The University of Southern Mississippi and its Board of Trustees were established by an act of the legislature approved on March 30, 1910, by Gov. Edmund F. Noel. Its first name was the Mississippi Normal College, and its original purpose was to train teachers for the rural schools of Mississippi. On February 2, 1932, the legislature established the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and placed under its jurisdiction the five colleges and one university owned and operated by the state. On November 3, 1942, the people of the state voted to make the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning a constitutional board for all colleges and universities of the state. The University of Southern Mississippi is now operated under the jurisdiction of that constitutional board.
The act of March 30, 1910, did not provide any state money for the building of Mississippi Normal College, but did provide that localities in the state might bid for its location by offering land for a site and money for constructing buildings. On September 16, 1910, the Board of Trustees accepted the bid of Hattiesburg and Forrest County to supply $250,000 and a free site. That site was west of the city in cutover timberland with great pine stumps everywhere. Contracts were let to clear the land and to build buildings.
The five permanent buildings (College Hall, Forrest County Hall, Hattiesburg Hall, the Industrial Cottage [now the Honor House] and the President's Home [now the Alumni House]), a temporary wooden dining hall and other necessary improvements were barely finished when the Mississippi Normal College opened on the rainy morning of September 18, 1912, with a president, a faculty of 18 and a student body of 200.
On October 17, 1911, Joseph Anderson Cook, superintendent of schools, Columbus, Miss., was elected president. The University of Southern Mississippi has had only nine presidents since its founding. The Board of Trustees elected Claude Bennett president effective October 10, 1928. On April 23, 1933, the Board of Trustees elected Dr. Jennings Burton George as the third president, effective July 1, 1933. On June 13, 1945, the Board of Trustees elected Dr. Robert Cecil Cook as the fourth president, and he officially assumed office on July 1, 1945. On October 21, 1954, President Cook submitted his resignation. He served until December 31, 1954, and Dr. Richard Aubrey McLemore became acting president on January 1, 1955. The Board of Trustees, on May 19, 1955, elected Dr. William David McCain as the fifth president. He officially assumed office on August 1, 1955, and retired June 30, 1975. Dr. Aubrey Keith Lucas became the sixth president of the university on July 1, 1975, and served until his retirement on December 31, 1996, the longest tenure of any president. Dr. Horace Weldon Fleming Jr. served as the seventh president from January 1, 1997, until August 31, 2001. Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas returned to the presidency on September 1, 2001, and served until April 30, 2002. On April 13, 2002, the Board of Trustees elected Dr. Shelby Freland Thames as the eighth president, effective May 1, 2002. Dr. Martha Dunagin Saunders became the ninth president of Southern Miss effective May 21, 2007, and served as its first-ever female president until June 30, 2012. On July 1, 2012, Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas returned to the presidency a second time and served as interim president until March 31, 2013. On February 7, 2013, the Board of Trustees named Dr. Rodney D. Bennett as the tenth President of the University of Southern Mississippi effective April 1, 2013. Dr. Bennett will serve as the first African-American president.
On March 7, 1924, the legislature changed the university's name to State Teachers College. On February 8, 1940, the legislature changed the name to Mississippi Southern College, and on February 27, 1962, the legislature changed the name to The University of Southern Mississippi.
The Mississippi Normal College did not grant degrees in its early years but awarded certificates for the completion of certain specified courses of study. On April 8, 1922, the legislature authorized the awarding of the Bachelor of Science degree. The Bachelor of Music degree was authorized by the Board of Trustees on June 19, 1934. The first Bachelor of Arts degree was awarded on August 20, 1940. On May 26, 1947, the Board of Trustees authorized the initiation of graduate work and the awarding of the Master of Arts degree. In the years since 1947, the university's graduate programs have developed logically to meet the needs for professional competence beyond the academic measure of the baccalaureate degree. Doctoral programs were first authorized by the Board of Trustees on May 20, 1959.
The administrative and academic organization of The University of Southern Mississippi is divided into the following areas: Office of the President; Office of the Provost; Office of the Vice President for Advancement; Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration; Office of the Vice President for Gulf Coast Operations; Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs; Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Office of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Academically, the university is organized into the College of Arts and Letters, College of Business, College of Education and Psychology, College of Health, College of Nursing, College of Science and Technology and Honors College.
The number of graduates is some measure of the growth of a university. The University of Southern Mississippi has awarded approximately 120,000 degrees since the first one was conferred in 1922.
