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A Mississippian who upholds her home state’s reputation for producing accomplished writers will be the featured University Forum speaker Tuesday, March 18 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the first of three readings by visiting writers on Wednesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the International Center, room 101. All events in this series are free and open to the public.

Buoyed by a record of excellence in research and leadership at The University of Southern Mississippi, Associate Professor Jeffrey Wiggins has been named the new director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems recently hosted a group of college students from St. Norbert College in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The trip was part of St. Norbert’s T.R.I.P.S. (Turning Responsibility into Powerful Service) program. This is the second year the service outreach program visited the department. Their initial visit was inspired by research published by the College of Health and an article highlighting its influence in the state’s fight against obesity.

A $250,000 grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation provides for a new campaign to create and sustain a culture of wellness on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi that will extend into the surrounding communities and schools.

Dr. Carrie Walker, a nuclear physicist and graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Honors College who has worked with the world-renowned Los Alamos National Laboratories, will present “Nuclear Energy: A Global Landscape in Change” Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Wilbur Stout Hall room A on the Hattiesburg campus.

Admission to this event is free. For more information, contact the Southern Miss Honors College at 601.266.4533.

Dr. Gentry McCreary, associate dean of students at the University of West Florida, will present “The Impact of Moral Judgment and Moral Disengagement on Hazing Attitudes and Bystander Behavior in College Males” Wednesday, March 5 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. This free event will be from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in room 105 of Owings-McQuagge Hall, and is open to the university community.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host a special roundtable discussion titled, “From the Flatlands to the Coast: Bringing the Mississippi Delta to the Mississippi Gulf Coast” on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Joshua Fortenberry, an assistant district attorney in the 12th Circuit Court District of Mississippi, will present “Driving Under the Influence in Mississippi: Law and Consequence,” Tuesday, Feb. 25 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Honor House on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Brady Leatherwood, a senior social work major at The University of Southern Mississippi, is helping nursing home residents with dementia find joy and re-discover their memories.

Leatherwood and her adviser Karen Aderer, an instructor in the School of Social Work, make weekly visits to residents at the Driftwood Nursing Center in Gulfport, Miss. During the visits they apply individualized music intervention ideally 30 minutes before sundowning, the most agitated period for a person with dementia.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi announced today (Feb. 19) the winners of the 28th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will kick off its spring 2014 season with its presentation of Clybourne Park. All performances will take place in the Tatum Theatre of the Theatre and Dance Building at Southern Miss. Performances are Feb. 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will be held Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.

Snarky Puppy, a Grammy Award-winning jazz/funk/world music fusion band is providing a free  educational workshop on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2–4 p.m., at Brewsky’s on West Fourth Street in Hattiesburg.  

 

The Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) at The University of Southern Mississippi with the leadership of Michigan Technology University and Ocean Springs Upper Elementary is hosting the first Family Transportation Activity Night from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Ocean Springs Upper Elementary School. 

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its annual summer youth programs this year in Leadership Studies, Gifted Studies and its program for the Academically Talented on the Hattiesburg campus. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register for the programs soon, as space is limited.

University of Southern Mississippi Professor Scott Milroy is not ready to prove life exists on Mars. However, he is one giant leap closer to discovering whether or not a living organism could survive on the Red Planet.

 

Milroy recently learned that his NASA-funded “Pioneering Mars” project has been selected for payload integration and flight aboard the International Space Station. Milroy’s project is one of only two chosen from the NASA ISS National Laboratory Education Project (NLEP) for transport to the ISS sometime in 2015.

Crystal Garner, a junior broadcast journalism and computer science major from Meridian, Miss., was recently selected to attend the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, which will be held this summer on the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans, La.

 

University of Southern Mississippi student Jasmine Thomas was awarded the Mary Peterson Scholarship to attend the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values National Black Greek Letter Conference held earlier this month in Indianapolis, Ind. The conference is designed to teach leadership skills to those involved in Greek life.

The oil and gas industry will be the focal point of Spring Lecture Series presented at The University of Southern Mississippi on Feb. 21, Feb. 28 and March 7 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance will host Dancing Against Substance Abuse Monday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. The dance event, choreographed by Performance and Choreography student Alexis Barbaresi, will be held in the Thad Cochran Grand Ballroom.

Olivia Ann Hurst and Catherine Lott, staff members at The University of Southern Mississippi, were recognized at the Pine Belt chapter of Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) annual awards banquet held last month in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Dr. Brian Gearity, assistant professor of sport coaching education at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation, served as guest editor for the just released edition of the Strength and Conditioning Journal.

On Monday, Feb. 10, The University of Southern Mississippi marked a year since a destructive EF-4 tornado struck its Hattiesburg campus, damaging buildings and destroying trees, primarily at its front entrance next to Hardy Street.

University officials are pleased with progress to restore the campus and look forward to completing all work connected with recovery from the storm by the end of 2014.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for the Study of War & Society will host the second War & Society Roundtable of the spring semester Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. Each lecture of the War & Society Roundtable series will be held at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, located at 329 Hardy Street in downtown Hattiesburg. The discussion is free and open to the public.