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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.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Thursday, Feb. 23 for residents with and without disabilities in Warren and surrounding counties.

Students can make their summer 2012 semester one they’ll never forget through The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular British Studies Program, set for June 28 – July 29.

University of Southern Mississippi administrators and members of their staffs are ready to show off their best moves on the dance floor in conjunction with the formal kickoff of the university’s 2012 Campaign for Southern Miss.  

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Educational Studies and Research will host the Lecture Series in Higher Education beginning Friday, Feb.10 at 11 a.m. in Owings-McQuagge Hall, room 134.

Motorists that routinely travel onto the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus are reminded that access will be temporarily limited in certain areas on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 9 due to the city of Hattiesburg’s first Caerus Mardi Gras Parade.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is no stranger to presenting top quality music with top quality talent. This month, both will be featured in two concerts in one week.

University of Southern Mississippi students will join members of the faculty and staff as part of the entrepreneurial venture known as Startup Weekend, set for Feb. 10-12 at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.

Local artists and crafts vendors are invited to be part of the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, April 7 at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the African-American Genealogy Workshop, taught by Anne Anderson and Joyce Griffith of the Ocean Springs Genealogical Society, Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. in room 204 of the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

An article in a recent issue of the Journal of Hydrology details how a team of scientists headed by researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi found that Hurricane Katrina had minimal long term impact on the water quality of the East Pearl River in southwest Mississippi.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is sponsoring a student essay contest in conjunction with Black History Month. Entry deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 17

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 22 for residents with and without disabilities in Adams and surrounding counties.

The city of Hattiesburg’s first Caerus (“Spirit of Opportunity”) Mardi Gras Parade is set for Thursday, Feb. 9 beginning at 6 p.m. The parade, which will start at the north parking lot of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hillcrest Residence Hall, will include several floats featuring local families, businesses and other organizations.

Exploring innovative teaching strategies will be the primary focus of the 2nd Annual Learning Enhancement Center (LEC) Connects conference set for Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Frances Karnes, distiguished university professor of curriculum, instruction and special education and director of the Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi; and Dr. Kristen Stephens, assistant professor of education and licensure officer at Duke University, have co-authored another book on girls titled Sports and Athletics: A Girls and Young Women's Guide for Success.

Dr. Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor of English in the College of Arts and Letters, recently had the 10thedition of his widely used Successful Writing at Work published through Cengage/Wadsworth, a leading textbook publisher.