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Franciscan University Press has just published University of Southern Mississippi English professor Dr. Philip C. Kolin's sixth collection of poems entitled In the Custody of Words.

The Forensics Society at The University of Southern Mississippi recently competed at The University of Louisiana-Lafayette’s Swing on the Swamp debate event Sept. 12-15. Swing on the Swamp included two tournaments. The field of competition included 10 colleges and universities from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

The Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the first of two readings by visiting writers on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. when guest writer Kevin Young will present a poetry reading. The second reading will be Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. when guest writer Michael Farris Smith will present a fiction reading. Both readings will be held in room 101 in the International Center.

The Southern Invitational Choral Conference (SICC) will present two free public concerts Sept. 23-24, including one at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Philosophy and Religion, in partnership with University Libraries, is hosting Muslim Journeys, a lecture series that is part of an initiative sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design’s biannual Faculty Show opens Sept. 12 with a reception at 5:30 p.m. at Oddfellows Gallery, located at 119 East Front St. in downtown Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host Philosophical Fridays, a series of lectures featuring guest speakers who will speak on a philosophical topic of general interest. All lectures will be held on the Hattiesburg Southern Miss campus in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108. These lectures are free and open to the public.

The first lecture in the series is planned for Friday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. when David Shoemaker of Tulane University presents One Life to Live: Why You’ll Never Make It to Heaven.

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi is proud to announce auditions for Showbizz Showstoppers, a one-night-only spectacular featuring showstoppping numbers
from Broadway's best musicals.

Open to all including faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members, the auditions will take place in the museum space between the Fine Arts Building and the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30.

From Beethoven to the Beach Boys, The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra offers a full year of diverse concert programming.

The Mississippi Dance Festival Concert is set for this Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Studio 115 of the Theatre and Dance Building, located on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

A reception welcoming the art of Julia Reyes and Aline Villanueva will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library, located on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Dr. Tom Lansford, academic dean and professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was editor for the “Political Handbook of the World 2013.”

The Pride of Mississippi marching band at The University of Southern Mississippi has started a contest to allow fans to vote on the music for its Oct. 5 performance at the Golden Eagles’ home game against Florida International.

Every year, Hattiesburg’s music lovers anxiously await the announcement of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra season. This year’s season features special guests from classical celebrities to the Beach Boys.

The Hub Dance Collective’s summer dance concert, The Moment at Which Something is Likely to Begin, continues Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24 with show time at 7:30 p.m. Featuring five members of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance, it will be held in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus in Studio 115.

University of Southern Mississippi officials are pleased with efforts to rebound from an EF-4 tornado that damaged buildings and landscaping on its Hattiesburg campus six months ago.

 

The storm roared through the Pine Belt Feb. 10 and struck the south side and main entrance of the university. Approximately 75 trees were destroyed and the front of the historic Ogletree House was severely damaged, along with some of the university’s fine arts facilities.

The completion of five major building projects on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach signifies the return of the beachfront campus since damage sustained from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

 

“We are delighted to announce that we have fully returned to the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus following the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina,” said Dr. Frances Lucas, Southern Miss Gulf Coast vice president and campus executive officer. “We worked hard to restore the original beauty of this campus, and update the classrooms for more stimulating student engagement."

According to U.S. News and World Report, The University of Southern Mississippi has the 134th best English doctoral program in the nation. The rankings are determined by peer assessments, and this milestone represents the national reputation of Southern Miss English faculty and students and their extraordinary productivity.

In the corner of an Alaskan high school classroom hangs a bulletin board adorned with enough University of Southern Mississippi references to make any alumnus black and gold with envy.

 

The school is North Pole High -- and the teacher is Sherri Young, a 1984 Southern Miss graduate and mother of three students currently enrolled at the university. Katie Young, 22, is a senior English licensure major; Emma, 20, is a junior advertising major and Matthew, 19, is an incoming freshman who plans to major in history.

Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour, professor of International Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, authored the recently published book, “The Fundamentals of Money and Financial Systems.”

Julie Hammond-White, an associate professor and director of dance education in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance, has been selected for the 2013 Excellence in Higher Education Award from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education.

Stacy Reischman Fletcher is having a busy summer and it is only going to get busier.  The chair of the Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi was recently featured in a national publication and will be honored at Dance Teacher Magazine’s 2013 Dance Teacher Summit in August. 

 

Recognized for her work in higher education, Reischman Fletcher will attend the three-day event in New York City next month, which will host dance instructors from across the nation to participate in workshops, seminars and an awards ceremony, where Reischman Fletcher will receive the 2013 Award in Higher Education. 

The Drum Corps International Tour will return to Hattiesburg Wednesday, July 24 for the 2013 edition of DCI Southern Mississippi. Top corps, including the 2012 World Champion Blue Devils, will compete at The University of Southern Mississippi's M.M. Roberts Stadium starting at 7 p.m.

Dr. Casey Maugh, assistant professor of communication studies at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, recently had her book chapter “Blogging for Peace: Realistic job preview strategies from the 21st century Peace Corps volunteer” published in Volunteering and Communication: Studies from Multiple Contexts.