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St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hattiesburg announced the “royalty” for this year’s Irish-Italian Festival and Parade. The Grand Marshall is Robert St. John (right), Hattiesburg restaurateur, chef and author who began the Extra Table charity several years ago with a goal to “make sure that no child in Mississippi goes to bed hungry at night.” The King is Dr. Denis A. Wiesenburg (center), provost at the University of Southern Mississippi and the Colleen (Queen) is Deles Roberts, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Administrator.

The University of Southern Mississippi kicked off its “Health is Golden” campaign today (March 6) with a check presentation of $250,000 from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

Robert Moses, a renowned leader in the civil rights movement, spoke with members of the University of Southern Mississippi and Hattiesburg communities following a portrait unveiling and dinner held in his honor March 4 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Phyllis Anderson, the first female tribal chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, will help kick off Women’s History Month events at The University of Southern Mississippi at an opening reception today, March 6 at 4 p.m. in room 101 of the International Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission to Women’s History Months is free and open to the public.

The School of Music at Southern Miss has released tickets for Showbiz Showstoppers, a one-night-only spectacular featuring show-stopping numbers from some of Broadway’s best musicals.

 

A talented cast of students, alumni and community members are already in rehearsals for the April 11 performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963,” a traveling exhibition opening at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Evelyn Gandy Cultural Center on Monday, March 24, examines the relationship between two great people's movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, March 15, for residents with and without disabilities in Warren and surrounding counties.

The Mississippi Academy of Sciences will hold its 78th annual meeting March 6-7 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, with The University of Southern Mississippi serving as one of the event’s sponsors. Several Southern Miss faculty members are serving as chairs and vice-chairs of the Academy’s 13 divisions, as well as making oral and poster presentations along with students from the university.

Local artists and crafts vendors are invited to be part of the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, April 19 at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Teams from The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus, as well as local community colleges, recently continued their tradition of competing in the university’s annual Scholars Bowl. This year, the Sigma Tau Delta Turtles were named the winning team to receive the 2014 Golden Eagle Trophy, which allowed the trophy and title to return home to the Gulf Park campus after Pearl River Community College took home the prize in 2013.

Robert Moses, a renowned leader in the civil rights movement, will be honored with a portrait unveiling at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 at the Trent Lott Center on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

During the Mississippi Alpha Network District Conference held in Greenville, Miss. Jan. 23-26, the Mu Xi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at The University of Southern Mississippi was recognized for its achievements with numerous awards, including the highly sought Chapter of the Year Award.

A Mississippian who upholds her home state’s reputation for producing accomplished writers will be the featured University Forum speaker Tuesday, March 18 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the first of three readings by visiting writers on Wednesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the International Center, room 101. All events in this series are free and open to the public.

Buoyed by a record of excellence in research and leadership at The University of Southern Mississippi, Associate Professor Jeffrey Wiggins has been named the new director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

International development doctoral student Shawn Lowe of Baton Rouge, La. received the award for Best Finance Paper of 2013 at the Academy of Economics and Finance's 51st annual conference Feb 12-15 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is proud to announce that Criterion Venue Security is now requiring their staff to attain NCS4’s Certified Sport Venue Staff (CSVS) Certification - the nation’s first comprehensive sport and special event security credential for front line venue and event staff.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems recently hosted a group of college students from St. Norbert College in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The trip was part of St. Norbert’s T.R.I.P.S. (Turning Responsibility into Powerful Service) program. This is the second year the service outreach program visited the department. Their initial visit was inspired by research published by the College of Health and an article highlighting its influence in the state’s fight against obesity.

University of Southern Mississippi international students will showcase their homelands during the annual International Food Fair Thursday, April 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baptist Student Center, located at 214 North 31st Ave. on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi is seeking applicants for the spring Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR). The application deadline is Monday, March 3.

A $250,000 grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation provides for a new campaign to create and sustain a culture of wellness on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi that will extend into the surrounding communities and schools.

Dr. Carrie Walker, a nuclear physicist and graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Honors College who has worked with the world-renowned Los Alamos National Laboratories, will present “Nuclear Energy: A Global Landscape in Change” Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Wilbur Stout Hall room A on the Hattiesburg campus.

Admission to this event is free. For more information, contact the Southern Miss Honors College at 601.266.4533.

Dr. Gentry McCreary, associate dean of students at the University of West Florida, will present “The Impact of Moral Judgment and Moral Disengagement on Hazing Attitudes and Bystander Behavior in College Males” Wednesday, March 5 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. This free event will be from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in room 105 of Owings-McQuagge Hall, and is open to the university community.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Sustainability is sponsoring Recyclethon, with competition ongoing through March 28. Recyclethon is a competition between students, faculty, and staff to see who can recycle the most items by weight within a four-week period, with weights entered into the RecycleMania competition.