December 13, 2017  

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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.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters will present the 2017 Moorman Lecture featuring 2015-2017 Moorman Professor Dr. Susannah Ural Monday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101. Ural, who teaches history at Southern Miss, will present “The Challenges of War and Memory: Three Case Studies from the American Civil War.”

Mark Clodfelter, a Shires Performing Artist, international soloist and professor of trumpet and three-time Grammy nominee, and Chair of the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Dr. John Daversa will headline this year’s Trumpet Festival Saturday, Feb. 18 at The University of Southern Mississippi.

University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Professor of English (Emeritus) Dr. Philip Kolin has published his eighth collection of poems--Benedict's Daughter--with Wipf and Stock Publishing, known for books in theology, the arts, and history.

Colin Williams, associate principal trombone for the New York Philharmonic, will headline the 2017 Southern Miss Trombone Day on Saturday, Feb. 25 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. The event runs all day with several free public offerings: a master class at 10 a.m. in Intermezzo @ Woods Gallery; a recital by Williams at 2:30 p.m. and a finale event featuring him at 4 p.m., both in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium.
 

In partnership with the Mississippi Humanities Council, The University of Southern Mississippi’s English Graduate Organization (EGO) and the Center for Writers (C4W) are hosting “Bodies of Work: The Human Body in Various Forms,” a conference to showcase creative and scholarly work, March 3-4 in the R.C. Cook University Union on the Hattiesburg campus.

On Saturday, March 4, a reception will be held featuring Mississippi Poet Laureate Beth Ann Fennelly from 7-9 p.m. at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. This reception is free and open to the public.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Mississippi Humanities Council. More information about the conference can be found at http://egousm.wixsite.com/conference.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra takes to the stage on Valentine’s evening, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. Treat your special someone to the sumptuous sounds of the symphony as they present An International Serenade. Join director Jay Dean as he brings to life Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings in E Major, op. 22 and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major, op. 48.

During the month of February, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music is celebrating International Musician Month. Every weekday, international music students will be playing noon mini-concerts at Hattiesburg eateries -- Java Werks and T-Bones -- or the Fresh Food Company (on the Southern Miss campus).

University of Southern Mississippi Department of History faculty members, from left, Rebecca Tuuri; Heather Stur; Andrew Ross; and Allison Abra participate in a ‘teach-in’ as part of the “Social Justice in Uncertain Times: A Day of Inquiry and Critique” public workshop Wednesday, Jan. 25 on the Hattiesburg campus. Hosted by the USM Department of Communications Studies, the event brought together various faculty from the University’s College of Arts and Letters at the Cook Library Speaking Center to present multiple disciplinary perspectives on current domestic and global issues. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

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.