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The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating the birthday of Charles Darwin with its first “Darwin Day” Feb. 14 on the Hattiesburg campus. 

 

The event features exhibits, morning spotlight talks by a group of diverse Southern Miss students and professors and afternoon events featuring a Darwin Quiz and teaching workshop. 

Two members of The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society recently competed at the Worlds Universities Debating Championship in Chennai, India. Seniors Brandon Hersey and Michael Sims, along with coach Frankie Glennis-Watts, left for India on Christmas day and spent over a week in the city of Chennai, India.

More than 100 high school students participated in a hands-on business symposium hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE) on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Biological Sciences will host three Night at the Museum overnight outreach activities this spring. These unique adventures at the popular science museum are “overnight retreats” for students in grades 4-8.

To commemorate and educate about the history of civil rights in America, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will host “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which will feature three different discussions and their accompanying documentary films. Each discussion will be held from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and follow with the film at 6 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries will host a talk about its de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection on Tuesday Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery, located next to Starbucks.

Renowned African-American author Clifton Taulbert will headline The University of Southern Mississippi’s Black History Month programming when he will be the guest speaker for the annual Branch-Armstrong Lecture Series Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Hattiesburg Area Multi-sport Racing (H.A.M.R.’d) group is sponsoring a half marathon February 8, 2014 at Lake Thoreau Environmental Center (LTEC).

The trail race allows runners to choose either the half marathon or 5K. The event is sponsored by H.A.M.R.’d and Hub City Velo.

The scenic half marathon will take runners from the new Lake Thoreau Center through two abbreviated laps of the Golden Eagle Trail complex on some of the most challenging and undulating single track in the state.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday. Feb. 7, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s MBA program has been rated among the nation’s Top 200 part-time business programs in rankings for 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.

Matthew Johnson encourages his sixth-grade students to be “lifelong givers. Looks like his California class is off to an impressive start.

 

The students, who attend Alice G. Mulcahy Middle School in Tulare, Calif., were inspired by the story of Hattiesburg, Miss., washerwoman Oseola McCarty, who left the vast majority of her life savings to The University of Southern Mississippi for the establishment of a perpetual scholarship.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design announces Aquaflora, a collaboration between the Southern Miss Museum of Art and Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. The exhibition features works by Jasmina Danowski, Suzanna Fields, Bassmi Ibrahim, Judy Pfaff, Allison Stewart, and Carlyle Wolfe.  Aquaflora will be on exhibition now through March 22. 

 

Since its release, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” the autobiography of former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Dr. Robert M. Gates, has been both a best-seller and the topic of intense conversations across the country. On Thursday, Feb. 6, the book will also be the focal point of Gates’s presentation at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.

 

Norbert Putnam, a bassist-producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music, spoke to University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism students in the school’s recording industry program about his experiences in and knowledge of the music industry Friday, Jan. 24 during a master class on the Hattiesburg campus.

Norbert Putnam, left, a bassist-producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music, spoke to University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism students in the school’s recording industry program about his experiences in and knowledge of the music industry Friday, Jan. 24 during a master class on the Hattiesburg campus.

Sport and security officials from across the country based at universities, colleges, athletics conferences and associations, as well as high-profile security entities, will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Jan. 28-30 for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security’s (NCS4) National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit.

Fifty years after he marched for equal rights, Anthony Harris returned to downtown Hattiesburg Jan. 22 to retrace his steps in pursuit of a more just society.

 

Harris, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, braved chilly temperatures along with many area residents, students and other supporters for the Freedom Day reenactment march in downtown Hattiesburg. The event, part of the university's programming commemorating Freedom Summer, recognized those who marched for voting rights and equal access to facilities for African Americans in Hattiesburg in that pivotal year of the civil rights movement.

Experts from the Gulf South region offered economic updates and projections for the New Year during the Economic Outlook 2014 symposium held Jan. 23 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

 

A packed audience at the Thad Cochran Center ballroom heard the latest in economic developments and forecasts from several guest speakers.

Dr. Wes Johnson, professor of criminal justice at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be a keynote speaker at Sacred Heart Parish Church in Hattiesburg’s Faith and Justice Conference Saturday, Jan. 25. The conference will be held at Sacred Heart High School, located at 510 W. Pine Street from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Feb. 1, for residents with and without disabilities in Clay and surrounding counties.

Offering Mississippi’s only undergraduate degree program in marine science, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast continues to enhance and enrich the program for students planning to enter the field of marine science. Most recently, the degree program expanded with the addition of marine science instructor, Dr. Danielle Greenhow, who specializes in marine mammal acoustics and bioacoustics.

The “Greatest Show on Dirt” is returning to Hattiesburg. The Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 29th Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo on Feb. 14-15 at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center.

Wilton Jackson, a junior broadcast journalism major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been chosen to participate in the USA Today Collegiate Correspondent Program which runs from Jan. 13 – May 9.

The Library of Hattiesburg will offer more than just words on a page when it serves as the multimedia venue for a unique event constructed in tribute to Dana Ragsdale. The event, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, will include a memorial concert interwoven with readings and a dedication of the artwork donated to the library by Ragsdale.