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The words “military-friendly” represent more than a catch-phrase or snazzy label to Maj. Gen. Jeff Hammond (U.S. Army Ret.) and The University of Southern Mississippi. The designation serves as a guiding light for the University’s new Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families.

 

With assistance from The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, the Center has launched an annual fundraising initiative designed to help expand awareness of the program’s services. The fundraiser will be held each year to coincide with the national Veterans Day holiday (Nov. 11).

 

For the third year in a row, The University of Southern Mississippi will host the British National Debate Team as they take on the Southern Miss Forensics Society in a friendly debate. The debate will be held Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Ballroom on the Hattiesburg campus. Sponsored by the Department of Communication studies in the College of Arts and Letters, the event is free and open to the public. 

 

When the hit Broadway musical “Mary Poppins” takes flight, she will be supported by some of the best hoofers in the area. The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dixie Darlings will bring their exceptional dance skills to the grand reopening of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium, Feb. 26 – March 1, 2015.  

 

The Southern Miss School of Music, in partnership with Forrest General Hospital, is pleased to present this exceptional cast and welcome the Dixie Darlings to the Poppins family. Tickets for the production go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Dr. John Wooton, director of percussion studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, and pianist Dr. Sam Bruton, professor of philosophy and religion at Southern Miss, present their project “Caribbean Collective” in concert Sunday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Thirsty Hippo in downtown Hattiesburg.

The Repertory Dance Company at The University of Southern Mississippi will showcase emotionally inspired works by faculty and students Nov. 6, 7 and 9 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the Hattiesburg campus. General admission is $15, $10 for seniors and military, and $6 for students.

Ashley McKnight and Kelly Roberts, political science students at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus, have been selected to present at the upcoming 86th Annual Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Conference set for January 2015 in New Orleans.

 

Dr. Ngoc Phan, assistant professor of political science in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, has been selected to present two papers at the 86th Annual Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Conference in New Orleans in January 2015.

For the first time, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Graduate School will offer a unique opportunity for students to showcase their thesis or dissertation work in a competitive format.

 

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition invites graduate students to describe the significance of his/her thesis or dissertation to a general audience in three minutes or less. Cash prizes will be awarded to the eight finalists – ranging from $250 for finalists to $1,000 for the Grand Champion.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre continues its 2014-2015 theatre season with Top Girls by Caryl Churchill. Performance dates are Oct. 30, 31, and Nov. 1, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m.; and Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. that includes a pre-show talk at 1 p.m. in Woods Theatre by Dr. Rebecca Morgan, Southern Miss English professor. All performances will take place in Hartwig Theatre of the Theatre and Dance Building. General admission is $8. Tickets may be purchased by calling (800.844-8425 or at the box office prior to each showing.

The Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi opened a new exhibit in the Gallery of Art and Design with a reception Oct. 28. "Literary Effigies and Blues Portraits: Woodcuts by Charles Jones" will run through Nov. 12 in the new art gallery space in the George Hurst Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Keltoum Rowland, an instructor of French in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, received the Post Secondary Educator of Excellence award from the Mississippi Foreign Language Association at its conference Oct. 23 in Louisville, Miss.

The Department of English in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the Visiting Writers Series, a lecture series that brings internationally acclaimed authors of fiction and poetry to Southern Miss and the community. The readings are free and open to the public and will be held on the Hattiesburg campus in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108.

The second lecture of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Anthropology and Sociology Colloquium is perfect for Halloween. Dr. Todd Platts will present “How Hollywood Got the Dead to Lay Golden Eggs: The Rise of the Zombie Blockbuster.” Free and open to the public, this event will be held Thursday, Oct. 30 at 12:15 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108.

The Southern Miss Food Research Group, a collaboration of various departments at The University of Southern Mississippi that study food, will continue its lecture series “The Culinary Communities of Mississippi: Farm, Table and Campus” Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Peck House-Asbury Annex, located at 3601 Pearl St. next to the Hattiesburg campus.

Student organizations on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach will host “Trick or Treat on Golden Eagle Street” on Friday, Oct. 31.

The University of Southern Mississippi Sax-Chamber Orchestra (SCO) invites audiences of all ages to celebrate the 200th birthday of the creator of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax, with a concert and party Tuesday, Nov.4 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present a concert entitled “Made in America” that will feature Natasha Trethewey, the current Mississippi Poet Laureate and former United States Poet Laureate on Thursday, Nov. 6 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. 

Dr. Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi, has published his seventh collection of poems entitled Departures. It was released in early October by Negative Capability Press, which has published award-winning poetry books since 1981.

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating student writing during a month-long exhibition known as Eagles Write! and a public reading, an event that coincides with the National Day on Writing. The Department of English will host the reception and reading, which will take place Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. in the Polymer Science Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

If you've ever wondered if graduate school was for you or wondered what it was all about, The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Anthropology and Sociology will host "Thinking about Going to Grad School? Application and Beyond" Oct. 21 from 12:15 - 1 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 204 on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s 2012 nominee for president, will be the featured speaker at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Oct. 21 University Forum, set for 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach will present a lecture and book discussion by Dr. Kyle Longley on Monday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m.

 

As Halloween approaches many people already are planning a unique and fun costume for the holiday. Kelsey Meeks, founder of ‘WEEN DREAM, is seeing to it that children all over the country get the opportunity to dress up and celebrate.

 

Meeks, a native of Pensacola, Fla., graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 with a degree in broadcast journalism and Spanish. Following graduation she moved to New Orleans where she earned a degree from Tulane Law School in 2010. Today she resides in New Orleans and works with Wall, Bullington & Cook, LLC, an oil and gas boutique firm. 

Dr. Andrew Wiest, professor of history and founding director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for the Study of War and Society, will be the guest speaker for the Tuesday, Oct. 14 University Forum on the Hattiesburg campus. This free program will be held in the Thad Cochran Center, ballroom III at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.