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Southern Miss News Briefs Package: Aug. 29 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, August 29, 2008
Contact David Tisdale 601.266.4499   

This briefs package highlights timely news and events from The University of Southern Mississippi. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Department of Marketing and Public Relations at 601.266.4491.

• Tickets Available Beginning Sept. 2 for Symphony Season
• Professor Receives Dissertation Award
• Science and Technology Student Ambassadors Kick Off Recycling Program
• War and Society Roundtable Series Returns Sept. 9
• Henderson Receives COST Alumni Award

Individual Tickets go on sale Sept. 2 for Southern Miss Symphony Events

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Fans eagerly awaiting the lineup of events set for The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s 88th season can purchase individual tickets beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 8 a.m. at the Southern Miss Ticket Office.

Internationally known guitarist Manuel Barrueco, standout tenor David Lomeli and renowned Christian singer Sandi Patty are included in this year’s highly anticipated schedule of concerts.

“We have had many phone calls about the Sandi Patty concert from all over the area, including Alabama and Louisiana. Her music has touched so many lives for so many years. December 2 will be an extraordinary night.” said Beverly Barton, worship pastor assistant at Temple Baptist Church, which is the event partner for the Sandy Patty concert.

“We have been inundated with calls for individual tickets to our headliner events," said Dr. Mike Lopinto, marketing and educational outreach coordinator for the symphony.

“We are grateful to our season ticket holders for renewing in record numbers, but that leaves fewer individual tickets for the Shangri-La Gala, our opening concert with Manuel Barrueco, our opera evening with David Lomeli and especially Sandi Patty,” he said. “I suggest getting tickets to our events as soon as possible.”

Tickets are also available through the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or 800.844.8425, or they can be ordered online at For more information, call the Symphony office at 601.266.4001 or visit online
Southern Miss Professor Receives Dissertation Award

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Dr. Max Grivno, a University of Southern Mississippi assistant professor of history, has been awarded the C. Vann Woodward Prize for the best dissertation in Southern History completed in 2007. He will be recognized for this achievement at the Southern Historical Association meeting in New Orleans in October.

The prize includes a $3,000 stipend and is supported by the Woodward Fund through a gift Woodward, the late historian whose areas of expertise included the American South and race relations, made to the SHA.

Grivno’s doctoral dissertation, “‘There Slavery Cannot Dwell’: Agriculture and Labor in Northern Maryland, 1790-1860” was also named a finalist for the Labor and Working Class History Association’s Herbert G. Gutman Dissertation Prize, and earned him the  University of Maryland’s Richard T. Farrell Prize. Grivno’s research and teaching interests include slavery, labor history, Southern history and the early national period.

Science and Technology Student Ambassadors Kick Off Recycling Program

HATTIESBURG, Miss.  – The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology (COST) Student Ambassadors are taking sustainability to the next level with their Game Day Recycling Initiative beginning with the Golden Eagles’ first home football game.

COST football tailgating is open to hundreds of Golden Eagle students, alumni, faculty and friends. As a result, there will be a heavy accumulation of cans, paper, and plastic items. In response, COST Student Ambassadors have created a sustainable and ‘EcoEagle’ remedy to alleviate this issue.

Recycling bins and signs have been set up around the COST patio area so tailgating participants can be environmentally responsible with proper disposal of cans, paper, and plastic. “Our students are concerned about the environment and willing to lend a helping hand to save it,” said Andre Heath, Ambassadors advisor.

This new initiative kicks off amidst a wave of ‘go green’ efforts from the new Office of Sustainability. COST has a longstanding position on maintaining and contributing to sustainability at Southern Miss through its aluminum can recycling project, 34 sustainability-related courses, special lectures, and a sustainability website. 

“In support of sustainability initiatives endorsed by President Saunders, the College of Science and Technology Student Ambassadors have pledged their commitment to efforts that help the university counteract climate change,” said Andre Heath.

The Game Day Recycling Initiative will continue for all of the home games. Ambassadors hope to influence the student body as well as faculty to continue their eco-friendly commitment, especially during entertainment events such sports events.

“Obviously, a lot of trash piles up at football games and if we can dispose of it in a more responsible way, we’ll be one step closer to a more sustainable Southern Miss,” said senior mathematics major Chris Mills of Hattiesburg.

War and Society Roundtable Series Begins Sept. 9
Hattiesburg, Miss. -- The Books, Dialogue, and Debate Roundtable offers its first session of the new academic year at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County.  The series is sponsored by the Department of History’s faculty group for the Study of War and Society at Southern Miss.

Amy Milne-Smith, assistant professor of history, will lead a group discussion on “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque. Originally published in English in 1929, it is considered by many to be the finest war novel of all times.

The book follows character Paul Baumer and his German friends, who began World War I as teenagers, sure of their cause. As time passed, living through trench warfare, Baumer faced the reality of war and the changes to his world.

Several copies of the book will be available for loan at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County.

Admission is free. For more information about the lecture or roundtable, call 601.584.3166 or e-mail Kyle.Zelner@usm.

Henderson Receives 2008 Science and Technology Outstanding Alumni Award

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Teno Henderson was named 2008 Outstanding Alumni by the University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology at the fifth annual College Awards Banquet. Henderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural design from Southern Miss in 1964. 

Spanning 42 years, his long-time career with Ingalls Shipbuilding began in 1965 when he was hired as a structural engineer. Henderson was promoted to program management and managed numerous programs including commercial container ships, U.S. Navy battleships, Israeli Patrol Boats, and post-delivery responsibility for all destroyers delivered by Ingalls Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation. Henderson retired as a vice president in June 2006. 

"Teno Henderson is a worthy recipient of our Outstanding Alumni award,” said College of Science and Technology Dean Rex Gandy. “He has had a long and distinguished career in the ship building business and has represented Southern Miss in an exemplary manner."
The College of Science and Technology at Southern Miss has an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students, including 500 graduate students and offers programs across the university’s campuses in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast, including Stennis Space Center.  

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