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The Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi will honor retiring dance professor Shellie Nielsen at the upcoming Repertory Dance Company’s (RDC) Spring Concert. The performance will be held April 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and April 19 at 2 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and military and $6 for students.

It’s Paul Zelinsky’s hope that the 2015 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi was a source of inspiration for all its participants, particularly school teachers and librarians who attended, to keep doing what they do best: motivate young people to read.

Dr. Joseph S. Paul has worked at The University of Southern Mississippi for more than 40 years, spending the last 21 as vice president for Student Affairs. In February, Paul announced his retirement from the vice president’s position, effective June 30, 2015.

 

In celebration of his service to Southern Miss, the Southern Miss Alumni Association will host a Retirement Roast in his honor on Friday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom, located on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association has announced that festivities for Homecoming 2015 will occur on Saturday, Oct. 17, when the Golden Eagle football team battles Conference-USA rival University of Texas at San Antonio at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

In a follow-up to last season’s smash hit musical, Rent, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will present the exhilarating rock musical Spring Awakening, adapted by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater from the original play by Frank Wedekind.

 

The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome Dr. Jeffrey Grey, an international expert on military history, as the featured speaker for the Annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series on Monday, April 13.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is hosting various events throughout the week of April 12 in honor of National Library Week.

United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s Volunteer Hattiesburg will partner with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement to hold a community volunteer fair on Thursday, April 16 to provide an opportunity for the community of Hattiesburg and Southern Miss students to connect with local non-profit agencies and discover volunteer opportunities.

The largest construction project in The University of Southern Mississippi’s 105-year history culminated today (April 9) with the official ribbon-cutting of Century Park South – a new student housing complex on the University’s Hattiesburg campus.

 

A large group of Southern Miss faculty, staff, students, state officials and other friends of the University gathered on the grounds of Spirit Park to celebrate the $55.6 million project. Century Park South brings state-of-the art residence halls to Southern Miss, providing 954 beds for freshmen and other scholarship students.

Did you know a landlord cannot refuse to rent to a family with kids? Did you know a service animal is not a pet? Did you know that a landlord cannot “steer” a person to a particular apartment or listing?  

 

April is National Fair Housing Month and The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) recognizes that fair housing laws and practices should be highlighted in April as well as all other months of the year.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) are excited to offer a new Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Security Management.

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) and the Southern Students About Service (SSAS) at The University of Southern Mississippi are dedicated to helping individuals in recovery.

Mississippians have always liked living and working in their home communities. Mississippians with disabilities are no exception. House Bill 836, adopted by the Mississippi House of Representatives and Senate on March 31, will provide new opportunities for people with disabilities to use their skills and strengths as part of the state’s workforce.

The Honors College at the University of Southern Mississippi will host an “Out of the Darkness” Campus Walk benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Saturday, April 18 at Pride Field at 5 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus.

The third annual VooDoo 5K Run will be held Saturday, April 18 at 8 a.m. at Walthall Park in downtown Hattiesburg in conjunction with the annual Downtown Crawfish Jam. Proceeds benefit The University of Southern Mississippi Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic, which provides mental health services at a reduced cost to qualified Hattiesburg area residents.

The 48th Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate the genre of children’s literature April 8-10 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Presented by the university’s School of Library and Information Science, the festival also recognizes promising new talent in the field during the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award ceremony.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will host a 2015 Youth Health Equity Fellowship in conjunction with the Southeastern Health Equity Council. Lavonne D. Brown, a doctoral student in the School of Health Science at Jackson State University, has been selected as the participating fellow.

 

Brown will participate in research on the healthy food initiative from May through August. Her work includes the development of a regional food resource directory and preparation of communication strategies to increase the awareness of health equity issues.

The University of Southern Mississippi will pay special tribute to its graduate students with a variety of activities tied to Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 6-10 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) will host a seminar series, Deepwater Horizon:  A scientist’s perspective,” which will begin on April 20, the fifth anniversary of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Pam Parry, author of “Eisenhower: The Public Relations President,” discussed her book and its findings during an address at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and boyhood home in Abilene, Kan., on March 31.

Several South Mississippi students showcased their entrepreneurial ideas during The Southern Entrepreneurship Program’s 8th annual series of regional high school business plan competitions held Tuesday, March 24, in Long Beach, Miss.

The Department of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi has selected Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson, distinguished professor in marine science at the University of South Carolina, as the 2015 Denis and Jean Wiesenburg Distinguished Lecturer in Ocean Science. As the distinguished lecturer, Benitez-Nelson will give two presentations focused on the marine environment.

Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory have spent decades studying soft-shell blue crabs. The research has led to the development of one of just two blue crab hatcheries in the U.S.

The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated Founders’ Day 2015 on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses with the awarding of service pins, recognition of academic achievement among students and the installation of Student Government Association officers.

 

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Southern Miss gathered on Monday, March 30 to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the University’s legislative founding.