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The University of Southern Mississippi

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406

1500Largest Group
50Meeting Rooms
2000Overnight Guests
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  • Game Room - Great for Birthday Parties Game Room - Great for Birthday Parties
        
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  • Danforth Chapel Danforth Chapel
        
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  • Event Spaces
  • Accommodations
  • Catering
  • Dining
  • Services
  • Technology
  • Testimonials

Southern Miss Event and Conference Services oversees the reservation and logistical aspects for events held in the Thad Cochran Center, Trent Lott National Center, R.C. Cook Union and Danforth Chapel. 

Beautiful, modern and distinct venues provide the ideal setting for a variety of special events, meetings and conferences. Illustrious scenic landscapes, sophisticated corporate meeting space, stunning ballrooms and world-class catering truly enhance the Southern charm of our prestigious campus. 

We welcome the opportunity to transform your next event into a memorable success!

Our goal is to assist groups in creating a memorable experience for all attendees. We serve the following types of organizations:
  • Academic
  • Athletic
  • Businesses
  • Faith-Based
  • Youth Leadership
  • Social
  • Summer Camps 
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Event and Conference Services:

Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Biloxi, MS 75 miles
Jacskon, MS 88 miles
New Orleans, LA 111 miles
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Gulf Port / 90
Public Transportation Options:
Lyft
Uber
Parking Onsite:
Yes
Parking Rate:
Call for Pricing
Availability:
Year Round
Room Type(s):
Residential Dorm Style
ADA Accessible:
Yes
Largest Group:
1500
Number of Meeting & Event Rooms:
50
Largest Classroom Style:
350
Largest Theatre Style:
324
Number of Overnight Guests:
2000
Largest Standing Reception:
800
Largest Seated Reception:
450
Rooftop Space Available:
No
Rooftop Capacity:
0
Technology:
Technical services and equipment are available on-site. House Sound with background music is available in each room with an array of options to meet your audio needs. Video projection and computer connections are also available. The first floor rooms of the Lott Center are outfitted with multi-media podiums, which allow for effortless control of presentations. Lighting in each facility is a combination of high-pressure sodium, fluorescent and incandescent, which is easily adjusted to meet a variety of event needs. The Lott Center offers motorized blackout blinds to control natural light from entering the meeting rooms (available in select rooms).
Onsite Wireless Internet:
Free
Wi-Fi In Meeting Space:
Yes
Wi-Fi In Guest Rooms:
Yes
Wi-Fi In Guest Rooms Cost:
Free
Onsite A/V Staff:
Yes
Food & Beverage:
Southern Miss Catering, located in the Thad Cochran Center, handles all food requests for the university (outside caterers are NOT allowed). Southern Miss' professional, culinary staff can provide specialized menus - from the simple to the sophisticated - for any business or social occasion, and can work within your budget to suggest menus that provide excellent quality and the greatest value. Contact the Catering Sales office at 601.266.5552.
Must Use In-house Catering:
Yes
Cultural Catering Available:
Yes
Alcohol Permitted:
Yes
Can Bring Own Alcohol:
No
Cannabis Industry Friendly:
No
Cannabis consumption permitted (outside):
No
Facility Buyout Friday – Sat:
Call for Pricing
Facility Buyout Sunday – Thursday:
Call for Pricing
Facility Day Rate:
Call for Pricing
Hourly Rental Rate:
Call for Pricing
Offers Non-profit Rates:
Yes
Ropes Course / Team Building:
Yes
Special Rates and Packages:
Must Call for Group Rates.
Rental Policies:
https://www.usm.edu/event-services/guidelines-and-agreements
Phone:
601.266.5486
Event Space Available:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Overnight Accommodations Available:
May
June
July
August
Ideally suited for:
Corporate Social Events
Expo/Competitions
Leisure travel
Meetings/Conferences/Trainings
Outdoor Event Space
Reunions
Social/Special events
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Youth Event/Meetings/Camps

Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Thad Cochran Center

Trent Lott National Center

R.C. Cook University Union

Danforth Chapel Danforth Chapel is located in the heart of the Southern Miss campus and is frequently used for quiet meditation, religious services and weddings.

