November 28, 2014  

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The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism recently earned the Minority Recruitment and Retention Award from the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA).

Charles “Chuck” Kershner, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who served as executive editor of the Clinton (N.Y.) Courier, died April 14 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 70.

University of Southern Mississippi students recently won awards in Jackson at the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters annual contest honoring the best in broadcast journalism in the state for 2012.

The University of Southern Mississippi will end its Spring 2013 theatre season with the musical production of Assassins, written by Stephen Sondheim and Charles Weidman. Showtimes are April 18-20, April 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. in Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building. Admission for general public is $14; faculty, staff, seniors and military is $10; student tickets are $8.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance will host the second residency of the spring semester with Maryland-based Adrienne Clancy and her company ClancyWorks. Now through April 21, the well-respected dance company returns to teach additional master classes and partner with Southern Miss dance majors in K-12 educational outreach events.

Mississippi’s leading broadcasters from across the state will meet with and mentor students for the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Day Thursday, April 18 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Just over two months ago, the Hattiesburg area was devastated by a deadly F-4 tornado. The School of Music at Southern Miss faced considerable losses but experienced an overwhelming outpouring from the community and the world.

The University of Southern Mississippi Steel Pan Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band 1 will be joined by some of the biggest names in music for a special concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 19 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

No need to ask University of Southern Mississippi junior Brandon Hersey if he believes dreams will come true. The Hattiesburg native is living one now as a winner of the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

 

Hersey is the University’s third Truman Scholar and the first African American student at Southern Miss to receive the coveted prize. Marie Holowach Federer won in 2011 and Lance Brown, competing in his home state of Alabama, was the first recipient in 1999. Hersey is one of only 62 national finalists chosen for the award and the lone student representing a Mississippi university.

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating National Poetry Month by hosting a workshop and poetry readings on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Marie Danforth, a professor of anthropology at The University of Southern Mississippi and one of the country’s leading bioarchaelogists, was recently awarded the Mississippi Humanities Council’s Humanities Scholar Award. 

The Center for the Study of the Gulf South and the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi will host Emory University professor Dr. Thomas Rogers for his lecture “The Nature of Labor: Work and the Agro-Environment of Sugarcane Brazil” Thursday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101. This event is free and open to the public.

What started as a foggy February morning at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is now a lasting image made into a mural representing the scenic photography of noted Biloxi Sun Herald photographer and Southern Miss alumnus, Tim Isbell.

 

Inspiration and beauty is what Isbell hopes students, faculty and staff gain from seeing the foggy oaks image as they walk to and from class. “I hope the mural at the Gulf Park campus gives people a sense of the beauty of the campus and the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” he said.

Dr. Jay Dean takes to the podium for the last time in his 25th season with The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra when he conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony on Thursday, March 28 at Bennett Auditorium.

Dr. Kimberly Scherlofsky of Gautier, Miss., recruiter and program coordinator for the International Development doctoral program and adjunct instructor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi, successfully defended her dissertation for her doctoral degree from Austria’s University of Vienna.

The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble will present a concert of student concerto winners Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Featured on the program from left to right are Garrick Pitts, clarinet, from Fort Worth, Texas; Andrea Silverio, oboe, from Sao Paulo, Brazil; J. Cam Roberts, (BME), percussion, from Lucedale, Miss; Grant Futch, trombone from Lilburn, Georgia; and Jacob Wisdom, euphonium, from Pensacola, Fla. The concert is free and the public is invited.

Dr. Christine Williams of the University of Texas at Austin will present the lecture “Gender Inequality in the Toy Store: How Gender Shapes Where We Shop, How We Shop and What We Buy” Thursday, March 21 at 4 p.m. on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus in the Liberal Arts Building’s Gonzalez Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Film Department will present a free screening and filmmakers discussion of the film, “Free China: The Courage to Believe,” Friday, March 22 at 6:45 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

A civil rights activist who helped usher in a new era in Mississippi politics will talk about her experiences Monday, March 18 at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of History’s Center for the Study of War and Society is serving as primary host for the annual conference of the Society for Military History March 14-17 in New Orleans.

University of Southern Mississippi seniors Jazmyne Butler and Ashley Betts have been invited to join a prestigious group of collegiate standouts as part of the Clinton Global Initiative University.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of History recently hosted the National History Day in Mississippi competition. Approximately 180 junior high and high school students competed in this “history fair” styled event Feb. 23, with 60 Southern Miss faculty and students serving as judges. Following the competition, an awards ceremony was held in Joseph Green Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

Students from the Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi took top honors at the annual awards dinner hosted by the American Advertising Federation’s ADDY Awards Feb. 23. 

Rick Bennett, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who is program director for the Toronto Film School at RCC Institute of Technology, speaks to students enrolled in a video production class on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus Feb. 27. The next day he visited with film students on the Gulf Coast campus. Bennett, an award winning writer, director and producer in a career spanning more than three decades, shared his experiences and gave advice to the students about the entertainment industry. Bennett also founded the film program at the Toronto Film School and the Keon International Film Academy in Mumbai, India. While a student at Southern Miss, he was roommates with famed singer Jimmy Buffett and also played in his band. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)