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Jennifer Torres, professor in the Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently won the Seawall Art Award for her sculpture “Home for Everyone” at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center’s 2014 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in Portsmouth, Va. in September.

Charmaine Schmermund, assistant director of public relations at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus, received two awards at the 2014 Southern Public Relations Federation’s (SPRF) annual conference last month in New Orleans.

 

The Southern Miss Food Research Group, a collaboration of various departments at The University of Southern Mississippi that study food, will host “The Culinary Communities of Mississippi: Farm, Table and Campus,” a lecture series that will explore how we cook, eat and grow food in Mississippi.

The first lecture will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Peck House-Asbury Annex on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. "The Carrot and the Stick: The Role of Government in Nutrition" will be presented by Dr. Joseph Weinberg, a political science professor at Southern Miss.

The Department of English on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus will present a Fall 2014 film series titled “The Open Road and the American Frontier” with the first screening and discussion on Oct. 23. The series explores various responses to the closing of the American frontier.

The University of Southern Mississippi Roots N’ Shoots chapter, along with the Department of Biological Sciences, is hosting the Haunted Halloween Science Trail on Friday, Oct. 31 in the Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC), located in the basement of Mississippi Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Whitney Miller, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna who won the inaugural title of “MasterChef” on the Fox reality television show of the same name, will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 7 University Forum. The program will be held at the Trent Lott Center, room 103 A-D at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

Oak Grove middle school student Jonathan Myers, who excelled in regional science fairs held at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently named a semifinalist in the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS program for his project: “The Effect of Ocean Acidification on the Bioluminescence of Pyrocystis fusiformis.”

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Art and Design is hosting the Gallery of Art and Design Inaugural Exhibit: Faculty Works, featuring faculty artists. The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 9, is being held on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus in the newly renovated gallery space of George Hurst Building. Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public.

The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced five new department chairs and directors, including Dr. Ann Marie Kinnell, Anthropology and Sociology; Dr. David L. Butler, Political Science, International Development and International Affairs; Dr. David R. Davies, School of Mass Communication and Journalism; Professor Stacy Reischman Fletcher, School of Music; and Dr. Marek D. Steedman, Interdisciplinary Studies.

With approximately 86,000 cases and 11,000 deaths per year in the United States, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), better known as Staph infection, is a threat that graduate students at the University of Southern Mississippi have taken to task.

 

The deadline to register to vote in Mississippi's Nov. 4th General Election is Saturday, October 4, 2014. 

 

“Every Mississippian should be registered to vote,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  “This is a privilege that comes at the cost of countless men and women who have given their lives for our Country. You can honor their sacrifice by registering to vote today.”

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Buford “Buff” Blount, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who led the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division into Iraq in 2003, will be the featured speaker for the Monday, Sept. 29 McCarthy Lecture Series. It will be held at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Education of the Deaf program, in its College of Health’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has received its second $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. This five-year grant provides full-tuition scholarships to support the training of 40 specialists enrolled in the Master of Science in Education of the Deaf with a concentration in Early Oral Intervention.

The Office of University Communications at The University of Southern Mississippi took home a prestigious Lantern Award for the University’s Closer Look advertising campaign during the Southern Public Relations Federation’s annual conference earlier this month in New Orleans.

 

Gulf Coast artist Milton Williams will be exhibiting more than 40 of his impressionistic landscapes at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Library through Nov. 15.

University Police are finding no corroborating evidence to support an active threat to the Hattiesburg campus related to a Yik Yak post earlier this evening.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra opens its 95th season Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. In true gala opening style, patrons are encouraged to dress in their best fashion for this very special opening entitled “From the New World.”

Dr. Lou Marciani, director of National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, was invited to be a keynote speaker at the annual Union of European Football Association and the European Union (UEFA-EU) Stadium and Security Conference in Warsaw, Poland Sept. 11.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will present a professional development workshop: “Exceptional Learners, Exceptional Instruction” Oct. 2-3 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Andrew Haley, an associate professor in the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi, will discuss the lack of African American references in early Mississippi cookbooks to kickoff the Mississippi Community Cookbook Project. The lecture will take place on Oct. 9 in Cook Library, Room 123 from 6-8 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus.

The public is invited to get all dolled up in dapper threads for a night on the town at the 2nd Annual DuBard School Speakeasy, on Friday, Oct. 3. This 1920’s themed event is hosted by the DuBard School for Language Disorders, a United Way agency, at The University of Southern Mississippi.

A commitment to providing high quality educational and career opportunities to those who defend our freedoms has earned The University of Southern Mississippi a prestigious accolade.

                  

Victory Media Inc., a veteran-owned ratings entity whose work includes identifying organizations, including schools, which engage in practices supportive of active duty military, veterans and their families, has designated Southern Miss a Military Friendly School.

The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department has arrested Brandon Hardin, 20, in conjunction with Monday morning’s social media threat.

Mississippi Public Universities have saved $70 million over the past eight years through efforts to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency, a report made recently to the Board of Trustees revealed. This is the result of a system-wide effort to improve facilities and equipment, track usage and performance, and leverage in-house expertise and partnerships to share best practices.