December 21, 2014  

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Jennifer Brannock, curator of rare books and Mississippiana in Special Collections of University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi, and Nicole Lawrence, Mississippi Digital Library Coordinator in University Libraries, were both honored at the Mississippi Library Association Conference Oct. 14-17 in Vicksburg.

Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, coordinator for Community Inclusion and Volunteer Services, at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), was elected to the board of directors for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) during the organization’s 2014 annual conference in Washington D.C.  

Sounds of the season will reverberate throughout the sanctuary at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg as The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Holiday Choral Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 4.


In addition to the Symphony Orchestra, the special evening of music will feature The Southern Chorale, Concert Choir, Southern Miss Men and Women's Choruses and local choral groups from Forrest County Agricultural, Columbia Academy, Oak Grove High School, Sumrall, Lamar Christian, Laurel High School and Hattiesburg High School.

A research consortia led by The University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded $11 million by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil and dispersant on the Gulf’s ecosystem and public health.

Dr. Lawrence Hosman, left, professor of communication studies at The Univesity of Southern Mississippi, receives a Certificate of Appreciation honoring his late wife, Dr. Susan Siltanen, from Ted Tibbett, center, and Chuck Singleterry of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3036. The VFW honored Dr. Siltanen for her nearly 30 years of service to the VFW Post 3036 as a judge for its student essay scholarship program.  Siltanen was a professor of communication studies and former dean of the Graduate School at Southern Miss. Members of the Southern Miss Graduate Student Senate will now serve the VFW as judges for the contest as a community service project.(University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Jean Jones, vice president and community development coordinator for Trustmark Bank, was presented the 2014 Housing Initiative Partner of the Year Award by The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at the fall meeting of the IDS Housing Advisory Council on Oct. 29.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism will host Tony Podesta, the founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, who will present, “The ‘King of K Street:’ Champion of Social Change or Political Profiteer?” This lecture will be held Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. in the Polymer Science Building, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Andrew Haley’s discerning palate may help decide who wins the Pillsbury Bake-Off's $1 million grand prize.


Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Dec. 6, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

University of Southern Mississippi Police has arrested a former student at the school for allegedly stalking two members of the faculty and posting an e-mail threat against the University at its Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Joshua Scarabin, 40, of Carierre, Miss., has been charged with two counts of cyberstalking and one count of posting a threat to cause injury. Bond has been set in Forrest County Justice Court at $25,000 for each count.

A former University of Southern Mississippi staff member who worked on the Hattiesburg campus has been placed under arrest.

Quandom Benn, 31, turned himself in Nov. 17 to the University Police Department (UPD) after being charged with seven misdemeanor counts each of stalking and disturbing the peace. Each offense is punishable by fines and jail time of up to one year.

Missy Schraeder, speech language pathologist with the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received an Innovator Award as an Outstanding Educator in a College or University from the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society will host Vina A. Lanzona, who will present Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines for the Center’s next War and Society Roundtable. The program is set for Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Public Library and will be moderated by Associate Professor of History Dr. Heather Stur.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host renowned trombonist Joseph Alessi, for two performances on Sunday, Nov. 23 and Monday, Nov. 24 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

More than 100 students, faculty, alumni and community members gear up to race in 19th annual Homecoming 5K Eagle Run at The University of Southern Mississippi. Athletic training students, in the School of Human Performance and Recreation, successfully hosted the event held on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach will host Diversity Week Nov. 17-20. The schedule of events will highlight the diverse Southern Miss community, and all students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.

The Hattiesburg community will be treated to a pair of concerts next week by two University of Southern Mississippi bands. Both events will take place at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi will conclude the fall theatre season with a production of a family classic, The Wind in the Willows. Performance dates are Nov. 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in Tatum Theatre.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a free fair housing workshop on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Institute for Disability Studies on the Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Students representing several teams at The University of Southern Mississippi will tackle one of the state’s more pressing problems as part of the “Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge” set for Monday, Nov. 17 on the Hattiesburg campus.


More than 50 students from 7 high schools in the state will participate in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials High School Competition Thursday, Nov. 13 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. The competition will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Thames Polymer Science Research Center, concluding with an awards ceremony.

Using selections from the University Libraries Special Collections at the McCain Library and Archives, an exhibit is on display in the Cook Library lobby honoring the University of Southern Mississippi’s longstanding relationship with veterans and military.

The words “military-friendly” represent more than a catch-phrase or snazzy label to Maj. Gen. Jeff Hammond (U.S. Army Ret.) and The University of Southern Mississippi. The designation serves as a guiding light for the University’s new Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families.


With assistance from The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, the Center has launched an annual fundraising initiative designed to help expand awareness of the program’s services. The fundraiser will be held each year to coincide with the national Veterans Day holiday (Nov. 11).


For the third year in a row, The University of Southern Mississippi will host the British National Debate Team as they take on the Southern Miss Forensics Society in a friendly debate. The debate will be held Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Ballroom on the Hattiesburg campus. Sponsored by the Department of Communication studies in the College of Arts and Letters, the event is free and open to the public.