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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.

The 13th Annual Southern Invitational Choral Conference (SICC) will take center stage next week at the Thad Cochran Center on the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The conference will feature a pair of concerts in the Hattiesburg area.


The University of Southern Mississippi’s entertainment industry program is searching for inspired rappers to participate in the Southern Rap Battle.

When Dr. Jay Dean takes to the podium to open the 97th season of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium, it will kick off a musical parade that sees the venerable symphony performing music from across the spectrum of the musical genres.

The way politics functions in our country is changing rapidly. The Age of Information ushered in a new era of interaction between candidates and their voters, and the science behind targeting these voters and collecting data is evolving. Dr. Marcus Coleman, an assistant professor of communication studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, is monitoring these changes closely.

The University of Southern Mississippi kicks off its annual Connoisseur Series with a free community concert set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.


University of Southern Mississippi film students were offered the opportunity to capture history this summer in a developing documentary detailing a space relic’s journey from Louisiana to Mississippi.


In early June, 13 basic and advanced film studies students from the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach began filming the voyage of a forgotten spacecraft known as the S-IC-15, or Saturn V rocket stage, from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to the INFINITY Science Center in Pearlington.

In a presidential election year unlike any other, it’s almost impossible to go a day without hearing something about the two major party candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. For the people who are tired of hearing about them and politics in general, Dr. Joseph Weinberg, associate professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi has bad news for you: politics is not going away anytime soon.     

The University of Southern Mississippi is known throughout the Southeast for its outstanding arts programs and is one of 36 institutions in the country to be accredited in all areas of the arts. Bringing further acclaim to the University is the announcement that Southern Miss is now an official training site for Lessac Kinesensics.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings will kick off the 2016-17 season with Pride Preview. This free concert will be held Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at Centennial Green on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, and all are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic dinners to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of History is hosting an instructional workshop on National History Day in Mississippi Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10-11:30 a.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. The free workshop is for high school and middle school teachers, students and parents, as well as homeschooling parents of middle and high school aged children and will be held in the Liberal Arts Building 101.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale is in search of new members to join its community choir.


Based on the University's Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale is a local community singing group organized and orchestrated through the University’s School of Music.

History will be made, one way or the other, when the raucous 2016 U.S. presidential election finally reaches a crescendo in early November. Taking up residence in the White House will be either the country’s first female president or its first commander-in-chief without prior government or military experience.

The Drum Corps International Tour will return to Hattiesburg, Miss. on Wednesday, July 27 for the 2016 edition of DCI Southern Mississippi. World-class corps will be headlining this always exciting event’s lineup at The University of Southern Mississippi's M.M. Roberts Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.

Prior to the 2016 Drum Corps International Tour performance at M.M. Roberts Stadium on July 27 at 7 p.m., The University of Southern Mississippi Trombone Choir will be joined by School of Music alumni to perform the National Anthem.

For the past three years, the National Writing Project affiliate site at The University of Southern Mississippi has invested in teachers and young adults throughout South Mississippi by implementing the College-Ready Writers Program that was developed through a $300,000 national “Investing in Innovation” grant.

For today’s young people, learning to read and write for a variety of purposes is a key component for college, career and civic life. Mississippi has adopted new standards that include expectations for extensive writing at each grade level, and teachers are expected to incorporate more writing into their instruction.