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Just over two months ago, the Hattiesburg area was devastated by a deadly F-4 tornado. The School of Music at Southern Miss faced considerable losses but experienced an overwhelming outpouring from the community and the world.

The University of Southern Mississippi Steel Pan Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band 1 will be joined by some of the biggest names in music for a special concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 19 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Clothesline Project, a national violence awareness and prevention program, will be hosted at The University of Southern Mississippi on April 23-26 on Weathersby Lawn, located between Shoemaker Square and Walker Science Building on the Hattiesburg campus. This free event is sponsored by the Department of English and Student Counseling Services, and is open to the public.

No need to ask University of Southern Mississippi junior Brandon Hersey if he believes dreams will come true. The Hattiesburg native is living one now as a winner of the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

 

Hersey is the University’s third Truman Scholar and the first African American student at Southern Miss to receive the coveted prize. Marie Holowach Federer won in 2011 and Lance Brown, competing in his home state of Alabama, was the first recipient in 1999. Hersey is one of only 62 national finalists chosen for the award and the lone student representing a Mississippi university.

A musical performance by Grammy-nominated folk-rock children’s music group Trout Fishing in America will be held Wednesday, April 10 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center, third floor ballrooms. Held in conjunction with the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, this event is free and open to the public and children of all ages are welcome. 

The Gulf Region Intelligent Transportation Society (GRITS) and the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) hosted the Spring 2013 Regional Workshop that focused on Weigh-in-Motion technology and Interagency Coordination. The workshop was sponsored by Temple, Inc. and Neel-Schaffer.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students Erika Hidalgo of Biloxi, left, and Shaveneil McGrath of D’Iberville stock food pantry shelves Friday, April 5 while at the Gulf Coast Community Ministries in Gulfport. As participants of the Big Event, a university-wide day of service for local communities, Hidalgo and McGrath were among 50 Southern Miss Gulf Coast students and staff who gave their time and attention to a variety of projects, which also included the Bay-Waveland Habitat for Humanity and the DREAM Child Development Center of Hattiesburg. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

The Live Oak Writing Project at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host Camp Live Oak June 24 – 28 at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Designed for students entering third through sixth grades, Camp Live Oak will provide a fun environment where young writers will explore a variety of writing, art and music projects, as well as have fun learning about the 1950s.

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) offered a special welcome to new University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett today at the senator’s office in Washington, D.C. Cochran congratulated Bennett on his selection to lead Southern Miss and welcomed the president’s vision for improving and expanding the university’s educational outreach.

Dr. Ray G Newman, chair of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Community Health Sciences, has received the Founders Medal of Honor Award for continued hard work and dedication to the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Ladell Kraft, speech language pathologist and Sarah Case-Price, speech language pathologist and assistant director, of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development of The University of Southern Mississippi were selected as presenters at the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association Annual Continuing Education Conference (MSHA) in Jackson on March 25- 27.

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating National Poetry Month by hosting a workshop and poetry readings on the Hattiesburg campus.

For the final film screening in the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Film Department will present a free screening and filmmakers discussion of the film “Strong!” Friday, April 26 at 6:45 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, a renowned writer, educator and performer will present a poetry workshop and reading Wednesday, April 17 on the Hattiesburg campus. Her programs will be free and open to the public and presented by the Southern Miss Center for Black Studies in celebration of Poetry Month.

University of Southern Mississippi doctoral candidate Tina McDyess hopes to build a strong foundation in molecular genetics as a participant in the National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute June 3-28 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Kelly Liles is turning fashion despair into hope.

Liles, a University of Southern Mississippi freshman biological sciences major, started “Dresses of Hope” in the summer of 2010. The nonprofit organization provides formal attire to young women in financial need.

University of Southern Mississippi students Michael Sims of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Hannah Roberts of Mount Olive, Miss., have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships which recognize the nation’s next generation of top research scientists.

 

Sims is a junior majoring in polymer science and chemistry, while Roberts is a sophomore chemistry major. Southern Miss accounts for two of the four Goldwater Scholarships awarded this year to students in Mississippi.

The Center for Child Development at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg will host Family Fun Day Sunday, April 14 from 1-5 p.m. in celebration of National Week of the Young Child. Admission is $5 for children and free for adults with proceeds to benefit the Center's playground.

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection Book Group at The University of Southern Mississippi will meet Thursday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. to discuss Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Month. The meeting will be held in the de Grummond Exhibit Room on the second floor of Cook Library, located between the library administration office and the School of Library and Information Science.

The Division of Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg will host a reception Wednesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in the president’s conference room in the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building for students recipients of scholarships funded through the annual Southern Miss-Comcast Golf Classic.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted a training session for 14 individuals from China on March 23-25 in New York City. 

Founders’ Day on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus April 1 was a celebration of the institution’s past, its future and the people who have made it what it is today.

 

It was also the first day of the presidency of Dr. Rodney Bennett, the University’s 10th executive officer.

Outstanding students in all of the academic areas of The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health were recognized at an awards event on Tuesday, April 2, in the Thad Cochran Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus celebrated the university’s Founders’ Day with a reception honoring employees for continuous service of 10 and 20 years to Southern Miss. In recognition of their service, honored employees received a commemorative pin from the university.