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3 charged with plotting death of Mississippi businessman

Three men are being held without bond, charged in a plot to murder a businessman who serves on Mississippi’s college board. Fifteenth Judicial District Attorney Hal Kittrell confirmed Wednesday that an affidavit in the case identifies the alleged target as Tom Duff. Duff serves on the Mississippi Board of Trustees for Institutions of Higher Learning. A biography on the board’s ...

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USM faculty get rare learning opportunity

As a faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus, Linda Hanson often attends conferences and workshops to brush up on her craft. But she rarely gets the opportunity to engage in the kind of training she is currently undergoing with 29 of her peers — an eight-week program designed to greatly expand her use of evidence-based ...

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Hearing set in lawsuit filed by fired university professor

A hearing has been set in the lawsuit brought by fired professor Daniel Browning against William Carey University, President Tommy King and the board of trustees. The Hattiesburg American reports a hearing on the defendants’ motion to dismiss King and the board of trustees will be Dec. 16 in Forrest County Circuit Court. Browning filed a complaint Sept. 8 against the defendants ...

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Southern Miss suspends Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity

A fraternity at the University of Southern Mississippi has been suspended after an unspecified incident during an event at the group’s house. Southern Miss spokesman Jim Coll tells The Hattiesburg American that Sigma Alpha Epislon is suspended pending the outcome of a university police investigation. Coll says the investigation was launched based on “multiple reports of possible violations of the Code of ...

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Southern Miss scores a safety for stadiums

By NASH NUNNERY The epicenter for spectator sports security isn’t located in a mega-metropolis such as New York, Chicago, London or Barcelona. Actually, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is housed on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The Center is the nation’s first academic center dedicated to spectator sports safety and security ...

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Southern Miss gets $3M grant to develop pilot programs

The University of Southern Mississippi has won a $3 million federal grant to develop three pilot programs to aid regions whose economic health is dependent on defense initiatives. The university said Tuesday it was selected due to its expertise in economic development and the state’s dependence on Department of Defense spending. DOD spends $5.5 billion per year spent in Mississippi. ...

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Southern Miss names 3 new College of Business chairs

The College of Business at the University of Southern Mississippi will have three new department chairs when the 2016 fall semester begins. Dean of the College of Business Dr. Faye Gilbert said Thursday that Dr. Stacey A. Hall is the new chair of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism, & Sport Management; Dr. Joseph Peyrefitte takes over the Department of ...

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State gives $160,000 to Southern Miss Gulf Park campus

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has presented a $160,000 check to the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast for improvement projects at the Gulf Park campus. The University Club accepted the check Tuesday in Hardy Hall on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The Sun Herald reports the MDOT grant will provide a majority of funding for enhancements to ...

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Southern Miss sets up new marine education, research program

The University of Southern Mississippi is hoping to step up its place in marine education and research with the formation of a new school. The School of Ocean Science and Technology, housed within the College of Science and Technology, brings together marine-related research and education programs under one administration and harnesses elements from key areas of the university including the ...

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Southern Miss, Xfinity link up in student recruitment game

By JACK WEATHERLY It’s not exactly new. Some universities have been providing digital devices and services to students for nearly a decade. But the University of Southern Mississippi is the first four-year school in the state to offer Comcast’s Xfinity on Campus as part of room and board for the 3,600 students who live on campus. That allows them to ...

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