August 22, 2014  

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On the heels of an exciting season of thrilling performances, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance will return to a repertory format for the 35th season of Southern Arena Theatre June 23-July 17.

University of Southern Mississippi student Christopher Brady Davis of Nashville, Tenn., has been awarded $250 and a selection of books by the Paleopathology Association for his research of the first documented incident of tuberculosis (TB) in Mississippi and one of the oldest in North America.

Ana Cristina Abrantes, a music performance major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received the annual Presser Award, presented by the Presser Foundation of Haverford, Penn.

The cash stipend is given to promising senior student of music in accredited collegiate music programs. A cellist, Abrantes performs with the Meridian (Miss.) Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and was invited to perform a solo recital during this year’s FestivalSouth in Hattiesburg.

A University of Southern Mississippi campus group called TeamHelp 2011 will hold a donation drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 at Shoemaker Square and inside the R.C. Cook Union Building to assist victims of the deadly tornado outbreak in Alabama.

TeamHelp 2011 is working in conjunction with the Southern Miss Campus Civitan Club to collect basic necessities for those affected by the devastating tornadoes. Items needed include water, canned goods, toiletries, clothes, toys and books. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

“The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” will fill the air at two concerts presented by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Civic Chorale, featuring a variety of songs by the popular musical theater composer.

The University of Southern Mississippi de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection has named Ann Ashmore, an assistant professor at Roberts-LaForge Library at Delta State University and Dina Weinstein, a Coral Gables, Fla. - based freelance journalist as co-recipients of its Ezra Jack Keats/Janina Domanska Fellowship for 2011.

For the second year in a row, University of Southern Mississippi Broadcast Journalism students swept the Mississippi Associated Press College/University Contest, taking home six awards.

The students were lead by associate professor and broadcast journalism sequence head Dr. Mary Lou Sheffer. Sheffer has more than 10 years experience working in a professional broadcast newsroom.

The University of Southern Mississippi Activities Council will help the university community wind down the spring 2011 semester with its annual Crawfish Fest Friday, May 6 from 4-7 p.m. at the Centennial Lawn.

Admission is $10 for students, faculty and staff with a university identification card, and the cost can be charged to meal plans. Admission is $15 for those without a university identification card.

The University of Southern Mississippi Repertory Dance Company members will explore grace, athleticism and artistry at the Studio 115 Dance Concert May 5 – 7 in the intimate setting of the Theatre and Dance Building’s Studio 115.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education offers master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees with an emphasis in gifted education. Five courses in this area are offered for those interested in beginning an advanced degree program or in earning certification to teach the gifted, including the following:

Internationally known Cuban violinist Ilmar Gavilan will take the stageas part of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s final concert set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 in Bennett Auditorium. 

Declaring, “I believe in putting my money where my mouth is,” Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree became an official member of The University of Southern Mississippi Eagle Club on Friday, April 29 during a ceremony at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

With limited resources for advertising and promotion, the United Way of Southeast Mississippi is always looking for creative ways to raise awareness and gift-giving.

 

To assist in that endeavor, students in Dr. Jamye Foster’s creative marketing at The University of Southern Mississippi presented some innovative strategies to United Way representative Ashley Grant as part of a spring semester project.

Perhaps University of Southern Mississippi student Laci Crager summed up the significance of “Passion for Fashion” with one simple assessment: “Where else can you buy a nice shirt for two dollars?”

A memorial service for University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff who passed away during the academic year will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 at the university’s R.C. Cook University Union, room B on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Office of Security and Safety has partnered with the U.S. Navy to provide Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) training May 10 – 12 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Technology Learning Center on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

R.A.D. training includes lecture, discussion and self defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities. Cpl. Katie Morrison and Lt. Dominic Puzo will lead the training sessions. Each have more than 10 years of experience in law enforcement and self-defense tactics.

Two native Mississippians with an impressive record of public service will serve as commencement speakers for The University of Southern Mississippi’s spring 2011 graduation exercises.

 

Ray Mabus, the current U.S. Secretary of the Navy and a former Mississippi governor, and 10th District Chancery Court Judge Deborah Gambrell will address graduates Friday, May 13 at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus at the 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ceremonies, respectively.

An advanced foam padding system for football helmets took home the top prize in the seventh annual Invent Your Future competition held Tuesday, April 26 at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The establishment of a prestigious scholarship endowment coupled with an all-time high in fundraising highlighted the Seventh Annual “Passions of the Palette” event held April 11 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach will host a pair of customer service seminars on May 12 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Each session will be offered for $85 and participants who take both sessions will receive a discounted price of $150.

The sessions are as follows:

World Famous Customer Service (Internal Customers/Employees)

8 a.m.-Noon

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders spent part of Tuesday morning reading to students at Rowan Elementary School in Hattiesburg as part of School Library Month.

The Live Oak Writing Project at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast has extended the registration deadline for Camp Live Oak to May 15.

The Office of Sustainability and the University Climate Commitment Council at The University of Southern Mississippi are gathering campus opinions about sustainability through the annual issues and behavior survey.

The University of Southern Mississippi Jazz Lab Band One was recently named Outstanding College Jazz Ensemble at the Southeastern Jazz Festival at Alcorn State University. Pianist Tyler Dennis was selected as the outstanding festival soloist.