The University of Southern Mississippi will emerge as the premier research university of the Gulf South -- engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities.
Our primary mission is to cultivate intellectual development and creativity through the generation, dissemination, application and preservation of knowledge.
Our mission is supported by the values that have been formed through the history and traditions of our institution. These values are widely and deeply held beliefs of our faculty, staff, students and administrators:
- Education provides opportunities to improve the quality of intellectual, social, economic and personal well-being. These opportunities should be available to all who are willing and able to meet our standards of excellence.
- Our success is reflected by the degree to which our students become well-read, articulate and creative and critical thinkers. It is measured by their display of specialized knowledge and abilities suitable to the pursuit of a career and life in our complex, everchanging world.
- We cherish innovation in the creation and application of basic and applied research findings, creative and artistic expression, meaningful learning experiences, the scope of services provided to our students and the broader community that we sustain, and the continuing evolution of degree programs that both respond to and anticipate the evolving demands of our society, employers and the labor market.
- Education encourages and advances the ideals of a pluralistic democratic society: civic responsibility, integrity, diversity and ethical behavior.
- Academic freedom and shared governance are long-established and living principles at the university. We cherish the free exchange of ideas, diversity of thought, joint decision-making and individuals' assumption of responsibility.
- We make efficient and effective use of our resources, for we are accountable to our university communities, the Board of Trustees and taxpayers.
Four priorities guide The University of Southern Mississippi, each helping to support our vision. These priorities, identified through a strategic planning process in 2007-08, provide a solid foundation for progress.
- Climate of academic success
- Image development
- Community connection
- Healthy minds, bodies and campuses
Climate of Academic Success
Our vision for a climate of academic success includes a unified environment that minimizes barriers for prospective and enrolled students, attracts and retains quality faculty and staff, embraces and reflects diversity, and produces graduates who are truly competitive in the global marketplace.
Students, faculty and staff at Southern Miss, along with the larger community, benefit from a wide range of cultural, social and educational experiences that yield informed, responsible and productive citizens with a standard of lifelong learning.
University experiences are supported by quality facilities and up-to-date technology accessible to the entire university community. Educational programs adhere to rigorous standards in terms of student advisement, engagement and mentoring; curriculum development and delivery; and the exploration and generation of scholarly work.
Students admitted to Southern Miss have every opportunity to earn a degree and acquire a comprehensive educational foundation that expands their perspectives, enhances their opportunities and enriches our society.
Supporting Measures: Baccalaureate degrees awarded/six-year graduation rates/student return rates/square footage of new or substantially renovated facilities/accreditation for eligible programs/NSSE senior scores in the top 50 percent in each of the five benchmark areas/percentage of graduates employed in desired field or admitted to graduate school within one year of graduation
Image development promotes the internal and external reputation of the university and supports the vision of Southern Miss. Image development must be linked to what we do and how well we do it.
Supporting Measures: Results on Chronicle/Gallup Branding Index/scores in U.S. News and Forbes University rankings/positive national media coverage
We envision engaged citizens of Southern Miss (students, faculty and staff) who genuinely invest in their university community and their host communities (locally, regionally, nationally and globally). Our engaged citizens internationally build community through learning and working together inside and outside the university in order to create and sustain a culture of respect and civility. We do this through hosting, serving, sharing and discovering.
- Hosting refers to the importance of every contact made on campus – from the first to the last.
- Serving allows university citizens to invest in people, agencies/businesses and organizations through volunteering, servicelearning, internships, applied scholarship and university/community partnerships.
- Sharing focuses on how we build relationships and engagement inside the university and with our host communities.
- Discovering encompasses the scholarship and creative activities of the university communities.
Supporting Measures: Student volunteer hours/square footage of sharing (social/learning) space/attendance at university-sponsored events/peer-reviewed publications and presentations/external research funding/total endowed portfolio/alumni giving
Healthy Minds, Bodies and Campuses
A culture that emphasizes a multidimensional healthy environment at Southern Miss is deemed central to attain the goals of this strategic plan. An emphasis on healthy lifestyles will enhance the quality of the Southern Miss experience and beyond. Appropriate efforts in campus sustainability will contribute to an improved environmental impact and an informed perspective on resource use. Continuous efforts to maintain safety and security of all at Southern Miss will increase the potential to attain individual and community goals.
Supporting Measures: Participation in university-sponsored wellness/fitness activities/employee absenteeism/LEED-certified buildings and renovations/solid waste reduction/recycling
The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, specialist's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of Southern Mississippi.
