February 21, 2017  

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“Firsts” are some of the most special things in life -- first birthdays, first friends, first days at school, first bicycles. Jason Dean, a Project SEARCH intern at The University of Southern Mississippi, is excited to have just started his first job.  

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Professor Matthew Griffis’ research on the history of segregated public libraries in the South, a project funded with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, D.C. is now available online at http://aquila.usm.edu/rocoverview/.

The EAGLE Leadership Studies Program, hosted by The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be held June 4-9 on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. The program is a one-week residential program providing opportunities for students who have completed grades six through 11 to develop and enhance their leadership skills and abilities.

Joann Judge, a physical education instructor in the School of Kinesiology at The University of Southern Mississippi, is evaluating a method that could influence how physical education is taught to children with autism spectrum disorder.

University of Southern Mississippi students will have an opportunity to study issues and create solutions facing the country’s national security as part of a Hacking for Defense (H4D) course being offered for the first time during the Summer 2017 semester.

Dr. Kimberly Ward, assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected chair of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Medicaid Committee.

The 2017 edition of the Armstrong-Branch Distinguished Lecture Series at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature famed actress and activist Jasmine Guy Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. The title of her presentation will be "Making Your Own Different World." Admission is free.

The 20th anniversary of the Hurricane Bowl at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) will offer students a rare hands-on glimpse at what their future may hold in marine science.

On Jan. 2, 1963, 28 white Methodist ministers published the “Born of Conviction” statement criticizing Mississippi’s massive resistance to the civil rights movement. This Friday, the author of a book that documents that bold act and its influence on United Methodists in Mississippi more than 50 years later will present as part of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Philosophy and Religion’s “Philosophical Fridays” series.

Dorie Ladner, center, talks about her work in the American civil rights movement following a screening of the documentary “Well-Behaved Women Don’t Make HerStory: The Dorie Ladner Story” Tuesday, Feb. 15 at The University of Southern Mississippi. The producers of the documentary, Yasmin Gabriel, left and Kendall Givens-Little, right, joined Ladner in answering questions about her social justice activism and their production work on the documentary. Gabriel is special assistant to the president at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Miss. and Givens-Little serves as executive director of communications and external relations at Tougaloo. The screening and subsequent question-and-answer session was a part of Black History Month programming at Southern Miss and moderated by USM Assistant Professor of History Dr. Kevin Greene. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The University of Southern Mississippi continues to observe Black History Month Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. when the Center for the Study of the Gulf South and the Southern Miss Department of History present "Shipwrecks, British Courts and Slave Emancipation in the Caribbean." The event will be held in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101 and will feature guest speaker and history professor Dr. Rosanne Adderley of Tulane University.

Dorie Ladner, a Hattiesburg native and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement, will be at The University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in Scianna Hall for a screening of the documentary “Well-Behaved Women Don’t Make Herstory: Dorie Ladner.” The screening will be held in room 1003 of Scianna Hall (College of Business) on the Hattiesburg campus.

This year marks Mississippi’s bicentennial, and University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting a series of events highlighting Mississippi’s 200-year history. The series kicks off with “Lost Bodies and Stolen History: Slavery and Memory in Mississippi,” a lecture by Southern Miss History Professor Dr. Max Grivno, set for Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery. Admission is free.

The Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced the first recipient of the Conville Service-Learning Development Award, a $2,000 grant for graduates of USM’s Faculty Fellow Seminar on Service-Learning to pursue new service-learning initiatives.

It's survived hurricanes, tornadoes and lighting strikes. It’s witnessed its home, The University of Southern Mississippi, evolve from a small teacher’s college more than 100 years ago to a premier university in American higher education.
 

Samantha DiMaggio, an exercise science master’s student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology, is helping lead a campus-wide health program.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Chorale will present three free concerts in three cities in one week. Directed by Dr. Gregory Fuller, the ensemble is known as one of the finest a capella groups in the United States, making significant national and international appearances over the last decade, including a premiere of a new work at the Nation Collegiate Choral Organization conference and a tour of Jamaica. Various guest artists and groups will share the spotlight during this mini-tour.

Science Café on the Coast, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Library, will present “Wild Harvest: Foraging on the Gulf Coast” Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi community is mourning the death of Cole Whaley, an undergraduate student from Mobile, Ala. Whaley died overnight in New Orleans, La.

The most recent transformations in how we understand the concept of time will not only be discussed, but demonstrated by a Nobel Laureate in Physics when Dr. William Phillips gives the second Rayborn Lecture in Physics at The University of Southern Mississippi Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium.
 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters will present the 2017 Moorman Lecture featuring 2015-2017 Moorman Professor Dr. Susannah Ural Monday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101. Ural, who teaches history at Southern Miss, will present “The Challenges of War and Memory: Three Case Studies from the American Civil War.”

Samantha DiMaggio, an exercise science master’s student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology, is helping lead a campus-wide health program.

Mark Clodfelter, a Shires Performing Artist, international soloist and professor of trumpet and three-time Grammy nominee, and Chair of the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Dr. John Daversa will headline this year’s Trumpet Festival Saturday, Feb. 18 at The University of Southern Mississippi.

More than eight million students participate in interscholastic athletics sports and after-school programs each year, and 336 million spectators attend these events. When a school-based emergency or incident occurs, often it is the school personnel who are first to arrive on the scene.