USM looking at ways to trim 4.5 percent from its annual budget

October 28, 2014 in Education

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — Administrator say a hiring slowdown, larger classes and reducing travel are among the methods the University of Southern Mississippi may use to cut 4½ percent from […]

USM picks Karen Coats as graduate dean

August 3, 2014 in Education

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — Educator and administrator Karen Coats has been appointed dean of the graduate school at the University of Southern Mississippi. She began work this week in Hattiesburg. […]

USM investigating if former staff member accessed personal information

June 26, 2014 in Education, News, The Buzz

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — The University of Southern Mississippi is investigating allegations that an employee accessed personal information of other employees on the Hattiesburg campus. USM President Rodney Bennett informed […]

Southern Miss ROTC program spared for at least two years, Army says

November 7, 2013 in Education, News

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — The ROTC program at the University of Southern Mississippi will survive at least another two years. The Army told Mississippi elected officials on Wednesday that it’s […]

3 indicted by grand jury in USM altercation involving former QB Anthony Alford

October 29, 2013 in Education, News, Sports, Top Stories

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — Three people involved in an on-campus fight at the University of Southern Mississippi last November involving a handgun and former Southern Miss quarterback Anthony Alford have been indicted by a Forrest County grand jury on felony charges.

USM campus police arrested six, including Alford, following the Nov. 28, 2012, fight near the school’s Walker Science Building. No one was hurt. Police say no shots were fired although a gun was found at the scene.

The indictments were handed down in September and made public this last week. Those indicted were:..

Prof translates bio on would-be Hitler killer

March 6, 2013 in Statewide News

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member has translated from German to English a book about a failed attempt to kill Adolf Hitler.

William Odom, a Southern Mississippi professor of German, translated the biography of Georg Elser, titled “Bombing Hitler.” The Hattiesburg American reports that the translation is available online.

Odom, who joined the Southern Mississippi faculty in 1974, is the author of “German for Singers,” which has been used for more than 30 years at leading conservatories and universities as a guide for singers in learning German opera and art songs. He also translated “Jazz: A Photo History” and “Tomorrow We’ll Be in Switzerland,” a play that tells the story of a group of Jewish children who were hidden from the Nazis in France during World War II.

USM tornado damage estimated in tens of millions

February 15, 2013 in Top Stories

Officials estimate it will take tens of millions of dollars to repair damage at the University of Southern Mississippi caused by Sunday’s tornado.

The College Board voted unanimously Wednesday to allow Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds to sign contracts and take other actions without board approval to help the 16,000-student school in Hattiesburg recover.

Tornado strikes Hattiesburg; USM declares state of emergency

February 11, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A tornado ripped through historic Hattiesburg Sunday as part of a wave of severe storms that downed trees, damaged buildings and injured more than a dozen people.

The twister traveled down one of Hattiesburg’s main streets and mangled homes, commercial buildings and structures on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Emergency officials said at least 10 people were injured in surrounding Forrest County and three were hurt to the west in Marion County, but they weren’t aware of any deaths.