October 2, 2014  

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A University of Southern Mississippi professor played a key role in a soon to be released six-part documentary about the Vietnam War from the History Channel, which includes the story of a Hattiesburg military veteran’s role in the controversial, age-defining Southeast Asia conflict.  

With echoes of a gala opening night still lingering in the concert hall, The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents its second concert of the season, “Rule Britannia,” Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium.

The University of Southern Mississippi Roots N’ Shoots chapter, along with the Department of Biological Sciences, is hosting the Haunted Halloween Biology Trail on Friday, Oct. 28 in the Biological Sciences Learning Center, located in the basement of Mississippi Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. Tours begin at 4:30 p.m. and will continue until 7:30 p.m.

The critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet will share its virtuosic talents with the Hattiesburg community in a special concert set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

A reception recognizing the publication of University of Southern Mississippi adjunct faculty member Betty Press’ book “I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom In Image and Proverb”will be held Oct. 19 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, second floor mezzanine.

The University of Southern Mississippi Repertory Dance Company is presenting the Fall Dance Concert, showcasing the work of faculty, students and a guest artist at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27-30.

He hasn’t faced the challenges getting where he’s going that Neal Page and Dell Griffith encountered in the 1987 comedy flick “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” starring Steve Martin and the late John Candy. But James Bueno Da Silva’s quest to travel to every University of Southern Mississippi away football game this season hasn’t come easy.

 

A Southern Miss sophomore from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Da Silva is determined to find a way to support the Golden Eagles either in person at M.M. Roberts Stadium or at the unfriendly home confines of their opponents - even if it means a 19-hour road trip to El Paso, Texas.

Ask renowned artist Terence Netter to describe the methodology he uses to capture his thoughts and imagination on canvas and the answer might surprise you.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance is set to present William Shakespeare’s powerful tragedy King Lear to audiences beginning Oct. 14, with a renowned classical actor performing in its lead role.

Samantha Rayborn, a University of Southern Mississippi Honors College student from Hattiesburg, recently participated in the Emerging Scholars in Political Science Conference at The University of Michigan. She was one of only nine undergraduate and master's students selected from across the country to participate.

Eighteen University of Southern Mississippi students will compete Saturday, Oct. 8 for the title of Miss University of Southern Mississippi and the opportunity to advance to the state pageant.

Celebrated cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio will headline the two-day Southern Miss Cello Festival set for Oct. 6-7 on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

The festival is a marathon of faculty and guest artist recitals, master classes and cello orchestra performances. The performances, set for Marsh Auditorium, are free and open to the public.

Three World War II veterans received the Republic of France’s highest honor during a special ceremony held Thursday, Sept. 29 on The University of Southern Mississippi campus.

University of Southern Mississippi Professor of Music Lois Leventhal uses an analogy to capture the excitement of seeing 10 new pianos arrive on the Hattiesburg campus: “It’s like a writer having the proper pen,” she said.

 

Thanks to a partnership with the Kawai Piano Company, the Southern Miss School of Music received the new loaner pianos that will be purchased at a substantial discount as part of a bigger effort to eventually replace all of the old pianos with new ones.

Two media production majors from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism were finalists in the Student Production Excellence category at the 2011 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast Emmy Awards in Atlanta.

Larry Panella, director of Jazz Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, will honor the biggest influences in his musical career, with a special concert, “Gestures in Jazz,” on Oct. 3 in Bennett Auditorium.

University of Southern Mississippi alumnus Tom Brantley brings his trombone talents back to Hattiesburg, but this time with a collection of his talented friends that form Rhythm and Brass.

An Alabama resident retired from management in the private sector has transformed a hobby into a trade that has customers and students from across the country seeking his products and instruction in the area of metal shaping.  

 

François Rabbath, a world-renowned bassist, will be playing along with The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. The concert, entitled “Vive La France,” will feature works composed and arranged by Grammy-nominated American composer and bassist Frank Proto.

To know Nicole Marquez is to witness the resolve of the human spirit, acknowledge the power of modern medicine and realize the authenticity of miracles.

 

People just don’t fall six stories from an apartment rooftop and live to discuss the horrific incident. Let alone, return to the dance floor. This amazing University of Southern Mississippi graduate has accomplished both … and then some.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Arts & Letters is gearing up for a great fall season of performances which will include showstoppers such as “King Lear,” “Fences,”  and “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

“Ed Said,” a new Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) puppet created by University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism graduate Cathy “CJ” Burks, will visit Oak Grove Primary School Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7:40 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. 

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music has partnered with the Kawai Piano Company to bring new pianos to music students at the university.

The Elite Performing Instrument Collection (EPIC) will provide brand new loaner pianos that will be purchased at a substantial discount as part of the program that aims to replace almost all of the pianos in the school with new ones over the next 10 years.

 

A University of Southern Mississippi adjunct professor’s new book featuring compelling images of life in Africa captured through her photography will be spotlighted this week at the prestigious Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.