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Three World War II veterans received the Republic of France’s highest honor during a special ceremony held Thursday, Sept. 29 on The University of Southern Mississippi campus.

University of Southern Mississippi freshman Christopher Lapniewski is asking for the public’s help in locating a high school football state championship ring he lost today (Friday, Sept. 30) while at work.

University of Southern Mississippi Professor of Music Lois Leventhal uses an analogy to capture the excitement of seeing 10 new pianos arrive on the Hattiesburg campus: “It’s like a writer having the proper pen,” she said.

 

Thanks to a partnership with the Kawai Piano Company, the Southern Miss School of Music received the new loaner pianos that will be purchased at a substantial discount as part of a bigger effort to eventually replace all of the old pianos with new ones.

University of Southern Mississippi students and faculty who need assistance with information or documentation regarding administrative services for students may contact Alfreda Horton, coordinator of the university’s new Office of Student Oriented Services.

In The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Accountancy, the numbers tell the story – more and more graduates are landing jobs with prestigious companies.

 

Graduates like Analise Counts, of Mobile, Ala., who obtained her undergraduate degree in accounting and Master of Public Accounting from Southern Miss before securing a position with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Just one month after obtaining her MPA, Counts went from student to corporate climber in the frenzied markets of New York and Los Angeles.

While many students at The University of Southern Mississippi were enjoying their summer vacations, the university’s food service, Eagle Dining, was hard at work preparing for the upcoming school year and making changes.

Dr. Andrew Haley, an associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, will give an informal talk about and autograph copies of his latest book, Turning the Tables: Restaurants and the Rise of the Middle Class, 1880-1920 Saturday, Oct. 1 beginning at 1 p.m. at The Kitchen Table, located at University Mall next to Corner Market on Hardy Street. Light refreshments will be served.

Eagle Dining, through a partnership with the Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC), will offer the university community free cooking classes for the 2011 fall semester.

 

The cooking classes are presented in a fun and informative format, and feature delicious meals taught by Eagle Dining culinarians.

Two media production majors from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism were finalists in the Student Production Excellence category at the 2011 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast Emmy Awards in Atlanta.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Blackout Game is Saturday, Oct. 1 when the Golden Eagles football team takes on Conference USA rival Rice University. All fans are encouraged to wear black to the game and blackout T-shirts can be purchased at Barnes and Noble on the Southern Miss campus.

Larry Panella, director of Jazz Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, will honor the biggest influences in his musical career, with a special concert, “Gestures in Jazz,” on Oct. 3 in Bennett Auditorium.

The School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will conduct a research study Saturday, Oct. 1 involving randomly selected residences south of Interstate 10 in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties. The data collected will be used for a research study concerning the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, October 8 for residents with and without disabilities in Neshoba and surrounding counties.

“Give me that Black and Gold” is the theme for The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2011 homecoming, and the school colors will be on full display as students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters celebrate being a Golden Eagle throughout the week.

The University of Southern Mississippi hosted the “True South Basic Economic Development Course” Sept. 19-22 at the Trent Lott National Center on the Hattiesburg campus.  More than 34 participants from Florida, Mississippi and Alabama attended the four-day program.

HATTIESBURG, Miss.– Kevin Harrison, owner of Heritage Vision Center in Hattiesburg, presented a check for $2,000 to The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

For the past six summers, Heritage Vision has donated a portion of proceeds from eyeglass sales during the month of July to the center. To date Heritage Vision has contributed close to $35,000 to The Children’s Center.

Chondrea Jordan, a senior at Petal High School, never thought she would have the opportunity to get a head start on her future as a biology major while working a summer job. 

 

She expected to spend the summer before her senior year at a dead-end job. Instead, Jordan spent her summer working in the laboratory of Associate Professor Douglas Masterson at The University of Southern Mississippi. 

Gabrielle Alexandria Bulger of Magee, Miss. and Alexandria Taylor Gieger of Laurel, Miss.  are the 2011 recipients of the Mary Loraine Peets Buffett Scholarship at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor of English in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters, along with Dr. Douglas Chambers, associate professor of history at Southern Miss, have edited a special issue of the Southern Quarterly (Summer 2011) celebrating Tennessee Williams’ 100th birthday (1911-2011).

Frank Browning, a journalist who has reported for National Public Radio and such diverse outlets as California Magazine will be the presenter at The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Stout Hall, located behind College Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

The women of Kappa Delta Sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi kicked the  fall 2011 semester off with sorority recruitment while also promoting International Women’s Friendship Month.

Andrew Slemaker, a junior majoring in finance at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the 2011 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Century Park residential complex has gone gold.

 

Named in celebration of the university’s centennial, the 864-bed, living-learning community for freshmen, honors college students and scholarship recipients is now Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified.

As the “baby boomer” population in the nation is nearing retirement age, the need for a focus on aging-related issues has never been more important. 

 

The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) is celebrating “Active Aging Week” from Sept. 25-Oct. 1 with a variety of activities to promote active, healthy lifestyles for adults over the age of 50.