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Southern Miss to Celebrate Founders Day on March 30

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:15am | By: Van Arnold

The University of Southern Mississippi will commemorate the 105th anniversary of its legislative founding Monday, March 30 with annual Founders' Day celebrations in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Southern Miss students, faculty and staff will be recognized for their achievements at various events throughout the day.

“Founders' Day is special time in the hearts and minds of the Southern Miss faithful. On this day we are reminded that we stand on the strong shoulders of many who have come before us in molding this into a very special university,” said Dr. Joe Paul, vice president for Student Affairs. “The centerpiece of the day is the recognition of our best and brightest students. Their accomplishments show just how far we have come over these 105 years.”

The schedule of events associated with Founders' Day include the following:

Monday, March 30


  • 10 a.m. Gulf Park Ceremony
    Location: Hardy Hall Ballroom

Staff Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by Staff Council immediately following ceremony.

  • 12:15 - 1 p.m. Stennis Space Center Teaching and Research Site Ceremony
    Location: George A. Knauer Marine Science Building, room 101


  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Greek Alumni Luncheon
    Location: Union Room B
  • 3 p.m. Founders' Day Ceremony
    Location: Bennett Auditorium (map)
    Webcast: Live stream should start at approximately 2:45 p.m. 

Program to include: Faculty/Staff Recognition, Student Awards, SGA Inauguration

  • 4 p.m. Founders' Day Reception (Campus and Community Invited)
    Location: North Lawn of Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building (map)
    Rain Site: Inside Administration Building

April 2, 2015

  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Shrimp Boil
    Location: Field Studies Building

Visit for the schedule or contact the Southern Miss Alumni Association (Shea Houze) for more information.

601.266.5013 or AlumniFREEMississippi