September 20, 2017  

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Each day in high schools and middle schools throughout Mississippi, students are asked to research, investigate and learn about numerous historical and civic topics. From geography, government, economics, to state, national and world history, students face a mountain of social studies content to master in grades six through 12. Luckily, many of these classes are led by teachers trained in a program nationally recognized for its excellence in preparing social studies educators.

Gabriela Salazar, a University of Southern Mississippi dance major from Mobile, Ala. was recently awarded a scholarship from the Mississippi State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). The Committee annually awards a $500 scholarship to young women studying the arts, and this year, future dance educator Salazar is the only dance recipient from the scholarship in the state of Mississippi.

Philosophical Fridays returns this fall at The University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus, beginning Sept. 15. Dr. Paul Waldau will present “’Are We Still of Any Use?’ The Emerged Field of Religion and Animals.” Waldau is the director and lead faculty member for the anthrozoology program at Canisius College. The lecture will be held in the International Center, room 101.

The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce that Gen. David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Retired) will deliver the 2017 Lt. Col. John H. Dale Distinguished Lecture in International Security and Global Policy on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at 7 p.m.

For the fourth year, The University of Southern Mississippi will present National Theatre Live, Britain’s National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast world-class theatre to all parts of the globe. Southern Miss Theatre is one of a few designated locations in the country specifically chosen and equipped to be a venue for Britain’s distinguished National Theatre’s productions.

Students who wish to pursue a legal career will have the opportunity to meet with law school representatives and legal professionals during Pre-Law Week at The University of Southern Mississippi. Hosted by the Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs, Pre-Law Week will be held Sept. 11-14 on the Hattiesburg campus and Gulf Park campus of Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Library will present a watercolor exhibit by the late Finnish artist Osmo Visuri. The exhibit will be on display, Sept. 6 – Nov. 30, on the third floor of the Gulf Coast Library on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. An opening reception will also be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

 

The Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi Humanities Council will co-sponsor an event Sept. 1 featuring a screening by Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) of excerpts from renowned filmmaker Ken Burns' new documentary television series on the Vietnam War.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings will kick off the 2017-18 football season with Pride Preview and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-renovated Pride Field. The ribbon-cutting will be held Friday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. at the new practice field located on the Hattiesburg campus, followed by Pride Preview, a free concert open to the public.

The political and cultural turbulence that roiled America in 1967 – with the Vietnam War as the centerpiece - is captured in a series for the New York Times titled “Vietnam ‘67” and features contributions by four members of the University of Southern Mississippi faculty and two USM alums.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Tabitha Epperson has been honored as the 2016 recipient of Pi Beta Phi® Fraternity for Women’s prestigious Young Alumna Achievement Award.

After four dynamic events, the Levitt AMP Hattiesburg Music Series will present its first double-billed concert Friday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. in Chain Park featuring the Como Mamas and the Southern Komfort Brass Band.

Educators from Harrison Central High School and The University of Southern Mississippi recently kicked off a yearlong professional development opportunity facilitated by the Live Oak Writing Project (LOWP) on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Brooke Boisseau of Hattiesburg, Miss., has been selected as a recipient of the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

“There are three things I love: traveling, teaching and getting a chance to tell people about Jesus,” said University of Southern Mississippi student Michael Coats after returning from his second mission trip to Bangkok, Thailand.

Saxophonists and music enthusiasts from across the country will gather in Hattiesburg as the acclaimed Mana Quartet will be in residence at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music July 9 – 15. The quartet will present workshops, master classes and a series of evening performances that are open to the public.

Although some of its members were separated by continents and oceans, Lijie Zhou’s dissertation committee came together June 14 - virtually and face-to-face - to review the University of Southern Mississippi graduate student’s dissertation defense.

Dr. Jameela Lares, professor of English in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters, has been named the Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Humanities for 2017-2019.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Victoria L Brown was recently selected as one of 30 students to participate in the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Doctoral Honors Seminar in Bowling Green, Ohio. She will be the first Southern Miss student to attend this particular program.

Southern Arena Theatre (SAT) returns for its 41st season at The University of Southern Mississippi with two classic plays, and after a wildly successful inaugural run last summer, the Improv Comedy Club is back to the delight of SAT fans throughout the Gulf South.

Four University of Southern Mississippi faculty members have been chosen as recipients of the Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship for the 2017-18 academic year, with two each from the College of Arts and Letters and College of Education and Psychology.

Dr. Jeanne Gillespie, a professor of Spanish and American Indian Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 24 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Arts and Letters recognized to outstanding alumnae for their professional accomplishments during its annual College Awards Ceremony and Reception. Lindsey "Katie" Jack, Class of 2003, was honored as the recipient of the College of Arts and Letters Distinguished Alumni Award, and Rachel Rizzuto, Class of 2009, was selected to receive the College of Arts and Letters New Alumni Award.  

The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Arts and Letters recently honored students, alumni, faculty and staff at an annual awards ceremony at the Thad Cochran Center. Family, friends and other guests gathered to celebrate students academic achievements and alumni accomplishments. The college recognized excellence in service, teaching and research at the event.