October 26, 2016  

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University Libraries’ de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi will continue its celebration of Curious George’s 75th birthday with Curious George Day at the Hattiesburg Zoo Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This year marks the fourth Eagles Write, an annual celebration and competition in the Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi. The National Day on Writing is annually celebrated on Oct. 20 and recognizes all forms of writing and authors.

Students at The University of Southern Mississippi recently selected their 2016 homecoming court and Mr. and Miss USM during elections held on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses. Those selected include, from left, Jacqueline Michelle McMillian, Graduate Maid (Moss Point, Miss.); Terrie Jackson, Junior Maid (Slidell, La.); Kathryne Lewis, Student Body Maid (Mobile, Ala.); Melissa David, Miss USM (Saucier, Miss.); Jaylen Hackett, Mr. USM (Mobile, Ala.); Rodnecia Joiner, Homecoming Queen (Raymond, Miss.); Amber McCullum, Senior Maid (Taylorsville, Miss.); Ta'Nika Williams, Freshman Maid (Meridian, Miss.); Keylee Morgan, Gulf Coast Maid (Wesson, Miss.); and Brooke Bullock, Sophomore Maid (Petal, Miss.). (Photo courtesy of Southern Miss Athletics)

Graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi will have an opportunity to showcase their current thesis and dissertation efforts as part of the popular Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition to be held on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Speech and Debate Society at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a debate between Mark Gladney (D) and Ric McCluskey (L), candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, District 4. The event is free and open to the public and will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Thad Cochran Center Ballroom I.

The University of Southern Mississippi has a full slate of festivities planned this week in conjunction with its annual Homecoming celebration. The week culminates with the traditional Homecoming football game as the Golden Eagles host the Marshall Thundering Herd in a 6 p.m. kickoff at Roberts Stadium.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will perform its third concert of the season on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. Entitled Close Connections, the program musically highlights the close relationship between the two, featured composers: Richard Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This wonderful evening of music includes the exceptional talents of the School of Music’s assistant professor of oboe, Galit Kaunitz.

Teachers from Mississippi’s prestigious School of the Arts and from other schools across the state will be guests of the Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies Tuesday, Oct. 25 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. The teachers will be participants in a seminar presented by Dr. Suzanne McKee-Waddell, titled “Embracing Digital Writing for the Gifted Classroom.”

Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM, Office of Vice President for Research at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be a featured speaker for Mississippi’s first TEDxJacksonWomen Conference set for Thursday, Oct. 27 in downtown Jackson.

John Cox has experienced nearly four decades’ worth of University of Southern Mississippi homecomings, the majority of them in the radio broadcast booth as the “Voice of the Golden Eagles.”

And before prepping to call the Oct. 29 USM-Marshall football game, Cox has another important duty to fulfill earlier in the day – serving as grand marshal for the school’s annual homecoming parade, which begins at 11 a.m. at Midtown Market on Hardy Street and travels to the main entrance of the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of University Communications has earned the Southern Public Relations Federation’s (SPRF) William A. Taylor Best of Show Award for its “My Southern Miss Story”" campaign as part of a strategy to recruit new students utilizing advertising.

Select faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi are currently participating in a national development initiative designed to dramatically expand the use of evidence-based teaching practices shown to promote college student completion and success.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of History, through sponsorship from the Mississippi Humanities Council, is hosting an instructional workshop on National History Day in Mississippi on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the William Winter Building Orientation Room in downtown Jackson. This free workshop, financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council, is designed for high school and middle school teachers, students and parents, as well as homeschooling parents of middle and high school aged children.

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will host “How do bodies perform?”, a performance and respondent event from the Fleshed Out: The Body Politic series, Thursday, Oct. 27 at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Nov. 5, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

More than 50 education students and alumni came to the University of Southern Mississippi Teacher Job Fair held Oct. 14 in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg Campus. The Office of Career Services coordinated the event.

Since the announcement of the new School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) made by The University of Southern Mississippi in June, several new appointments have been made within the school’s administrative structure.

First-year dental student Vaniecia Wilson, a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship valued at $35,000 per year for her dental training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry.

Kaelyn Wolfe of Picayune will move on to the Miss Mississippi Pageant after winning the title of Miss University of Southern Mississippi 2017 Oct. 15 at the Manonni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Brooke Bullock of Petal was first runner-up.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music is all treats this Halloween weekend as the annual Viola Festival returns and the campus favorite -- silent movie night -- fill the halls with music.

What began as two instructors sitting in each other's classes and listening to the needs of their students became the foundation of a new certificate program at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Apparel Design and Construction certificate, now in its inaugural semester, offers a unique opportunity for students to study apparel design and construction from the beginning of the design process, in the Department of Theatre, to the final phase of marketing and sales, in the Department of Marketing and Merchandising.

Prior to the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company’s production of Showbiz Harmony earlier this week, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music announced plans for another epic production from the team that produced the much-acclaimed Mary Poppins. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera will take to the stage of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium in Fall 2017.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi recently presented the Marley Taylor Community Partner Award to alumnus David Cullop with Newk's of Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association will induct seven of the University’s most dedicated and distinguished alumni into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 28 as one of the highlights of the 2016 Homecoming celebration.