April 28, 2017  

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The work of students in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Art and Design will be on display April 25 - May 12 in the Gallery of Art and Design, located in the George Hurst Building on the Hattiesburg campus, for the annual Senior Show in Graphic Design and Sculpture. The show’s opening reception is set for April 25 from 5-7 p.m., and the public is invited.

An Honors College senior heading to one of the country’s top law schools after graduation is The University of Southern Mississippi’s student recipient of the state’s annual Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) award.

Dr. David R. Davies, director of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, will deliver a talk about the pioneering printers and newspapers in the Mississippi Territory Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi will honor film director and producer Steve Mims and former faculty member Dixon McDowell at its Hall of Fame induction Thursday, April 20 at the Hardy Hall University Club on the Gulf Park Campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company, in cooperation with Mississippi Opera, presents Verdi’s "Rigoletto" for one-night-only Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

Award-winning war correspondent and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger will be the featured guest at The University of Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The event featuring guest speaker Junger is a collaborative initiative of the 2016-17 University Forum series and the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society’s 2016-2017 McCarthy Lecture Series.

More than 100 middle and high school students, teachers and parents from across the state recently attended National History Day in Mississippi March 25 at The University of Southern Mississippi. This statewide event precedes National History Day, a nationwide competition for middle and high school students.

The latest issue of The Southern Quarterly (Winter 2017), edited by University Distinguished Professor Philip C. Kolin, makes a major contribution to Southern Studies in its impressive scope of coverage of literature, history, law, art, film, popular culture, and original art and poetry. Copies of this issue are available for $15 through SouthernQuarterly@gmail.com.

Nine faculty members from the College of Arts and Letters were recently selected to receive the esteemed Aubrey Keith and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award. The highly competitive and prestigious award was established in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey K. Lucas to support and reward faculty distinction in instruction and research.

The Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 2017 Human Rights Conference Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The conference, “Human Rights around the Globe,” is free and open to the public and will be held on the first floor of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Refreshments will be served from 11:30 a.m. - noon.

Thanks to a wedding anniversary and a daughter’s creative gift idea, senior theatre majors at The University of Southern Mississippi will benefit from a new foundation scholarship celebrating the esteemed career of retired professor R.B. Hill, who served 30 years at Southern Miss.

As part of its ongoing Visiting Writers Series, the Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes award-winning writer Ben Lerner to the Hattiesburg campus on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium for a reading and book signing.

Due to the overwhelming response to The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s call for auditions for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, another block of times to try out has been opened on the same day, Sunday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Robert Adelman, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus and associate professor of sociology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, will present "Immigration Revealed: Facts, Figures & Debates" Friday, April 7 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 204 on the Hattiesburg campus. This event, part of the USM Department of Anthropology and Sociology’s 40th anniversary colloquium series, is free and open to the public.

The techniques of oral history are being used by Hattiesburg High School students in a project designed to gain more information about the history of racial segregation and desegregation of the city’s public education system.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism will host brand strategist Mart Martin of Jackson Spalding, one of Atlanta’s largest and most respected marketing communications agencies, on Tuesday, March 21 from 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. at the Polymer Science Building, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism will host presentations for its students by alumnus Rex Kelly, a former executive with Mississippi Power and past director of the Southern Public Relations Federation on Tuesday, March 21 from 11 a.m. – noon in College Hall, room 201, and again from 1– 2 p.m. in College Hall, room 102.

The Southern Miss School of Music announces open auditions to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera to all university students. Auditions will be held on Sunday, April 23 beginning at 1 p.m. All applicants must register online at www.usm.edu/music/phantom. Complete audition details are available there.

University of Southern Mississippi student and violinist, John Eze Uzodinma II, has received a full scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colo., for eight weeks this summer.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Trombone Choir and Select Octet has been invited to perform at the American Trombone Workshop at the culmination of their tour on March 10, 2017. Under the direction of Dr. Ben McIlwain, the group will perform with guest soloist MSG Sam Woodhead of The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.”

The University of Southern Mississippi Speech and Debate Team recently hosted the Southern Forensics Championship Tournament, where the Golden Eagles won the title of Mississippi Debate Sweepstakes State Champions. This three-day tournament functions as a state championship for Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, but is open to other states.

As Mississippi’s flagship university of the arts, The University of Southern Mississippi prides itself on the richness of culture and art. One only needs to look to its Department of Art and Design, where a number of instructors have had their works on exhibit throughout the country.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale continues to celebrate the value of long-lived musical practices in its upcoming concert “Choral Traditions” March 3 and March 5.

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.