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Keltoum Rowland: Postsecondary Educator of Excellence

Keltoum Rowland, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures received the Postsecondary Educator of Excellence from the Mississppi Foreign Language Association. This award recognizes outstanding teaching for college and university instructors.


2014 NDEO Presidential Award

Congratulations to Kelly Lester who was awarded the National Dance Education Organization's Presidential Award in recognition of her exemplary service to NDEO. Lester joined the organization in 2004, served as a forum moderator and committee member from 2009-11, and joined the board of directors in 2011. She recently served on a select task force to restructure the governance of this 16-year-old organization that promotes advocacy, community, and quality dance education on a local, regional, national and international level.


Howls of Chaos

Gabrielle Boyd, a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism, has published her first novel with Brown Books Publishing Group, and it's available for the Nook at Barnes & Noble. Check it out!


Books by Arts & Letters Faculty

Arts & Letters is full of creative, engaged scholars and researchers.

Take a look at a few of the books published by our faculty.






In Search of Mississippi Community Cookbooks

The Mississippi Community Cookbook Project helmed by Andrew P. Haley (History), Wendy Atkins-Sayre (Communication Studies) and Dana Fennell (Sociology) is collecting and digitizing pre-1970 Mississippi community cookbooks in order to preserve and comment on the history of small towns all over the state.

Cookbooks donated to the project will become part of the permanent collection at McCain Archives.  (If you are reluctant to give up a family heirloom, they understand, but would still love to take a look at your cookbook.)  To donate, please contact Andrew Haley at

Christian Ethics & Vegetarianism

Samuel Bruton, Department of Philosophy & Religion, explores the relationship between Christianity and Vegetarianism in the 2014 Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics.

Read a preview of his fascinating article here.


Just-in-Time Teaching

Laurel Abreu, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, has published an article entitled, "Just-in-Time Teaching: A Tool for Enhancing Student Engagement in Advanced Foreign Language Learning" in The Journal of Effective Teaching.

Read her article here.


Jason Bergman, School of Music, Named Nina Bell Suggs Professor

The Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship was established to recognize an outstanding junior faculty member.

Watch Jason Bergman (trumpet) and Ellen Elder (piano) perform Carl Höhne's Slavische Fantasie live in concert on November 1, 2013 at the Mississippi Music Teachers Association Annual Conference in Columbus, MS.


Southern Miss Acquires 103rd Infantry Division Archives for McCain

Through the efforts of Kenneth Swope of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society & Stephen Haller at McCain Archives, Southern Miss has acquired the complete archives of the 103rd Infantry (Cactus) Division from World War II. The Dale Center will also assume oversight of a redesigned website for the 103rd, currently being constructed by Danielle Sypher-Haley, webmaster of the College of Arts & Letters. Representatives of the 103rd will be on campus November 6-8 to deliver the materials to the McCain Library & Archives.






Congratulations English Department Graduate Student Tyler Sasser

Congratulations to Tyler Sasser, whose paper "The Snowy Day in the Civil Rights Era: Peter’s Political Innocence and Unpublished Letters from Langston Hughes, Ellen Tarry, Grace Nail Johnson, and Charlemae Hill Rollins," published in Children's Literature Association Quarterly, won the 2014 Graduate Essay Award from the Children's Literature Association.


Read his award-winning article here.


View our Online Graphic Design Galleries

Students in the graphic arts program in the Department of Art & Design are now showing their work online. Check out the galleries:


Facebook: Getting Maximum Impact

Many people at USM are trying their hand at event promotion on Facebook. For maximum impact, rather than create a new page for an event, try creating an event for your department's existing page, so you'll have built-in followers. Not sure how to do that? Check out this video created by Kerri Walker, A&L Public Relations Intern.


Jeanne Gillespie on Middle Eastern Folk Music

Associate Dean Jeanne Gillespie was a guest blogger on  Smithsonian Folkways, and commented on their two new releases: Morocco: Arabic Traditional Music and  Middle East: Sung Poetry. Read more (and listen to samples of these wonderful collections) here.








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