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A Mississippi native who went on to become the editor of the Sacramento Bee and a vice president for McLatchy Newspapers spoke to University of Southern Mississippi journalism students in a master class held recently on the Hattiesburg campus.

In an effort to better equip students for professional success, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business is offering a new graduate certificate program in the foundations of business.

The sole 2013 inductee into the Southern Mississippi Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame is an Emmy-winning alumnus who for nearly 40 years has been among the most prominent local television journalists in the largest media market in the United States.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism’s annual symposium, titled “A Legend Comes Home: Honoring Chuck Scarborough” will be held for the first time in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming activities.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will become a broadcast venue for Britain’s illustrious National Theatre.

Beginning Oct. 15-16 with Shakespeare’s Othello, starring Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear, the Department of Theatre will broadcast live recordings of London performances at Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi geography and geology master’s student James Ewing has quite a story to tell. While completing research for his geography masters degree, he climbed all of Colorado’s 58 peaks -- over 14,000 feet each.

 

Declaring “we will not yield and we will not go quietly into the night,” Gov. Phil Bryant vowed to lead the fight against the U.S. Army’s recommendation to close the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Bryant made the remarks Friday during a news conference on the Hattiesburg campus outside of Southern Hall, where the university’s Army ROTC headquarters are located. He was joined by Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett and other dignitaries, including retired Gen. Buford Blount, a graduate of the program who led U.S. forces in toppling the regime of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball team recently broke away from its busy practice and academic schedules to do a little workout with the toddlers and preschoolers at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 10 from 5-8 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg for Dr. Don Cabana, a former professor of criminal justice at The University of Southern Mississippi and superintendent of the Mississippi State Penitentiary, who died Monday, Oct. 7 at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg. He was 67.

Parkway Heights United Methodist church in Hattiesburg will play host to Dr. Wayne C. Petty’s public lecture titled: “Hearing Beethoven’s Spring Sonata” at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13.

 

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Jordan Mathews of Biloxi, Miss., has been recognized by national fraternity Pi Kappa Phi as the 2013 Dr. Phillip M. Summers Student of the Year.

Dr. Trent Gould, who has served in a variety of roles during his 10 years at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named associate dean in the College of Health.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus student Brandy Jarvis of Ocean Springs, senior marketing major, will represent the Southern Miss Gulf Coast student body in this year’s Southern Miss Homecoming festivities October 21 - 26.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College has three of a kind among its freshman class of 2013.

 

Triplets Olivia, Ross and Rachel Paris-Harbison are Southern Miss Presidential Scholars from Mobile, Ala. where they graduated from McGill-Toolin High School. When the three tried to establish a hierarchy of choices as they looked for a college to attend, one held on to first place following their visit to the Hattiesburg campus.

Wisam “Sam” Buti once held the fruit fly in contempt.

“I use to just think of them as that annoying fly that buzzed around your food,” said Buti, a University of Southern Mississippi freshman. Now the fruit fly represents the inspiration for her studies at the university and future in either medicine or scientific research – or both.

The University of Southern Mississippi Roots N’ Shoots chapter, along with the Department of Biological Sciences, is hosting the Haunted Halloween Science Trail on Friday, Oct. 25 in the Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC), located in the basement of Mississippi Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

Retired businessman William Tatum Jr. and Polk’s Meat Products CEO Julie Polk Breazeale were honored as 2013 Alumni of the Year by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business during a luncheon on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Thad Cochran Center.

 

Officials at The University of Southern Mississippi have initiated steps to appeal a decision by the U.S. Army to close the University’s Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program.

 

Southern Miss administrators received an official notice from the Department of the Army stating that the closure would be effective at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. The Southern Miss ROTC program, which dates back to 1951, is one of 13 nationwide targeted for closure and the only one among six such programs in Mississippi.

The Career Explorations for Girls Conference will be held on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi Saturday, Nov. 2. The registration deadline for the conference is Oct. 15, and there is no charge.

Dr. Mark Waymire, assistant professor of music education at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently interviewed on behalf of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum Corps this summer at a Drum Corps International (DCI) competition.
 

On Saturday, Oct. 12, a Leadership Pinebelt group will host the inaugural Sounds to Symbols 5K/10K/1 Mile Fun Run to benefit the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Students and faculty members from the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi received multiple honors at the Mississippi Recreation and Park Association’s annual conference held recently in Tupelo, Miss. Twenty-five therapeutic recreation majors and three faculty members attended the conference.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre opens its fall 2013 season with RENT, a rock musical. Loosely based on Puccini’s classic opera, La Boheme, RENT earned both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for best musical in 1996.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi invites you to travel back in time to the DuBard School Speakeasy – an evening affair reminiscent of the 1920s era.

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch visited the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, Sept. 24th to learn more about the organization and meet with staff and students. Pictured here, Treasurer Fitch poses for a photo with a class in front of a story they wrote about her visit.

(Photo by Catherine Lott)