October 6, 2015  

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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.

An information meeting for a University of Southern Mississippi study abroad program in Cuba will be held Thursday, Nov. 6 from 5-6 p.m. in Owings-McQuagge Hall, room 107 on the Hattiesburg campus. This information session is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as student affairs staff.

The study abroad program is scheduled for May 10-23, 2015. To learn more, contact Dr. Lissa Stapleton at lissa.stapleton@usm.edu.

The Repertory Dance Company at The University of Southern Mississippi will showcase emotionally inspired works by faculty and students Nov. 6, 7 and 9 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the Hattiesburg campus. General admission is $15, $10 for seniors and military, and $6 for students.

Careers in chiropractic medicine will be the topic of a presentation set for Thursday, Nov. 6 at 5:10 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi in the Bobby Chain Technology Building, room 102.

Ashley McKnight and Kelly Roberts, political science students at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus, have been selected to present at the upcoming 86th Annual Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Conference set for January 2015 in New Orleans.


Dr. Ngoc Phan, assistant professor of political science in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, has been selected to present two papers at the 86th Annual Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Conference in New Orleans in January 2015.

Jellyfish, long regarded as the pests of the sea, may play an ever-larger role in defining the relationship between humans and the world’s oceans, according to a new paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

For the first time, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Graduate School will offer a unique opportunity for students to showcase their thesis or dissertation work in a competitive format.


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition invites graduate students to describe the significance of his/her thesis or dissertation to a general audience in three minutes or less. Cash prizes will be awarded to the eight finalists – ranging from $250 for finalists to $1,000 for the Grand Champion.

A new program in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will enable finance students to gain a competitive edge as they pursue professional opportunities.


This semester Southern Miss became a member of the Corporate Treasury Management (CTM) Program – an exclusive arrangement between the Association of Financial Professionals (AFP) and business schools across the country. Less than 50 universities in the U.S. are members, and Southern Miss currently offers the only CTM Program in Mississippi.

Dorothy (Rylan Murphy)  is guided by Dawn Burgess, the Early Oral Interventionist at the Children's Center for Communication and Development, during trick-or-treating at the College of Health on Wednesday, Oct. 29.  Dean Michael Forster is Morgus-the-Magnificent.

Photo by Dianne S. Coleman

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre continues its 2014-2015 theatre season with Top Girls by Caryl Churchill. Performance dates are Oct. 30, 31, and Nov. 1, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m.; and Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. that includes a pre-show talk at 1 p.m. in Woods Theatre by Dr. Rebecca Morgan, Southern Miss English professor. All performances will take place in Hartwig Theatre of the Theatre and Dance Building. General admission is $8. Tickets may be purchased by calling (800.844-8425 or at the box office prior to each showing.

The Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi opened a new exhibit in the Gallery of Art and Design with a reception Oct. 28. "Literary Effigies and Blues Portraits: Woodcuts by Charles Jones" will run through Nov. 12 in the new art gallery space in the George Hurst Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Keltoum Rowland, an instructor of French in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, received the Post Secondary Educator of Excellence award from the Mississippi Foreign Language Association at its conference Oct. 23 in Louisville, Miss.

The Department of English in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the Visiting Writers Series, a lecture series that brings internationally acclaimed authors of fiction and poetry to Southern Miss and the community. The readings are free and open to the public and will be held on the Hattiesburg campus in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108.