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The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will present “The Music of Mack Wilberg” in two upcoming concerts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Dr. Wilberg serves as the current conductor for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
 

This briefs package highlights timely news and events from The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact Southern Miss Gulf Coast University Communications at 228.865.4573.

Each year, hundreds of students from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast gear up for their schools’ annual science fairs in hopes of earning the opportunity to showcase their project at the Region VI Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair. The regional fair involves months of planning and leading this charge is University of Southern Mississippi Interim Chief Information Officer David Sliman.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Matthew Planchard will have the unique opportunity to showcase his research in biochemistry to members of Congress as part of a special presentation this spring.

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi Film Department will present a free screening of the movie, “Ballast,” on Feb. 27 in the main auditorium of the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. The event will feature commentary beginning at 7 p.m. and the film screening will follow at 7:30 p.m.

In effort to keep the spotlight on professional health education, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health is hosting its annual spring forum series. 

 

The series, sponsored by Hattiesburg Clinic, will follow the customary three-part format on topics including disease prevention and wellness, the Affordable Care Act, and poverty and its impact on health.

Dr. Phyllis G Jestice, chair and professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi, will lead a discussion on medieval stained glass and the Nova Science video “Building the Great Cathedrals” Monday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the art gallery at Cook Library as part of the spring Science Café series. Admission is free.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, located at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, welcomes four media sponsors for its third annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition, set for July 31-Aug. 2 in New Orleans.

The University of Southern Mississippi University Forum will feature author Jonathan Odell, author of The Healing Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Wilbur Stout Hall, located behind College Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. Friends of University Libraries will host a reception for Odell at 8 p.m. at the Powerhouse Restaurant on campus immediately following the forum.

This news briefs package highlights timely news and events from The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business aims to highlight the importance of integrity in decision making as part of Ethics Week, scheduled for March 5-8 on the Hattiesburg campus.

 Mia McFadden, right, a student at Buckatunna Junior High School in Wayne County, Miss. talks to Anna Beth Williams about her science project at the Mississippi Region I Science and Engineering Fair, held Wednesday at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. McFadden’s project, titled “Blowing in the Wind,” examined the ability of solar panels to power wind turbines for the generation of electricity. Williams, a Southern Miss junior from Hattiesburg, served as a judge for the event.

The University of Southern Mississippi will bring Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon’s comedic “Rumors” to the Martha R. Tatum Theatre stage beginning Friday, Feb. 24. Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance, the play will run through March 4.

The Southern Miss School of Human Performance and Recreation’s therapeutic recreation program received a proclamation from Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree on Feb. 7 declaring February 2012 as Therapeutic Recreation Month in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Coffee and café, The Daily Grind, will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at noon on Thursday, Feb. 23 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is celebrating Black History Month with the free lunch and learn lecture, “Mississippi Black History,” presented by Dr. James Pat Smith, professor of history.

Five University of Southern Mississippi employees were recently chosen for leadership positions with the Hattiesburg Geographic Interest Group (GIG) of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Love, jealousy, betrayal and murder are just a few of the themes that will be on full display when The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music presents the short operas “Cavalleria Rusticana”and “Il Tabarro” Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

Thanks to a gift from The First Bancshares, Inc., The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s Building Better Business Campaign has exceeded the $8 million mark on the way to reaching its $10 million goal.

 

In addition, Southern Miss alumnus Chuck Scianna has issued a matching gift challenge to help raise the remaining $2 million needed to move forward with construction of the new College of Business building this summer.

A 21-member search committee began work on Monday toward identifying the University of Southern Mississippi’s next athletic director.

 

The committee is charged with assisting University President Dr. Martha Saunders with the selection of the next athletic director, and is chaired by Spencer Adams, president of the University’s Athletic Foundation, and Chad Driskell, Saunders’ executive assistant for External Affairs.

To say the staff of the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi simply strives to help Mississippians with disabilities would be vastly understating the group’s mission. Their commitment runs much deeper than that.

The University of Southern Mississippi Chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) recently presented proceeds from its annual Santa’s Bargain Basement Mega Garage Sale in December to the United Way of Southeast Mississippi.

The current issue of the Southern Quarterly, titled "African American Identities," celebrates Black History Month. Edited by University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Professor of English Philip Kolin, it contains scholarly essays on black literature, art, music as well as original poetry by four distinguished black authors plus a bibliography on black architects.

Kerri Jones Paul, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna from Pass Christian, Miss. will appear on the season premiere of the CBS reality television show “The Amazing Race” Sunday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time. She will be joined on the show by her cousin, Stacy Bowers, also of Pass Christian.