October 21, 2014  

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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.

When University of Southern Mississippi Information Technology (iTech) staffer Valerie Craig discovered that an entire day had been set aside to provide health exams and screenings to campus employees, she circled the date on the calendar.

Answering a call to community service, several members of the Center on Aging at The University of Southern Mississippi plan to participate in the annual Memory Walk for Alzeheimer’s fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center.

When entrenched in tough international negotiations, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright chose to wear pins to subtly communicate with foreign diplomats.

An online educational resource devoted to promoting cutting-edge technology use in the classroom has identified a longtime member of The University of Southern Mississippi faculty as among the best in her field.

Approximately 100 nursing students at The University of Southern Mississippi will participate in an online disaster preparedness workshop sponsored by the American Red Cross.

The Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a free disability awareness Webinar for media professionals at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 4.

Tom Herrington, founding member of the Historic Ocean Springs Saltwater Flyfishing Club (HOSSFLY), recently led a “fly-tying” auction to raise money in support of Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) tarpon research project.