July 25, 2016  

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Prior to the 2016 Drum Corps International Tour performance at M.M. Roberts Stadium on July 27 at 7 p.m., The University of Southern Mississippi Trombone Choir will be joined by School of Music alumni to perform the National Anthem.

For the past three years, the National Writing Project affiliate site at The University of Southern Mississippi has invested in teachers and young adults throughout South Mississippi by implementing the College-Ready Writers Program that was developed through a $300,000 national “Investing in Innovation” grant.

For today’s young people, learning to read and write for a variety of purposes is a key component for college, career and civic life. Mississippi has adopted new standards that include expectations for extensive writing at each grade level, and teachers are expected to incorporate more writing into their instruction.

As the number of students taking online courses continues to grow, The University of Southern Mississippi has initiated steps to meet their academic needs with the establishment of a new Office of Online Learning.

Whether facing a hot stove, or a bank of TV cameras, Katie Dixon feels right at home in the kitchen. Any kitchen.

 

Dixon, a 2005 University of Southern Mississippi graduate, has parlayed her love of cooking into a spot among the Top 17 contestants remaining on the current season of Fox TV’s hit series “MasterChef.” The winner will receive a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.

Former University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Jasmine Tate has been selected to receive the prestigious National Gold Key Award from the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). She will be honored during the group’s national conference in October.

A faculty member in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism has been selected for a fellowship in public relations with the Plank Center for Leadership.

Major upgrades to practice facilities – which include a new viewing tower and synthetic turf – are striking a harmonious chord for everyone affiliated with The University of Southern Mississippi’s marching band (The Pride of Mississippi).

Timothy Brownlee, a senior history major at The University of Southern Mississippi, took home a first place award for his presentation during the annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity held April 22-23 at the Hattiesburg campus.

Taking initiative and making connections has landed University of Southern Mississippi graduate student D’Anthony Jackson a summer internship and experience of a lifetime with the world’s second largest public relations agency -- Weber Shandwick in New York City.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Arena Theatre (SAT) returns with three shows this summer. Because of enthusiastic community support and dedicated faculty and staff at the University, one of the Gulf South’s most extraordinarily talented repertory theatre groups is ready for curtains and its 40th season.

 

The city-wide celebration known as FestivalSouth’s® continues today with a special presentation on The University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg. Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre festival will continue through June 18.

Dr. Gordon Cannon, Vice President for Research at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced the awarding of nine Proposal Development Grants for 2016.

A memorial service for Xochitl Morales, a graduate student in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, will be held Friday, May 20 at 3 p.m. in Danforth Chapel on the Hattiesburg campus. Morales died Tuesday, May 17 at her home in Hattiesburg.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Richard Kravchak to the position of Director of the School of Music effective July 2016. Kravchak comes to Southern Miss from Marshall University in Huntington, W.V., where he was professor and founding director of its School of Music.
 

Like many of its new graduates, Meredith McPhail is grateful for the guidance of professors at The University of Southern Mississippi. One, however, stands out from the rest – the late Dr. James H. McPhail, a member of its College of Education and Psychology faculty who in the 1970s worked for social justice in the desegregation of public schools.

But Dr. McPhail was first and foremost Meredith McPhail’s grandfather. “’PawPaw’ was very much the patriarch of our family,” said McPhail, 22, of Mobile, Ala. “He instilled in all of us that we should treat every single person with respect."

Thanks to the creative genius of Cody Bass, a graphic design student at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Hattiesburg Fire Department (HFD) now has a fresh, new logo. Bass, along with a number of Art and Design students are part of the student-run graphic design agency at Southern Miss known as Rise Creative.

Each year, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters recognizes excellence in service, teaching and research. This year’s winners were honored for their dedication to the college and university at a ceremony recently held on the Hattiesburg campus in the Thad Cochran Center.

University of Southern Mississippi student and Gulfport native Jamie Henton has faced many obstacles throughout her college career, but letting those obstacles hinder her from furthering her education has never been an option.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi was re-accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education and Journalism in Mass Communications (ACEJMC) at the council’s meeting in Chicago May 6.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale plans to take its audience to another dimension in two concerts of “Fly Me to the Moon” May 13 and 15, at two locations along the coast.

Fans of the music of composer John Williams, producer of scores for such hit movies as “Star Wars” and “Superman” are in for a treat when the Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestras presents his work Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi Mannoni Performing Arts Center.

As part of an ongoing commitment to student success, The University of Southern Mississippi has realigned key service programs under one broad umbrella to create a comprehensive retention initiative for students from the time they enroll until graduation.

 

The changes include moving the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) under the Office of New Student and Retention Programs (NSRP), which was established last August to increase retention and graduation rates for new and continuing students. The popular Think Center – designed to help students build solution-oriented thinking skills – has also moved under NSRP.

The University of Southern Mississippi Artist Guild will host its annual spring Pottery and Art Sale on the Hattiesburg campus in the 3D Arts Building, located at 2905 West 4th St. between Century Park North and the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office. The sale will begin Friday, May 6 from noon - 6 p.m. and continue Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 from noon - 6 p.m. 

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Wilton Jackson has joined the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) board of directors as the national student representative.