October 31, 2014  

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Black Studies, in collaboration with the city of Hattiesburg, Hattiesburg Historic Downtown Association and the Hattiesburg Convention Commission will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, when more than 1000 volunteers came to Mississippi from across the nation in 1964 to launch an unprecedented voter registration drive for African Americans.  

 

Jerry Holt, a 1983 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s photojournalism program and longtime member of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune photo staff, recently reflected on his coverage of the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa.

Holt was part of a news team the Star-Tribune sent to South Africa to cover the historic event, in which non-whites were allowed for the first time to vote in a presidential election. Mandela, who died Dec. 5, is the icon of the country’s anti-apartheid movement and was imprisoned for 27 years on charges of attempting to overthrow the government.

Norbert Putnam, a bassist-producer who has had one of the most extraordinary careers in the history of popular music, has joined the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism as a distinguished lecturer in the school’s recording industry program.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will broadcast the National Theatre of Great Britain's 50th anniversary event on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The showing will be held in Tatum Theatre.

The Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its Studio 115 Dance Concert Dec. 5-7 at 7:30 p.m., with an additional performance Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held in the Theatre and Dance Building, Studio 115. Admission is $5, check or cash only.

 

University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage interviews with Gulf Coast marine harvesters affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil (DWH) Spill are included in an initiative supported with funding by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Lt. Col. Joseph Worley, left, professor of military science at The University of Southern Mississippi, accepts one of the medals of Earl D. “Butch” Aull, who graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1964 and completed its Army ROTC program, from Bud Alley, center,  and Tom Potter. Aull was killed in the Battle of Ia Drang in November of 1965, considered the first major battle of the Vietnam War involving ground forces.

Sounds of the season will reverberate throughout the sanctuary at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg as The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Holiday Choral Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Thursday, Dec. 5.

Ja’Marvae Lard, freshman vocal performance and music education double major, took home first place at the National Association of Teachers Singing Southern Region, an entity of the National Association of Teachers Singing (NATS).

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre continues as a venue for Britain’s illustrious National Theatre when it broadcasts Manchester International Festival’s electrifying production of Macbeth at Tatum Theatre Nov. 25-26 at 7 p.m. each night. 

After years of hard work and intensive study, seniors in the graphic design program at The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate their accomplishments this week.

Dr. Robert M. Gates, who previously served as U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will be the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg.

Armed Forces veterans seeking information about enrollment options or assistance with degree programs at The University of Southern Mississippi are encouraged to consult a new website offered by the Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families.

Nearly 50 years after the tragic death of America’s 35th president, John F. Kennedy’s legacy is still felt in the areas of mass media, public policy and culture, say faculty members at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music will present a pair of lively band performances in consecutive weeks this month.

 

On Monday, Nov. 18 the Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Dr. Mohamad Schuman, will take the stage at Bennett Auditorium. One week later, Dr. Catherine Rand takes the Bennett podium to lead the Wind Ensemble. Both events are set to begin at 8 p.m. and are free to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre closes the Fall 2013 season with The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol. All performances of The Government Inspector will take place at the Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building at Southern Miss.

Dr. Andrew Wiest, professor of history and founding director of the Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi, will give the final presentation in the 9th annual McCarthy Lecture Series — "We shall defend our Island: the British Experience of the World Wars." The talk is today, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. in room 101 of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

David McRaney, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, spoke to students on the Hattiesburg campus recently about his career in media and new book, “You are Now Less Dumb,” a sequel to his earlier book “You are not so Smart,” which received high praise from critics and enjoyed successful sales figures worldwide. The books are based on his popular website http://youarenotsosmart.com/ which McRaney describes as “a celebration of self-delusion.”

McRaney is a former editor of the university’s student newspaper, The Student Printz. He later was a reporter for the Hattiesburg American and is now web manager for WDAM-TV. For more information about McRaney and his work, visit http://davidmcraney.com/.

Students from The University of Southern Mississippi continue to shine in national debate competitions, most recently in San Jacinto College North in Houston, Texas. The Southern Miss Forensics Society competed in a field of competition included 19 colleges and universities from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will continue its Fall 2013 season with A Bright Room Called Day when it opens on Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will take place in the Hartwig Theatre of the Theatre and Dance Building at Southern Miss. Performances continue on November 1, 2, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will take place Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. General admission is $8. For tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or 800.844.8425 or visit www.southernmisstickets.com.

The Kawai Corporation of America has named The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music to its roster of Elite Performing Instrument Collection (EPIC) schools. In a presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 29, officials from the Kawai Corporation presented Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett and Dr. Michael Miles, director of the School of Music, a plaque commemorating the announcement.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently nominated two faculty members who were selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend competition.

David McRaney, a 2007 University of Southern Mississippi graduate and current Director of New Media at WDAM-TV, will sign copies of his latest book, “You Are Now Less Dumb,” at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Barnes & Noble on the Southern Miss campus.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi was officially welcomed into its new home during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday, Oct. 25 at renovated College Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.