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The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries announced today the winners of the 26th Annual Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards.

 

The 2012 awards ceremony will be held on April 12th in conjunction with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival.

When The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus comes to The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus for a performance March 23, it will be led by School of Music alumnus and deputy commander of the band Major Bruce Pulver in a program of popular favorites and classic band repertoire.

With four teams from The University of Southern Mississippi and four teams from local community colleges, the competition in this year’s annual Scholars Bowl at Southern Miss Gulf Coast was especially tough.

The Mississippi Museum of Art will launch an exhibition today of nearly 80 original Curious George drawings today with a special preview party at 6 p.m. at the museum, , located at 380 South Lamar Street in Jackson. Titled “Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey,” the exhibition includes items from the H.A. and Margret Rey papers held at The University of Southern Mississippi’s de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.

For the second year in a row, a University of Southern Mississippi student is a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

 

Lilianna Deveneau of Hattiesburg, a junior majoring in sociology and French, is one of only three students from Mississippi named a finalist this year.

C-SPAN3’s American History TV will broadcast a class lecture by University of Southern Mississippi history professor Dr. Susannah Ural Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 at noon Central Standard Time as part of the network’s “Lectures in History” program.

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will host percussion members of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps for a noontime performance on Monday, March 5 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is one of only 16 priority sites selected to initiate a national pilot program targeting the behavioral/mental health needs of returning veterans.

Dr. Charles Woosley, director of recruitment for the Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University visited the Southern Miss campus recently to discuss possible careers in pharmacy with students.

Woosley's visit was sponsored by the College of Science and Technology Premedical and Health Professions Office. Representatives from the Harrison School of Pharmacy visit the Southern Miss campus each spring semester.

For more information about a variety of careers in health care fields, call 601.266.4741 or visit: www.usm.edu/science-technology

Dr. Charles G. Marx, professor of audiology in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently chosen as the 2011 recipient of the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Mississippi Clinical Achievement Award.

University of Southern Mississippi student Rachel Lowery was recently honored by the Mississippi Paralegal Association (MPA) with a third-place finish in the 2011 Student Essay Contest.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that students from the Southern Miss Paralegal Program have placed in the annual competition. Lowery, a native of Pearl, Miss., received her award during the MPA’s January luncheon in Jackson.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Matthew Planchard will have the unique opportunity to showcase his research in biochemistry to members of Congress as part of a special presentation this spring.

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi Film Department will present a free screening of the movie, “Ballast,” on Feb. 27 in the main auditorium of the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. The event will feature commentary beginning at 7 p.m. and the film screening will follow at 7:30 p.m.

In effort to keep the spotlight on professional health education, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health is hosting its annual spring forum series. 

 

The series, sponsored by Hattiesburg Clinic, will follow the customary three-part format on topics including disease prevention and wellness, the Affordable Care Act, and poverty and its impact on health.

Dr. Phyllis G Jestice, chair and professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi, will lead a discussion on medieval stained glass and the Nova Science video “Building the Great Cathedrals” Monday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the art gallery at Cook Library as part of the spring Science Café series. Admission is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi University Forum will feature author Jonathan Odell, author of The Healing Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Wilbur Stout Hall, located behind College Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. Friends of University Libraries will host a reception for Odell at 8 p.m. at the Powerhouse Restaurant on campus immediately following the forum.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business aims to highlight the importance of integrity in decision making as part of Ethics Week, scheduled for March 5-8 on the Hattiesburg campus.

 Mia McFadden, right, a student at Buckatunna Junior High School in Wayne County, Miss. talks to Anna Beth Williams about her science project at the Mississippi Region I Science and Engineering Fair, held Wednesday at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. McFadden’s project, titled “Blowing in the Wind,” examined the ability of solar panels to power wind turbines for the generation of electricity. Williams, a Southern Miss junior from Hattiesburg, served as a judge for the event.

The University of Southern Mississippi will bring Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon’s comedic “Rumors” to the Martha R. Tatum Theatre stage beginning Friday, Feb. 24. Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance, the play will run through March 4.

The Southern Miss School of Human Performance and Recreation’s therapeutic recreation program received a proclamation from Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree on Feb. 7 declaring February 2012 as Therapeutic Recreation Month in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Love, jealousy, betrayal and murder are just a few of the themes that will be on full display when The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music presents the short operas “Cavalleria Rusticana”and “Il Tabarro” Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

Thanks to a gift from The First Bancshares, Inc., The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s Building Better Business Campaign has exceeded the $8 million mark on the way to reaching its $10 million goal.

 

In addition, Southern Miss alumnus Chuck Scianna has issued a matching gift challenge to help raise the remaining $2 million needed to move forward with construction of the new College of Business building this summer.

The current issue of the Southern Quarterly, titled "African American Identities," celebrates Black History Month. Edited by University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Professor of English Philip Kolin, it contains scholarly essays on black literature, art, music as well as original poetry by four distinguished black authors plus a bibliography on black architects.

The most important aspect of embracing diversity is for individuals to recognize that no matter how different we all seem from the outside, we’re all still human and face similar challenges.

 

That’s the philosophy held by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dr. Kim LeDuff, associate professor and associate director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, who says her work as an educator allows her to fulfill her commitment to inclusiveness and educating people about the importance of diversity in an increasingly multicultural society.