Mississippi university could get first black chief

February 7, 2013 in Education, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

More than 50 years ago, the University of Southern Mississippi rejected a chance to admit a black man and end segregation in the state’s higher education system. Today, the school is likely to become the first of Mississippi’s historically white public universities to be led by a black man.

College Board officials said this month that they want Dr. Rodney Bennett, the University of Georgia’s vice president of student affairs, to become the next president of 16,000-student USM.

Bennett was chosen from among three finalists by the board that oversees all eight public universities. Assuming campus interviews go well, Bennett will likely be named to the post Thursday, Feb. 7.

Obesity drops among younger Mississippi students

June 14, 2012 in Education, News, Statewide News

RIDGELAND – (AP) Obesity rates are dropping among Mississippi elementary school students and leveling out overall – important milestones in keeping young people healthy, researchers said. But obesity rates are […]

Southern Miss senior competes for Miss USA Crown this weekend

June 1, 2012 in Entertainment, National Entertainment, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

By Monica Land HATTIESBURG – University of Southern Mississippi senior Myverick Garcia will compete alongside 50 other hopefuls for the title of Miss USA on Sunday, June 3 in Las […]

Kolin Publishes 10th Edition of Business/Technical Writing Textbook

February 7, 2012 in Education, News, Southern Mississippi News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Dr. Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor of English in the College of Arts and Letters, recently had the 10thedition of his widely used Successful Writing at Work published through […]