September 16, 2014  

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A University of Southern Mississippi history professor is the first recipient of a professorship named for a Southern Miss alumnus and hero of the second Gulf War.

Susannah Ural, who also serves as co-director of the university's Center for the Study of War and Society, was recently awarded the General Buford “Buff” Blount Professorship in Military History at a reception held recently at Blount’s home in Hattiesburg.

A Mississippi native who went on to become the editor of the Sacramento Bee and a vice president for McLatchy Newspapers spoke to University of Southern Mississippi journalism students in a master class held recently on the Hattiesburg campus.

The sole 2013 inductee into the Southern Mississippi Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame is an Emmy-winning alumnus who for nearly 40 years has been among the most prominent local television journalists in the largest media market in the United States.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism’s annual symposium, titled “A Legend Comes Home: Honoring Chuck Scarborough” will be held for the first time in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming activities.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will become a broadcast venue for Britain’s illustrious National Theatre.

Beginning Oct. 15-16 with Shakespeare’s Othello, starring Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear, the Department of Theatre will broadcast live recordings of London performances at Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

Declaring “we will not yield and we will not go quietly into the night,” Gov. Phil Bryant vowed to lead the fight against the U.S. Army’s recommendation to close the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Bryant made the remarks Friday during a news conference on the Hattiesburg campus outside of Southern Hall, where the university’s Army ROTC headquarters are located. He was joined by Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett and other dignitaries, including retired Gen. Buford Blount, a graduate of the program who led U.S. forces in toppling the regime of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Parkway Heights United Methodist church in Hattiesburg will play host to Dr. Wayne C. Petty’s public lecture titled: “Hearing Beethoven’s Spring Sonata” at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13.

 

Wisam “Sam” Buti once held the fruit fly in contempt.

“I use to just think of them as that annoying fly that buzzed around your food,” said Buti, a University of Southern Mississippi freshman. Now the fruit fly represents the inspiration for her studies at the university and future in either medicine or scientific research – or both.

Officials at The University of Southern Mississippi have initiated steps to appeal a decision by the U.S. Army to close the University’s Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program.

 

Southern Miss administrators received an official notice from the Department of the Army stating that the closure would be effective at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. The Southern Miss ROTC program, which dates back to 1951, is one of 13 nationwide targeted for closure and the only one among six such programs in Mississippi.

Dr. Mark Waymire, assistant professor of music education at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently interviewed on behalf of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum Corps this summer at a Drum Corps International (DCI) competition.
 

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre opens its fall 2013 season with RENT, a rock musical. Loosely based on Puccini’s classic opera, La Boheme, RENT earned both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for best musical in 1996.

Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, was named one of two finalists representing the university in a national competition for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer stipend.

Dr. Marie des Neiges Léonard, assistant professor of sociology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, recently presented the paper, “Census and Racial Identity in France: Invisible Categories and Color-Blind Politics,” while attending the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in New York City.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra opens its 94th season Thursday, Oct. 3 with famed flutist and conductor Ransom Wilson. Just over a week later, they travel to the Beau Rivage Casino and Resort in Biloxi to perform with the internationally acclaimed Beach Boys on Friday, Oct. 11.

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.