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The unique work of five internationally-known artists will be featured on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi as part of an outdoor sculpture exhibition that will run from September 2014 through February 2016.

To celebrate the beginning of the school year, Hub Dance Collective (HDC) will perform “Ground.Sound.Rebound.REMIXED.” August 22-23 at 7:30 p.m.  The performance will be held at the Theatre and Dance Building, Studio 115 on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.  There is a $10 general admission fee and a student fee of $5.

The University of Southern Mississippi will present Mary Poppins Feb. 26 – March 1, 2015. Tickets go on sale in November, with first priority given to Symphony season ticket holders and members of Partners for the Arts.

Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will begin work in Hattiesburg on Aug. 1, pending IHL Board approval.

Sixteen high school students from across Mississippi spent the week of June 15-20 at The University of Southern Mississippi learning how to be journalists as part of the Remembering “Freedom Summer” Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop.

Voting rights. Jim Crow. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The murders of Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner in Philadelphia, Miss. The 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer has focused the nation’s attention on the Civil Rights Movement in the state, and The University of Southern Mississippi is leading the way in preserving the divisive era’s history.

Lines are memories, costumes are stitched and sets are ready for the 39th season of Southern Arena Theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi. This year, the wonderfully talented summer theatre company will present Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn and One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, adapted from Carlo Goldoni’s masterpiece “Servant of Two Masters.”

 

Taking Steps opens June 19 in Hartwig Theatre. All show times are 7:30 p.m. for performances on June 20, 21, and 28; and July 3, 5, 9 and 11. A matinee performance is scheduled for July 6 at 2 p.m. One Man, Two Guvnors opens June 26 in Tatum Theatre. All show times are 7:30 p.m. for performances on June 27 and July 2, 4, 10, and 12.  Matinee performances will be held June 29 and July 13 at 2 p.m. 

As part of the upcoming "Freedom Summer 1964-2014 Conference" to be held June 19-21 on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, noted civil rights historian Dr. Emilye Crosby will deliver her keynote address "Local People: Revising the Master Narrative of the Freedom Movement." 

James Moody, a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, is spending part of his summer working as an intern for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) in Washington D.C.

University of Southern Mississippi student Wilton Jackson received a special surprise recently with a resolution from the Mississippi House of Representatives honoring his scholastic achievements and internship as a USA Today correspondent.

A free public screening of the documentary “Freedom Summer” is planned for 7 p.m. June 16 at Stout Hall B at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

After 20 years of distinguished service as an English professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Ellen Weinauer has been named the next dean of the University’s Honors College. She will assume her new duties on July 1, pending IHL Board approval.

 

“It’s exciting to be chosen to serve the Honors College, such a cherished institution here at Southern Miss, and I welcome the opportunities and challenges ahead,” said Weinauer.

The sacrifices made by Allied soldiers on D-Day to liberate Europe from the Nazis were honored June 5 at The University of Southern Mississippi during a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the event, held at the Liberal Arts Building’s Gonzales Auditorium.

As Americans commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II”s D-Day military operation, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a special event June 5 at 5 p.m. in room 108 of the Liberal Arts Building to recognize the occasion.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the photographs of award-winning civil rights photographer Herbert Randall Jr. are being displayed in the University of Southern Mississippi’s Cook Library Art Gallery and Learning Commons Gallery. The exhibit, titled Freedom Summer, 1964: The Photographs of Herbert Randall features 43 of nearly 2,000 photographs taken during the historic summer of 1964.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced the participants for the Remembering “Freedom Summer” Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop.

A University of Southern Mississippi graduate student is the recipient of a fellowship from the Open Society Foundations, an organization dedicated to social justice around the world.

Bahtiyar Kurambaev, a third-year doctoral student in mass communication, will use the fellowship to build global relationships with other social science scholars and researchers to contribute to a body of knowledge in their respective disciplines.

 

For the fifth year in a row, the Speaking Center at The University of Southern Mississippi brought home honors from the National Association of Communication Centers conference held at Arizona State University—West in Phoenix. 

Betty Press, a University of Southern Mississippi photography professor in its Department of Art and Design, has been honored to be part of the last printed Silvershotz journal, featuring the work of 11 selected photographers across the country from members of (WIPI) Women in Photography International.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dale Center for the Study of War & Society will present the final War & Society Roundtable Discussion of the spring semester Tuesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Public Library.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi recognized its top students at its annual awards banquet Wednesday, April 23.

After 30 years of teaching at The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. James Pat Smith, professor of history, will attend his final Commencement ceremony as a full-time faculty member at the University. Smith has attended each Southern Miss Gulf Coast Commencement since they were held annually beginning in 1997.

When University of Southern Mississippi senior Nicholas Powers accepts his undergraduate diploma on Friday, May 9, he will be extending a family tradition that began more than 80 years ago.

 

Powers, a music major and Ocean Springs, Miss., native, will become a fourth-generation Southern Miss graduate during the 2014 Spring Commencement ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus. The legacy began with his maternal great-grandmother, Lorene Rayburn (1932); continued with his maternal grandmother, Barbara Ann Conner, (1955) and followed with his father, Terrell Wayne Powers (1988).

University of Southern Mississippi broadcast journalism students took home the lion’s share of awards at the latest Associated Press college competition in a variety of categories among the TV and Radio divisions.