1,362
Outdoor Space Armstrong-Branch Plaza (located between the Liberal Arts Building, International Center and Joseph Greene Hall. Available for student organizations and on-campus departments to host "information tables" only. Small events or solicitations not permitted in this area).
Bennett & Kennard-Washington Lawns
Centennial Lawns
Library Plaza
Shoemaker Square
Spirit Park
Union Plaza
Weathersby Lawn

Accommodations

Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Century Park North 830 Residence Halls Shared
Century Park South 929 Residence Halls Private
Hattiesburg Hall 59 Suite/Apartment Style Private
Hillcrest Hall 362 Suite/Apartment Style Private
McCarty Hall 366 Residence Halls
Mississippi Hall 59 Suite/Apartment Style Private
Scholarship Hall 56 Residence Halls Private
Wilber Hall 301 Residence Halls Shared

Catering

  • Southern Miss Catering
    Whatever group you want to treat to delicious food, we want to make doing so easy. Just give us a call, send us an email or place your order online. Our professionals will take care of everything else so your mind is free to enjoy your special delivery and custom menu.
  • All Day Meeting Packages
    2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice, but calorie needs vary.
    Additional nutrition information available upon request.
  • Flavor in Bloom
    Embrace Nature`s Vibrant Bountry
  • Breakfast Menu
    Breakfast Collections, a la carte breakfast, hot breakfast and breakfast additions.
  • Buffets
    The Classic Collections, theme buffets and create your own buffet.
  • Boxed Meals
    Choose from classic or premium boxed lunches.
  • Receptions and Stations
    Hors d'Oeuvres, enhancements and stations.

Dining

  • Fresh Food Company
    The Fresh Food Company is Eagle Dining's premier residential restaurant. Located in the Thad Cochran Center, it provides a wide range of delicious food prepared right before your eyes! It features 11 stations that include a made-to-order grill option, made-to-order pasta, pizza, salad bar, international dishes, soup, Mongolian grill and more, with continuous dining all day long! 
  • Power House
    You’ll know the Power House by its distinctive smoke stack – it was the original power source to heat campus. Built in 1934 and restored as a casual sit-down restaurant, it features Southern and Cajun cuisine.  The Power House serves as the late-night venue on campus, staying open until midnight each night of the week.  
  • Real Food on Campus (RFOC) at Hillcrest
    This location features fresh, home-style meals conveniently located for students living in the Hillcrest residence hall. 
  • Seymour's Food Court
    Named for the university’s mascot, it offers Chick-fil-A and Subway – not to mention a big-screen TV.
  • The Agora
    Located in the International Center, it’s your spot for a touch of ethnic cuisine and bagels galore. Fare includes made-to-order Mexican cuisine at Tortilla Fresca and an Einstein Bros. Bagels.
  • Starbucks Coffee
    Start your day – or end your night – at Starbucks in the Cook Library. There’s nothing like a jolt of Joe to keep you focused.
  • Freshens
    Located in Asbury Hall, Freshëns is a healthy “fast casual” concept, offering “better for you” products, including handcrafted crepes, salads, rice bowls, stuffed baguettes and fresh blended smoothies. Freshens also proudly brews Starbucks coffee, tea, lattes, Frappuccinos and more.
  • POD Market at Century Park
    Located in Century Park, University Market is the ultimate convenience store with fresh brewed Starbucks coffee, custom-made F’real milkshakes and smoothies, frozen food, household items and more. 

Services

ServiceDescription
Meeting Services Our friendly and courteous event staff will provide superior service to your next meeting. Wi-Fi, parking, and easily configured rooms, are included with our spaces.

Conference Services Gulf Park Event Services can accommodate small groups and functions as large as five hundred. Our facilities consist of a ballroom, auditorium, and various breakout spaces that can accommodate the learning style of your speaker and guests.

Wedding Services Our beautiful beachfront scenery, majestic oak trees, and Spanish style architecture will certainly add southern charm to your next wedding, reception or special event.

Non-Profit Event & Meeting Services Whether you are planning a board meeting, organization conference, fundraiser, panel, or charity event, Gulf Park Event Services team members are ready to assist with your non-profit event location. We believe in supporting the mission behind 501(c) (3) organizations, and will work with your nonprofit's needs. 

Technology

TypeDescription
Technology Services and Equipment Technical services and equipment are available on-site. House Sound with background music is available in each room with an array of options to meet your audio needs. Video projection and computer connections are also available. The first floor rooms of the Lott Center are outfitted with multi-media podiums, which allow for effortless control of presentations.

Testimonials

  • When we decided to hold quarterly workshops, it was important for me to find a location that was both reasonable and professional. USM exceeded my expectations on both. USM consistently took the time to discuss with me every minute detail that came up along the way to deliver a flawless event. The room was set up exactly as we had discussed and Aaron met me ahead of time to make sure I was comfortable with the technology we would be using. We will continue to hold events at USM Gulf Park Campus both because they make it as easy as possible for me to plan an event there and because our clients love the atmosphere.
    Jenny Gates, AAMS Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

  • The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce host several events throughout the year at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Campus. Gulf Park Event Services makes each event perfect from booking a date, booking the food and making the day of the event run smoothly. The staff is very accommodating and there to be a helping hand before, during and after the event. Gulf Park Event Services are TO THE TOP!
    Jenny Levens, IOM Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

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