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School of Polymers and High Performance Materials Attracts Major Support from CIEF

School of Polymers and High Performance Materials Attracts Major Support from CIEF

To assure the coating industry’s future through the encouragement and financial support of talented undergraduate students, the Coatings Industry Education Foundation (CIEF) contributed nearly $800,000 to support the Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.
SGA Utilizes Eagle Fever to Save Eaglepalooza

SGA Utilizes Eagle Fever to Save Eaglepalooza

Soon after The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation launched Eagle Fever - Southern Miss Crowdfunding in February 2017, the Student Government Association (SGA) harnessed the power of this online fundraising platform to generate over $30,000 in 30 days toward saving Eaglepalooza.
USM Foundation Hosts 2017 Honor Club Black Tie Gala

USM Foundation Hosts 2017 Honor Club Black Tie Gala

On March 31, 2017, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation hosted its annual Honor Club Black Tie Gala at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. This year’s Gala marks the first time donors to both academics and athletics were recognized.
First Southern Bank Continues Commitment to Scholarship at Southern Miss

First Southern Bank Continues Commitment to Scholarship at Southern Miss

For more than a decade, First Southern Bank of Columbia, Miss., has faithfully invested in scholarship at The University of Southern Mississippi, enabling many Golden Eagles to pursue their academic dreams within the College of Business.
Ernst Named Senior Major Gifts Officer for College of Science and Technology

Ernst Named Senior Major Gifts Officer for College of Science and Technology

Elissa Ernst was named senior major gifts officer for the College of Science and Technology and The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation. In this role, her primary focus is assisting Dean David Hayhurst with leadership-level initiatives for the College.
Empowering Students to Achieve their Dreams

Empowering Students to Achieve their Dreams

As an ambitious woman with aspirations to achieve great things, the unique learning environment at Southern Miss helped Stepaniuc mature, both personally and professionally.
Cultivating Generations of Golden Eagles

Cultivating Generations of Golden Eagles

The impact Southern Miss has on the Lock family is great and direct. Their experiences here, combined with career success, continue to motivate the Locks to invest in the place that enabled them to achieve their goals and fulfill their mother’s dream of their educational success.
Enabling Students to Excel in STEM

Enabling Students to Excel in STEM

Through the Southern Miss Fund Grant Program, the Biological Sciences Tutorial Center received much-needed funding to revamp the outdated and cramped Center into a more technologically advanced environment conducive to learning.
Serving Those Who Served Us

Serving Those Who Served Us

United States Army veteran Derek Halbasch has benefitted immensely from his involvement with the Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families at Southern Miss while earning his MBA.
Transforming Health Care in the Gulf South

Transforming Health Care in the Gulf South

With more than 36,000 square feet of space to expand knowledge and prepare future nurses for their work in the field, The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing’s new home, Asbury Hall, is transforming nursing education.
Investing in Tomorrow's Leaders

Investing in Tomorrow's Leaders

For 12 years, sophomore communication studies major Anna Goretski worked her way up the Girl Scout levels, gaining invaluable life skills and self-confidence. Girl Scouting also impacted her ability to pursue a college education, although unbeknownst to her at the time.
Planting the Seeds of Philanthropy

Planting the Seeds of Philanthropy

While most are ending their workday at 5 o’clock, the night is just beginning in Jones Hall for students who are employed at the Southern Miss Call Center.
Sirmons Invest in College of Business Excellence

Sirmons Invest in College of Business Excellence

With a feeling of indebtedness to the College for all it has provided them and a desire to contribute to its continued success, the Sirmons recently established the Bill and Marilyn Sirmon College of Business Fund for Excellence with a gift of $100,000.
Matthews Leaves Cherished Instruments to School of Music

Matthews Leaves Cherished Instruments to School of Music

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music gained three violins, three mandolins and an impressive music library through a generous planned gift in-kind appraised at nearly $100,000 from the estate of Mary Bess Matthews.
Alumna Enhances New Ocean Engineering Program Through Scholarship Endowment

Alumna Enhances New Ocean Engineering Program Through Scholarship Endowment

Southern Miss alumna Judith Bostwick established the School of Ocean Science and Technology’s first scholarship endowment for the ocean engineering program with a gift of $27,000.
Southern Miss Officially Dedicates New Nursing Building – Asbury Hall

