September 29, 2016  

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The Hispanex Program has awarded a grant to Dr. Alejandro Gomez-del-Moral, an assistant professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi. The program, administered by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, is used to promote Spanish research and culture in collaboration with foreign universities and scholars.

On Oct. 26 The University of Southern Mississippi Jazz Studies Program will present its Fall Concert at 8 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center, featuring world-renowned jazz drummer Carl Allen. This event is free and open to the public.

Elyssa Klipsch, a senior at The University of Southern Mississippi, was named the Association of College Unions (ACUI) Region III Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader during the Region III regional conference held Oct. 2-4 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for the Study of the Gulf South will host guest speaker Roberto Zurbano, who will present the lecture “Race and Racism in Contemporary Cuba” Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. in the International Center, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) will induct five new members into its Hall of Fame Thursday, Oct. 15 during activities associated with the event on the Hattiesburg campus.

Five students majoring in English at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach presented papers recently at two prestigious annual conferences.

 

Join the University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance for "Waterloo Wanderings," a dance concert culminating the first ever British Studies in dance program on Oct. 10 in the Theatre and Dance Building, Studio 115. Pre-show events begin at 7:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. Pre-show events include live music, dance performance videos, slide shows, and a thorough British theatre-going experience.

The University of Southern Mississippi announced two new initiatives on Wednesday, Oct. 7 designed to expand and enrich its commitment to student success. The Barnes & Noble Textbook Scholarship and the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan were celebrated during a special ceremony held on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Bookstore giant Barnes & Noble created the need-based textbook scholarship fund for Southern Miss students. Over the next four years, the University will distribute approximately $375,000 in textbook scholarships (maximum of $500 per student per year) to students with financial need.

Four former students from The University of Southern Mississippi participated in the White House welcoming ceremony for Chinese President, Xi Jinping last month. The United States Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performed in the ceremony; three of their snare drummers and one of their buglers are former members of the Southern Miss “Pride of Mississippi” Marching Band.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Repertory Dance Company will host "Exchanging Innocence: Site-Specific Dance Performances”  Sunday, Oct. 11 with a 2 p.m. performance at Southern Miss’ Lake Byron and a 4 p.m. performance at downtown Hattiesburg’s Town Square Park.

At the opening night concert of the Symphony Orchestra’s 96th season, Dr. Mike Lopinto, PR/Marketing Coordinator for the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music, was presented with The Themis Award. This award is presented annually at the opening orchestra concert to an outstanding Southern Miss administrator, professor, staff member, or other individual who has contributed to the success of the orchestra and its members.

The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble will present a concert featuring two premieres of works commissioned by the ensemble on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. 

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi will present Bernstein's timeless classic “West Side Story” as part of homecoming weekend celebrations.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Theatre begins the 2015-2016 season with the musical “Violet” by Doris Betts. All performances will be held in Tatum Theatre on Southern Miss’ Hattiesburg campus. On Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9 and 10, the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Two matinee performances are set for Oct. 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. Prior to the show on Oct. 4, a preshow talk will begin at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 1-800-844-TICK.

Dr. Kenneth Swope, an expert on China and East Asia history, is the recipient of the General Buford “Buff” Blount Professorship in Military History at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Blount Professorship is awarded biannually and funds research by a faculty member of the Southern Miss Department of History toward publication of a major study in the field of War and Society. At the end of their two-year term, the holder of the Blount Professorship will present a lecture or program based on the findings of their research. Swope is the second recipient of the professorship.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host the lecture "It Takes a Cookbook to Raise a Village: Laurel, Mississippi and Community Cookbooks” by Southern Miss history professor Dr. Andrew Haley at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 in room 123 of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus.

Inspired by his time as a journalist in Africa, University of Southern Mississippi political science professor Dr. Bob Press has written his third book, Ripples of Hope: How Ordinary People Resist Repression without Violence.

Carmen Escobedo, a piano professor and General Director of the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru will visit The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music where she will give a piano master class on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. in Marsh Auditorium, and a recital on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium.

Professor Elizabeth Resnick from Massachusetts College of Art and Design is the curator of the latest exhibition on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gallery of Art and Design. On Thursday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. she will present "Propaganda and Protest Graphics: A Selective View of Civic Empowerment and Resistance by Artists and Designers in the historic George Hurst Building on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Andrew Wiest, center, professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, along with Vietnam War veteran John Young, left, examine a map of Vietnam during a book signing prior to a screening of the Emmy Award-nominated National Geographic documentary “Brothers in War.” The film is based on Wiest’s book The Boys of 67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam, in which the exploits of Young and his fellow soldiers are featured. Both events were held on the Hattiesburg campus. (Southern Miss photos by Danny Rawls)

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism will hold a workshop for high school students Thursday, Oct. 1 on the Hattiesburg campus, sponsored by the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association (MSPA).

The first lecture of the fall 2015 Philosophical Fridays series at The University of Southern Mississippi is Friday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m., with Dr. Mark Rowlands of the University of Miami presenting “Can Animals be Moral?”

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra opens its 96th season Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. In true gala opening style, patrons are encouraged to dress in their best fashion for this special opening entitled, “New Acquaintances and Old Friends.”

 

“Similar to glamorous openings at the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet, this is the Pine Belt’s chance to ramp up the glamor and enjoy a first rate musical evening with the incomparable Symphony Orchestra,” said Jay Dean, music director.

The University of Southern Mississippi will present a Faculty Artist Series performance of the Logio Duo on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.