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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.

Dr. David Butler, associate professor in the International Development Doctoral Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, will begin a study on health changes following disasters using a $1.3 million grant. It is the largest grant ever received in the university’s College of Arts and Letters.

Dr. Heidi Lyn, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, co-authored a paper recently published by the journal Frontiers in Psychology showing the comparison of communication by baby apes and humans, which implicates the theory of how language evolved in humans.

Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently presented at the 8th World Conference of Science Journalists. The conference is being held June 24-28 in Helsinki, Finland.

Dylan Harris, a 2012 University of Southern Mississippi graduate, has received a prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship award that will be used in his post-graduate studies.

Sets are finished, polished and waiting for their spotlight. Lines, cues and expressions are etched in the minds of the actors. Costumes have been stitched, embellished and pressed.

It’s showtime for the 38th consecutive season of Southern Arena Theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. This year, the wonderfully talented summer theatre company will present The 39 Steps, an adaptation byPatrick Barlow andArcadia, a play written by Tom Stoppard.

Pauly Receives Department Award for Outstanding Service

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Dr. Bob Pauly, associate dean for the College of Arts and Letters and associate professor of international development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, received the 2012-2013 Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs’ Award for Outstanding Service.

From June 13-16, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of English and de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection will host the largest annual gathering of children’s literature scholars in North America when the 40th annual Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) Conference convenes at the IP Resort in Biloxi.

Hattiesburg comes alive with the sounds of music all day, every day during the fourth season of FestivalSouth, Mississippi’s only multi-genre arts festival, which will be held June 8-22.

After the catastrophe surrounding The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s production of “Sweeney Todd,” Dr. Mike Lopinto mailed a letter to the play’s author, Stephen Sondheim, describing the story of the cast’s misfortune while working on the musical.

Former students and colleagues of Dr. Ronald Marquardt, a professor emeritus and chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Political Science, remember him as a model teacher, faculty member and administrator.

Dr. Marquardt died Wednesday, May 15 at his home in Hattiesburg following a lengthy illness. He was 73.

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller, associate professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, will take on the role of associate dean for academic affairs in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters beginning in July.