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Dr. Maureen Ryan has filled many leadership roles advancing the academic mission of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) over more than three decades. Now, she’ll have a role in shaping its future.

Dr. Heather Marie Stur, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, is a recipient of an Alumni National Award from Marquette (Wisc.) University’s Diederich College of Communication. Dr. Stur accepted the award during a recent ceremony on the university’s Milwaukee campus.

Amy Ellefson, a University of Southern Mississippi doctoral candidate in communication studies, has been selected as one of just two participants in the National Communication Association’s (NCA) 2018-19 inaugural Visiting Fellows Program for Communication and Media Research (VFP) at the Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing.

Does your child enjoy singing, dancing, or acting? Maybe all three? If so, then the 13th Annual Midsummer Musical Theatre Experience might just be his or her ticket.

 

University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design students Christopher A. Franklin Jr., Gabrielle H. Graham, and Harley Perdue were accepted to compete in the 14th annual National Student Show and Conference (NSSC) in Dallas, Texas. Other students from the department also attended the conference to view submitted artwork and support their classmates.

State Sen. John Polk, left, and State Rep. Missy McGee presented Dr. Jay Dean with a RESOLUTION on the occasion of his retirement as conductor of the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, April 24. The presentation was made at the conclusion of the Turandot performance at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on USM’s Hattiesburg campus. (Photo by Kelly Dunn) 

 

Four University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park students won honorable mention recognition for their presentation at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention held last month in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Gary A. Stringer, a University of Southern Mississippi Professor Emeritus of English, was presented the 2017 Modern Language Association (MLA) Prize for a Scholarly Edition at the association's annual convention in January in New York City.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music Connoisseur Series presents famed musicians of Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Chris Winstead as the founding dean of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The appointment is effective July 1, pending approval from the Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning.

The Arts Institute of Mississippi (AIM) at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced recipients for the 2018 AIM Awards, established to salute and honor the achievements of outstanding high school level arts teachers and organizations throughout the state of Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Speech and Debate team recently returned from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., where it won two national championships at the 2018 International Public Debate Association (IPDA) National Tournament.

On Tuesday, April 3, Mayor Toby Barker presented Dr. Jay Dean with a key to the city in honor of his storied 30-year career at The University of Southern Mississippi, and for his commitment as a pioneer of the arts in the Hub City.

The renowned University of Southern Mississippi Steel Pan Orchestra will welcome international recording artist Jeff Narell as part of a special performance set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13 at the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced plans for two main-stage productions during the 2018-19 school year.

Bring your lawn chairs, family and friends for a day of music and fun on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) hosts the 10th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present a program featuring The Southern Chorale, Concert Choir, Oratorio Chorus, and the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale on Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church, in Bay St. Louis. 

Featuring performers from the Atlanta-based Resurgens Theatre Company, Ben Jonson’s Volpone will be presented on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present two evenings of concerts featuring Southern Miss Choral Activities on Tuesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 29 at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg. Each program begins at 7:30 p.m. and is ticketed.

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member’s exemplary scholarship in Civil War history has earned her a spot on the editorial board of one the most respected journals examining the subject.

Except for a twist of fate, Christopher Grant might have spent the past 10 years studying ecosystems instead of adagios. He might have been examining coral reefs instead of TV scripts. He might have been partnering with scientists, instead of a pretty brunette from New York.

 

But destiny has a profound way of tapping you on the shoulder at just the right time. And Chris, a University of Southern Mississippi graduate, was keen enough to accept the intervention that helped catapult him to dancing stardom.

From a young girl doodling on her notepad to shaping steel as an art student at The University of Southern Mississippi, Kelsey Wishik has engaged in creative action as long as she can remember.

Dr. Katherine Cochran, associate professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named editor of The Southern Quarterly, a prestigious independent journal published at Southern Miss since 1962 that focuses on the interdisciplinary study of Southern culture.

Comprised of soloists from around the country, the Austin (Texas)-based, Grammy Award-winning and internationally recognized Conspirare will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg Campus.

 

As the southern-most stop on its nationwide tour, the ensemble presents, Considering Matthew Shepard, composed by the group’s founder and artistic director, Craig Hella Johnson.