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A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Hattiesburg for Dr. Dana Ragsdale, professor emeritus in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, who died Aug. 1 at her residence. She was 66.

Dr. Noel Polk, a University of Southern Mississippi professor emeritus of English and international expert on the work of Nobel Prize-winning Mississippi author William Faulkner, died Tuesday in Jackson, Miss. He was 69.

The University of Southern Mississippi hopes to alleviate some of the stress military personnel already face by providing free textbooks to soldiers at Camp Shelby.

 

Thanks to a recent initiative conceived by Southern Miss Provost Dr. Denis Wiesenburg and the University’s deans, soldiers taking introductory courses in English, math and psychology at Southern Miss can obtain their textbooks free of charge from the Camp Shelby Educational Support Fund established through the USM Foundation.

Lucy Matthews Hunt of Vicksburg, Miss. was honored during the spring 2012 semester as The University of Southern Mississippi’s top student teacher by the Mississippi Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (MACTE).

Next year, the Mannoni Performing Arts Center will reopen after a brief hiatus following renovation work. To celebrate the refreshed hall, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music plans a show on an epic scale and a first for Hattiesburg – Stephen Sondheim’s chilling, Tony Award–winning musical, Sweeney Todd. Performances will be Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013.

When Dr. Jay Dean takes to the podium to open the 93rd season of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, it will be a much different group than the one he stepped in front of 25 years ago.

Internationally acclaimed artist Christo will visit the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Sept. 5 to present the lecture, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Two Works in Progress: Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado, andThe Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates. This event begins at 7 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Kristen Dupard may not write acclaimed poetry, but she certainly ranks among the elite when it comes to reciting and interpreting poems.

 

Dupard, who graduated from Ridgeland (Miss.) High School in May, was crowned the 2012 Poetry Out Loud national champion during the annual competition held last month in Washington, D.C. She plans to attend The University of Southern Mississippi as a freshman for the upcoming fall semester.

The University of Southern Miss History Department recently sponsored 42 students participating in the National History Day (NHD) competition at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., and returned with improved results for Mississippi.

From left, University of Southern Mississippi associate professor of art Jennifer Torres and her sculpture students Matt Scott of Magnolia, Miss. and Holly Loyd of Brookhaven, Miss. pause during a sculpture installation Wednesday in the lobby of the Southern Miss Liberal Arts Building. The exhibit, titled “Life is But a Dream” features red boats created by Torres and is inspired by a verse from her favorite childhood bedtime song sung to her by her mother.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Arena Theatre will bring love and laughter to the stage this summer.

 

University of Southern Mississippi political science professors Allan McBride and Marija Bekafigo see the race for president between incumbent Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney shaping up to be a hard fought struggle.

Ha'gar Simpson, top left, a University of Southern Mississippi senior interdisciplinary studies major from State Line, Miss. volunteers at a summer camp for local youth at Hattiesburg Zoo Saturday, June 9.

Marija Bekafigo, a political science professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, addressed more than 230 young women June 6 at the 2012 American Legion Auxiliary Girls State

A 1931 graduate’s donation to her alma mater is being used to honor the research and teaching efforts of junior faculty members at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Arena Theatre (SAT) will celebrate its 36th season with two exciting plays performing in repertory June 21 – July 15 in the Gilbert F. Hartwig and Martha R. Tatum Theatres on the Hattiesburg campus.

It’s akin to winning an Oscar in the culinary world, and University of Southern Mississippi associate professor of history Andrew Haley lays claim to one for his latest book on how the middle class secured their place at the dinner table, so to speak, with the “upper ten.”

Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, gave the prestigious Alfred Dupont Chandler, Jr. Lecture to open the 2012 Global American South Symposium April 21 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 

Eager and excited are the best words to describe Mary Margaret Halford as she prepares for her second year as editor of the Student Printz newspaper at The University of Southern Mississippi.

After years of intensive study, University of Southern Mississippi seniors in painting and drawing will celebrate their accomplishments by presenting their senior projects in the Museum of Artwith an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday May 8.

Two University of Southern Mississippi professors are culling through history’s classified section to gain insight into the world of slavery with the support of a $25,000 grant from the National Park Service (NPS).

 

Dr. Douglas Chambers and Dr. Max Grivno, faculty members in the Southern Miss Department of History, are launching a collaborative research project that will  document advertisements in Mississippi newspapers from 1790-1860 placed by masters seeking the capture and return of runaway slaves.

Dr. Bridget Hayden, associate professor of Anthropology, and Dr. Michael Wittmann, associate professor of Marketing, have been selected to become the 2012 Trent Lott National Center Fellows at The University of Southern Mississippi.

University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty, staff and area residents are invited to join conductor Gregory Fuller, the University of Southern Mississippi choirs and the Meistersingers Civic Chorus as they perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters recently acknowledged the accomplishments of outstanding students, faculty and staff in the college during a special ceremony at the Thad Cochran Center.