July 6, 2015  

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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.

The Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi will host two events April 28-30 marking the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and America’s role in the controversial Southeast Asia conflict.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism is accepting applications for the “Remembering Hurricane Katrina” Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop, which will be held on the Hattiesburg campus June 14-21.

In 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tasked The Center of Oral History and Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi with documenting the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 on the Gulf Coast Seafood Industry.

National History Day, hosted annually by the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi, is a competition that attracts students from grades 4-12 who submit projects based on historical topics. This year’s theme was “Leadership and Legacy.”

As the end of another school year comes to a close and parents search for summer activities for their children, The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of English and the official Southern Miss Quiddich Team have partnered to host the second annual Camp Quidd-Litt, a one of a kind one-week summer program on the Hattiesburg Campus. 

 

The Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi will honor retiring dance professor Shellie Nielsen at the upcoming Repertory Dance Company’s (RDC) Spring Concert. The performance will be held April 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and April 19 at 2 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and military and $6 for students.

In a follow-up to last season’s smash hit musical, Rent, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will present the exhilarating rock musical Spring Awakening, adapted by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater from the original play by Frank Wedekind.

 

The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome Dr. Jeffrey Grey, an international expert on military history, as the featured speaker for the Annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series on Monday, April 13.

Dr. Pam Parry, author of “Eisenhower: The Public Relations President,” discussed her book and its findings during an address at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and boyhood home in Abilene, Kan., on March 31.

On April 1, The University of Southern Mississippi Food Research Group will host the semester’s final event of the series, “The Culinary Communities of Mississippi: Farm, Table and Campus.”  The series has explored how we cook, eat and grow food in Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi will continue its Spring 2015 theatre season with a production of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal. Performance dates are March 26, 27, 28, 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and March 29 at 2 p.m.

Dr. Susannah Ural, the 2013-2015 Blount Professor of Military History at The University of Southern Mississippi, will present “John Bell Hood’s Texas Brigade: Why Unit Histories Still Matter,” a special lecture about her research on Thursday, March 26, from 4-5 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 203. A reception will follow the event, which is free and open to the public.