2013


2013 PRODUCES MANY MEMORABLE MOMENTS AT SOUTHERN MISS
The year 2013 proved challenging and rewarding at The University of Southern Mississippi – from the devastation of an F-4 tornado to the naming of a new president. [More]

MASTER CLASS IN SCREENWRITING COURSE SET SOUTHERN MISS GULF PARK CAMPUS

The University of Southern Mississippi Film Program will sponsor a Master Class in Screenwriting course under the direction of renowned writer David Sheffield January 2-14 (including Saturdays) from 6-10 p.m. at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss. [More]

PHOTOJOURNALISM PROGRAM GRADUATE RECOUNTS COVERAGE OF NELSON MANDELA
Jerry Holt, a 1983 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s photojournalism program and longtime member of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune photo staff, recently reflected on his coverage of the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa.  [More]

MUSIC LEDGEND JOINING SOUTHERN MISS RECORDING INDUSTRY PROGRAM
Norbert Putnam, a bassist-producer who has had one of the most extraordinary careers in the history of popular music, has joined the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism as a distinguished lecturer in the school’s recording industry program. [More]

KENNEDY'S IMPACT STILL FELT TODAY IN AMERICAN MEDIA, POLITICS, POLICY AND CULTURE
Nearly 50 years after the tragic death of America’s 35th president, John F. Kennedy’s legacy is still felt in the areas of mass media, public policy and culture, say faculty members at The University of Southern Mississippi. [More]

MCJ ALUM MCRANEY SPEAKS TO JOURNALISM STUDENTS ABOUT BOOKS, CAREER
David McRaney, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, spoke to students on the Hattiesburg campus recently about his career in media and new book, “You are Now Less Dumb,” a sequel to his earlier book “You are not so Smart,” which received high praise from critics and enjoyed successful sales figures worldwide. [More]

SOUTHERN MISS HOLDS RIBBON CUTTING FOR RENOVATED COLLEGE HALL
The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi was officially welcomed into its new home during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday, Oct. 25 at renovated College Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. [More]

SOUTHERN MISS ALUM MCRANEY TO SIGN LATEST BOOK WEDNESDAY AT BARNES & NOBLE
David McRaney, a 2007 University of Southern Mississippi graduate and current Director of New Media at WDAM-TV, will sign copies of his latest book, “You Are Now Less Dumb,” at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Barnes & Noble on the Southern Miss campus. [More]

SCARBOROUGH REFLECTS ON CAREER, INTRODUCTION INTO MCJ HALL OF FAME
With more than four decades of experience in the business, veteran broadcast journalist and University of Southern Mississippi graduate Chuck Scarborough says the compelling stories about the everyday triumphs and tragedies that shape the news still motivate him. [More]

LEGENDARY NEWS ANCHOR CHUCK SCARBOROUGH TO BE HONORED AT SYMPOSIUM
The sole 2013 inductee into the Southern Mississippi Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame is an Emmy-winning alumnus who for nearly 40 years has been among the most prominent local television journalists in the largest media market in the United States. [More]

MASTER CLASS FEATURES VETERAN OF JOURNALISM INDUSTRY
A Mississippi native who went on to become the editor of the Sacramento Bee and a vice president for McLatchy Newspapers spoke to University of Southern Mississippi journalism students in a master class held recently on the Hattiesburg campus. [More]

MASS COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM HONORED FOR COMMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism recently earned the Minority Recruitment and Retention Award from the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA). [More]

MASS COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME MEMBER KERSHNER DIES
Charles “Chuck” Kershner, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who served as executive editor of the Clinton (N.Y.) Courier, died April 14 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 70. [More]

SOUTHERN MISS STUDENTS WIN MAPB CONTEST AWARDS
University of Southern Mississippi students recently won awards in Jackson at the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters (MAPB) annual contest honoring the best in broadcast journalism in the state for 2012. [More]

SOUTHERN MISS TEAM WINS AT ENACTUS REGIONAL COMPETITION
A team of students at The University of Southern Mississippi was named a regional champion at the Enactus United States Regional Competition held April 10 in Dallas, Texas. [More]

MASTER CLASS IN SCREENWRITING COURSE SET FOR SOUTHERN MISS GULF PARK CAMPUS
The University of Southern Mississippi Film Program will sponsor a
Master Class in Screenwriting course under the direction of renowned
writer David Sheffield May 13-24 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach,
Miss. [More]

MISSISSIPPI ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS DAY SET FOR APRIL 18 AT SOUTHERN MISS
Mississippi’s leading broadcasters from across the state will meet with and mentor students for the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Day Thursday, April 18 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. [More]

SOUTHERN MISS CELBRATES FOUNDERS' HONOR STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF
Founders’ Day on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus April 1 was a celebration of the institution’s past, its future and the people who have made it what it is today. [More]

FILM DEPARTMENT TO HOST FINAL FILM SCREENING FOR SOUTEHRN CIRCUIT TOUR
For the final film screening in the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Film Department will present a free screening and filmmakers discussion of the film “Strong!” Friday, April 26 at 6:45 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. [More]


FILM DEPARTMENT TO HOST SCREENING OF "FREE CHINA: THE COURAGE TO BELIEVE"
The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Film Department will present a free screening and filmmakers discussion of the film, “Free China: The Courage to Believe,” Friday, March 22 at 6:45 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

SOUTHERN MISS STUDENTS TO ATTEND CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE UNIVERSITY
University of Southern Mississippi seniors Jazmyne Butler and Ashley Betts have been invited to join a prestigious group of collegiate standouts as part of the Clinton Global Initiative University. [More]

WUSM SPRING SLUMGULLION FEATURES AREA MUSICAL TALENT ON FRIDAYS IN MARCH
WUSM radio at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring its annual Spring Slumgullion every Friday night through March 22, culminating with a day-long music festival on March 24. [More]

VIDEO PRODUCTION, FILM STUDENTS HEAR FROM SOUTHERN MISS ALUMNUS
Rick Bennett, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who is program director for the Toronto Film School at RCC Institute of Technology, speaks to students enrolled in a video production class on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus  Feb. 27 [More]

VISITATION, FUNERAL SERVICES SET FOR PROFESSOR EMERITUS GENE WIGGINS
Dr. Gene Wiggins, a professor emeritus in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, died Thursday, Feb. 21 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 69. [More]

GENE WIGGINS WILL BE MISSED, LONG REMEMBERED
In the past two weeks, The University of Southern Mississippi has suffered great losses. The tornado that ripped through the front of campus on Feb. 10 uprooted trees, destroyed buildings and altered many lives. Thankfully, mercifully, no one died in that menacing storm. [More]

CAMPAIGN PLANNED FOR SCHOOL OF MASS COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM
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. [More]

OLD MEETS 'NEWS'
The University of Southern Mississippi's College Hall is a historic preservation with modern amenities, combining 10-feet tall windows from the original 1912 structure with LED lighting and other energy-efficient upgrades. [More]

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COLLEGE HALL TO REOPEN FALL SEMESTER AFTER MAJOR RENOVATION PROJECT
Work to restore one of the original structures on The University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus to its former glory is in the final stages. [More]
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SOUTHERN MISS ALUMNA KOCH JOINS SUPERSTORM SANDY RELIEF EFFORTS
With memories still vivid of the volunteers aiding her hurricane-ravaged hometown of Bay St. Louis, University of Southern Mississippi alumna Kathleen Koch returned the favor last weekend to those impacted by Superstorm Sandy. [More]

A FOUNDATION LAID, A PASSION PURSUED
"Every time you are on the air and every time you write a story, consider it an audition because you never know who is watching." [More]