November 29, 2015  

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The University of Southern Mississippi will host a film viewing and panel discussion of “Freedom for Birth,” a 58-minute film that re-frames human rights as the most pressing issue in childbirth today. The event will be held on the Hattiesburg campus in the Liberal Arts Building’s Gonzales Auditorium (LAB 108) Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

United States Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) held his first Annual Youth Leadership Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Student Health Services Clinic is hosting FLU BOO! Wednesday, Oct. 31.  Students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate Halloween by coming to trick or treat at the clinic, see its healthcare providers in costume and receive a flu shot. The clinic is located just north of Kennard-Washington Hall.

From gang member to renowned fashion designer, the story of Nary Manivong offers a testament to determination, perseverance and fortuitous timing.


Members of The University of Southern Mississippi community and the Pine Belt area at large will have a chance to learn more about Nary’s incredible journey during a screening of the documentary “Dressed” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department (UPD) encourages students and members of the faculty and staff to take time to examine the latest edition of the Security and Fire Safety Report, available  at ( in hard copy form in the University Police Department lobby, located in Bond Hall on the north side of the Hattiesburg campus.

Hannah Roberts, a sophomore from Mount Olive, Miss., bested a field of 14 contestants to win the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant Saturday, Oct. 27 at Hattiesburg’s Lake Terrace Convention Center. The event is a preliminary for the Miss Mississippi Pageant next summer in Vicksburg.


Roberts is a biochemistry major and student in the university’s prestigious Honors College. She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, the American Chemist Society, Eagle Connections and has served as a volunteer with the Golden Eagle Welcome Weekend (GEWW) Crew. She is the daughter of James and Danna Roberts.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast presented the 2012 Outstanding Staff Awards to three staff members for the integral role they play in providing support to the university on the Gulf Coast.

Critically acclaimed as "a passionate pianist and scholar," Svetlana Belsky is an in-demand recitalist and chamber pianist, noted for her remarkable rapport with audiences and stylistic versatility. This gifted artist comes to Hattiesburg as part of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s Guest Artist Series Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium. The concert is free of charge.

The 2012 inductees into The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame include four of the institution’s most prominent alumnae, including an interactive journalism pioneer, an Emmy-winning television executive, a popular New Orleans television news anchor and a former Southern Miss president.       

Several University of Southern Mississippi faculty members will take the stage with the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra to perform an exciting program of classical and classical-style pieces at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 in Bennett Auditorium.

Dr. Mary Frances Nettles, director of the National Food Service Management Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded Kansas State University’s 2012 College of Human Ecology Distinguished Research Award.

A debate between The University of Southern Mississippi Debate Society and the British National Debate Team will be held Monday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The event, sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Arts and Letters,is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) received the Gold Delta Award for heightened membership during a National Workshop held earlier this month in San Antonio, Texas.


The award is presented to chapters that have experienced a minimum 35 percent increase in membership from year to year. The Southern Miss chapter of ALD produced a 69 percent increase as membership grew from 71 members in 2011 to 120 this year.

Fourteen University of Southern Mississippi students will vie for the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant crown Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center.

A case study examining university-led hurricane recovery programs focused on community sustainability by including cultural elements relevant to program participants will be the focus of a presentation Nov. 7 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

The momentum that has been building within the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi received a significant boost recently with accreditations granted/renewed for several programs.

Amy Radican-Wald, a 2002 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi Master of Public Health program in the Department of Community Health Sciences, was elected as the Mississippi delegate to the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Governing Council by the Mississippi Public Health Association (MPHA) during the association's annual conference in Philadelphia, Miss., last month.

While Mannoni Performing Arts Center undergoes renovation, the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance’s Repertory Dance Company will take it to the streets, presenting dances created and performed at the Hattiesburg Zoo, the Holloway Transfer and Storage Building, Click Boutique, 206 Front, and in the alleys and hidden doorways of downtown Hattiesburg. 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Lake Thoreau Environmental Center will celebrate its grand opening Saturday, Oct. 27 with the Rattler Ramble 5K and Runners High Kids Fun Run beginning with check-in at 9 a.m. at the center. The race will start at 10 a.m. and refreshments and music will follow the event at the center.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. in the Thad Cochran Center ballrooms II and III on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus for Virginia Berry, 63, a member of the university’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty who died Monday, Oct. 15 at her home in Hattiesburg. A reception will follow.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting submissions from publishers for the 27th Annual Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards (known collectively as the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award). Submissions will be accepted at any time during the year through Dec. 30, 2012.

The Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is supporting safe trick-or-treating by hosting, “Nightmare on Golden Eagle Street,” Friday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The Katrina Research Center at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is hosting the exhibit, “Levant: A Visual Essay,” by Lori K. Gordon through January 2013. The exhibit features photographs and collages of modern life in Israel/Palestine.

Interested in buying a home for your family in a Jackson neighborhood? The Institute for Disability Studies’ Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) may have just the house for you.

The informational meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Morning Star Baptist Church at 3420 Albermarle Road in Jackson, Miss. Housing counselors will be available at the meeting to discuss eligibility and income requirements. A credit education workshop will be held at 7:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served.