December 13, 2017  

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The acclaimed songwriter-producer, Mac McAnally, recently put an orchestral spin on some of his most familiar songs with album Southbound.

 

His latest compilation features the FestivalSouth Orchestra consisting of faculty, students and alumni from The University of Southern Mississippi and a rhythm section that includes MacAnally’s colleagues in Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band. Proceeds from the CD benefit the USM Symphony Orchestra and Extra Table. 

Mississippi Blood Services is sponsoring a Transylvania Bowl Blood Drive from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 through Thursday, Oct. 12 in the R.C. Cook Union Building on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

 

Nuala Ribeiro’s passion for helping children with disabilities in her home country of Kenya has enabled her to secure an internship with the Institute of Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. Ribeiro comes to Hattiesburg, Miss., as part of the ADA International Fellowship Program.

“The work I do reflects my commitment to the belief that our purpose is to alleviate the hardships of our fellow man and to give back to the communities in which we live. This ideal is the core of my being and the driving force in my life and work.”

 

Best known as The University of Southern Mississippi’s third Harry S. Truman Scholarship recipient and the University’s first African-American student to receive the highly competitive prize, Honors College and USM alumnus Brandon Hersey continues to embody servanthood, concentrating his efforts toward those that truly matter: the people.

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a Sweet Potato Drop on Wednesday, Oct. 11 to address and raise awareness about food insecurity in the Pine Belt area. 

 

More than 80 companies will be represented as part of the Fall 2017 Career Fair set for Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

A remarkable donation to a culinary research project at the University of Southern Mississippi has been made in honor of a 1920 alumna of the school.

Anderson Orr, a resident of Norfolk, Va. and native of Carthage, Miss. recently gave more than 2,500 cookbooks he has collected to the McCain Library and Archives at USM. The donation is a tribute to his mother, the late Lessie Katherine Amsler of Leakesville, Miss., who graduated from Southern Miss when it was known as Mississippi Normal College (MNC).

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association will induct six of the University’s most dedicated and distinguished alumni to its Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 13, as one of the highlights of the 2017 Homecoming celebration.

Rodney Richardson stood at the end of the conference room table in Memphis, just getting started on a creative presentation that he and his Hattiesburg-based agency, RARE Design, had put together for the NBA’s Grizzlies new branding efforts. And it didn’t take long — moments really — for Michael Heisley, then-owner of the Grizzlies, to stop the presentation and ask Richardson where he was from before posing the question to a colleague, “Why in the hell are we working with someone from Mississippi?”

 

It seemed a fair question to Heisley when considering the important decision of who best to help tell the Grizzlies’ story to the world.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Civic Chorale returns this fall with another host of crowd-pleasing performances in its 23rd season, employing the theme “An American Classic.”

Junior ROTC cadets from the Jackson Public Schools and the Mobile County Public Schools will convene on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Sept. 29-30 for a unique conference focused on cybersecurity and coding.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will present three awards at the annual Speakeasy event on October 6, 2017. Honorees include: Mississippi Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King, Southern Miss Head Baseball Coach Scott Berry, and long-time DuBard School supporter and advisory board member William H. (Bill) Pace.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Oct. 7, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi has partnered with clothing retailers Talbots and Jos. A. Bank on a new initiative called the Eagle Suit Fund. The fund is sponsored by a generous alumnus of the University.

The Alpha Omicron chapter of Phi Mu sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its annual fall festival, BonnaMU, on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2-5 p.m. at Spirit Park on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is a fundraiser for Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Sept. 30, for any residents in Harrison and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free community grant workshop on Fri., Sept. 29, for any residents in Harrison and surrounding counties interested in learning about the requirements for obtaining up to $22,000 in down payment grant assistance to families who want to purchase their first home.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host a scholarly talk, featuring Dr. Sam Hyde of Southeastern Louisiana University, Tuesday, Sept. 19, on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host the First Annual Women in Science and Engineering Conference on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating a record percentage increase in new freshmen and has surpassed all previous record enrollment numbers at its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

Those are just two of the positives from Fall 2017 enrollment figures that have set the University on a course for future unmatched success. In Fall 2017, 22.6 percent more first-time, full-time freshmen are attending the University than in 2016.

The work of Hattiesburg artist Theresa Parker is featured in an exhibit hosted through September by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), located in the Peck House at 3601 Pearl St. in Hattiesburg.

"Theresa Parker: A Retrospective Art Exhibit" includes 40 pieces featuring paintings and colored photographs, and may be viewed from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. A reception honoring the artist will be held at OLLI from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. Admission is free.

The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce that Gen. David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Retired) will deliver the 2017 Lt. Col. John H. Dale Distinguished Lecture in International Security and Global Policy on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at 7 p.m.

In an ongoing effort to provide and maintain a safe and inclusive living and working environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct across all University campuses and research sites, The University of Southern Mississippi recently added a new position of deputy coordinator to its Title IX Office.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Wednesday, Sept. 20, for any residents in Jones and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.