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Five College of Arts & Letters faculty and staff members were recently honored for their achievements and efforts at The University of Southern Mississippi over the past year.

The Southern Quarterly, a member journal of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2012 with two edited volumes published by the University Press of Mississippi.

After a full season of costume design for theatre plays, The University of Southern Mississippi Costume Shop set some time aside to address a need for quality costumes for the Mississippi Children’s Museum located in Jackson, Miss.

Dr. Steven Moser, senior associate dean in The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters, has been appointed interim dean of the college beginning July 1, while the university conducts a national search to fill the position permanently. He will replace Dr. Denise von Herrmann, who is leaving to become provost at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga.

On the heels of an exciting season of thrilling performances, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance will return to a repertory format for the 35th season of Southern Arena Theatre June 23-July 17.

University of Southern Mississippi student Christopher Brady Davis of Nashville, Tenn., has been awarded $250 and a selection of books by the Paleopathology Association for his research of the first documented incident of tuberculosis (TB) in Mississippi and one of the oldest in North America.

Ana Cristina Abrantes, a music performance major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received the annual Presser Award, presented by the Presser Foundation of Haverford, Penn.

The cash stipend is given to promising senior student of music in accredited collegiate music programs. A cellist, Abrantes performs with the Meridian (Miss.) Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and was invited to perform a solo recital during this year’s FestivalSouth in Hattiesburg.

For the second year in a row, University of Southern Mississippi Broadcast Journalism students swept the Mississippi Associated Press College/University Contest, taking home six awards.

The students were lead by associate professor and broadcast journalism sequence head Dr. Mary Lou Sheffer. Sheffer has more than 10 years experience working in a professional broadcast newsroom.

The University of Southern Mississippi Repertory Dance Company members will explore grace, athleticism and artistry at the Studio 115 Dance Concert May 5 – 7 in the intimate setting of the Theatre and Dance Building’s Studio 115.

Internationally known Cuban violinist Ilmar Gavilan will take the stageas part of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s final concert set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 in Bennett Auditorium. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Jazz Lab Band One was recently named Outstanding College Jazz Ensemble at the Southeastern Jazz Festival at Alcorn State University. Pianist Tyler Dennis was selected as the outstanding festival soloist.

The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. 

Fifteen-hour days have become the norm for USA Today Assignment Editor Kim Willis, but the 1986 University of Southern Mississippi graduate cannot imagine a different line of work.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism is accepting applications for the Southern Mississippi High School Journalism Workshop, which will be held on the Hattiesburg campus June 5-10.

Thirteen University of Southern Mississippistudents put their research know-how to the test and took home top awards and prizes from the 2nd Annual College of Arts and Letters Undergraduate Research Conference held Saturday, April 16 on the Hattiesburg campus.
 

After four years of training and many late nights, 14 University of Southern Mississippiart students will celebrate the culmination of their academic career with an exhibition of senior projects in the Southern Miss Museum of Art from April 21 – May 13.

The University of Southern Mississippiis in the process of conducting a nationwide search for a dean to take the helm of its College of Arts and Letters.

 

Dr. Denise von Herrmann, who became dean in July 2008 after having served as interim dean for 18 months, has accepted the position of Provost at Oglethorpe Universityin Atlanta, Ga. Her last day with Southern Miss will be June 30.

South Mississippi musicians will showcase their talents at Roots Reunion, a live radio show, from 7- 9 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in Hattiesburg’s Historic Saenger Theatre.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Frantz Salomon has been selected as the 2010-11 Student Employee of the Year.

 

Salomon, a music major originally from Chicago, Ill., works in the Student Activities Hub on the Hattiesburg campus.

­­Seven executives from Hearst Television, Inc. will visit The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism Friday, April 15.

With the precision, determination and mission of a World War II fighter squadron, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music teamed with a radio-controlled (RC) airplane enthusiast and a former Tuskegee Airman to both make and preserve a part of American history.

 

It all began when Jeff Williams, who flies the radio-controlled blimp at Golden Eagle basketball games, took a liking to the Southern Miss Pep Band which performs at those games. Williams later approached Dr. Michael Miles, director of the School of Music, to see if he would coordinate the arrangement and recording of the Tuskegee Airmen Fight Song from World War II.

The longest-running musical revue in Broadway history will end The University of Southern Mississippi’s theatre season beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday., April 14 in the Gilbert F. Hartwig Theatre.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Percussion Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi Centennial homecoming queen and public relations student Denotra Logan is preparing for her next conquest – the Emmy award-winning Semester in Washington Journalism program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.