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Dr. Marie Danforth, a professor of anthropology at The University of Southern Mississippi and one of the country’s leading bioarchaelogists, was recently awarded the Mississippi Humanities Council’s Humanities Scholar Award. 

The Center for the Study of the Gulf South and the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi will host Emory University professor Dr. Thomas Rogers for his lecture “The Nature of Labor: Work and the Agro-Environment of Sugarcane Brazil” Thursday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101. This event is free and open to the public.

A Hattiesburg resident who played a key role in the civil rights movement in Mississippi will be honored by the Committee on Services and Resources for Women (CSRW) Thursday, March 28 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, April 13 for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

More than 600 University of Southern Mississippi students fanned out across Hattiesburg last Saturday morning to assist with cleaning, painting, landscaping and other tasks as part of the Fourth Annual Big Event community service project.


The students spent half a day performing various assignments at nine different locations in the Hattiesburg area. The Big Event is sponsored by the Student Government Association at Southern Miss.

Cook Library at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg is hosting the exhibit 'The Holmes County Civil Rights Movement, 1964-1969" in the library's lobby through March 28.

The exhibit chronicles the history of the civil rights movement in Holmes County, Miss. during the 1960s. Exhibit materials were donated by Sue (Lorenzi) Sojourner, who experienced the events of the civil rights movement firsthand. She and her husband, Henry, worked with local civil rights leaders to encourage, support and educate African-Americans of the county in their struggle for equality and voting rights.

Pictured are Sojourner, left, along with Robert Clark, the first African-American elected to the Mississippi Legislature since Reconstruction. Sojourner worked in Clark's campaign in 1967, and both were on the Hattiesburg campus March 19 to view the exhibit, with Sojourner giving a talk March 18 about her experiences. Along with Cheryl Reitan, Sojourner co-authored the book Thunder of Freedom, a memoir of her experiences during that era. For more information about the exhibit, contact Jessica Clark at j.m.clark@usm.edu. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

What started as a foggy February morning at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is now a lasting image made into a mural representing the scenic photography of noted Biloxi Sun Herald photographer and Southern Miss alumnus, Tim Isbell.


Inspiration and beauty is what Isbell hopes students, faculty and staff gain from seeing the foggy oaks image as they walk to and from class. “I hope the mural at the Gulf Park campus gives people a sense of the beauty of the campus and the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” he said.

Dr. Jay Dean takes to the podium for the last time in his 25th season with The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra when he conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony on Thursday, March 28 at Bennett Auditorium.

Dr. Les Wallace was the guest speaker during a luncheon hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing and sponsored by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Thursday at the Trent Lott Center. A noted expert on leadership, Wallace is president of Signature Resources Inc., an international leadership firm based in Colorado. His presentation was titled "21st Century Leadership: Thinking Differently." He is co- author of the book A Legacy of 21st Century Leadership: A Guide for Creating a Climate of Leadership Throughout Your Organization. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the panel discussion, “The Business of Birth: Discussion around Medicalized Childbirth in Mississippi,” Tuesday, March 26, from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in room 102 of the Fleming Education Center on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

A lecture to be given Wednesday, March 27 at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg will examine various aspects of the ascension of women in higher education administration.

Incoming University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett has announced the purchase of 1,000 student tickets for the Golden Eagles’ second round NIT game against Louisiana Tech, scheduled for 9 p.m. on Monday.

Dr. Shannon Campbell, a veteran of economic development at all levels, has been named the new director of The Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Kimberly Scherlofsky of Gautier, Miss., recruiter and program coordinator for the International Development doctoral program and adjunct instructor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi, successfully defended her dissertation for her doctoral degree from Austria’s University of Vienna.

A prominent leader in the American Psychology Association will address disparities in health outcomes with respect to race and ethnicity at The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Hildman Colloquium in Psychology Thursday, March 28.

The Gulf Coast Cultural Arts Committee at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn presentation focusing on an art rescue of the works of late Bay St. Louis artist Laurent Smith. The presentation will be held Thursday, March 21 from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the university’s Katrina Research Center, located on the third floor of the Gulf Coast Library.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes Stanley Security Solutions as the official “Facility of Merit Award” sponsor for the 4th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference at Walt Disney World on July 16-18.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory has received funding from the National Science Foundation for the new Science Center for Marine Fisheries.

The Provost’s Office is asking Southern Miss students and faculty to assist in the Fall 2012 Textbook Survey that is now available on SOAR. Faculty and students will find separate surveys, which must be completed before midnight on Friday, April 19 to be included in the final results.

Members of the faculty are asked to make their students aware of the survey. As an incentive to students, a $100 VISA gift card will be presented to two randomly selected students from those who complete the textbook survey.

The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble will present a concert of student concerto winners Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Featured on the program from left to right are Garrick Pitts, clarinet, from Fort Worth, Texas; Andrea Silverio, oboe, from Sao Paulo, Brazil; J. Cam Roberts, (BME), percussion, from Lucedale, Miss; Grant Futch, trombone from Lilburn, Georgia; and Jacob Wisdom, euphonium, from Pensacola, Fla. The concert is free and the public is invited.

University of Southern Mississippi head basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has purchased 1,000 tickets for students to this Wednesday’s NIT opener against Charleston Southern, scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate School and the Graduate Student Senate will host the annual Graduate Student Research Symposium in the Thad Cochran Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 21. An awards luncheon will be held in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Student Government Association (SGA) at the University of Southern Mississippi is hosting The Big Event Saturday, March 23, the fourth year for the city-wide community service project.


Students involved with the Student Government Association lead the volunteer effort, working with many Hattiesburg agencies that will benefit from their services, including Thames Elementary School, Edwards Street Food Pantry, Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center and the Salvation Army.

Dr. Eddie Holloway, right, dean of students at The University of Southern Mississippi, will serve as grand marshal for St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church's 2013 Irish-Italian Festival Parade. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m Saturday, March 16, and travel on West Fourth Street to the church, located across from Reed Green Coliseum. The festival will be held from 5-10 p.m. at the church. For more information, online visit http://www.stthomas-usm.org/.