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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.

The most important aspect of embracing diversity is for individuals to recognize that no matter how different we all seem from the outside, we’re all still human and face similar challenges.

 

That’s the philosophy held by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dr. Kim LeDuff, associate professor and associate director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, who says her work as an educator allows her to fulfill her commitment to inclusiveness and educating people about the importance of diversity in an increasingly multicultural society.

The many facets of motherhood will be open for discussion and interpretation during the inaugural Mother/Nature Conference, set for March 16-17 at The University of Southern Mississippi. The conference, sponsored in part by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, will be held at the Thad Cochran Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is no stranger to presenting top quality music with top quality talent. This month, both will be featured in two concerts in one week.

Dr. Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor of English in the College of Arts and Letters, recently had the 10thedition of his widely used Successful Writing at Work published through Cengage/Wadsworth, a leading textbook publisher.

When the School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi opens its 2012 Connoisseur Series on Tuesday, Jan. 31, the audience will get its first experience in the newly renovated Marsh Auditorium. And fittingly so, world-renowned acapella vocal ensemble, Quink, will be the first to try out the new hall’s acoustics.

Graduates of the Center for Writers in the English Department at the University of Southern Mississippi have had marked success recently, publishing books and winning major awards.

University of Southern Mississippi voice student Melanie Gardner will present a benefit recital at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan.  29 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg to raise money for her participation in Operafestival di Roma, a prestigious opera program in Rome, Italy, this summer.

Dr. Mary Lou Sheffer, associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism, is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE).

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi presents hundreds of concerts nearly every musical genre annually, and this spring will be no exception.

A new book by a University of Southern Mississippi history professor contends attitudes about the role of men and women in American society were unmasked in a profound way during the Vietnam War, including their impact in shaping U.S. foreign policy.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the Spring Poetry Reading Series, which will feature literary selections of a local poet and an open microphone session on the last Wednesday of each month during the spring semester.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Arts & Letters is gearing up for an exciting spring season of performances which will include showstoppers such as “Rumors,” “Anna in the Tropics,” and “The Grapes of Wrath.”

A University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who has leveraged his talents and education into a successful career as a writer, actor, comedian and motivational speaker will visit Thursday with students on the Hattiesburg campus.

Renowned cartoon Ralph Dunagin, creator of “Dunagin’s People,” presented a vast collection of original artwork, plus a bonus gift, to The University of Southern Mississippi during a special ceremony held on Friday, Dec. 16.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation proudly announced today that The Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards have moved to the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries from the New York Public Library.