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LONG BEACH, Miss. – The book, “Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story,” by Dr. James Pat Smith, professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was recently published by University Press of Mississippi. “Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story” presents the fullest account yet written of the impact of this storm on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Anna in the Tropics”by Nilo Cruz, opening March 29 in the Gilbert F. Hartwig Theatre.

A last-minute decision to enter the Miss Collegiate America Pageant nearly resulted in a crowning for former University of Southern Mississippi student Christine Kozlowski, who captured the first runner-up spot in the annual competition held March 7-10 in San Antonio, Texas.

WUSM Roots Radio 88.5, Keg and Barrel and JHM Graphics, will kick off the WUSM Spring Slumgullion Saturday, March 31, at HUBFEST in Downtown Hattiesburg, and continue during the entire month of April at The Keg and Barrel on Hardy Street.

University of Southern Mississippi junior Meredith Manguno, of Germantown, Tenn., was recognized recently by Kappa Delta Sorority with the Corre Anding Stegall Collegiate Leadership Award.

Students from The University of Southern Mississippi captured best of show and the special merit award during the American Advertising Federation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s annual 2011-12 awards presentation held at Oak Crest Manor in Pass Christian, Miss.

Outside professional designers juried the professional and student submissions.

The University of Southern Mississippi Debate Society will take its persuasive talents to James Madison University to compete in the Madison Cup debate tournament April 11-13.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance will present the annual Spring Dance Concert Series April 12-15 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi will offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention program this summer for children entering grades 1-6.

Deanna Douglas, professor of art at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently had her work, It’s Not an Ampersand, oil on board, shown at the 33rd annual Paper in Particular National Juried Exhibition held recently at Columbia College in Columbia, Mo. It was one of 93 of 600 entries selected for the event.

Dr. Wendy Atkins-Sayre, assistant professor in the Communication Studies Department at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from her alma mater, Texas State University at San Marcos.

On Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium, University of Southern Mississippi School of Music faculty pianist Elizabeth Moak will showcase pieces by Judith Lang Zaimont in a recital of music from Moak’s newly released CD, “Art, Fire, Soul: Piano Works of Judith Lang Zaimont.” The recital is free and the public is invited.

Two of The University of Southern Mississippi’s brightest academic stars are recipients of this year’s 25th annual Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) award.

 

Rebecca Anne Masters of Ellisville, Miss., a student in the university’s prestigious Honors College, and Dr. Andrew Wiest, a professor of history and internationally recognized expert on the Vietnam War, were announced as recipients of the award during a visit to the State Capitol Feb. 28.

Rainel Joubert, a violin student at The University of Southern Mississippi took fourth place honors at the prestigious Sphinx Competition held last month in Detroit, Mich.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries announced today the winners of the 26th Annual Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards.

 

The 2012 awards ceremony will be held on April 12th in conjunction with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival.

When The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus comes to The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus for a performance March 23, it will be led by School of Music alumnus and deputy commander of the band Major Bruce Pulver in a program of popular favorites and classic band repertoire.

For the second year in a row, a University of Southern Mississippi student is a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

 

Lilianna Deveneau of Hattiesburg, a junior majoring in sociology and French, is one of only three students from Mississippi named a finalist this year.

C-SPAN3’s American History TV will broadcast a class lecture by University of Southern Mississippi history professor Dr. Susannah Ural Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 at noon Central Standard Time as part of the network’s “Lectures in History” program.

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will host percussion members of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps for a noontime performance on Monday, March 5 on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi student Rachel Lowery was recently honored by the Mississippi Paralegal Association (MPA) with a third-place finish in the 2011 Student Essay Contest.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that students from the Southern Miss Paralegal Program have placed in the annual competition. Lowery, a native of Pearl, Miss., received her award during the MPA’s January luncheon in Jackson.

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi Film Department will present a free screening of the movie, “Ballast,” on Feb. 27 in the main auditorium of the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. The event will feature commentary beginning at 7 p.m. and the film screening will follow at 7:30 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi will bring Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon’s comedic “Rumors” to the Martha R. Tatum Theatre stage beginning Friday, Feb. 24. Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance, the play will run through March 4.

Love, jealousy, betrayal and murder are just a few of the themes that will be on full display when The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music presents the short operas “Cavalleria Rusticana”and “Il Tabarro” Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

The current issue of the Southern Quarterly, titled "African American Identities," celebrates Black History Month. Edited by University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Professor of English Philip Kolin, it contains scholarly essays on black literature, art, music as well as original poetry by four distinguished black authors plus a bibliography on black architects.