April 19, 2014  

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The Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi will participate in World Book Night April 23 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the U.S. Post Office on South 40th Avenue in Hattiesburg. During the event, faculty and students from the department will distribute free books to the public.

Looking for a summer of magic? The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of English and the official Southern Miss Quiddich Team invite will host Camp Quidd-Lit, a one-week summer program on the Hattiesburg Campus.

The Department of Dance Repertory Dance Company presents Dance for Film April 11 a 7 p.m. and midnight and on April 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Performances will be held in the Woods Theatre in the University of Southern Mississippi's Theatre and Dance Building.  Admission is $5, check or cash on only.

Jennifer Odell, a professional journalist who writes about the New Orleans jazz and brass band scenes and edits pop culture for MSN’s entertainment section, spoke with University of Southern Mississippi students about her experiences with the music and entertainment industries April 8 on the Hattiesburg campus. She was a guest of the university’s School of Mass Communications and Journalism and its distinguished lecturer in music industry, Drew Young.

The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society recently placed 12th in Combined Sweepstakes (Individual Events and Debate) at the 2014 Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament. The team ranked among 79 colleges/universities competing in the competition held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

University of Southern Mississippi students will hear from a renowned professional journalist who covers the music industry Tuesday, April 8 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Grammy-nominated recording artist Stephen Wade will perform April 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Polymer Science Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi.
 

Wilton Jackson, a broadcast journalism major at The University of Southern Mississippi and member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, was selected to attend the Zeta Class Undergraduate Leadership Institute, a highly selective and prestigious leadership conference May 31 – June 7 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The highly anticipated University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s production of Showbiz Showstoppers has announced a few surprise guests set to join the cast during its performance on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lake Terrace Convention Center.

 

Southern Miss’ men’s head basketball coach, Donnie Tyndall, and former Miss Mississippi, Chalie Ray, are scheduled to kick up their heels in the Broadway showcase production.

 

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will present Showbiz Showstoppers, a one-night-only spectacular featuring numbers from some of Broadway’s best musicals at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

 

The Repertory Dance Company (RDC) at Southern Miss will present two concerts, CONN X US Dance concert, and Divergent Spectrum Dance Concert. Each performance showcases the skillful dancers of the Southern Miss Repertory Dance Company.

Each performance is uniquely choreographed around the site and provides an opportunity for viewers to experience the venues in an atypical fashion. The first of the two site-specific dances is the CONN X US Dance Concert on March 26 and March 27 at 7 p.m. Performances will be held at Brewsky's Bar and Grill In Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre continues its Spring 2014 season with Picnic by William Inge. All performances will take place in the Hartwig Theatre of the Theatre and Dance Building at Southern Miss. Performances are on March 28, 29 and April 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m. and March 30 at 2 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance and Department of Theatre will present The Mystery of Other Lives April 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 6 at 2 p.m. The 50-minute performance combines both dance and theatrical elements in a contemporary form. The performance will be held at 416 East Pine Street in downtown Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host “Faith in the Age of Science: A Debate” featuring Dr. Michael Ruse of Florida State University and Dr. John Haught of Georgetown University as part of the university's Philosophical Fridays lecture series.

Made possible by the Fairchild Lecture Series, the debate is hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Religion in conjunction with the University Honors Forum, and will be held March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Trent Lott Center, Room 103 A-D. The public is invited to attend this free event.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design will hold its annual Student Show, featuring more than 100 works of art created by students from March 25 to April 15 in the Cook Library Learning Commons Gallery. An awards ceremony and reception will be held April 1 at 6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Students from the Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi were recently honored at the American Advertising Federation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s annual awards dinner. The Federation’s ADDY awards recognize the most creative student advertising and design students and professionals.

The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage was honored March 8 by the Mississippi Historical Society with its prestigious Award of Merit for contributions to museums in Mississippi and the region.

Southern Miss Today, WUSM’s daily news and public affairs show, took home a first-place award for Best Community News Coverage at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s annual awards ceremony held March 8 in New York. 

William Landrum of Hattiesburg is earning his stripes as a soldier in the Mississippi Army National Guard and cadet in The University of Southern Mississippi’s U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC).

A sophomore criminal justice major at Southern Miss, Landrum was recently named the State Guard’s Soldier of the Year after besting fellow soldiers in a series of exercises, both physical and mental, to earn the title. The achievement earned him the right to move on to regional competition.

University of Southern Mississippi radio station WUSM-FM is kicking off the third annual Slumgullion Campaign at the Keg & Barrel Friday, March 14.

The Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the New Writer’s Institute, a two-week summer writing camp for young adults ages 13-17.

From 2010-2013, photographer Betty Press had the state of Mississippi in her sights. Recording life in the rural South with every click of the camera, she knew she had something special. The photos she captured are now in two online shows, which are the first to present her new project "Mississippi: The Place That I Live."

The world premier of a film about the exploits of an American military unit in the Vietnam War includes expert consultation from University of Southern Mississippi distinguished professor of history Dr. Andrew Wiest.

Wiest, founding director of the university’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, was contacted more than three years ago by Lou Reda productions to serve as a consultant on the documentary “Brothers in War” which is based on Wiest’s book “The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam.”

Vanessa Murphree, associate professor and graduate coordinator in the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, is one of 17 professors, administrators and communications professionals chosen to participate in the seventh annual Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy to be held June 1-5 at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication.