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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.

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.

Nearly 50 years after the tragic death of America’s 35th president, John F. Kennedy’s legacy is still felt in the areas of mass media, public policy and culture, say faculty members at The University of Southern Mississippi.

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.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre closes the Fall 2013 season with The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol. All performances of The Government Inspector will take place at the Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building at Southern Miss.

Dr. Andrew Wiest, professor of history and founding director of the Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi, will give the final presentation in the 9th annual McCarthy Lecture Series — "We shall defend our Island: the British Experience of the World Wars." The talk is today, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. in room 101 of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

David McRaney, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, spoke to students on the Hattiesburg campus recently about his career in media and new book, “You are Now Less Dumb,” a sequel to his earlier book “You are not so Smart,” which received high praise from critics and enjoyed successful sales figures worldwide. The books are based on his popular website http://youarenotsosmart.com/ which McRaney describes as “a celebration of self-delusion.”

McRaney is a former editor of the university’s student newspaper, The Student Printz. He later was a reporter for the Hattiesburg American and is now web manager for WDAM-TV. For more information about McRaney and his work, visit http://davidmcraney.com/.

Students from The University of Southern Mississippi continue to shine in national debate competitions, most recently in San Jacinto College North in Houston, Texas. The Southern Miss Forensics Society competed in a field of competition included 19 colleges and universities from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will continue its Fall 2013 season with A Bright Room Called Day when it opens on Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will take place in the Hartwig Theatre of the Theatre and Dance Building at Southern Miss. Performances continue on November 1, 2, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will take place Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. General admission is $8. For tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or 800.844.8425 or visit www.southernmisstickets.com.

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.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently nominated two faculty members who were selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend competition.

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.

With more than four decades of experience in the business, veteran broadcast journalist and University of Southern Mississippi graduate Chuck Scarborough says the compelling stories about the everyday triumphs and tragedies that shape the news still motivate him.

“It’s just an exciting profession if you pay attention and are engaged in the world,” said Scarborough, an Emmy winner and longtime news anchor for WNBC-TV in New York. “Why wouldn’t you want to keep your hand in it?”

A celebration of student writing is currently on display in Cook Library Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. Coinciding with the National Day on Writing, which was celebrated nationwide on Oct. 21, Eagles Write! showcases student works and recognizes them as authors.
 

The Golden Eagle Battalion at The University of Southern Mississippi recently earned top honors at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).  Out of 39 universities within the 6th Brigade at LDAC, Southern Miss’ ROTC Cadets placed second, topping perennial rivals, including University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Auburn University, University of South Alabama, Tulane University and Louisiana State University. 

The Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi will present Mark’d in Time on Oct. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. at the Thirsty Hippo, located at 309 McLeod Street in downtown Hattiesburg. Admission is $5, check or cash only.

In only its second year, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures’ Chinese program at The University of Southern Mississippi has grown to 34 enrolled students participating in the beginning and intermediate levels in Chinese..

A debate between The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society and the British National Debate Team will be held on the Hattiesburg campus Monday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom 1. This event is free and open to the public.

A University of Southern Mississippi history professor is the first recipient of a professorship named for a Southern Miss alumnus and hero of the second Gulf War.

Susannah Ural, who also serves as co-director of the university's Center for the Study of War and Society, was recently awarded the General Buford “Buff” Blount Professorship in Military History at a reception held recently at Blount’s home in Hattiesburg.

A Mississippi native who went on to become the editor of the Sacramento Bee and a vice president for McLatchy Newspapers spoke to University of Southern Mississippi journalism students in a master class held recently on the Hattiesburg campus.

The sole 2013 inductee into the Southern Mississippi Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame is an Emmy-winning alumnus who for nearly 40 years has been among the most prominent local television journalists in the largest media market in the United States.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism’s annual symposium, titled “A Legend Comes Home: Honoring Chuck Scarborough” will be held for the first time in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming activities.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will become a broadcast venue for Britain’s illustrious National Theatre.

Beginning Oct. 15-16 with Shakespeare’s Othello, starring Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear, the Department of Theatre will broadcast live recordings of London performances at Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

Declaring “we will not yield and we will not go quietly into the night,” Gov. Phil Bryant vowed to lead the fight against the U.S. Army’s recommendation to close the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Bryant made the remarks Friday during a news conference on the Hattiesburg campus outside of Southern Hall, where the university’s Army ROTC headquarters are located. He was joined by Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett and other dignitaries, including retired Gen. Buford Blount, a graduate of the program who led U.S. forces in toppling the regime of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.