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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.

The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host this month’s session of the Spring Poetry Reading Series featuring Dr. Casey Maugh on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. in room 204 of the Gulf Park campus library in Long Beach.

The most important aspect of embracing diversity is for individuals to recognize that no matter how different we all seem from the outside, we’re all still human and face similar challenges.

 

That’s the philosophy held by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dr. Kim LeDuff, associate professor and associate director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, who says her work as an educator allows her to fulfill her commitment to inclusiveness and educating people about the importance of diversity in an increasingly multicultural society.

Tuesday’s much anticipated “Dancing with the Deans” event at a packed Thad Cochran Center Ballroom on the University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus treated its audience to a mix of Fred Astaire-style agility and a few disco-inspired flashbacks.

 

Featuring Southern Miss administrators and their dance partners, the event was held in conjunction with the formal kickoff of the university’s 2012 Campaign for Southern Miss.

Officers with The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department will teach a self-defense class Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. – noon in the Hall of Honors, located on the second floor of the R.C. Cook University Union.

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of the Provost recently announced members of its faculty as recipients of various prestigious grants and honors. Excellence in instruction, research, leadership, mentorship, librarianship and service to the university were among the key criteria used in selection of the recipients.

The many facets of motherhood will be open for discussion and interpretation during the inaugural Mother/Nature Conference, set for March 16-17 at The University of Southern Mississippi. The conference, sponsored in part by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, will be held at the Thad Cochran Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Residence Life will establish two Native American residential communities on campus beginning fall 2012 semester. The purpose of these living-learning communities is to help make the transition to college smoother for Native American students and offer them a home at Southern Miss where their culture can be strengthened.

Presidents and chancellors from 16 universities met in Dallas Sunday to discuss future conference membership plans and agreed to work on forming a new intercollegiate athletic association that would begin competition in the 2013-14 academic year.