November 23, 2014  

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Overall winners of the Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge at The University of Southern Mississippi included, from left, Ashley Edwards; Andrew Young; Thomas Kern; Kaitlin Horon; Gabriel Idakwo; and team advisor Dr. Chad Miller.  The students in the College of Business were members of "Team Creative Economy - Growing the Film Industry in Mississippi." The competition was held Nov. 17 at the Ogletree Alumni House. Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Economic Council, and the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) developed the Social Business Challenge and invited teams of students from the state’s public universities to compete in devising a creative solution and develop a business plan to address one of Mississippi’s biggest issues. "Team Creative Economy" will represent Southern Miss in the state competition at the State Capitol in Jackson next March. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Michael Mason and Kevin Smathers were honored as the 2014 Boardman Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi during the annual Honors Banquet held on Nov. 20 at the Thad Cochran Center.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design is hosting "Data Porn: Penetrating Information Design," a rich, visual display of the history of informaiton design that will be on display through Nov. 28 in the Learning Commons Gallery of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently enrolling for an after-school program to serve young struggling readers. The Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP) is designed for elementary students with challenges in reading, spelling and written language, who may or may not have a diagnosis of dyslexia.

Jennifer Brannock, curator of rare books and Mississippiana in Special Collections of University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi, and Nicole Lawrence, Mississippi Digital Library Coordinator in University Libraries, were both honored at the Mississippi Library Association Conference Oct. 14-17 in Vicksburg.

A research consortia led by The University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded $11 million by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil and dispersant on the Gulf’s ecosystem and public health.

Dr. Lawrence Hosman, left, professor of communication studies at The Univesity of Southern Mississippi, receives a Certificate of Appreciation honoring his late wife, Dr. Susan Siltanen, from Ted Tibbett, center, and Chuck Singleterry of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3036. The VFW honored Dr. Siltanen for her nearly 30 years of service to the VFW Post 3036 as a judge for its student essay scholarship program.  Siltanen was a professor of communication studies and former dean of the Graduate School at Southern Miss. Members of the Southern Miss Graduate Student Senate will now serve the VFW as judges for the contest as a community service project.(University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism will host Tony Podesta, the founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, who will present, “The ‘King of K Street:’ Champion of Social Change or Political Profiteer?” This lecture will be held Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. in the Polymer Science Building, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Andrew Haley’s discerning palate may help decide who wins the Pillsbury Bake-Off's $1 million grand prize.

 

Missy Schraeder, speech language pathologist with the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received an Innovator Award as an Outstanding Educator in a College or University from the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society will host Vina A. Lanzona, who will present Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines for the Center’s next War and Society Roundtable. The program is set for Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Public Library and will be moderated by Associate Professor of History Dr. Heather Stur.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host renowned trombonist Joseph Alessi, for two performances on Sunday, Nov. 23 and Monday, Nov. 24 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

More than 100 students, faculty, alumni and community members gear up to race in 19th annual Homecoming 5K Eagle Run at The University of Southern Mississippi. Athletic training students, in the School of Human Performance and Recreation, successfully hosted the event held on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Hattiesburg community will be treated to a pair of concerts next week by two University of Southern Mississippi bands. Both events will take place at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Students representing several teams at The University of Southern Mississippi will tackle one of the state’s more pressing problems as part of the “Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge” set for Monday, Nov. 17 on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

More than 50 students from 7 high schools in the state will participate in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials High School Competition Thursday, Nov. 13 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. The competition will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Thames Polymer Science Research Center, concluding with an awards ceremony.

Using selections from the University Libraries Special Collections at the McCain Library and Archives, an exhibit is on display in the Cook Library lobby honoring the University of Southern Mississippi’s longstanding relationship with veterans and military.

The words “military-friendly” represent more than a catch-phrase or snazzy label to Maj. Gen. Jeff Hammond (U.S. Army Ret.) and The University of Southern Mississippi. The designation serves as a guiding light for the University’s new Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families.

 

With assistance from The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, the Center has launched an annual fundraising initiative designed to help expand awareness of the program’s services. The fundraiser will be held each year to coincide with the national Veterans Day holiday (Nov. 11).

 

For the third year in a row, The University of Southern Mississippi will host the British National Debate Team as they take on the Southern Miss Forensics Society in a friendly debate. The debate will be held Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Ballroom on the Hattiesburg campus. Sponsored by the Department of Communication studies in the College of Arts and Letters, the event is free and open to the public. 

 

Students from Mississippi Public Universities across the state are preparing to unveil their ideas for solving Mississippi’s most pressing problems and helping reach the goals established by Blueprint Mississippi. Beginning tomorrow, student teams will compete in competitions held on campus. The winning team from each campus will advance to the state competition, which will be held in Jackson in March.

 

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized by the Continuing Education Board (CEB) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as an ASHA Approved Continuing Education Provider.

When the hit Broadway musical “Mary Poppins” takes flight, she will be supported by some of the best hoofers in the area. The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dixie Darlings will bring their exceptional dance skills to the grand reopening of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium, Feb. 26 – March 1, 2015.  

 

The Southern Miss School of Music, in partnership with Forrest General Hospital, is pleased to present this exceptional cast and welcome the Dixie Darlings to the Poppins family. Tickets for the production go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Dr. John Wooton, director of percussion studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, and pianist Dr. Sam Bruton, professor of philosophy and religion at Southern Miss, present their project “Caribbean Collective” in concert Sunday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Thirsty Hippo in downtown Hattiesburg.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 99, is sponsoring an information session titled “Getting into Graduate School” Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 4-6 p.m. at the Polymer Science Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus, with a satellite link to the Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.