Southern Miss Officially Dedicates New Nursing Building – Asbury Hall

Years of dreaming, planning and engineering culminated today (Friday, March 3) with the official dedication of Asbury Hall – The University of Southern Mississippi’s state-of-the-art nursing building.
New Crowdfunding Platform Launches for Student & Faculty Projects

New Crowdfunding Platform Launches for Student & Faculty Projects

The USM Foundation is launching Eagle Fever - Southern Miss Crowdfunding to provide members of The University of Southern Mississippi community an avenue to raise funds and awareness about specific campus needs and projects.
2016 Southern Miss Fund Grant Recipients Announced

2016 Southern Miss Fund Grant Recipients Announced

The USM Foundation congratulates ten departments who will receive funding for campus projects through the 2016 Southern Miss Fund Grant Program.
Golden Eagles Take Time to Thank Donors

Golden Eagles Take Time to Thank Donors

During the first week of November, Golden Eagles from Gulf Park and Hattiesburg gathered to thank their scholarship donors through handwritten cards at Thank-A-Donor Day.
Combined Academic and Athletic Giving to Southern Miss to Be Celebrated in Honor Club

Combined Academic and Athletic Giving to Southern Miss to Be Celebrated in Honor Club

The Foundation is pleased to announce that beginning January 1, 2017, membership in the Honor Club will recognize gifts to both the USM Foundation and the Southern Miss Athletic Foundation.
Connecting Donors and Students Through Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Connecting Donors and Students Through Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Following the 3MT® competition on Nov. 4, 2016, donors and students had the opportunity to meet at a reception held by the USM Foundation to celebrate these graduate students and their exciting discoveries.
Allgood’s Legacy of Serving Others Continues Through Planned Gift to Southern Miss

Allgood’s Legacy of Serving Others Continues Through Planned Gift to Southern Miss

Jean Allgood’s life-long service to educating students in Mississippi and around the world is remembered and celebrated through a scholarship endowment at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Varnado Donates Treasured Guitar to School of Music to Honor Parents

Varnado Donates Treasured Guitar to School of Music to Honor Parents

Recently, Southern Miss alumna, Dr. Sharon Varnado, donated a valuable and treasured guitar to The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music to honor her parents, Mack Sr. and Carolyn Gibbons.

Loper Continues Investing in Alma Mater as USM Foundation Board of Directors President

Loper Continues Investing in Alma Mater as USM Foundation Board of Directors President

President of The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation Board of Directors, Shane Loper, is passionate about his continued investment in Southern Miss and leading the Board in a manner that supports the University’s continued success and vision.
Southern Miss Fund Grant Provides Instructors for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Southern Miss Fund Grant Provides Instructors for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

As a 2015 recipient of the USM Foundation’s Southern Miss Fund Grant Program, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) has gained five graduate students to facilitate classes this past year.
Dale Center Anonymous Gift Provides Graduate Assistantship

Dale Center Anonymous Gift Provides Graduate Assistantship

The Dale Center for War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received an anonymous $100,000 gift to establish The Dale Center Fellowship for Graduate Students. This five-year program will support up to five 12-month graduate assistantships.
Hosemanns, Gertrude C. Ford Foundation Invest in Autism Education at USM

Hosemanns, Gertrude C. Ford Foundation Invest in Autism Education at USM

With the assistance of a gift from Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and his wife, Lynn, which was generously matched by the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, Inc. of Jackson, Miss., the ABA graduate program at USM will now have an additional faculty member.
Tolosa Honors Parents’ Service and Sacrifice Through Student Veterans Scholarship

Tolosa Honors Parents’ Service and Sacrifice Through Student Veterans Scholarship

To honor and memorialize her parents’ many sacrifices for their family and country, Judy Tolosa established the Milton and Ruth Gussow Veterans Scholarship Endowment with a gift of $142,000.
Four Alumni Invest in Tradition, Honor, Integrity and Nobility of USM College of Business

Four Alumni Invest in Tradition, Honor, Integrity and Nobility of USM College of Business

It was the overwhelmingly positive impact Southern Miss had on four alumni that ignited a philanthropic spirit and motivated their investment in the future of their alma mater.
Southern Miss “Ties” Connect President Emeritus and Fourth-Generation Student

Southern Miss “Ties” Connect President Emeritus and Fourth-Generation Student

Audrey Kelly began making ties for her family and friends as a sophomore in high school and was ecstatic when her grandfather asked her to sew a bow tie for Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas, sixth president of The University of Southern Mississippi.

