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Three acclaimed writers will be the featured guests this spring as part of the Visiting Writers Series at The University of Southern Mississippi. Hosted by the Center for Writers in the Department of English, the dates for the series are set for Jan. 28, Mar. 4 and Apr. 22. All readings are free and open to the public and will be held on the Hattiesburg campus in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108.

Dr. Tom Lansford, professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, is editor for the “Political Handbook of the World 2014.”

University of Southern Mississippi graduate students Ann Rodio and Alexandria Camp will serve as hosts of a special Pre-Valentine’s Day Ballroom Dance for residents of Alden Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for the Master of Education in dyslexia therapy program beginning this summer. This will be the second cohort of students entering the nationally recognized and accredited program.

Dr. Justin Barrett of Fuller Theological Seminary will present "Is Religious Belief Natural? The Relevance of Cognitive Science to Faith” Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I, to open the spring 2015 Honors Forum series.

The University of Southern Mississippi's popular lecture series, Philosophical Fridays, will resume Jan. 27 for the spring 2015 semster. This series was launched by the Department of Philosophy and Religion in 2012 and regularly features scholars who share their diverse beliefs and knowledge in philosophy and religion. All lectures will be held on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus and are free and open to the public, thanks to generous support from the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s British Studies Program is marking four decades since it began providing students a global and transforming educational experience that lasts a lifetime.


During the summer 2015 semester, 16 courses will be offered through the BSP and four of the university’s Colleges, including Arts & Letters, Business, Education and Psychology, and Health. Most classes are taught by Southern Miss faculty and also feature lectures and presentations by some of England’s top scholars and business and political leaders.

Multiple staff members at The University of Southern Mississippi have received recognition for their work in the field of public relations from the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

Dahlia Amato, a second-year doctoral student at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a finalist for one of the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.


Amato, a native of Jakarta, Indonesia, is pursuing her doctorate in polymer science under the tutelage of Dr. Derek Patton. She is one of only 77 applicants chosen as finalists from approximately 1,200 applicants nationwide. Thirty fellowships will be awarded in March. Amato is the first Southern Miss student to become a Soros Fellowship finalist.

Last fall, The Department of Theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi was selected as a broadcast venue for Britain’s illustrious National Theatre.

On Jan. 27, Southern Miss, one of a few designated locations in the country specifically chosen and equipped to broadcast National Theatre Live’s productions, will open the 2015 season with DV8’s JOHN, followed by Treasure Island. Both productions will be held in Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Aquila, the University of Southern Mississippi digital repository containing scholarly works created by faculty, staff and students, recently logged its 200,000th download. With new projects in the works for 2015, the site shows no signs of slowing down.

As the United States and Cuba resume diplomatic relations after more than half a century, The University of Southern Mississippi offers a study abroad program on the Caribbean island nation May 9-24.

Economic trends and forecasts will take center stage during the Economic Outlook 2015 Forum set for Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus

In March, members of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band will be traveling to Dublin, Ireland to participate in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In order to help defray costs for attendees, the students themselves have organized a 5k run and one mile fun run dubbed the Screamin’ Eagle Dash.


The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature 60-plus original watercolor and mixed media art pieces of Rosemary Wells, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, at an exhibit in February.

In keeping with its founding mission, The University of Southern Mississippi continues to distinguish itself in training teachers for the state, nation and world.


The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards recently ranked Southern Miss sixth in the country in producing new National Board Certified Teachers in 2014. Initiated more than 25 years ago, National Board Certification gives teachers the opportunity to achieve standards beyond those required by the state in which they work. Other desired outcomes of the program are recognition and retention of high quality teachers and ongoing improvement in schools across the country.


The Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the first roundtable discussion of the 2015 spring semester Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. Held each month at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, the event is free and open to the public. All events begin at 6 p.m. at the library.

Maureen K. Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, was re-elected to the board of directors for the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), an accrediting organization for multisensory structured language education training courses.

The University of Southern Mississippi has joined ranks with approximately 50 universities worldwide that have united to address the global issue of hunger. Leaders from these universities recently signed “The Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security” – a declaration acknowledging their pledge to make food insecurity a priority.

Affordable Colleges Foundation (ACF), a resource for online learning and college affordability information, has included The University of Southern Mississippi in the top 20 of its new ranking of 2015’s Best Online Colleges.

It was 1984 and the movie “Terminator,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger was released along with Apple’s new Macintosh computer. And on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Lawrence Mead began his career as a Golden Eagle.

Citing a desire to streamline his focus on other responsibilities, Dr. Eric Powell has announced his resignation as executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), effective Dec. 16, 2014.

A graveside service is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Roseland Park Cemetery in Hattiesburg for Dr. William Hatcher, former chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Political Science, who died Dec. 12 in Jackson, Miss. He was 92.

Kathryn Kellett, a doctoral student at the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, recently completed a research collaboration with University of Southern Mississippi researchers Dr. Karl Wallace and graduate student Hugh Broome in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.


Kellett came to Southern Miss for 12 weeks as a part of her fellowship provided by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. She is the first Winston Churchill Fellow to collaborate with Southern Miss researchers.