October 10, 2015  

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Theatre begins the 2015-2016 season with the musical “Violet” by Doris Betts. All performances will be held in Tatum Theatre on Southern Miss’ Hattiesburg campus. On Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9 and 10, the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Two matinee performances are set for Oct. 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. Prior to the show on Oct. 4, a preshow talk will begin at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 1-800-844-TICK.

The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting Maya Week on its Hattiesburg campus the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Hosted by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, a lecture series over the course of the week will consist of four presentations of research from several sites in Belize and Guatemala. All of the presenters are recent Ph.D. recipients or doctoral candidates who have just returned from summer fieldwork and will be discussing their findings.

Dr. Kenneth Swope, an expert on China and East Asia history, is the recipient of the General Buford “Buff” Blount Professorship in Military History at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Blount Professorship is awarded biannually and funds research by a faculty member of the Southern Miss Department of History toward publication of a major study in the field of War and Society. At the end of their two-year term, the holder of the Blount Professorship will present a lecture or program based on the findings of their research. Swope is the second recipient of the professorship.

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) recently named Dr. Claire Kimberly, an assistant professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, as the 2015 recipient of the Cindy Winter Scholarship Award.

Humility and reverence are words that come to mind as University of Southern Mississippi student Bailee Alexander reflects on being selected as the inaugural recipient of the Deen and Tate Memorial Scholarship. The endowment is named in honor of Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, who were killed in the line of duty on May 9 of this year.


The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation officially announced the establishment of the endowed scholarship during a special ceremony held Monday, Sept. 28 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host the lecture "It Takes a Cookbook to Raise a Village: Laurel, Mississippi and Community Cookbooks” by Southern Miss history professor Dr. Andrew Haley at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 in room 123 of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus.

Coach Larry Calhoun, star of the “Move to Learn” exercise break videos, will visit The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Child Development (CCD) Monday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. to present a live exercise as part of the Move to Learn initiative. The CCD is located on the west side of the University’s Hattiesburg campus at 3400 Morningside Drive.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore stands outside the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy upon arrival at the North Pole earlier this month. Whitmore, a native of Palmer, Alaska, is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Marine Science (chemistry emphasis) conducting experiments as part of a unique 65-day research cruise sponsored by GEOTRACES. Her research focus involves the study of dissolved methane distribution and transport in the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean. The research cruise will conclude in late October.

(Submitted photo)

Kelley Winship of Tampa, Fla., a University of Southern Mississippi graduate student in the Department of Psychology’s Brain and Behavior Psychology doctoral program, won the Best Student Poster Award at the 2015 Conference on Comparative Psychology. Her poster title was "Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Vocalizations During A Cooperative Task,” and was co-authored with Brittany Jones, Audra Ames, Holli Eskelinen and Dr. Stan Kuczaj.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host “Health and Fitness Week” from Sept. 28 – Oct. 2. This week-long slate of health and wellness themed activities includes opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries will host the free pre-recorded webinar, “Introduction to Proposal Writing,” for nonprofit groups looking for guidance on how to write grant proposals. The webinar will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, from 1-2 p.m. in room 213 of the Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Think Center is hosting an open house for the new Active Learning Classroom Thursday, October 1 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Library room 204 on the Gulf Park Campus at Long Beach.


Inspired by his time as a journalist in Africa, University of Southern Mississippi political science professor Dr. Bob Press has written his third book, Ripples of Hope: How Ordinary People Resist Repression without Violence.

The public is invited to the opening of the exhibit Tasha Tudor: Around the Year Thursday, Oct. 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. It will be presented by the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi and feature 130 original works of art by award winning illustrator, Tasha Tudor.

The exhibit will be on display from October through December at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. Items will be available for purchase at the opening.

On Friday, Oct. 9, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Live Oak Writing Project will host a Student Writer Workshop designed to help students strengthen their writing skills and to assist students preparing submissions for the Scholastic Writing Awards. The workshop will be held in Lloyd Hall on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach from 9 until 11:30 a.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of University Communications has been honored with three awards from the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF). The honors included the federation’s top award, the Lantern, for University Communications work on the website, Choose.USM.edu, as well as Awards of Excellence for the “Choose Southern Miss” advertising campaign, and a series of USM research videos.

Carmen Escobedo, a piano professor and General Director of the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru will visit The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music where she will give a piano master class on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. in Marsh Auditorium, and a recital on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium.

University of Southern Mississippi alumna Ashley Rea (formerly Ashley Cockerham) has recently been named Communication Manager at Sanderson Farms, a position responsible for leading the company’s newly-formed Corporate Communication Department and all of its associated responsibilities.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recently welcomed Jenny Boudreaux as the organization’s new associate director for external affairs.

The legacy of Herbert Johnston’s lifetime of service to his country will live on through an endowed scholarship established with The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation by his widow Anna Mae McNeece Johnston of Benton, Miss. and family.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. hosted a law enforcement panel discussion at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus Sept. 23. Panelists included representatives from Southern Miss, the Hattiesburg Police Department, the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Topics included knowing your rights, compliance, developing a healthy relationship with public safety officials and how to achieve positive interactions with law enforcement. (University Communications photos by David Tisdale)

Professor Elizabeth Resnick from Massachusetts College of Art and Design is the curator of the latest exhibition on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gallery of Art and Design. On Thursday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. she will present "Propaganda and Protest Graphics: A Selective View of Civic Empowerment and Resistance by Artists and Designers in the historic George Hurst Building on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.


When he’s not taking snaps as a quarterback for The University of Southern Mississippi football team, Parker Adamson is taking formidable courses as a standout student in the College of Business.


And now the junior finance major can add another gold star to his impressive resumé as the winner of the 2015 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in October.