October 18, 2017  

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s entertainment industry program is searching for promising musicians to compete for the South City Records Artist Development Project 2017. This project could lead to one or more qualified artists being signed with South City Records.

Julie Hammond White, associate professor and director of Dance Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently chosen to serve a three-year term as a teaching artist with the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). In this role, White will partner with teachers throughout the state to artfully teach academics.

The Southern Quarterly has published a special issue dedicated to understanding the life, accomplishments and legacy of former Mississippi Gov. William Winter, who has spent the last seven decades creating and encouraging radical change in the politics and social climate of his home state.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees reaffirmed the accreditation of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), during its annual meeting in Atlanta, Dec. 3-6, 2016.

 

SACSCOC is the acknowledged accrediting body for degree-granting institutions (public, private for-profit and private not-for-profit) in the southeastern United States and is recognized by the United States Department of Education to conduct accreditation activities. SACSCOC, through a peer review process, conducts a comprehensive review of its nearly 800 member institutions every 10 years.

A strategic teaching initiative launched in September by The University of Southern Mississippi has enabled faculty participants to hone skills that will enhance their classroom instruction and foster student success.

 

Sounds of the season will reverberate throughout the sanctuary at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg as The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents its Holiday Choral Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 8.

 

Dr. Edward Nissan, a Professor Emeritus of Economics in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs, died Nov. 19 in New York. He was 90.

University of Southern Mississippi student Cameron Cloud 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. Cloud, a Hattiesburg, Miss., native, is one of 26 students nationwide to receive the award.

The University of Southern Mississippi will close the fall theatre season with Henrik Ibsen’s play, “Peer Gynt.” Show times are set for Nov. 17-19 and Dec. 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.  ~~at Tatum Theater on the Hattiesburg campus. There will be a pre-performance talk Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. at Woods Theater. Tickets are $14 for the general public $10 for faculty, staff, seniors and military, and $8 for students.

One of the country’s most respected crisis communication professionals will speak at the University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday, Nov. 29.

University of Southern Mississippi doctoral student Ecaterina Stepaniuc walked away with the grand prize in the annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition held earlier this month on the Hattiesburg campus. The competition is coordinated through the USM Graduate School.

Every chiseled rock or oddly-shaped stone could be a potential clue to unearthing a part of the vast pre-European history of Native Americans in Mississippi. Dr. Ed Jackson, anthropology professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, wanted his students to adopt that mindset when they traveled to the Mississippi Delta this past summer to discover more of the state’s untold stories.

The Southern Rap Battle originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11 has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 9, the night of the scheduled final round, due to complications caused by a stage malfunction. The event will be held in the Black Box Theater, also known as Hartwig Theatre, on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

Dr. Westley Follett from the Department of History and the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus has been named the University’s Teacher of the Year by the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance will present its annual fall concert the weekend of Nov. 10. Performances by the Repertory Dance Company are set for Nov. 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance is scheduled on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. and a second matinee performance was just announced for Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.
 

Sunday afternoon concerts at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach return, beginning with a recital that includes two faculty members from the University’s School of Music.

Under the direction of Dr. Ben McIlwain, The University of Southern Mississippi Trombone Choir and Octet will perform their fall concert Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium.  The group will be joined by soloist Master Sgt. Sam Woodhead, solo and principal trombonist of the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own.” The event is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music is receiving the generous donation of a fine musical instrument this fall. Sharon Varnado of Hattiesburg has agreed to donate an Antonio Raya Pardo classical guitar, made in Granada, Spain during the 1970s, to benefit the guitar program.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music presents two diverse events on Nov. 10. At 6 p.m., The Sax-Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz, presents a program featuring a mixture of transcribed and original works for saxophone orchestra. Then at 7:30 p.m., faculty artist Dr. Ben McIlwain presents “Off the Beaten Path,” a trombone recital with Dr. Ellen Elder on piano and special guests Dr. Richard Perry, tuba and The Southern Miss Select Trombone Octet with guest conductor, Dr. James Standland. Both events are free and will be performed in Marsh Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

Faculty and students from The University of Southern Mississippi recently attended the 34th annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference in Mobile, Ala.

 

As students hurry to their classes at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, they are stopping to take notice of some new outdoor sculptures on the west side of campus. These sculptures are part of the 2016 USM Outdoor Art Exhibition sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Art and Design and Partners for the Arts. The sculptures are the work of artists from across the country and will remain on campus through April 2018.

The Speech and Debate Society at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a debate between Mark Gladney (D) and Ric McCluskey (L), candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, District 4. The event is free and open to the public and will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Thad Cochran Center Ballroom I.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will perform its third concert of the season on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. Entitled Close Connections, the program musically highlights the close relationship between the two, featured composers: Richard Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This wonderful evening of music includes the exceptional talents of the School of Music’s assistant professor of oboe, Galit Kaunitz.

Select faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi are currently participating in a national development initiative designed to dramatically expand the use of evidence-based teaching practices shown to promote college student completion and success.