October 10, 2015  

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) will induct five new members into its Hall of Fame Thursday, Oct. 15 during activities associated with the event on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work, Department of Biological Sciences, and Center for Science and Mathematics will host a Science Careers and Research Encounters program for secondary students, teachers, and counselors on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

Five students majoring in English at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach presented papers recently at two prestigious annual conferences.


Join the University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance for "Waterloo Wanderings," a dance concert culminating the first ever British Studies in dance program on Oct. 10 in the Theatre and Dance Building, Studio 115. Pre-show events begin at 7:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. Pre-show events include live music, dance performance videos, slide shows, and a thorough British theatre-going experience.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Lake Thoreau Environmental Center has a unique Halloween experience in store for residents of all ages with its inaugural “Spooky Hollow Biol-loween” event set for Oct. 23-24.

The initial stages of a construction project that will transform The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach has begun with demolition of the former Holloway Complex.

Four former students from The University of Southern Mississippi participated in the White House welcoming ceremony for Chinese President, Xi Jinping last month. The United States Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performed in the ceremony; three of their snare drummers and one of their buglers are former members of the Southern Miss “Pride of Mississippi” Marching Band.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Repertory Dance Company will host "Exchanging Innocence: Site-Specific Dance Performances”  Sunday, Oct. 11 with a 2 p.m. performance at Southern Miss’ Lake Byron and a 4 p.m. performance at downtown Hattiesburg’s Town Square Park.

The University of Southern Mississippi Merchandising Program will host the Cotton Coterie and Up-Cycling Design Competition on Friday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. More than 120 merchandising students across state of Mississippi will participate in the event.

At the opening night concert of the Symphony Orchestra’s 96th season, Dr. Mike Lopinto, PR/Marketing Coordinator for the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music, was presented with The Themis Award. This award is presented annually at the opening orchestra concert to an outstanding Southern Miss administrator, professor, staff member, or other individual who has contributed to the success of the orchestra and its members.

The cancerous cells in Corey Auerswald’s body could not hold down the willpower of her spirit.


The joy in Auerswald’s spirit when people see or speak to her is contagious, touching people wherever she goes. Auerswald is now in her second semester in The University of Southern Mississippi nursing program, working to complete the rigorous nurse anesthetist program. She hopes to graduate in December.

Dr. Lilian Hill and Dr. Eric Platt, faculty members in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Educational Studies and Research, are recipients of the 2015 Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education.

Dr. Georgianna Martin, an assistant professor of student affairs/higher education administration in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Educational Studies and Research, recently contributed to an article in The Wall Street Journal about the place of fraternities on college campuses. It can be found at http://www.wsj.com/articles/should-colleges-get-rid-of-fraternities-1442....

The University of Southern Mississippi has earned a No. 15 ranking by Sports Management Degree Guide in its listing of the “50 Most Affordable Urban Schools for Sports Management in 2015.”

The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble will present a concert featuring two premieres of works commissioned by the ensemble on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. 

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi will present Bernstein's timeless classic “West Side Story” as part of homecoming weekend celebrations.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Theatre begins the 2015-2016 season with the musical “Violet” by Doris Betts. All performances will be held in Tatum Theatre on Southern Miss’ Hattiesburg campus. On Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9 and 10, the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Two matinee performances are set for Oct. 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. Prior to the show on Oct. 4, a preshow talk will begin at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 1-800-844-TICK.

Dr. Kenneth Swope, an expert on China and East Asia history, is the recipient of the General Buford “Buff” Blount Professorship in Military History at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Blount Professorship is awarded biannually and funds research by a faculty member of the Southern Miss Department of History toward publication of a major study in the field of War and Society. At the end of their two-year term, the holder of the Blount Professorship will present a lecture or program based on the findings of their research. Swope is the second recipient of the professorship.

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) recently named Dr. Claire Kimberly, an assistant professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, as the 2015 recipient of the Cindy Winter Scholarship Award.

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 endowment is named in honor of Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, who were killed in the line of duty on May 9 of this year.


The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation officially announced the establishment of the endowed scholarship during a special ceremony held Monday, Sept. 28 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host the lecture "It Takes a Cookbook to Raise a Village: Laurel, Mississippi and Community Cookbooks” by Southern Miss history professor Dr. Andrew Haley at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 in room 123 of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore stands outside the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy upon arrival at the North Pole earlier this month. Whitmore, a native of Palmer, Alaska, is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Marine Science (chemistry emphasis) conducting experiments as part of a unique 65-day research cruise sponsored by GEOTRACES. Her research focus involves the study of dissolved methane distribution and transport in the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean. The research cruise will conclude in late October.

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Inspired by his time as a journalist in Africa, University of Southern Mississippi political science professor Dr. Bob Press has written his third book, Ripples of Hope: How Ordinary People Resist Repression without Violence.

The public is invited to the opening of the exhibit Tasha Tudor: Around the Year Thursday, Oct. 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. It will be presented by the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi and feature 130 original works of art by award winning illustrator, Tasha Tudor.

The exhibit will be on display from October through December at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. Items will be available for purchase at the opening.