Southern Miss College of Business Partners with USM Foundation in New Role for Tisdale

Southern Miss College of Business Partners with USM Foundation in New Role for Tisdale

The College of Business has created a new role for James T. Tisdale, Ph.D. through a position as senior major gifts officer. Tisdale will serve as a member of the USM Foundation’s development team, connecting donors with the programs they are passionate about in the College of Business.
Former Liberal Arts Dean Remembered Through Study Abroad Scholarship

Former Liberal Arts Dean Remembered Through Study Abroad Scholarship

Dr. Terry Harper’s passion for international study and 40 years of dedicated service to The University of Southern Mississippi will be remembered in many ways, including a newly established study abroad scholarship.
Alumna Employee’s Ability to Empower Student Leaders Leaves Legacy

Alumna Employee’s Ability to Empower Student Leaders Leaves Legacy

When Fran Jones retired from Southern Miss in 2015 after 40 years of service, she was honored and humbled to learn the Fran Jones Legacy Scholarship Endowment had been established by her friends, family and coworkers to recognize her hard work and dedicated service.
A Promise of Excellence – Quinlans Invest in EAGLE Scholars

A Promise of Excellence – Quinlans Invest in EAGLE Scholars

Southern Miss alumnus Joe Quinlan and his wife Suzanne recently established a scholarship endowment to aid students in the College of Business with a gift of $203,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation.
From Singapore to Slidell – Parker’s USM Experience was Personally Transformational

From Singapore to Slidell – Parker’s USM Experience was Personally Transformational

Many lives have been touched through Dr. Jane Parker’s support of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work, and her positive impact will continue through the Parker Family Distinguished Professorship, which will be funded with a planned gift of a life insurance policy.
New Faces at the Foundation

New Faces at the Foundation

Over the past six months, the USM Foundation has welcomed 10 new staff members, each bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Foundation family. 
USM Foundation Hosts 2016 Honor Club Black Tie Gala

USM Foundation Hosts 2016 Honor Club Black Tie Gala

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation hosted its annual Honor Club Black Tie Gala on April 1, 2016, at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Miss.
Rosengrant Named Chief Development Officer for USM Foundation

Rosengrant Named Chief Development Officer for USM Foundation

Rosengrant seeks to strengthen the spirit of philanthropy among members of the Southern Miss community in his new role as chief development officer for the USM Foundation.
Southern Miss Fund is Granting Change

Southern Miss Fund is Granting Change

With recent support from the Southern Miss Fund Grant Program through the USM Foundation, The Agency, a student-run public relations and advertising firm, now provides students with access to resources that will enhance the firm, help them create a strong portfolio and allow them to seek sponsorships from professional agencies throughout the state.
A Commitment that Makes Cents

A Commitment that Makes Cents

With 14 consecutive years of annual giving to the USM Foundation, Kevin Prince proves that the impact you can make on Southern Miss students begins the day you make your first gift—even if it is only $40.23. 

Son Celebrates Father's Life and Service Through Scholarship Endowment

Son Celebrates Father's Life and Service Through Scholarship Endowment

To honor his father’s life and service, Max Jordan, Jr., established the Jordan Family Honors College Scholarship Endowment with a gift of $100,000 to the USM Foundation. Jordan’s hope for the endowment is that it will benefit students who aren’t able to afford an education on their own accord.
Continuing Creativity and Curiosity

Continuing Creativity and Curiosity

In 2015, an anonymous $250,000 matching gift challenge to the Frances A. Karnes Chair in Gifted Education Endowment was made as part of a plan to complete funding for the endowment which was established in 2002 to honor Dr. Karnes' leadership and service toward meeting the educational needs and challenges of gifted students.
Retired Physics Professor, Wife Establish Lecture Series with Transformational Gift

Retired Physics Professor, Wife Establish Lecture Series with Transformational Gift

In the Summer of 2015, long-term Souther Miss professor, Grayson H. Rayborn, Ph.D. and his wife, Jane, made a gift to establish the Grayson H. and Jane Dishong Rayborn Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series.
Memorial Scholarship Established to Assist Single Parents Studying at USM

Memorial Scholarship Established to Assist Single Parents Studying at USM

The legacy of distinguished educator Dorothy “Dot” Swiatek will live on through an endowed scholarship established with The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation through a generous trust that will provide scholarships to students in any major who are single parents.
Retired USM Professor, Wife Make Transformational Gift to USM Foundation

Retired USM Professor, Wife Make Transformational Gift to USM Foundation

A profound appreciation for community service inspired former University of Southern Mississippi Professor Richard Conville and his wife, Mozella, to make a $100,000 gift to the USM Foundation for discretionary support of programs associated with the University’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE).