SACS - COMMISSION ON COLLEGES OF THE SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033-4097
Specific programs as noted in the bulletin have been accredited by the following accreditation agencies:
AACSB INTERNATIONAL – ASSOCIATION TO ADVANCE COLLEGIATE SCHOOLS OF BUSINESS
777 South Harbor Island Blvd., Suite 750
Tampa, FL 33602-5730 USA
ACCREDITING COUNCIL ON EDUCATION IN JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7575
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
400 N. Columbia Street, Suite 202
Alexandria, VA 22314
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION STANDING COMMITTEE ON PARALEGALS
321 N. Clark St., MS 19.1
Chicago, IL 60654-7598
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
111155 16th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR CONSTRUCTION EDUCATION
1717 North Loop 1604 East, Suite 320
San Antonio, TX 78232-1570
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (APA)
750 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION
2200 Research Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20850-3289
COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY EDUCATION
112 South Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3061
ACCREDITATION COUNCIL FOR EDUCATION IN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
COMMISSION ON COLLEGIATE NURSING EDUCATION
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, D.C. 20036
COMPUTING SCIENCES ACCREDITATION BOARD INC.
184 North Street
Stamford, CT 06901
COUNCIL ON ACADEMIC ACCREDITATION IN AUDIOLOGY AND SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard #310
Rockville, MD 20850
COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION OF ALLIED HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS (CAAHEP) (KINESIOTHERAPY)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION OF ATHLETIC TRAINING EDUCATION (CAATE)
2201 Double Creek Drive
Round Rock, TX 78664
COUNCIL ON ACCREDITATION OF PARKS, RECREATION, TOURISM AND RELATED PROFESSIONS (COAPRT) BY THE NATIONAL RECREATION AND PARK ASSOCIATION
22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn, VA 20148
COUNCIL ON EDUCATION OF THE DEAF
P.O. Box 10076
Beaumont, TX 77710
COUNCIL ON EDUCATION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH (CEPH)
800 Eye Street, NW, Suite 202
Washington, DC 20001-3710
COUNCIL ON SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION
1725 Duke Street, Suite 500
Alexandria, VA 22314
COUNCIL FOR INTERIOR DESIGN ACCREDITATION (formerly FIDER)
60 Monroe Center NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2920
NATIONAL ACCREDITING AGENCY FOR CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-511119
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SPORT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION (NASPE)
NORTH AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SPORT MANAGEMENT (NASSM)
1900 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
800.213.7193 ext. 410
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS (NASP)
4340 East West Highway, Suite 402
Bethesda, MD 20814
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS OF ART AND DESIGN (NASAD)
1111250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS OF DANCE
1111250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS OF MUSIC
1111250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS OF THEATRE
1111250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR ACCREDITATION OF COACHING EDUCATION (NCACE)
1900 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR ACCREDITATION OF TEACHER EDUCATION (NCATE)
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20036-1023
NATIONAL KITCHEN AND BATH ASSOCIATION (NKBA)
687 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
1840 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL (USGBC)
1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036
Library facilities at The University of Southern Mississippi are the Joseph Anderson Cook Library and the William David McCain Library and Archives on the Hattiesburg campus, the Gulf Coast Library in Long Beach, and the Gunter Library in Ocean Springs. An extensive Web site provides access to the libraries' online holdings, including journals, books, citation indexes and digitized exhibits from the library's special collections. The libraries' Web site also provides access to services such as reference and research assistance, tutorials and other instructional services, and document delivery.
The Joseph Anderson Cook Library
The Joseph Anderson Cook Library contains the principal collection of books, journals, microforms, music, media and other materials that support the research and instructional programs of the university at all levels. Book stacks, public computing and study areas are intermingled throughout the building in an open-shelf arrangement. Access is provided to online resources on a wide range of subjects. The collections are arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification System. The library houses more than 6 million books and microforms and subscribes to more than 34,000 journals.
The William David McCain Library and Archives
The William David McCain Library and Archives houses the special collections and archives of The University of Southern Mississippi. Resources are available for use by the public and the university community in the Cleanth Brooks Reading Room. Materials housed in this facility do not circulate outside the building. The online catalog and other descriptive finding aids serve as points of access to the collections. Among the notable holdings of McCain Library and Archives are the Mississippiana Collection; the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection; rare books, historic manuscripts and archives.
