, now a pile of rubble, to assess his material losses.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Lady Eagles basketball team has taken a shine to one of the brightest lights on the University’s campus, and the feeling is mutual.

The Katrina Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host a premiere featuring the exhibit, “Psalm for Broken Bones: A Compendium” Thursday, Feb. 28 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of the library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

In honor of Black History Month, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library will feature a special presentation by Jacqueline Dace, project director for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum which is scheduled to open in Jackson in 2017. The presentation will be held Monday, Feb. 25 from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Dining Room on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Children and visitors of the INFINITY Science Center in Hancock County will benefit greatly from a new agreement between the science center and The University of Southern Mississippi.


On Friday, Feb. 15, a memorandum of understanding was signed by Dr. Gordon Cannon, vice provost for research at Southern Miss, and George Schloegel, chairman of INFINITY, partnering both institutions to allow for greater educational opportunities.

The Center for Community and Civic Engagement at The University of Southern has joined several area agencies in providing a centralized location for those wishing to assist in relief efforts associated with the devastating tornado that struck Hattiesburg on Sunday, Feb. 10.

After the trials of the past week and the long journey to recovery ahead, The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will proudly resume performances with the Award-winning Arabesque Winds in a free concert on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Connoisseur Series. With performance spaces at Southern Miss in ruins, First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg has offered its sanctuary to aid in the recovery.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies, in collaboration with the Mississippi Housing Partnership, will hold a homeownership application fair on Monday, Feb. 25 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the community meeting room of the Jackson Medical Mall at 350 West Woodrow Wilson in Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi’s First Lady Deborah Bryant spent a portion of Thursday morning touring areas of The University of Southern Mississippi campus damaged by last Sunday’s tornado.

A University of Southern Mississippi history professor renowned for his expertise on the Vietnam War will be featured in a series produced by Arrow Media for the Military Channel, spotlighting famous battles in American warfare.


Board members of INFINITY Science Center and representatives of the University of Southern Mississippi will be signing a memorandum of understanding on Friday, February 15th, at 1 pm beginning a unique educational partnership.

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.