Dr. Joe Paul Returns to Southern Miss Staff in New Advancement Role

Dr. Joe Paul Returns to Southern Miss Staff in New Advancement Role

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs Joe Paul will return to Southern Miss to assist in raising funds and strengthen support of the University, effective Monday, Oct. 5.


 

Scholarship Established to Honor Fallen Police Officers

Scholarship Established to Honor Fallen Police Officers

Humility and reverence are words that come to mind as University of Southern Mississippi student Bailee Alexander reflects on being selected as the inaugural recipient of the Deen and Tate Memorial Scholarship. 
 Memorial Scholarship Established to Help Student Veterans at Southern Miss

Memorial Scholarship Established to Help Student Veterans at Southern Miss

The legacy of Herbert Johnston’s lifetime of service to his country will live on through an endowed scholarship established with The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation by his widow Anna Mae McNeece Johnston of Benton, Miss. and family.

Mercier Named Executive Director of USM Foundation

Mercier Named Executive Director of USM Foundation

A commitment to help elevate The University of Southern Mississippi will remain a guiding force for Stace Mercier as she transitions from interim Executive Director of the USM Foundation to a permanent role as the Foundation’s chief officer.

Pierce Leaves a Legacy of Dedicated Service to His Alma Mater

Pierce Leaves a Legacy of Dedicated Service to His Alma Mater

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation congratulates Bob Pierce on his recent appointment as vice president for advancement at the University of Alabama, effective September 21.
USM College of Business Dedicates State-of-the-Art Scianna Hall

USM College of Business Dedicates State-of-the-Art Scianna Hall

On Friday, September 4, Southern Miss alumnus Chuck Scianna joined Gov. Bryant, a Southern Miss alumnus; University President Rodney D. Bennett; College of Business Dean Faye Gilbert; and Student Government Association President Jeffrey George as the ribbon was cut and hundreds of guests took their first look at the College of Business' transformative new home, a 93,000-square-foot facility which bears Scianna's name.
Scholarship Established in Honor of Doug McQueen

Scholarship Established in Honor of Doug McQueen

With a gift commitment totaling more than $15,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, friends and associates of Doug McQueen have established the Doug McQueen Emerging Leader Scholarship Endowment in his honor. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a rising sophomore or junior who has shown great potential as an emerging campus leader.

The First, A National Banking Association Increases Support for Scianna Hall with $100,000 Commitment

The First, A National Banking Association Increases Support for Scianna Hall with $100,000 Commitment

The First, A National Banking Association furthered its investment in business education at Southern Miss with an additional $100,000 gift commitment to the USM Foundation.
Increased Employee Participation Highlights Successful Year for USM Foundation

Increased Employee Participation Highlights Successful Year for USM Foundation

Thanks to the support of its generous donors, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation raised $10,272,475 during the recently concluded fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The total amount raised includes the face value of planned gifts totaling $3,050,000 and gifts from 1,262 first-time donors. 

USM Foundation Exceeds Goal for Dale Center Campaign

USM Foundation Exceeds Goal for Dale Center Campaign

Launched February 6, 2014, the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society Campaign has exceeded its $2 million goal. The fundraising initiative built upon early successes of the program and elevated the Dale Center from one of the top five military history programs in the country to the premier academic program for the study of war and society in the United States. It is also a hub for the study of leadership, and a resource for decision-makers interested in the outcomes of war.
Southern Miss Alumnus Establishes Scholarship for Educators

Southern Miss Alumnus Establishes Scholarship for Educators

John Theobald knows how one person can impact another in a positive way. The influence of his own mentors at Southern Miss was the catalyst for John and his wife, Jean, to create a scholarship in the hopes of impacting future students who aspire to become educators. With their gift of $100,000, the Theobalds, who reside in east Tennessee, established the Dr. John and Jean Theobald Scholarship Endowment.

