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Inspired by the theme, “Rise Up, O Flame,” The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will perform two concerts this weekend that celebrate the spirit of those who have given their lives to the recovery of Hurricane Katrina -- both in death and life.

John Eze Uzodinma, II, a music performance major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently Awarded The Presser Foundation’s Undergraduate Scholar Award. Selected by the music faculty guided solely by consideration of excellence and merit, this award is an honor award and the student, in his/her senior year, is to be known as a Presser Scholar. The Award includes a $4,300 stipend to aid in continuing musical studies.

Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic and one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians joins The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra to perform Nielson’s Clarinet Concerto Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This fun evening of music will include orchestra masterworks by Rossini, Copland and Stravinsky under the baton of Dr. Michael Miles.

University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English Philip Kolin will discuss his new book of poems dedicated to the late Emmett Till on the Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Think Radio program “Mississippi Edition” Thursday, Feb. 25 from 8:30 - 9 a.m. The weekday news show is hosted by Karen Brown.

A Holocaust survivor aided by a unit of African American soldiers from Mississippi will be in Hattiesburg Tuesday, Feb. 23 to speak at the screening of a documentary detailing his ordeal as a prisoner of the Nazis near the end of World War II.

First-year University of Southern Mississippi student Lisa Brackeen credits the head-start she received through the University’s unique Jump Scholars Program with making her transition to college life a seamless one.


The Jump Scholars Program, launched in 2014, is a summer program for select incoming freshmen who want to get a “jump” on their classes and get connected quickly to the Southern Miss experience. 

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi will open a new production of the sensational music drama Carmen Feb. 18 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium. Glorious voices, sets, costumes, props and lights are accompanied by the incomparable Symphony Orchestra in this enormous production.

Dr. Elizabeth Moak, associate professor of music at The University of Southern Mississippi, will give a solo piano recital Friday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The solo piano recital will honor the 350th birthday year of Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, and the 70th birthday year of Judith Lang Zaimont.

Live Oak Writing Project teacher consultants Sarah Bailey and Jennifer Butler have successfully mentored three students to prestigious writing awards by the Eudora Welty Foundation. The students were participants in a Scholastic Writing Workshop held last fall and sponsored by the Live Oak Writing Project (LOWP).

Each year during February, high school students from throughout the southeastern United States convene on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus to enjoy an inspiring, music-filled weekend.


The Southern Miss School of Music will host hundreds of students Feb. 5 - 7 during the All-South Honor Band weekend.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online master’s degree program in Political Science has been recognized as one of the nation’s foremost in a recent ranking by

Dr. Philip C. Kolin, Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at The University of Southern Mississippi, has published a new  book of 50 poems entitled Emmett Till in Different States, commemorating the 60th  anniversary of Till's savage murder that ignited the Civil Rights Movement.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Connoisseur Series will continue in spring of 2016 with a new soloist announced for the opening event. British soprano Alison Buchanan and The Ritz Chamber Players are kicking off the series on Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Deanna Witkowski Trio will follow closely behind on March 28, followed by the Tromba Mundi Trumpet Ensemble on April 5, and the American Quartet on April 18.

Construction began today (Jan. 25) on a multi-use pathway at The University of Southern Mississippi that will provide a connection for pedestrians traveling between Pride Field and Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s entertainment industry program is searching for inspired musicians to audition for the South City Records Artist Development Project 2016. This project could lead to the signing of one or more qualified artists with South City Records.

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will present “Mississippi Musical Gumbo,” Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. 

Several University of Southern Mississippi faculty and staff members have been honored by the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi as part of the organization’s 2015 Spark Awards program. The Spark Awards recognize outstanding work in the field of public relations in six categories.  

Dr. Max Grivno, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been presented the Humanities Scholar Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council as part of the council’s 2016 Public Humanities Awards.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the most prestigious award in journalism, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus will host several Pulitzer Prize winners for a panel discussion on Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom.


University of Southern Mississippi English professor Dr. Jonathon Barron isn’t just familiar with the life and works of famed American poet Robert Frost—he’s an expert.

Director of the Robert Frost Society and editor of The Robert Frost Review, Barron recently had his new book How Robert Frost Made Realism Matter published by University of Missouri Press. In it Barron argues for a new way of reading Frost as a poet who stands at the intersection of 19th-century romanticism and 20th-century modernism.

A project managed by the U.S. Library of Congress (LOC) and the Smithsonian Institution that seeks to preserve the story of America’s civil rights advanced their mission recently with assistance from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COCH).

In taking her doctorate in history from The University of Southern Mississippi at commencement Dec. 11, Tonya De’Nee Blair also made history in the same year the school marked the 50th anniversary of its desegregation.

Students from The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Theatre recently attended a special workshop at Mississippi State University in Starkville as part of the “Mississippi Cotton: Weaving Futures” partnership.

Whether it’s for a college graduate or someone special this holiday season, the Pottery and Art Sale at The University of Southern Mississippi promises distinctive, one-of-a-kind artistry created by students in the University’s Department of Art and Design.