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University of Southern Mississippi political science professors Allan McBride and Marija Bekafigo see the race for president between incumbent Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney shaping up to be a hard fought struggle.

Ha'gar Simpson, top left, a University of Southern Mississippi senior interdisciplinary studies major from State Line, Miss. volunteers at a summer camp for local youth at Hattiesburg Zoo Saturday, June 9.

Southern Miss' Ganna Demydova turned in a gold medal performance in the triple jump competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a school-and-meet record mark of 14.20m (46-7.25) at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Anyone who enjoys home-grown vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams will want to check out The University of Southern Mississippi’s farmers’ market held every Monday on the lawn of the Baptist Student Union.

A new book by a recent graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s educational leadership doctoral program looks at how students can learn throughout the school day, including locations outside the classroom.

Delegates to the annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, held this week at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus, elected officers for the state of “Magnolia.”

Professionals from Arkansas, Texas and Florida, as well as various parts of Mississippi, underwent training at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi this week.

The participants learned about the DuBard Association Method®, a phonetic, multisensory approach to teaching language and speech to children with hearing loss, language disorders, severe speech disorders and dyslexia. The method is also proving beneficial for children in a general education setting as well. 


Every available minute finds University of Southern Mississippi industrial engineering technology student Andrew Adams laboring tirelessly on research that could have a huge impact on the environment should another catastrophe like the Gulf oil spill occur.

The Katrina Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, along with the Mississippi Humanities Council and Gulf Coast artist Lori K. Gordon, announce the latest exhibition of The Labat Project at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus Library. It is currently on display at the library through July 31.

Ken Barbor, director of the Hydrographic Science Research Center in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science, has been appointed by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco to serve on the Hydrographic Service Review Panel.

J. Brenton Stewart, who recently earned his doctorate in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is joining The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science faculty.

Marija Bekafigo, a political science professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, addressed more than 230 young women June 6 at the 2012 American Legion Auxiliary Girls State

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, June 23 for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

Dr. Cyndi Huff Gaudet, director of the Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast and professor of human capital development, was honored at the recent Louisiana State University Spring Gala where she received the LSU 2012 Alumnus Award of Excellence from the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development.

Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas has announced that Jeff Hammond will serve as The University of Southern Mississippi’s next athletics director, pending approval of the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.


American Legion Auxiliary Girls State delegates heard speeches from statewide elected officials Tuesday, including Attorney General Jim Hood and Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney. The weeklong program, held this week on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus, is designed to teach the more than 230 rising high school seniors about the political process through hands-on activities such as development of legislation and campaigning for office in the fictitious state of “Magnolia.” (University Communications photos by David Tisdale)

Students throughout the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health are constantly seeking internship and training opportunities in their field of choice. For students in the School of Human Performance and Recreation, these opportunities often materialize close-to-home. 


Zack Gatwood stepped across the stage at Spring Commencement last month having made a major impact on Southern Miss athletics, and did so while preparing for a career in sport management.

More than 230 rising high school seniors from across the state will be on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus June 3-9 for American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, a program designed to help young women learn more about American government and politics.

Delegates to the 73rd annual American Legion Boys State, held this week at The University of Southern Mississippi, voted for candidates for statewide office for the state of “Magnolia” recently. Elected officials, their hometown and elected office include, front row, left to right: Skylar Flowers of Sumrall, commissioner of insurance; Austin Powell of Corinth, Lieutenant Governor; John Brahan of Hattiesburg, governor; and Alan Guy of Flowood, secretary of state.

President Martha Saunders received a resolution from the University of Southern Mississippi Faculty Senate honoring her service to the university during its meeting on the Hattiesburg campus Friday.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Justin Clark sees problems as nothing more than challenges that arouse his analytical, entrepreneurial mind.


For as long as he can remember, the Hattiesburg, Miss., native has tinkered with ideas that would make the world around him a better place. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Clark has wasted no time in developing and implementing a strategy for success.

Dr. Maureen Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi recently released a new textbook that expands upon the multisensory teaching methods that the school has used to educate students with severe communication disorders for 50 years.

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) speaks to the more than 300 delegates to the 2012 American Legion Boys State Wednesday night at Bennett Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) at The University of Southern Mississippi has increased significantly its impact for businesses across the entire state over the past two and a half years. 


In keeping with this increased performance, MPI completed a rebranding process, which includes the recent launch of its new website (http://www.usm.edu/mpi/).