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Three acclaimed writers will be the featured guests this spring as part of the Visiting Writers Series at The University of Southern Mississippi. Hosted by the Center for Writers in the Department of English, the dates for the series are set for Jan. 28, Mar. 4 and Apr. 22. All readings are free and open to the public and will be held on the Hattiesburg campus in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108.

Dr. Tom Lansford, professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, is editor for the “Political Handbook of the World 2014.”

University of Southern Mississippi graduate students Ann Rodio and Alexandria Camp will serve as hosts of a special Pre-Valentine’s Day Ballroom Dance for residents of Alden Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families will hold an open house from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30. The center is located at 3503 Morningside Drive on the Hattiesburg campus.

(UPDATED): This story was updated on Friday, Jan. 23, to reflect additional charges filed on Thursday, Jan. 22 which also resulted in an increase in bond for the accused.


A University of Southern Mississippi student was arrested by University Police Jan. 20 in connection with a domestic abuse case.

The University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for the Master of Education in dyslexia therapy program beginning this summer. This will be the second cohort of students entering the nationally recognized and accredited program.

Dr. Justin Barrett of Fuller Theological Seminary will present "Is Religious Belief Natural? The Relevance of Cognitive Science to Faith” Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I, to open the spring 2015 Honors Forum series.

The University of Southern Mississippi's popular lecture series, Philosophical Fridays, will resume Jan. 27 for the spring 2015 semster. This series was launched by the Department of Philosophy and Religion in 2012 and regularly features scholars who share their diverse beliefs and knowledge in philosophy and religion. All lectures will be held on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus and are free and open to the public, thanks to generous support from the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC).

Regaining faith in humanity can happen in many possible forms. John Mark Lawler, assistant professor of graphic design at The University of Southern Mississippi, found it while backpacking and meeting pilgrims of various faiths on the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

An exhibition by Lawler: “Photographs from a Pilgrim’s Perspective” will open Thursday, Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the Gallery of Art and Design in the George Hurst Building until Feb. 18.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will kick off the 2015 Blaine Quarnstrom Playwright Series with a Q&A session with this year’s featured playwright, Guillermo Reyes.  The first Q&A session is Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Tatum Theatre of the Theatre and Dance Building. This session will focus on the playwright’s specific works, creative journey, learning experiences and approaches. A reception will follow in the lobby.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s British Studies Program is marking four decades since it began providing students a global and transforming educational experience that lasts a lifetime.


During the summer 2015 semester, 16 courses will be offered through the BSP and four of the university’s Colleges, including Arts & Letters, Business, Education and Psychology, and Health. Most classes are taught by Southern Miss faculty and also feature lectures and presentations by some of England’s top scholars and business and political leaders.

Sales and Marketing Professionals – Pine Belt, (SMP) have announced the class of professionals and businesses to be honored in the 2015 Awards Program. The awards recognize, promote and honor excellence, professionalism and outstanding achievement in sales and marketing and showcase the highest level of talent in the area.

Dr. Hans W. Paerl, with the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will deliver a guest lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Miss.

The first floor residents of Luckyday Citizenship Hall on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus were named “Best Residential Community” by the National Association of College and University Residence Hall (NACURH) for November, 2014.

Multiple staff members at The University of Southern Mississippi have received recognition for their work in the field of public relations from the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

Dahlia Amato, a second-year doctoral student at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a finalist for one of the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.


Amato, a native of Jakarta, Indonesia, is pursuing her doctorate in polymer science under the tutelage of Dr. Derek Patton. She is one of only 77 applicants chosen as finalists from approximately 1,200 applicants nationwide. Thirty fellowships will be awarded in March. Amato is the first Southern Miss student to become a Soros Fellowship finalist.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, in conjunction with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), has developed a national risk management training and assessment program for interscholastic athletics and after-school activities across the country.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Multicultural Programs and Services will give students an opportunity to learn more about African American history and culture in February through its Black History Month programs.

Last fall, The Department of Theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi was selected as a broadcast venue for Britain’s illustrious National Theatre.

On Jan. 27, Southern Miss, one of a few designated locations in the country specifically chosen and equipped to broadcast National Theatre Live’s productions, will open the 2015 season with DV8’s JOHN, followed by Treasure Island. Both productions will be held in Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Aquila, the University of Southern Mississippi digital repository containing scholarly works created by faculty, staff and students, recently logged its 200,000th download. With new projects in the works for 2015, the site shows no signs of slowing down.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) will host an evening with award-winning nature photographer Tom Ulrich at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in GCRL’s Caylor Auditorium.

As the United States and Cuba resume diplomatic relations after more than half a century, The University of Southern Mississippi offers a study abroad program on the Caribbean island nation May 9-24.

Economic trends and forecasts will take center stage during the Economic Outlook 2015 Forum set for Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Friday, Jan. 23, for any residents of Hinds and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.