December 13, 2017  

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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.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of History, through sponsorship from the Mississippi Humanities Council, is hosting an instructional workshop on National History Day in Mississippi on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the William Winter Building Orientation Room in downtown Jackson. This free workshop, financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council, is designed for high school and middle school teachers, students and parents, as well as homeschooling parents of middle and high school aged children.

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will host “How do bodies perform?”, a performance and respondent event from the Fleshed Out: The Body Politic series, Thursday, Oct. 27 at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music is all treats this Halloween weekend as the annual Viola Festival returns and the campus favorite -- silent movie night -- fill the halls with music.

What began as two instructors sitting in each other's classes and listening to the needs of their students became the foundation of a new certificate program at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Apparel Design and Construction certificate, now in its inaugural semester, offers a unique opportunity for students to study apparel design and construction from the beginning of the design process, in the Department of Theatre, to the final phase of marketing and sales, in the Department of Marketing and Merchandising.

Prior to the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company’s production of Showbiz Harmony earlier this week, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music announced plans for another epic production from the team that produced the much-acclaimed Mary Poppins. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera will take to the stage of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium in Fall 2017.

The University of Southern Mississippi ensemble that delighted Hattiesburg area patrons with a stirring production of Mary Poppins, will take to the stage of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center for a one-night-only performance of a Broadway musical review Showbiz Harmony on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Three concerts headline The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s concert calendar in the upcoming week. The Symphonic Winds kick things off Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium, followed by guest flutist Raffaele Trevisani on Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium. Finally, the Wind Ensemble performs with Trevisani on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. All concerts are free and open to the public.

The Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received an anonymous $100,000 gift to establish The Dale Center Fellowship for Graduate Students. This five-year program will support up to five 12-month graduate assistantships.

In 1910, when the City of Hattiesburg was growing as a lumber and railroad town, Mississippi Normal College was founded on the western outskirts of town as a teacher-training college. Though the institution’s name changed from Mississippi Normal College to State Teacher’s College and later to Mississippi Southern College and finally in 1962 to The University of Southern Mississippi, its long-standing tradition of educating and training tomorrow’s teachers continues today.

One needs to look no further for that example than the Department of English, which was recently awarded National Recognition without Conditions by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Dr. Ellen Elder and Dr. Elizabeth Moak, piano faculty from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, will travel to Lima, Peru, where they have been invited to perform at the National Conservatory of Music.