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August 1, 2014

Our ability and willingness to come together and talk through issues will build a solid foundation for the University and the coastal community to become a much more economically progressive area.

As President of The University of Southern Mississippi, I am deeply troubled that USM’s commitment to meeting the needs of the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been called into question. I am aware of the historical tension surrounding access to higher education in the coastal community, and I respect each community member who has worked tirelessly to ensure that the coast is not marginalized or overlooked but is instead recognized as a critical region that deserves access to quality educational opportunities.

February 13, 2013

Dr. Rodney Bennett, incoming president at The University of Southern Mississippi, addresses a large group of students who turned out for a campus cleanup project on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The student-led project was coordinated in response to the EF-4 tornado that struck the Southern Miss campus and the Hattiesburg area on Sunday, Feb. 10.

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September 19, 2014

More than 50 participants recently took part in The University of Southern Mississippi's annual True South Economic Development Course, presented by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the College of Business, Sept. 15-18. The course, hosted by the university's Trent Lott Center, exposes participants to the fundamentals and practice of creating jobs, increasing wealth, improving the tax base and enhancing a community’s quality-of-life. It can also be applied as credit toward securing certification as an economic developer. For more information, visit http://www.usm.edu/professional-development-educational-outreach/true-so....

More than 50 participants recently took part in The University of Southern Mississippi's annual True South Economic Development Course, presented by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the College of Business, Sept. 15-18. The course, hosted by the university's Trent Lott Center, exposes participants to the fundamentals and practice of creating jobs, increasing wealth, improving the tax base and enhancing a community’s quality-of-life. It can also be applied as credit toward securing certification as an economic developer.

September 18, 2014

James Wilcox, director of the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship and Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, delivered a guest presentation to a gathering of economic and community developers last month in Greenwood, Miss., as part of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis event “Saving Your Small Town: Homegrown Community and Economic Development.”

September 17, 2014

Kimberly Docter, a junior marketing and international business double major at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, spent two months in Kenya and Uganda earlier this spring working with the organization - Know Think Act.

Kimberly Docter, a junior marketing and international business double major at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, spent two months in Kenya and Uganda earlier this spring working with the organization - Know Think Act.

September 16, 2014

Efforts to better serve the students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus have been enhanced with the filling of two associate dean positions so that each of the University’s six academic colleges now have a full-time academic administrator working locally in Long Beach.

 

Efforts to better serve the students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus have been enhanced with the filling of two associate dean positions so that each of the University’s six academic colleges now have a full-time academic administrator working locally in Long Beach.

September 16, 2014

Blake Dunaway, who is pursuing a double major in finance and pre-med in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the 2014 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship.

Blake Dunaway, who is pursuing a double major in finance and pre-med in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the 2014 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship.

Each year the MYB committee, a sector of the Mississippi Bankers Association, present a scholarship to an outstanding student majoring in banking and finance. The MYB Leadership Scholarship is given to a junior banking and finance major at a state-supported university. Applicants must be nominated by their banking professor.

September 10, 2014

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that its Fall 2014 entering class is the most academically talented in the institution’s recorded history.

 

With a renewed focus on student recruitment, retention, progression and graduation, the University’s newest students have the highest grade point average of any entering class. In addition, retention and graduation rates have improved.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that its Fall 2014 entering class is the most academically talented in the institution’s recorded history.

With a renewed focus on student recruitment, retention, progression and graduation, the University’s newest students have the highest grade point average of any entering class. In addition, retention and graduation rates have improved.

August 26, 2014

Students from Mississippi Public Universities will have the opportunity to do well by doing good as they develop business plans to tackle some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems and help reach the goals established by Blueprint Mississippi.

 

The Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge was announced by Gov. Phil Bryant, Mississippi Economic Council President and CEO Blake A. Wilson and Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank M. Bounds at a press conference held today in Jackson.

Students from Mississippi Public Universities will have the opportunity to do well by doing good as they develop business plans to tackle some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems and help reach the goals established by Blueprint Mississippi.

The Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge was announced by Gov. Phil Bryant, Mississippi Economic Council President and CEO Blake A. Wilson and Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank M. Bounds at a press conference held today in Jackson.

July 28, 2014

Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will begin work in Hattiesburg on Aug. 1, pending IHL Board approval.

Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will begin work in Hattiesburg on Aug. 1, pending IHL Board approval.

Coats, a native of Springfield, La., comes to Southern Miss from Mississippi State University in Starkville where she has spent the past three years as associate dean of the Graduate School. A professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, she has served as a member of the university’s faculty since 1990.

July 23, 2014

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Kristin Howard has been chosen to participate in the 2014 Leadership Academy class which honors rising stars in the accounting profession.

 

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Kristin Howard has been chosen to participate in the 2014 Leadership Academy class which honors rising stars in the accounting profession.