USM Foundation Hosts 2015 Honor Club Black Tie Gala

USM Foundation Hosts 2015 Honor Club Black Tie Gala

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation held its annual Honor Club Black Tie Gala on March 27, at the J.W. Marriott in New Orleans, La.
USM Foundation Raises More Than $180,000 during 36-Hour Gold Rush

USM Foundation Raises More Than $180,000 during 36-Hour Gold Rush

The second annual Southern Miss Gold Rush, a 36-hour online giving campaign hosted by the USM Foundation, raised $182,341.82.
Remembering USM Foundation Past President Toy McLaughlin

Remembering USM Foundation Past President Toy McLaughlin

Robert Toy McLaughlin of Birmingham, Ala. passed away December 19, 2014 after battling a long-term illness. He served as president of the USM Foundation from 2004 until 2006, and also served several years on the Foundation Board of Directors, including periods on the executive, finance, and planning and bylaws committees. 
Sandersons Provide Major Gift for DuBard School at Southern Miss

Sandersons Provide Major Gift for DuBard School at Southern Miss

A generous stock gift with proceeds nearing $100,000 from Joe and Kathy Sanderson to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation will help the DuBard School for Language Disorders continue its renowned legacy of providing assistance for children with speech and hearing disabilities.
Legacy of Former Kappa Sigma Lives on Through Memorial Scholarship

Legacy of Former Kappa Sigma Lives on Through Memorial Scholarship

Although he lived a life filled with challenges, Nick Vesa excelled with an uncommon strength and determination, and part of his legacy is easing the way for others by providing scholarships to members of Kappa Sigma at The University of Southern Mississippi.
DuBard School, Moffitt Health Center Campaigns Each Raise More than $1 Million

DuBard School, Moffitt Health Center Campaigns Each Raise More than $1 Million

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation recently completed two special fundraising initiatives that resulted in gifts totaling more than $2.25 million toward the campaigns.
Southern Miss Alumnus Provides Continued Support in Daughter's Memory

Southern Miss Alumnus Provides Continued Support in Daughter's Memory

With a recent gift of $65,000, Southern Miss alumnus Ed Williamson and his wife, Gloria, are enhancing the legacy of their daughter’s love for others through the Ashley Dawn Williamson Memorial Scholarship Fund for Non-Traditional Students.
South Mississippi Home Health Foundation Makes Major Gifts

South Mississippi Home Health Foundation Makes Major Gifts

Recent gifts from South Mississippi Home Health Foundation included $400,000 to the Nursing Building Campaign, which helped push the private fundraising initiative above the $6 million mark.
HMP Nursing Services Commits $125,000 to College of Nursing

HMP Nursing Services Commits $125,000 to College of Nursing

As an illustration of its continued support, HMP Nursing Services, Inc., of Hattiesburg recently made generous gift commitments totaling $125,000 to be used toward the University’s Nursing Building Campaign and to endow an academic scholarship.

Luckyday Foundation Renews Support for Scholarship Program

Luckyday Foundation Renews Support for Scholarship Program

The Luckyday Foundation renewed funding for the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program for another four years with a gift commitment of $6.9 million.
USM Foundation Hosts 2014 Honor Club Black Tie Gala

USM Foundation Hosts 2014 Honor Club Black Tie Gala

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation hosted its annual Black Tie Gala on March 28, 2014, at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Miss. 

Gold Rush Raises More Than $200,000 in 36 Hours

Gold Rush Raises More Than $200,000 in 36 Hours

After counting down the top ten reasons to give to the Southern Miss Gold Rush, The USM Foundation presented the University with a birthday gift of $200,391.90.

Memorial Gifts to the USM Foundation Create a Lasting Legacy

Memorial Gifts to the USM Foundation Create a Lasting Legacy

Memorial gifts such as Parker’s have been an integral part of the USM Foundation’s framework since its inception. These gifts – often designated in the form of academic scholarships – provide an enduring way to honor the memory of a loved one.

Oseola McCarty's Story Inspires Young California Philanthropists

Oseola McCarty's Story Inspires Young California Philanthropists

The students, who attend Alice G. Mulcahy Middle School in Tulare, Calif., were inspired by the story of Hattiesburg, Miss., washerwoman Oseola McCarty, who left the vast majority of her life savings to the USM Foundation for the establishment of a perpetual scholarship.

