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Rodney D. Bennett, University president, and Stace Mercier, executive director of the USM Foundation, unveil Oseola McCarty Statue


USM Foundation Honors Oseola McCarty's Life and Legacy

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation is honoring the life and legacy of Oseola McCarty. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of McCarty’s unexpected planned gift to USM, a virtual celebration features interviews with special guests and the unveiling of a timeless addition to the Hattiesburg campus. Viewers learn stories of her life and the impact of her incredible generosity.

Pictures of the Marine Education Center, the Gulf Coast Library, academic buildings, the Point Sur research vessel, and the Gilbert R. Mason research vessel


USM Coastal Operations Stronger and Better 15 Years After Katrina

Hurricane Katrina forever changed the Mississippi Gulf Coast and The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) on August 29, 2005, and 15 years later, University leaders say that the devastation became a catalyst for an improved institution better positioned to respond to the educational, cultural and economic needs of the Gulf Coast.