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The Golden Eagle Battalion at The University of Southern Mississippi recently earned top honors at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).  Out of 39 universities within the 6th Brigade at LDAC, Southern Miss’ ROTC Cadets placed second, topping perennial rivals, including University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Auburn University, University of South Alabama, Tulane University and Louisiana State University. 

The Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi will present Mark’d in Time on Oct. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. at the Thirsty Hippo, located at 309 McLeod Street in downtown Hattiesburg. Admission is $5, check or cash only.

Standing tall at nearly 60 feet and with limbs reaching out 155 feet, the Friendship Oak beckons all her visitors to marvel at the beauty of a tree whose life dates back over 500 years.

In only its second year, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures’ Chinese program at The University of Southern Mississippi has grown to 34 enrolled students participating in the beginning and intermediate levels in Chinese..

The Friends of University Libraries in conjunction with the Favre 4 Hope Foundation, Salvation Army, and Red Door Marketing Agency are working to improve the Christmas season for Pine Belt and Mississippi Gulf Coast children by launching the third annual Give a Child a New Book Day campaign.

A debate between The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society and the British National Debate Team will be held on the Hattiesburg campus Monday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom 1. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Bill Holcomb, associate professor and director of the Athletic Training Program at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Human Performance and Recreation, has been awarded Fellowship by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA).

As part of Homecoming 2013 festivities, The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach and the Alumni Association have partnered to host an Alumni Professional Development Summit Thursday, Oct. 24 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center (view location at http://map.usm.edu/campus_map.php?id=27821). Check-in and registration is from 7:30-8:15 a.m.

With a focus on eliminating barriers to degree completion, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business has implemented significant changes to its Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association will induct seven of the university’s most dedicated and distinguished volunteers into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 25 as one of the highlights of the 2013 Homecoming celebration.

Homecoming week at The University of Southern Mississippi will include recognition of prominent alumni, celebration of the restoration of a campus landmark and the school mascot on display like never before.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for the re-opening of College Hall Friday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. The building underwent a $6 million renovation and restoration over the last two years and is now home of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. Tours of the building will be conducted following the ceremony.

On Monday, Oct. 14, a select group of 17 Southern Miss junior and senior student-athletes participated in the first of four career-development workshops at the Duff Athletic Center, all of which will feature a former Southern Miss student-athlete.

A University of Southern Mississippi history professor is the first recipient of a professorship named for a Southern Miss alumnus and hero of the second Gulf War.

Susannah Ural, who also serves as co-director of the university's Center for the Study of War and Society, was recently awarded the General Buford “Buff” Blount Professorship in Military History at a reception held recently at Blount’s home in Hattiesburg.

A Mississippi native who went on to become the editor of the Sacramento Bee and a vice president for McLatchy Newspapers spoke to University of Southern Mississippi journalism students in a master class held recently on the Hattiesburg campus.

After nearly two years of planning, a giant golden eagle sculpture has landed on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

 

The sculpture, designed by Idaho artist/sculptor David Anderson, was placed in its permanent home on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the apex of the All-American Rose Garden that faces Hardy Street. Anderson was on hand as the bronze sculpture was hoisted via crane into place.

Dr. Gregory A. Carter, associate professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been appointed interim associate dean for the Gulf Coast operations of the College of Science and Technology. As interim associate dean, Carter is responsible for working with the college’s faculty and staff to manage teaching, student advisement and research.

In an effort to better equip students for professional success, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business is offering a new graduate certificate program in the foundations of business.

The sole 2013 inductee into the Southern Mississippi Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame is an Emmy-winning alumnus who for nearly 40 years has been among the most prominent local television journalists in the largest media market in the United States.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism’s annual symposium, titled “A Legend Comes Home: Honoring Chuck Scarborough” will be held for the first time in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming activities.

Kimberly Page, a University of Southern Mississippi junior from Ellisville, Miss. won the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg. The victory earned her a spot in the Miss Mississippi Pageant, which will be held in July in Vicksburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will become a broadcast venue for Britain’s illustrious National Theatre.

Beginning Oct. 15-16 with Shakespeare’s Othello, starring Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear, the Department of Theatre will broadcast live recordings of London performances at Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi geography and geology master’s student James Ewing has quite a story to tell. While completing research for his geography masters degree, he climbed all of Colorado’s 58 peaks -- over 14,000 feet each.

 

Declaring “we will not yield and we will not go quietly into the night,” Gov. Phil Bryant vowed to lead the fight against the U.S. Army’s recommendation to close the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Bryant made the remarks Friday during a news conference on the Hattiesburg campus outside of Southern Hall, where the university’s Army ROTC headquarters are located. He was joined by Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett and other dignitaries, including retired Gen. Buford Blount, a graduate of the program who led U.S. forces in toppling the regime of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), located at The University of Southern Mississippi, is hosting a National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit Jan. 28-30, 2014 on the Hattiesburg campus.