Campaign Launched to Support Dale Center

Campaign Launched to Support Dale Center

The University of Southern Mississippi is home to one of the country’s top military history programs in the History department’s Dale Center for the Study of War & Society. The USM Foundation launched a fundraising campaign In an effort to help the Center reach even loftier heights.

Former Defense Secretary Gates Discusses Book, Career in Southern Miss Lecture Series

Former Defense Secretary Gates Discusses Book, Career in Southern Miss Lecture Series

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates offered a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of White House politics and policies as the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy.
Gift Commitments from Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg Exceed $220,000

Gift Commitments from Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg Exceed $220,000

Since 1991, the Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg has contributed more than $220,000 to programs and scholarship endowments at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Campaign for Mass Comm Highlighted at College Hall Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Campaign for Mass Comm Highlighted at College Hall Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism was officially welcomed into its new home during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the newly-renovated College Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. 

Mason’s Commitment to Conservation Leads to Contribution

Mason’s Commitment to Conservation Leads to Contribution

With a gift-in-kind of $262,000 to the USM Foundation, Southern Miss alumnus Mike Mason is helping beautify the Hattiesburg campus while reducing water consumption.
Support for the School of Music Thrives Amidst Damage and Displacement

Support for the School of Music Thrives Amidst Damage and Displacement

Despite the destruction the School of Music experienced from the February 2013 tornado, support for the arts continues to thrive with celebrations of service, community involvement and the gift of scholarship.

USM Foundation Hosts Honor Club Black Tie Gala

USM Foundation Hosts Honor Club Black Tie Gala

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation proudly hosted its annual Honor Club Black Tie Gala on April 26, 2013, at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.
Dean's Suite in Asbury Hall to Memorialize Former Nursing Dean

Dean's Suite in Asbury Hall to Memorialize Former Nursing Dean

A gift commitment of $250,000 will push the USM Foundation’s College of Nursing Building Campaign closer to its $8 million goal and honor Dr. Gerry Cadenhead Fletcher, former dean of the College and dedicated supporter of Southern Miss athletics.

Green Establishes Two Endowments at Southern Miss

Green Establishes Two Endowments at Southern Miss

A gift to the USM Foundation from Bernard Green, utilizing the Allstate Insurance Agency’s matching gift program, will endow two new scholarships and honor his late father. 
Private Support Leads to Groundbreaking for Century Park South

Private Support Leads to Groundbreaking for Century Park South

Local and state dignitaries joined University of Southern Mississippi officials on September 17 to break ground on Century Park South, a state-of-the-art student housing project that will transform the venerable Hattiesburg campus.
USM Foundation Builds on Success in 2013 Fiscal Year

USM Foundation Builds on Success in 2013 Fiscal Year

Despite a year of transition in both The University of Southern Mississippi’s administration and the staff structure of the USM Foundation, the Foundation further enhanced its operations while showing some impressive numbers.

Dean Performs Routine in Support of The Campaign for Southern Miss

Dean Performs Routine in Support of The Campaign for Southern Miss

Never one to shy away from the Southern Miss spotlight, Dr. Dave Davies, dean of the Honors College, performed his rendition of the “Gangnam Style” dance on Friday, June 21 in support of the University’s annual faculty/staff giving campaign.
USM Halts Solicitations for Campus Beautification Campaign in Deference to Oklahoma Tornado Tragedy

USM Halts Solicitations for Campus Beautification Campaign in Deference to Oklahoma Tornado Tragedy

The USM Foundation announced that its tornado relief and campus beautification campaigns were entering a quiet phase as the nation focuses its attention on tornado victims in Oklahoma. 
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation Announces Successful Campus Beautification Day of Giving

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation Announces Successful Campus Beautification Day of Giving

In just 24 hours, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation successfully raised $130,234.46 to support the restoration of the front lawn of the University’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by the tornado on February 10. 
USM Foundation Appoints New Executive Director

USM Foundation Appoints New Executive Director

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation recently announced Dr. Shannon Fleming as its next Executive Director, effective June 3. In this role, Fleming will serve as the chief staff executive for the USM Foundation, in addition to serving as the director of development for the University, and will be responsible for the Foundation’s strategic leadership, attainment of goals and objectives, coordination of fundraising activities and board management.
Southern Miss Announces Plan to Restore Campus Landscape, USM Foundation to Conduct Campaign

