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The University of Southern Mississippi will usher in the holiday season with the annual “Lighting the Way of the Holidays” and “Songfest” celebrations in early December.

 

 “Lighting the Way for the Holidays” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 near the main entrance to the Hattiesburg campus, while “Songfest” is set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at Reed Green Coliseum. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation at The University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting registration for the 2014 Logistics, Trade, and Transportation (LTT) Symposium set for Feb. 26-27 on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

Students in The University of Southern Mississippi Master of Science in Economic Development program recently presented their summer 2013 capstone project, the Southwest Mississippi Cluster Analysis, to community leaders at the Southwest Community College in Summit. 

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.

A new and creative learning space, known as the Student Think Center, opened earlier this month for students and faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

The Think Center, whose goal is to help students understand their learning personality, offers instructional support for faculty, active and experimental environments for collaborative or individual learning, and various student development activities.

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.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi are sponsoring a variety of canned food collection drives Nov. 18 -23 as part of “Let’s SAAC Hunger” week.

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.

Dr. Royal Walker, executive director of the Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been invited to participate in a ceremony marking the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act set for Friday, Nov. 15 at the White House.

 

The event will be held from Noon-3:30 CST in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House and feature senior Administration officials, special guests and a series of panel discussions about the past, present and future for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Technology Learning Center (TLC) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host the Mississippi Gulf Coast Limb Loss/Amputee Support Group meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 4 – 6 p.m.

Regular meetings for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Limb Loss/Amputee Support Group are held from 4 – 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the TLC. The support group is a partner of the Amputee Coalition Support Group Network and the Amputee Empowerment Partners.

The University of Southern Mississippi today announced its membership in the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), a national organization of universities and companies who seek to build stronger working relationships.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a free fair housing workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 1:30 p.m. at the Robert C. Irwin Library at 1285 Kenny Hill Ave. in Tunica, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi Faculty Senate will host its annual Legislative Forum Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 3-4:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus in the Trent Lott Center, first floor. All area state representatives and senators have been invited to participate.

The Bay St. Louis chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) will be announcing the donation of a fish hauling trailer to the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at the Sunset on the Bay event at the St Stanislaus Café in Bay St. Louis.

The Friends of University Libraries in conjunction with the Favre 4 Hope Foundation, Salvation Army, and Red Door Marketing Agency are working to improve the Christmas season for Pine Belt and Mississippi Gulf Coast children by launching the third annual Give a Child a New Book Day campaign.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a free fair housing workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. at the Natchez Senior Citizen Multipurpose Center at 800 Washington Str., in Natchez, Miss.

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.

More than 120 players and 50 sponsors participated in the 15th Annual Shell Finish Line/Southern Miss Alumni Association Homecoming Scholarship Golf Tournament, hosted Oct. 25, by the Hattiesburg Country Club, the official country club of the Alumni Association.

With a gift-in-kind of $262,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, Southern Miss alumnus Mike Mason is helping beautify the Hattiesburg campus while reducing water consumption.

 

Mason was born with Southern Miss spirit in his DNA, which is to be expected considering he grew up in a house that backed up to the University president’s backyard. After leaving Southern Miss, Mason ventured on a career path that led him to Texas. In 1993, he became president and chief executive officer of Weathermatic, a small manufacturer of irrigation components in Garland, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Nov. 9, for residents with and without disabilities in Clay and surrounding counties.

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.

University of Southern Mississippi alumnus Chuck Scianna gazed upon the massive golden eagle sculpture he commissioned for the Hattiesburg campus and acknowledged that artist/sculptor David Anderson had met the No. 1 criteria.

 

“All I told David was that I wanted to be wowed,” said Scianna. “And he has wowed me alright, with an exclamation point.”

 

On Thursday, Oct. 24, Scianna and his wife, Rita, joined Southern Miss officials, alumni and friends for the dedications of two golden eagle sculptures – on the Hattiesburg campus and Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Named “Lofty Return,” the sculptures symbolically tie the campuses together while welcoming graduates back to their alma mater.

At The University of Southern Mississippi football is a big deal. M.M. Roberts Stadium on the Hattiesburg campus is nicknamed “The Rock” and SMTTT (Southern Miss To The Top) can be found on car tags and bumper stickers throughout the state of Mississippi.