Howard, a native of Durango, Colo., now residing in Gulfport, Miss., will join 37 other young professionals for the Leadership Academy set for Sept. 28-Oct. 2 in Durham, N.C. The academy is sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

July 14, 2014

Several administrative changes have taken place in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi for the start of the 2014-2015 year.

 

Several administrative changes have taken place in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi for the start of the 2014-2015 year.

Dr. Bret Becton will serve as the College’s associate dean after Dr. Joe Peyrefitte returned to a faculty position. Becton will be in charge of operations and accreditation for the College of Business.

June 5, 2014

Leaders with a vested interest in the economic potential of maritime industries and marine technologies along the northern Gulf Coast gathered on Thursday, June 5 for the 2014 Marine Technologies Economic Forum hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi on its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

Leaders with a vested interest in the economic potential of maritime industries and marine technologies along the northern Gulf Coast gathered on Thursday, June 5 for the 2014 Marine Technologies Economic Forum hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi on its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

June 4, 2014

The University of Southern Mississippi’s plan to build a new pedestrian pathway on the Hattiesburg campus received a major boost on Wednesday, June 4 when Southern District Highway Commissioner Tom King presented a check for $683,560 to the University.

 

Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett accepted the check provided by the Mississippi Department of Transportation as part of a grant which originated through Transportation Alternative Program funds distributed by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. The grant is an 80/20 match – meaning that MDOT contributes $683,560 toward construction of the new pathway, while Southern Miss pays approximately $171,000.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s plan to build a new pedestrian pathway on the Hattiesburg campus received a major boost on Wednesday, June 4 when Southern District Highway Commissioner Tom King presented a check for $683,560 to the University.

May 29, 2014

A prominent University of Southern Mississippi alumnus brings his experience and expertise gained in the world of business as one of the newest members of the Mississippi State Board of Health.

 

Edward J. “Ed” Langton (’70), CEO and Chairman of the Board of Grand Bank in Hattiesburg, was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to the State Board of Health March 4 and was sworn in at its April meeting.

A prominent University of Southern Mississippi alumnus brings his experience and expertise gained in the world of business as one of the newest members of the Mississippi State Board of Health.

May 21, 2014

With four successful conferences already under their belts, officials at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi expect the fifth edition to be even bigger and better.

With four successful conferences already under their belts, officials at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi expect the fifth edition to be even bigger and better.

The 5th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition is set for July 8-10, 2014 in Indianapolis, Ind. The theme for this year’s conference is “The Business of Sports Safety and Security.”

May 8, 2014

Marketing and Merchandising students at The University of Southern Mississippi enjoyed some hands-on retail experience during the annual “Passion for Fashion” event held April 7-11 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Marketing and Merchandising students at The University of Southern Mississippi enjoyed some hands-on retail experience during the annual “Passion for Fashion” event held April 7-11 on the Hattiesburg campus.

April 22, 2014

The University of Southern Mississippi Premedical and Health Professions Office, housed in the College of Science and Technology Dean’s Office, recently hosted faculty from the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Dental Hygiene program who presented information on the program to students.

The University of Southern Mississippi Premedical and Health Professions Office, housed in the College of Science and Technology Dean’s Office, recently hosted faculty from the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Dental Hygiene program who presented information on the program to students.

Housed in the UMMC School of Health Related Professions with clinics in the School of Dentistry, the Dental Hygiene program offers two programs of study; a traditional program and an advanced standing online program.

April 11, 2014

The business portfolio of Joseph F. Best III reads like an instructional manual for entrepreneurial success.

 

Best, chief executive officer of H&F Bread Company and president of Best Building, LLC, has amassed more than 40 years of comprehensive consulting and senior line management across a wide variety of industries including – retail, distribution, systems development, project management, and the service sector.

The business portfolio of Joseph F. Best III reads like an instructional manual for entrepreneurial success.

Best, chief executive officer of H&F Bread Company and president of Best Building, LLC, has amassed more than 40 years of comprehensive consulting and senior line management across a wide variety of industries including – retail, distribution, systems development, project management, and the service sector.

April 3, 2014

University of Southern Mississippi seniors Benjamin Arnold and Tanner Jones are among five college students recently named as Mississippi Young Bankers Scholars.

University of Southern Mississippi seniors Benjamin Arnold and Tanner Jones are among five college students recently named as Mississippi Young Bankers Scholars.

Arnold and Jones attended the Annual Mississippi Young Bankers Convention in Point Clear, Ala. on March 8-12, where they received a plaque and $1,500 scholarship.

April 3, 2014

University of Southern Mississippi seniors Benjamin Arnold and Tanner Jones are among five college students recently named as Mississippi Young Bankers Scholars.

University of Southern Mississippi seniors Benjamin Arnold and Tanner Jones are among five college students recently named as Mississippi Young Bankers Scholars.

Arnold and Jones attended the Annual Mississippi Young Bankers Convention in Point Clear, Ala. on March 8-12, where they received a plaque and $1,500 scholarship.