The Gulf Coast Library
The Gulf Coast Library houses print and nonprint materials to support the research and curriculum needs of the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. All University Libraries' electronic holdings are accessible at the Gulf Park campus, and materials are available for campus-to-campus loan. Collections include more than 122,000 volumes of resource materials and 400 serial titles. In addition, the library houses the Gulf Coast Heritage Room.
The Gunter Library
The Gunter Library at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs provides a print collection of 7,000 books; 250 periodical titles; more than 21,000 reprints, reports and gray literature; environmental impact statements; fishery management plans; and other materials supporting the research and teaching performed at GCRL. An archival collection of GCRL publications, clippings, photographs and other materials documenting the history of GCRL is also available.
The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art
Originally established in 1977 as the C. W. Woods Gallery through a generous donation from the Woods family, the gallery was later expanded and renamed the University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art in 1997 by the Board of Trustees. Located off Southern Drive in Marsh Hall, the Fine Arts Building, the museum is composed of three exhibition spaces: the C. W. Woods Gallery, the Lok Exhibition Gallery, and the Karnes-Sullivan Gallery.
Recent exhibitions have included In Balance: Beauvais Lyons, Althea Murphy-Price, and Koichi Yamamoto - Three Printmakers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2011), The Intelligent Eye: Recent Paintings by William Baggett (2010), 100 Alumni: The Department of Art & Design Centennial Alumni Exhibition (2010), and American Masters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2009) featuring acclaimed artists from Mississippi.
In edition to exhibiting the work of nationally and internationally recognized artists, the museum also exhibits the work of Southern Miss Department of Art & Design faculty with a biannual faculty exhibition, and the work of Art & Design students and graduating seniors.
The museum also displays works of art from our permanent collection, which include works by Joan Miro, Georges Rouault, Max Papart, Thomas Downing, Ed McGowin, Thornton Willis and many well-known Mississippi artists such as Walter Anderson, Dusti Bongé, Marie Hull, and Richmond Barthé. Many select pieces from the collection can currently be seen on long-term display in the newly established Cook Library Art Gallery.
Other General Information and Services
Chief Information Officer
Wireless Internet Access
The University of Southern Mississippi offers students, faculty, staff and guests access to wireless services. For more information about wireless services offered, go to the iTech website at www.usm.edu/itech.
Student Wireless Instructions
- Select USM HELP network
- Accept the terms and agreement and click "Start"
- Follow the remaining instructions
The configuration will only take a few minutes for your device to be updated. Once completed, you will automatically be connected to the "USM" network and directed to the USM website. No longer will you have to enter your CampusID and password each time to access the wireless network at Southern Miss! For an additional convenience, all Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including phones and tablets, may also be configured to access the "USM" wireless network.
If you need assistance to configure your device, go to the iTech website and click on Service Catalog/Connections and Accounts/Student Wireless or you may call the iTech Help Desk at 601-266-HELP(4357).
The University provides email services to all current Southern Miss students, faculty, and staff. All students are required to activate their Southern Miss e-mail. To activate your e-mail account, log in to SOAR with your student ID or employee ID and password. Students can follow the directions located on the iTech Web site at www.usm.edu/itech/eagleapps.
CampusID and Password Reset
After you have established your username and password, you can reset a lost or forgotten password by going to campusid.usm.edu. CampusID will allow you to conveniently reset your password 24 hours a day.
Eagle Apps ID
After you have established your Eagle Apps e-mail username and password, you can reset a lost or forgotten password by going to eagleappsid.usm.edu. Eagle Apps ID will allow you to conveniently reset your password instantly without contacting the iTech Help Desk.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended (F-E-R-P-A)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended deals with one subject only: educational records. The purpose of the law is to define, more precisely than ever has been done, who may or may not see these records. On the one hand, the law grants students guaranteed access; on the other hand, it takes from the universities the privilege of indiscriminate disclosure.
The FERPA sets forth these main requirements:
- It allows a student access to each educational record that a university or college keeps on himself or herself.
- It requires the institution to establish a policy on how students can access specific records.
- It requires the institution to inform all students as to what rights they have under the amendment, how they can act on these rights according to school policy, and how they can see a copy of the policy.
- It requires the institution to seek student permission, in writing, before disclosing any personally identifiable record to individuals other than professional personnel employed in the university or college and others who meet certain specified requirements.
The University of Southern Mississippi may release directory information on students to any interested member of the public unless the student requests in writing that it be withheld. Directory information is defined as the following: student's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, major, dates of attendance, classification, degree(s) earned, previous educational institutions attended, participation in university-recognized organizations and activities, weight and height of athletic team member, and honors and awards.
