January 28, 2015  

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Three acclaimed writers will be the featured guests this spring as part of the Visiting Writers Series at The University of Southern Mississippi. Hosted by the Center for Writers in the Department of English, the dates for the series are set for Jan. 28, Mar. 4 and Apr. 22. All readings are free and open to the public and will be held on the Hattiesburg campus in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108.

Dr. Tom Lansford, professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, is editor for the “Political Handbook of the World 2014.”

Dr. Justin Barrett of Fuller Theological Seminary will present "Is Religious Belief Natural? The Relevance of Cognitive Science to Faith” Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I, to open the spring 2015 Honors Forum series.

The University of Southern Mississippi's popular lecture series, Philosophical Fridays, will resume Jan. 27 for the spring 2015 semster. This series was launched by the Department of Philosophy and Religion in 2012 and regularly features scholars who share their diverse beliefs and knowledge in philosophy and religion. All lectures will be held on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus and are free and open to the public, thanks to generous support from the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC).

Last fall, The Department of Theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi was selected as a broadcast venue for Britain’s illustrious National Theatre.

On Jan. 27, Southern Miss, one of a few designated locations in the country specifically chosen and equipped to broadcast National Theatre Live’s productions, will open the 2015 season with DV8’s JOHN, followed by Treasure Island. Both productions will be held in Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

In March, members of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band will be traveling to Dublin, Ireland to participate in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In order to help defray costs for attendees, the students themselves have organized a 5k run and one mile fun run dubbed the Screamin’ Eagle Dash.

 

The Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the first roundtable discussion of the 2015 spring semester Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. Held each month at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, the event is free and open to the public. All events begin at 6 p.m. at the library.

A graveside service is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Roseland Park Cemetery in Hattiesburg for Dr. William Hatcher, former chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Political Science, who died Dec. 12 in Jackson, Miss. He was 92.

James C. Bishop, a retired professor of mass communication and journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi, died Dec. 3 at his residence in Hattiesburg. He was 92.

The University of Southern Mississippi fall 2014 Senior Show in Painting and Sculpture Exhibit, which showcases senior works, will remain up and running in the Gallery of Art and Design in the George Hurst Building until Dec. 12. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Compassion can be given in many different ways, but for a child, the warmth and comfort of a new, stuffed, cuddly friend means more than we grown-ups know.

The learning process never really stops, especially for the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi. History professor Dr. Susannah J. Ural and history doctoral student E. Allan Branstiter recently attended a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) workshop to advance their knowledge of digital methods for studying military history.

Endowments named for two retired University of Southern Mississippi faculty members honor their legacy of passion for their fields of study and helping their students succeed.

 

Named in honor of Dolly Loyd, an instructor in the Department of Marketing and Management from 1979 to 2004, the Dolly Loyd Marketing Scholarship Endowment will support a junior or senior majoring in marketing who holds a grade point average of 2.75 or better and demonstrates financial need. The Dr. Kenneth G. McCarty Endowed Scholarship in History, which is named in honor of Dr. Kenneth McCarty, a professor in the Department of History from 1960 to 1999, will support a student pursuing secondary teaching licensure in history/social studies.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance will feature the Repertory Dance Company as it performs its annual Studio 115 Dance Concert Dec. 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. The concert, an event showcasing junior and senior choreography projects, will be held in the Theatre and Dance Building in Studio 115 on the Hattiesburg campus. General admission is $5.

Dr. Andrew Wiest doesn’t recall who the keynote speaker was at his college graduation. But the popular University of Southern Mississippi history professor, who will give the school’s fall 2014 commencement address, does remember his grandmother traveling from Kansas City, Mo. to see him receive his diploma.

The University of Southern Mississippi now offers a special course program that will appeal to individuals working for non-profit organizations. The Graduate Nonprofit Studies (NPS) Certificate is an interdisciplinary program appropriate for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who are currently employed in or wish to transition to the nonprofit sector and need additional or specialized training.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design is hosting "Data Porn: Penetrating Information Design," a rich, visual display of the history of informaiton design that will be on display through Nov. 28 in the Learning Commons Gallery of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Sounds of the season will reverberate throughout the sanctuary at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg as The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Holiday Choral Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 4.

 

In addition to the Symphony Orchestra, the special evening of music will feature The Southern Chorale, Concert Choir, Southern Miss Men and Women's Choruses and local choral groups from Forrest County Agricultural, Columbia Academy, Oak Grove High School, Sumrall, Lamar Christian, Laurel High School and Hattiesburg High School.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism will host Tony Podesta, the founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, who will present, “The ‘King of K Street:’ Champion of Social Change or Political Profiteer?” This lecture will be held Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. in the Polymer Science Building, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Andrew Haley’s discerning palate may help decide who wins the Pillsbury Bake-Off's $1 million grand prize.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society will host Vina A. Lanzona, who will present Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines for the Center’s next War and Society Roundtable. The program is set for Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Public Library and will be moderated by Associate Professor of History Dr. Heather Stur.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host renowned trombonist Joseph Alessi, for two performances on Sunday, Nov. 23 and Monday, Nov. 24 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Hattiesburg community will be treated to a pair of concerts next week by two University of Southern Mississippi bands. Both events will take place at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The words “military-friendly” represent more than a catch-phrase or snazzy label to Maj. Gen. Jeff Hammond (U.S. Army Ret.) and The University of Southern Mississippi. The designation serves as a guiding light for the University’s new Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families.

 

With assistance from The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, the Center has launched an annual fundraising initiative designed to help expand awareness of the program’s services. The fundraiser will be held each year to coincide with the national Veterans Day holiday (Nov. 11).