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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 furthered its investment in business education at Southern Miss with an additional $100,000 gift commitment to the 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.
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.
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.
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.
The second annual Southern Miss Gold Rush, a 36-hour online giving campaign hosted by the USM Foundation, raised $182,341.82.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Luckyday Foundation renewed funding for the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program for another four years with a gift commitment of $6.9 million.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Since 1991, the Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg has contributed more than $220,000 to programs and scholarship endowments at The University of Southern Mississippi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Paul Richard Lambert Public Service Scholarship Endowment was recently established at The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation to memorialize Rick Lambert.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation announced the successful conclusion of the $10 million Building Better Business Campaign.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.