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The University of Southern Mississippiis in the process of conducting a nationwide search for a dean to take the helm of its College of Arts and Letters.

 

Dr. Denise von Herrmann, who became dean in July 2008 after having served as interim dean for 18 months, has accepted the position of Provost at Oglethorpe Universityin Atlanta, Ga. Her last day with Southern Miss will be June 30.

South Mississippi musicians will showcase their talents at Roots Reunion, a live radio show, from 7- 9 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in Hattiesburg’s Historic Saenger Theatre.

Gulf Coast Research Lab’sEarth Day coordinatorStephanie Taylor and Southern Miss graduate student Ryan Vandermeulen test two Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in a pool Friday in preparation for the lab’s Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 16.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Human Performance & Recreation, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics, will host USA Weightlifting’s Level 1 sports performance coach certificate course May 21-22 on the Hattiesburg campus.

­­Seven executives from Hearst Television, Inc. will visit The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism Friday, April 15.

While many students are planning spring break visits to the beach, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast student Ambere Riggs received an invitation to Washington, D.C. to learn more about what she can do to help others through CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.

With the precision, determination and mission of a World War II fighter squadron, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music teamed with a radio-controlled (RC) airplane enthusiast and a former Tuskegee Airman to both make and preserve a part of American history.

 

It all began when Jeff Williams, who flies the radio-controlled blimp at Golden Eagle basketball games, took a liking to the Southern Miss Pep Band which performs at those games. Williams later approached Dr. Michael Miles, director of the School of Music, to see if he would coordinate the arrangement and recording of the Tuskegee Airmen Fight Song from World War II.

The longest-running musical revue in Broadway history will end The University of Southern Mississippi’s theatre season beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday., April 14 in the Gilbert F. Hartwig Theatre.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Percussion Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Jamye Foster, assistant professor of marketing at The University of Southern Mississippi, wants to show her students that “you don’t have to live in New York or Los Angeles to make a living as a high-profile professional.”

The general consensus among health care professionals is that Mississippi will remain near the bottom of major health-related statistics unless a unified effort is made to combat the problem.

 

With collaboration as the overarching theme, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health has taken the lead role in planning and organizing the first Mississippi Health Summit set for April 29 at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.

The Rochelle Harper Band, Southern Miss Faculty Jazz Quintet, Jerry Ball Jazz and Blues Quintet, and Jason Ricci are all gearing up for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast 3rd annual Jazz and Blues Festival to be held Saturday, April 23.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Economic and Workforce Development has launched a new Graduate Certificate in Economic Development that teaches the basics of the practice of economic development. 

University of Southern Mississippi Centennial homecoming queen and public relations student Denotra Logan is preparing for her next conquest – the Emmy award-winning Semester in Washington Journalism program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

The University of Southern Mississippi has extended the registration deadline for this year’s Leadership Studies Program, presented by the university’s Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies.

Training for participating students will include leadership development and avenues for becoming leaders in schools, communities and religious affiliations. The one-week residential program designed for students in grades 6 -11 will be held on the Hattiesburg campus June 12-17.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) will host a free Earth Day Celebration for the community from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at the lab, which is located at 703 East Beach Drive in Ocean Springs.    

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth will be held July 3-22 on the Hattiesburg campus and hosted by the Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies. Application deadline is Saturday, April 30. 

The three-week residential program is a cooperative effort with the Duke University Talent Identification Program that provides a balance of educational, cultural, and recreational experiences. It serves eligible students currently enrolled in grades 7 through 10.

The Live Oak Writing Project at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is offering Camp Live Oak, which features a variety of weeklong summer youth camps for students in grades 3 through 8. Camp sessions, except during the week of July 4, are from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.

American Indian POW WOWs have become a tradition at The University of Southern Mississippi. Each year, Southeastern tribes gather in Hattiesburg for a lively blend of ceremonial dancing, social gathering and native artistry.

The sound of hammers and circular saws filled the air in Bay St. Louis, Miss., as The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students and employees participated in the Big Event, a university-wide community service project.

Thursday morning’s grand opening of The University of Southern Mississippi’s new parking garage signals the addition of approximately 1,200 vehicle spaces to the Hattiesburg campus.

The five-story, open zone facility is available to students, faculty and staff driving vehicles registered through the university’s Department of Parking Management.

 

Built in response to a need for additional parking options, it also includes security lighting, handicapped parking and elevators and will be patrolled regularly by the University Police Department. It is located off of West Fourth Street next to Bond Hall.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Gordon Cannon its new Associate Vice President for Research, pending approval by the IHL Board of Trustees.

Experts from The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will address the latest developments in the areas of advanced materials, polymers and composites, plus related opportunities for economic development during an April 14 forum on the Hattiesburg campus.

Imagine swimming 300 yards, then treking through a sloppy mud pit followed by a 5K run through The University of Southern Mississippi campus, and finally slithering across a slip n’ slide finish line, all while wearing some sort of wacky costume.