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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.

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.