Southern Miss Announces Plan to Restore Campus Landscape, USM Foundation to Conduct Campaign

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today a comprehensive landscaping plan to restore the southern edge of the University’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by an EF-4 tornado on February 10. The USM Foundation also announced a campus beautification campaign to generate private funds to help address the cost of the plan.
Sandersons Make $1 Million Commitment to Nursing Building Campaign

Sandersons Make $1 Million Commitment to Nursing Building Campaign

With a $1 million gift commitment from Joe and Kathy Sanderson of Laurel, Miss., The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s College of Nursing Building Campaign has exceeded the $5 million mark on the way to reaching its $8 million goal.
USM Foundation Announces Campaign for New University Health Center

USM Foundation Announces Campaign for New University Health Center

The University of Southern Mississippi is on its way to transforming the quality of health care provided to University students, faculty and staff; and a longtime vision of Dr. Virginia Moffitt Crawford, Student Health Services Director, and her family will soon become a reality. 
Donor’s Loyalty Spans Decades

Donor’s Loyalty Spans Decades

With a gift of $100,000 from a retirement rollover, Alfred Breeland continues to fund a scholarship he and his late wife, Doris, established more than 20 years ago. 
Campaign for Mass Comm to Help Transform Historic College Hall into Innovative Learning Facility

Campaign for Mass Comm to Help Transform Historic College Hall into Innovative Learning Facility

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation announced a fundraising campaign on February 8, to benefit the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. The Campaign for Mass Comm will capitalize on the school’s move to a renovated College Hall. 
Southern Miss Alumna Leaves Legacy Through Planned Gift

Southern Miss Alumna Leaves Legacy Through Planned Gift

With a planned gift of retirement funds to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, Dr. Judy Driskell left her legacy at her alma mater by establishing the Driskell/Peters Graduate Research Fellowship Endowment.
Southern Miss Alumna Leaves $1 Million Estate Gift

Southern Miss Alumna Leaves $1 Million Estate Gift

With a planned gift of $1 million, Southern Miss alumna Barbara Guernsey Smith, left The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation with a gift that demonstrates the value of a good education.
Favre Foundation’s Contributions to The Children’s Center Top $200,000

Favre Foundation’s Contributions to The Children’s Center Top $200,000

With its most recent gift of $20,000, the Favre 4 Hope Foundation has now contributed more than $200,000 to The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Scholarship Endowment Established in Memory of Southern Miss Alumnus and Hattiesburg Community Leader

Scholarship Endowment Established in Memory of Southern Miss Alumnus and Hattiesburg Community Leader

The Paul Richard Lambert Public Service Scholarship Endowment was recently established at The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation to memorialize Rick Lambert.
Southern Miss Alumni and Friends Support the College of Nursing Building Campaign

Southern Miss Alumni and Friends Support the College of Nursing Building Campaign

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation continues to raise support for the College of Nursing Building Campaign to help fund the construction of Asbury Hall, the proposed new home for the College that will provide its students and faculty with the tools they need to continue to make a difference in the lives of Mississippi residents.
Couple Supports the Arts at Southern Miss Through the Gift of Scholarship

Couple Supports the Arts at Southern Miss Through the Gift of Scholarship

A generous gift of stock to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation from Dr. and Mrs. Larry Smith of Hattiesburg, Miss., has established a scholarship endowment in Music and enhanced an existing scholarship endowment in Theatre and Dance. As avid supporters of the arts, Dr. and Mrs. Smith hope the scholarships will help to continue to attract talented students to the arts programs at Southern Miss.
A Scholarship Based on Character

A Scholarship Based on Character

A new scholarship has been established in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi that recognizes the importance of character. Many scholarships are based on financial need or academic excellence; however, the College of Business Merit Scholarship is based on both of those criteria plus character – integrity, work ethic and commitment to finish a degree.
USM Foundation Boasts New Fundraising Record with More Than $20 Million Raised

USM Foundation Boasts New Fundraising Record with More Than $20 Million Raised

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has set a new record for gifts and pledges received during a single fiscal year at $20,336,110. The record eclipses the previous mark of $13.9 million from fiscal year 2006 by 46 percent and also represents an increase of 300 percent over the amount raised last year. More than 4,620 donors participated in the record-setting effort.
Southern Miss Faculty, Staff Campaign Surpasses Goal

