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College of Arts and Sciences

Alumni and Friends

Connect after graduation and continue to be part of our vibrant community, including alumni, parents, families, donors, and friends of the College of Arts and Sciences.



Philanthropy has a significant impact on students, faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Philanthropy Snapshot

Explore the many ways to give back. When giving to the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • You can choose to designate your gift to one of the funds listed in the USM Foundation giving page.
  • To see additional funds, please click on "Give to the area(s) of your choice" and a pop-up box will appear.
  • Within each School or Unit displayed in the pop-up box, a drop down arrow will appear to the right of that category. By clicking the down arrow, more funds in that School or Unit will appear below the heading, allowing you to view a variety of funds available within each unit.



Outstanding Alumni 

Alejandro Drago

Photo of Alejandro Drago

  • Professor of Violin and Viola and Director of the UND Chamber Orchestra at the the University of North Dakota
  • School of Music

Alejandro Drago is one of our most outstanding graduates from the School of Music. From the time he arrived until the time he left, he consistently made a positive impression on everyone who worked with him. He is an extraordinary musician and scholar.

Dr. Jay Dean, director of the School of Music and Dragos’ major professor


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Dr. Kent Newman

Dr. Kent Newman

  • Senior Research Physical Scientist at Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory
  • US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
  • School of Polymer Science and Engineering

Dr. Newman is an internationally recognized scientist, a senior scientific leader at ERDC, and a strong supporter of Southern Miss. He has made an impact in student success, as he has been instrumental in supporting our students for internships, hiring graduates of our chemistry and polymer science and engineering programs at ERDC, and developing collaborative research opportunities with the University. He epitomizes the career success and high level of commitment to his alma matter that we would like our students to aspire to.

Dr. Derek Patton, interim director of the School of Polymer Science and Engineering

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No one tells the Southern Miss story the way our alumni can! We would love to hear about your life after attending USM!

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College of Arts and Sciences
Liberal Arts Building 210
118 College Dr. #5004
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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