September 4, 2015  

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The University of Southern Mississippi was well represented by its Department of English at the inaugural Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson Aug. 22. Attended by more than 3,500 literary enthusiasts, the festival featured celebrated writers such as John Grisham and Bill Ferris. Guests visited exhibitor tents on the grounds of the Capitol and attended presentations at the festival, which was a weekend feature on C-SPAN.

A new Title IX Office, consistent policy protocols, and heightened awareness have placed The University of Southern Mississippi at the forefront of collegiate institutions confronting the issues of sexual harassment and misconduct.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings will kick off the 2015-16 season with Pride Preview. This free concert will be held Friday, August 28 at 7 p.m. at Centennial Green on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, and all are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic dinners to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment.

Launched Feb. 6, 2014, the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society Campaign has exceeded its $2 million goal. The fundraising initiative built upon early successes of the program and elevated the Dale Center from one of the top five military history programs in the country to the premier academic program for the study of war and society in the United States.

Every year, Hattiesburg’s music lovers anxiously await the announcement of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra season. Celebrating 96 years, the venerable organization is the state’s oldest orchestra and a leader in cultural offerings for the region.
 

Music Director Jay Dean notes: “Every symphonic concert this season features wind or brass soloists. Some of these performers will be students who come from different parts of the world, including Mississippi, while others are globally renowned celebrity artists."

The Japan-America Society of Mississippi (JASMIS) will host the taiko (Japanese drum) performance ensemble Shirohato Taiko from Sumida, Tokyo for a series of performances in Mississippi August 20-26. Included on their schedule is a concert in Hattiesburg at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Mannoni Performing Arts Center Monday, August 24 at 8 p.m. with general admission $5 at the door the day of the show and free for USM students.

The University of Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra (SMYO) will hold fall 2015 auditions at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 17 in Room 105 of the Fine Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The SMYO is searching for intermediate and advanced string players.

The University of Southern Mississippi is on a seven-year roll when it comes to producing Phi Kappa Phi National Fellows. And with the steady influx of high-achieving Honors College students, the trend shows no signs of slowing down.

 

The seven-year streak began with Justin Poelma in 2009 and continued this year with Stephanie McCracken’s selection.

As the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina nears, a decade-old play based upon the devastating storm will make a revival during special performances next month in Hattiesburg and Ocean Springs, Miss.

The Drum Corps International Tour will return to The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Wednesday, July 22 for the 2015 edition of DCI Southern Mississippi. World-class corps will headline the exciting event’s lineup at M.M. Roberts Stadium beginning starting at 7 p.m.

Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Interim Associate Provost for Gulf Park, effective August 1. The appointment follows Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Moser’s decision to suspend the position’s original search process until a permanent provost is named.

“Leave your mark on Southern Miss.”

 

It’s a statement heard often around The University of Southern Mississippi campus. Freshmen are asked how they will leave their mark, and seniors are asked: “how did they leave their marks” on the University? Few students, however, have left a mark to match that of 2015 graduate Wilton C. Jackson, II.

Ross Walton, writer/producer for The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COCH), made a presentation on the history of Holiday Inns of America, Inc. at the Intercontinental Hotel Group home office June 16 in Atlanta. 

The Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Heather Stur and Dr. Kevin Greene the new co-directors of the University’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COHCH) effective July 1.

A remarkable collection of artwork is now on view for the second time at The University of Southern Mississippi. “Drawing on Katrina: Mississippi Children Respond to the Storm” was first introduced in the summer of 2006 and featured approximately 300 works of art from South Mississippi children in kindergarten through the fifth grade.

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism has announced the names of the participants for the 2015 Remembering Hurricane Katrina Multimedia High School Workshop, to be held on the Hattiesburg campus June 14-21.

Emily DeVoe a 2014 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, and the winner of a plethora of Associated Press awards for her coverage of the Pine Belt during her time at Southern Miss, recently accepted a job as a reporter with television station WKRG in Mobile, Ala.

 

To found a new festival in the Music Capital of Colombia [Ibague] is not an easy task, not to mention the difficulties involved in bringing guest artists from all over Latin America to Ibague, but this did not stop Jesus Castro from making Ibague Music Festival (IMF) a reality.

Dr. Maureen Ryan has been named interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will serve in the absence of Dr. Steven R. Moser, who was recently named interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Wilton Jackson, a senior broadcast journalism major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recognized with the Thomas Arkle Clark Scholar-Leader-of-the-Year Endowed Scholarship for exemplifying the ideals of Phi Eta Sigma.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) recently awarded six students officer commissions in a ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus, following their completion of the program.

This past weekend as The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the class of 2015 with commencement exercises, the College of Arts and Letters recognized the accomplishments of some of its brightest students at a recent awards banquet.

The Center for Black Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with a community dialogue and panel featuring local civil rights’ activists and scholars at the African American Military History Museum on May 2 at 9 a.m. The panel will be followed by a voter registration drive in the historic Mobile/Bouie Neighborhood in Hattiesburg organized by the Black Studies Student Alliance.