Southern Miss Faculty, Staff Campaign Surpasses Goal

With 32 percent of full time University employees making gifts to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, the 2012 Campaign for Southern Miss has exceeded its goal. The Campaign, which was an effort to increase the number of Southern Miss faculty and staff that give back to the University through the USM Foundation, began on July 1, 2011, and will end on June 30, 2012.
Former Geography Department Chair Leaves Bequest to Support Scholarships at Southern Miss

Former Geography Department Chair Leaves Bequest to Support Scholarships at Southern Miss

Dr. Arthell Kelley, Southern Miss alumnus and longtime faculty member, left a $600,000 bequest to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation to support scholarships for geography students at the University.
USM Foundation Completes $10 Million Building Better Business Campaign

USM Foundation Completes $10 Million Building Better Business Campaign

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation announced the successful conclusion of the $10 million Building Better Business Campaign.
USM Foundation Hosts Honor Club Black Tie Gala

USM Foundation Hosts Honor Club Black Tie Gala

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation was proud to once again host the Honor Club Black Tie Gala on March 23, 2012, at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Miss.
Hattiesburg Clinic Supports DuBard School and School of Nursing at Southern Miss

Hattiesburg Clinic Supports DuBard School and School of Nursing at Southern Miss

A $100,000 commitment to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation from Hattiesburg Clinic will help fund the DuBard School for Language Disorders 50th Anniversary Campaign and the School of Nursing Building Campaign at Southern Miss.
Mississippi Export Railroad Establishes Scholarship at Southern Miss Gulf Coast

Mississippi Export Railroad Establishes Scholarship at Southern Miss Gulf Coast

In celebration of its 90th anniversary, Mississippi Export Railroad Company established the Mississippi Export Railroad Gulf Coast Scholarship Endowment with a gift of $50,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation.
Mississippi Manufacturers Association Establishes Endowed Scholarship Fund 
at The University of Southern Mississippi

Mississippi Manufacturers Association Establishes Endowed Scholarship Fund 
at The University of Southern Mississippi

With a gift of $60,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) has established the Mississippi Manufacturers Association Scholarship Endowment.
Southern Miss Breaks Ground on New Home for College of Business

Southern Miss Breaks Ground on New Home for College of Business

With just a few shovel turns of dirt, the long-imagined dream of a new home for the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi has taken a significant leap toward reality.
USM Foundation Announces $8 Million Campaign for New School of Nursing Building

USM Foundation Announces $8 Million Campaign for New School of Nursing Building

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation announced an $8 million fundraising campaign on January 18 to help construct a new facility for the University’s School of Nursing.
Southern Miss College of Business Building Campaign Receives Significant Boost

Southern Miss College of Business Building Campaign Receives Significant Boost

Thanks to a gift from The First Bancshares Inc., The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s Building Better Business Campaign has exceeded the $8 million mark on its way to reaching its $10 million goal. In addition, Southern Miss alumnus Chuck Scianna has issued a matching gift challenge to help raise the remaining $2 million needed to move forward with construction of the new College of Business building this summer.
USM Foundation Renames Planned Giving Society

USM Foundation Renames Planned Giving Society

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation proudly announces the renaming of the planned giving society. Formerly the Founders’ Society, the McCarty Legacy recognizes the foresight of those who are helping to secure the future of Southern Miss through planned giving.
Building Better Business Campaign Approaches $8 Million Threshold

Building Better Business Campaign Approaches $8 Million Threshold

After only seven months into the public phase of the Building Better Business Campaign, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has successfully raised more than $7.8 million in gifts and pledges to fund the construction of a new building for the College of Business at Southern Miss.
Buffetts Donate, Christen Gulf Coast Research Lab Vessel

Buffetts Donate, Christen Gulf Coast Research Lab Vessel

Singer, songwriter and University of Southern Mississippi alumnus Jimmy Buffett, alongside his sisters Lucy Buffett and Laurie Buffett McGuane, performed a one-of-a-kind christening for their donated vessel, Miss Peetsy B, at the university’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs on Monday, Dec. 5.
Luckyday Foundation Makes $4 Million Commitment to Southern Miss

Luckyday Foundation Makes $4 Million Commitment to Southern Miss

In keeping with its generous history of contributions to The University of Southern Mississippi, the Luckyday Foundation has made a $4 million gift commitment to be used for construction of new student housing.