The university has developed and put into writing a policy for handling requests from students and for disclosing personally identifiable information about students. Students are notified of their rights under the law by publishing the university policy on the Registrar's Web page at www.usm.edu/registrar.
Individuals have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the college to comply with the requirements of F-E-R-P-A Students should contact the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Since 1992, students and faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities. ORAU is a consortium of 96 colleges and universities, and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tenn. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines and details on locations and benefits can be found on the web at http://orise.orau.gov.
ORAU's Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU's members, private industry and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research and support programs, as well as services to chief research officers
For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact
||Dr. Gordon Cannon
Vice President for Research
ORAU Councilor for Southern Miss
|Monnie E. Champion
ORAU Corporate Secretary
Visit the ORAU home page at www.orau.org.
Retention of Students and Program Completion Information
A University of Southern Mississippi Fact Book that includes information on retention and graduation is located in the reserve material at the Circulation Desk in Joseph Anderson Cook Library and is available upon request and online at www.usm.edu/ir.
The University of Southern Mississippi, in its efforts to foster an environment of respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the university community, is committed to maintaining a work-learning environment free of sexual harassment. It is the policy of the university that no member of its community shall sexually harass another. Any employee or student who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action, including termination. Sexual harassment is illegal under federal law (Southern Miss Student Handbook 2006-07, p. 22).
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act
The University of Southern Mississippi complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act. No otherwise qualified individual with a disability, solely on the basis of his/her disability, will be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination in the administration of any educational program or activity, including admission or access thereto or in treatment or employment therein by The University of Southern Mississippi. All reasonable accommodations must be approved through the Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) for students, or the Human Resources director for faculty/staff. Students who need assistance in reasonably accommodating a disability in the classroom or on campus should contact the ODA director at 601.266.5024 or 228.214.3232; faculty and staff should contact the director of Human Resources at 601.266.4050. Individuals with hearing impairments can use Mississippi Relay Service at 800.582.2233 (TTY) to contact campus offices.
The University Press of Mississippi
The University Press of Mississippi was founded in 1970 to encourage the dissemination of the fruit of research and study through the publication of scholarly works. Functioning as the scholarly publishing arm of the state-supported universities in Mississippi, the University Press is governed by a board of directors made up of one representative from each of the eight state universities, one representative from the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, and the director of the Press.
The University Press publishes more than 50 books each year. Primary areas of interest are Mississippi history and literature, but manuscripts in all areas of study are welcomed.
Administrative offices of the University Press are located in the Education and Research Center of Mississippi, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211.
The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association
The Alumni Association was established in 1917 as an organization mainly involved in functions relating to placement service. Since its rebirth in 1946, when the executive committee recognized the need for a working Alumni Association with organized alumni groups in the various counties of the state, the Association has operated in its present form, serving as a link between the university and its former students.
Southern Miss graduates and former students are encouraged to become active in the Alumni Association through its many geographic chapters and constituent societies. Of more than 120,000 graduates since the university's founding, more than 16,000 are currently enlisted as paid members of the Association.
The Association provides a number of benefits to its members, including a subscription to its award-winning quarterly magazine The Talon, which helps graduates stay informed of campus developments and provides updates on former classmates. Other benefits include a waiver of out-of-state tuition fees for children of members who meet certain requirements, receipt of mailings on area alumni chapter meetings, select university library privileges, car decals, eligibility to join the Southern Miss Credit Union and various other special events. The Association also maintains a website, SouthernMissAlumni.com, and distributes a monthly electronic newsletter, Alumni Mail.
The Association is very active in developing other programs to support all areas of the university. Some of these include the Pierce Legacy Scholars Program, which awards one-time scholarships to select children and grandchildren of alumni, sponsoring arts events and organizing meetings across the Southeast.
The Alumni Association also sponsored the drive to raise funds necessary for the construction of the first R.C. Cook University Union building, helped set up the USM Foundation (the repository for all gifts to the university) and organized The Legacy, an organization composed of hard-working, enthusiastic students involved in a variety of activities each semester to promote the university.
Organized alumni chapters are urged to hold a meeting each year on or around March 30, for the election of officers. This date was selected by the Association as Founders' Day in commemoration of the founding of the university on that date in 1910. All former students of Southern Miss are encouraged to get together in honor of the university on this date.