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The University of Southern Mississippi’s entertainment industry program is searching for inspired rappers to participate in the Southern Rap Battle.

When Dr. Jay Dean takes to the podium to open the 97th season of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium, it will kick off a musical parade that sees the venerable symphony performing music from across the spectrum of the musical genres.

The way politics functions in our country is changing rapidly. The Age of Information ushered in a new era of interaction between candidates and their voters, and the science behind targeting these voters and collecting data is evolving. Dr. Marcus Coleman, an assistant professor of communication studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, is monitoring these changes closely.

The University of Southern Mississippi kicks off its annual Connoisseur Series with a free community concert set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

University of Southern Mississippi film students were offered the opportunity to capture history this summer in a developing documentary detailing a space relic’s journey from Louisiana to Mississippi.

 

In early June, 13 basic and advanced film studies students from the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach began filming the voyage of a forgotten spacecraft known as the S-IC-15, or Saturn V rocket stage, from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to the INFINITY Science Center in Pearlington.

In a presidential election year unlike any other, it’s almost impossible to go a day without hearing something about the two major party candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. For the people who are tired of hearing about them and politics in general, Dr. Joseph Weinberg, associate professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi has bad news for you: politics is not going away anytime soon.     

The University of Southern Mississippi is known throughout the Southeast for its outstanding arts programs and is one of 36 institutions in the country to be accredited in all areas of the arts. Bringing further acclaim to the University is the announcement that Southern Miss is now an official training site for Lessac Kinesensics.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings will kick off the 2016-17 season with Pride Preview. This free concert will be held Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at Centennial Green on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, and all are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic dinners to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of History is hosting an instructional workshop on National History Day in Mississippi Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10-11:30 a.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. The free workshop is for high school and middle school teachers, students and parents, as well as homeschooling parents of middle and high school aged children and will be held in the Liberal Arts Building 101.
 

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale is in search of new members to join its community choir.

 

Based on the University's Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale is a local community singing group organized and orchestrated through the University’s School of Music.

History will be made, one way or the other, when the raucous 2016 U.S. presidential election finally reaches a crescendo in early November. Taking up residence in the White House will be either the country’s first female president or its first commander-in-chief without prior government or military experience.

The Drum Corps International Tour will return to Hattiesburg, Miss. on Wednesday, July 27 for the 2016 edition of DCI Southern Mississippi. World-class corps will be headlining this always exciting event’s lineup at The University of Southern Mississippi's M.M. Roberts Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.

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.