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With no oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform and 90 percent of federal waters open to fishing, consumers are left to decide if they will eat the delectable delicacies of the deep.

For the third time since the deadly explosion and spill, a team of University of Southern Mississippi business experts is researching whether customers are buying and eating Gulf Coast shrimp versus imported shrimp.

Some of the top scientists in our region will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Oct. 29-30 for the annual meeting of the South Central Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (SCB-ASM).

Three members of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education (CISE) faculty are leveraging their scholarly experience and commitment to service as officers in three state organizations.

Busy is the ideal catchword to describe the agenda within the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi over the next couple of weeks.

The frenzy begins with the inaugural Business Week Lecture Series set for Oct. 26-28.

Effective solutions concerning flood and windstorm insurance for the Mississippi Gulf Coast have yet to be developed by either the federal government or private sectors following Hurricane Katrina.

The third floor of the Thad Cochran Center was abuzz with activity during the Fall Career Fair held on Wednesday, Oct. 20 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

Sponsored by Career Services, the fair is conducted twice during the academic year (spring and fall) and provides students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with potential employers across the South Mississippi region and beyond.

Job placement remains the hallmark of the Medical Technology program which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary during homecoming festivities at The University of Southern Mississippi.

As the global citizenry has moved from World Wars to Cold War and now to global terror, it has become more segmented with non-state enemies, explained former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright who was in Hattiesburg, Miss. Tuesday to deliver The University of Southern Mississippi’s second biennial Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy.

Jon Mark Weathers, former district attorney for the Twelfth Judicial  District, will join The University of Southern Mississippi as university counsel beginning Nov. 15, President Martha Saunders announced today.

Ten University of Southern Mississippi students will compete this Saturday for the title of Miss University of Southern Mississippi and the opportunity to advance to the state pageant.

Whether in the production of golf balls, reading glasses or baby diapers, students from two area high schools saw firsthand the far-reaching impact polymers have on their world Tuesday during The University of Southern Mississippi’ s  Bayer Materials Science High School Program.

The University of Southern Mississippi men’s athletics program recently accepted the Halbrook Award for having the highest graduation rate among Mississippi’s public universities during the past academic year. It was the seventh consecutive time for the men’s program to win the award and the eighth time overall.

The Halbrook Award recognizes colleges and universities that maintain and achieve high academic standards for student-athletes, thus encouraging high graduation rates.

The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Writers will host a reading on Friday, Oct. 22 featuring the acclaimed poet Michael Dumanis.

A writer is the key suspect in a police investigation about a series of child murders that mirror his short stories in the hit play “The Pillowman,” presented Oct. 21-29 by The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance.

“The Pillowman” is a 2003 black comedy by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. In 2004, the play received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best New Play.

Dr. John Siegfried, emeritus professor of economics at Vanderbilt University, will be the featured speaker during a seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Now that long-standing enemies have become allies and global terrorism has outstripped traditional patterns of war and peace, the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the 21st century is in question.

On Monday, October 18 a portion of Golden Eagle Drive from West 4th Street to Black and Gold Boulevard will be closed to allow for dismantling of the crane used to erect the parking garage. During this time motorists entering campus from West 4th Street must travel on Eagle Walk or M.K Turk Circle around Reed Green Coliseum.

Access to the Payne Center commuter parking lot will only be available through M.K Turk Circle around the coliseum. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area and be aware of other possible detours or limited access during this time.

A selection of photos from  the Civil Rights Movement’s Freedom Summer initiatives in Hattiesburg make up an exhibit currently on display at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cook Library gallery.

Looking for an avenue to honor her late father, his service to country and community, as well as her alma mater, Dr. Beverly Dale created the Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy at The University of Southern Mississippi.

This year the lecture series features former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m., in Hattiesburg’s Historic Saenger Theatre. Her lecture, titled “The Future of NATO,” is based upon her service as chair of a group of experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept.

An internationally recognized expert in polymer nanotechnology and former researcher with IBM’s Almaden Research Center will give a lecture at the University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday, Oct. 19.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus was abuzz Wednesday, not only with the sound of landscaping machinery but with the enthusiasm of nearly 40 Motorola executives helping beautify the coastal campus.