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The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work and the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP) co-hosted a two-day training on Integrated Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A) on Oct. 23-24.

David McRaney, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, spoke to students on the Hattiesburg campus recently about his career in media and new book, “You are Now Less Dumb,” a sequel to his earlier book “You are not so Smart,” which received high praise from critics and enjoyed successful sales figures worldwide. The books are based on his popular website http://youarenotsosmart.com/ which McRaney describes as “a celebration of self-delusion.”

McRaney is a former editor of the university’s student newspaper, The Student Printz. He later was a reporter for the Hattiesburg American and is now web manager for WDAM-TV. For more information about McRaney and his work, visit http://davidmcraney.com/.

Where can you find someone researching how to turn solid waste into fuel? Discovering how to charge a cell phone on a camping trip? Piloting innovative programs to train aspiring principals on core leadership skills? Mississippi Public Universities.

The Friends of University Libraries in conjunction with the Favre 4 Hope Foundation, Salvation Army, and Red Door Marketing Agency are working to improve the Christmas season for Pine Belt and Mississippi Gulf Coast children by launching the third annual Give a Child a New Book Day campaign.

Students from The University of Southern Mississippi continue to shine in national debate competitions, most recently in San Jacinto College North in Houston, Texas. The Southern Miss Forensics Society competed in a field of competition included 19 colleges and universities from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will continue its Fall 2013 season with A Bright Room Called Day when it opens on Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will take place in the Hartwig Theatre of the Theatre and Dance Building at Southern Miss. Performances continue on November 1, 2, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will take place Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. General admission is $8. For tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or 800.844.8425 or visit www.southernmisstickets.com.

The Kawai Corporation of America has named The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music to its roster of Elite Performing Instrument Collection (EPIC) schools. In a presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 29, officials from the Kawai Corporation presented Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett and Dr. Michael Miles, director of the School of Music, a plaque commemorating the announcement.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently nominated two faculty members who were selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend competition.

David McRaney, a 2007 University of Southern Mississippi graduate and current Director of New Media at WDAM-TV, will sign copies of his latest book, “You Are Now Less Dumb,” at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Barnes & Noble on the Southern Miss campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Healthcare Sales and Marketing, the Trent Lott Center and Dr. Mike Wittmann, associate professor of marketing, will host a presentation The Evolution of Science and Surgery on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Trent Lott Center.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi was officially welcomed into its new home during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday, Oct. 25 at renovated College Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

With more than four decades of experience in the business, veteran broadcast journalist and University of Southern Mississippi graduate Chuck Scarborough says the compelling stories about the everyday triumphs and tragedies that shape the news still motivate him.

“It’s just an exciting profession if you pay attention and are engaged in the world,” said Scarborough, an Emmy winner and longtime news anchor for WNBC-TV in New York. “Why wouldn’t you want to keep your hand in it?”

The Gulf Coast Center for Child Development at The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated its grand opening Oct. 24 in Pass Christian. The center hosted the ceremony to commemorate its new partnership with the community and the Pass Christian School District.

At The University of Southern Mississippi football is a big deal. M.M. Roberts Stadium on the Hattiesburg campus is nicknamed “The Rock” and SMTTT (Southern Miss To The Top) can be found on car tags and bumper stickers throughout the state of Mississippi.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the WIINTECH group, which signifies the first official step in moving local Mississippi businesses toward international collaboration with the companies that are a part of that network.

A celebration of student writing is currently on display in Cook Library Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. Coinciding with the National Day on Writing, which was celebrated nationwide on Oct. 21, Eagles Write! showcases student works and recognizes them as authors.
 

In spreading awareness in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The University of Southern Mississippi recently produced a news story detailing the research of Dr. Rebecca Fillmore, assistant professor of biology, as she looks to research the gene believed to play a role in the development of breast cancer.

The Golden Eagle Battalion at The University of Southern Mississippi recently earned top honors at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).  Out of 39 universities within the 6th Brigade at LDAC, Southern Miss’ ROTC Cadets placed second, topping perennial rivals, including University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Auburn University, University of South Alabama, Tulane University and Louisiana State University. 

The Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi will present Mark’d in Time on Oct. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. at the Thirsty Hippo, located at 309 McLeod Street in downtown Hattiesburg. Admission is $5, check or cash only.

In only its second year, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures’ Chinese program at The University of Southern Mississippi has grown to 34 enrolled students participating in the beginning and intermediate levels in Chinese..

The Friends of University Libraries in conjunction with the Favre 4 Hope Foundation, Salvation Army, and Red Door Marketing Agency are working to improve the Christmas season for Pine Belt and Mississippi Gulf Coast children by launching the third annual Give a Child a New Book Day campaign.

A debate between The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society and the British National Debate Team will be held on the Hattiesburg campus Monday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom 1. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Bill Holcomb, associate professor and director of the Athletic Training Program at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Human Performance and Recreation, has been awarded Fellowship by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA).

With a focus on eliminating barriers to degree completion, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business has implemented significant changes to its Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program.