September 26, 2016  

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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.

Continuing its mission to educate both practicing and up-and-coming professionals in the public relations industry, the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) recently awarded a $500 scholarship to a University of Southern Mississippi student.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Casey Malone Maugh Funderburk as Associate Provost for the Gulf Park Campus, effective May 10.  Maugh Funderburk’s appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

A longtime dream has become a tingling reality for University of Southern Mississippi senior Jansen Owen, who will enter the Tulane University Law School in August.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Maureen Ryan as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, effective May 1. Ryan’s appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism
will host the fourth annual Mississippi Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Day Wednesday, April 27.

University of Southern Mississippi students Christiana Whitley and Lakelyn Taylor have been awarded prestigious study abroad grants from the international honor society Phi Kappa Phi that will take them to France and Italy, respectively.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present the Future Stars Concert and the Seven Last Words of Christ, a choral world premier, Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular rallying cry: “To the Top!” represents a fitting description for the escalating academic career of recent University graduate Katherine “Kati” Perry.

 

Perry, a Moss Point, Miss., native, has notched her name in the Southern Miss history books as the University’s first Fulbright U.S. Student since 1986. The 2015 Honors College graduate has been selected for an English Teaching Assistantship in Spain for the 2016-17 year.

 

A partnership between The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, has enabled MGCCC students to enroll into a program that will guide them from the community college to a bachelor’s degree in the entertainment industry with an emphasis in film.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the selection of Kate Howard as the University’s Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions, effective June 27, 2016, following a national search. The appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

 

University of Southern Mississippi history doctoral student Hayden McDaniel, center, and Stephanie Millet, transcriber/editor with the USM Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, view a documentary based on oral histories from the center that focus on the U.S. civil rights movement. The center received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2014 to digitize its civil rights oral histories, and held a reception April 12 at the Hattiesburg African American Military History Museum to celebrate its work on the project. McDaniel serves as project manager for the grant. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

The Connoisseur Series will present the American String Quartet April 18 at 8 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Thanks to a grant from Partners for the Arts, the program is free and the public is invited.

 

The quartet is a professional string ensemble comprised of Peter Winograd, violin; Laurie Carney, violin; Daniel Avshalomov, viola; and Wolfram Koessel, cello. The American String Quartet will be on campus for a two-day residency, with master classes preceding their recital and a chamber music master class the following day.

University of Southern Mississippi student Lakelyn Taylor of Long Beach, Miss., has been awarded a Study Abroad Grant worth $1,000 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi -- the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.