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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 25, 2014

After four months of uncertainty for our Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program, we received the Army’s new program evaluation criteria, and I am optimistic about our future.

I am excited to share that after four months of uncertainty for our Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program at The University of Southern Mississippi, we received the Army’s new program evaluation criteria, and I am optimistic about our future.

December 6, 2013

The 62nd annual Songfest competition, sponsored by the Chi Omega Sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi, was held on Thursday, December 5 at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus. The sorority raised $50,000 toward its charity this year -- Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi.

(Photos by Kelly Dunn)

November 5, 2013

Gorgeous fall weather creates perfect atmosphere to celebrate National Disability Mentoring Day at Southern Miss.

Fall is the best season of the four. Of course, this statement is just my opinion. However, many people who share this opinion know that fall trumps the other three seasons with the Pumpkin Spice Latte alone. Well played, Starbucks! Well played. 

Fall offers a cornucopia of events for all to enjoy. Whether you are a Halloween enthusiast with a flair for the dramatic or an amateur chef who can’t wait to unveil a new recipe on Thanksgiving Day, this season has it. Fall brings amazing opportunities to celebrate.

April 3, 2013

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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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February 7, 2013

Dr. Rodney Bennett was announced as the 10th president of The University of Southern Mississippi during a news conference on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Hattiesburg. Dr. Bennett currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Georgia.

January 28, 2013

Statistics show that a post-secondary degree does indeed matter in today's competitive marketplace.

If you were to ask a classroom of first grade students what career path they plan to choose, you will likely receive answers such as “fireman” or “astronaut,” probably based on the excitement of riding on a fire truck or a spaceship, or “teacher,” based on the example set each day by their own teacher.

However, as these students grow and mature, discover and develop their own talent and aptitude, and consider many other factors, including job availability and salary, these career aspirations often change.

November 9, 2012

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March 5, 2012

Rusty Anderson, director of Career Services at Southern Miss, says students should take full advantage of the resources his office can provide.

Rusty Anderson serves as the director of Career Services at The University of Southern Mississippi. Recently, Anderson took a few moments to reflect on his current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

A: I am originally from Gideon, Missouri but consider Hattiesburg my hometown now. I have a BS degree from Southern Miss in Social and Rehabilitation Services and a MS from Southern Miss in Counseling Psychology.

October 12, 2011

A commitment to community service drives Dr. Royal Walker in his position as executive director of the Institute for Disability Studies at Southern Miss.

Dr. Royal Walker serves as the executive director of the Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. Recently, Walker took a few moments to reflect on his current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

September 12, 2011

Southern Miss student, faculty and staff participate in the Fall 2011 Convocation at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

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September 9, 2011

Student Government Association President Erick Brown hopes to leave a legacy of inclusion at Southern Miss.

Erick Brown serves as the president of the Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi. Brown, a senior sociology major, recently took a few moments to reflect on his current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

A: I am from Columbus, Mississippi and attended Columbus High School.

Q: What were your dreams and ambitions as a small child?

September 8, 2011

This retrospective of the past year was included as part of the Fall Convocation ceremony held Thursday, Sept. 8 on the Hattiesburg campus.

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August 23, 2011

Larry Fedora, the fourth-year head football coach at Southern Miss, likes the idea of working with blueprints.

If he wasn’t coaching football, Larry Fedora says he’d love to work as a builder. Many football prognosticators believe he’s done just that with the 2011 edition of the Golden Eagles, constructing a team that should vie for this year’s Conference USA title.

The head coach of the Southern Miss football team took a few moments recently to discuss the upcoming season.

Q: How is the team looking going into the 2011 campaign?

August 15, 2011

A native New Yorker, Richard "Dick" Vogel has found a comfortable, rewarding home as Executive Director of the Southern Miss Eagle Club.

Richard "Dick" Vogel serves as Executive Director of the Eagle Club and Associate Director of Athletics at The University of Southern Mississippi. Vogel, who once commanded U.S. Army troops in Germany, took a few moments recently to reflect on his current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

August 3, 2011

Dr. Virginia Crawford, director of Student Health Services at Southern Miss, says Mississippi needs more youngsters to dream about becoming physicians.

Dr. Virginia Crawford serves as director of Student Health Services at The University of Southern Mississippi. Crawford, who once dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, took a few moments recently to reflect on her current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

July 13, 2011

Dr. Ann Blackwell, dean of the College of Education and Psychology at Southern Miss, takes pride in her Hattiesburg roots and this university's legacy as a teacher's college.

Ann Blackwell serves as dean of the College of Education and Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi. A Southern Miss alumna, Blackwell taught in the Hattiesburg Public School System before taking on her current role. She took a few moments recently to reflect on her current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

June 20, 2011

Josh Schutts, assistant dean of students for Greek Life at Southern Miss, credits his fraternity experience for helping shape the man he has become.

Assistant Dean of Students for Greek Life Josh Schutts believes the university’s fraternities and sororities offer invaluable opportunities for leadership and scholarly development, in addition to the chance to make friends that last a lifetime.  Recently, Schutts took a few moments to reflect on his job responsibilities in a question-and-answer format. 

Q: When did you take over as head of Greek Life at Southern Miss? What is your background?