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Southern Arena Theatre (SAT) returns for its 41st season at The University of Southern Mississippi with two classic plays, and after a wildly successful inaugural run last summer, the Improv Comedy Club is back to the delight of SAT fans throughout the Gulf South.

Approximately 280 young women from across the state will make The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus their temporary home June 4-9, as they learn the formula for representative democracy here as delegates to the 69th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Magnolia Girls State.

University of Southern Mississippi faculty members were honored for achievements in teaching, research, service and leadership at the annual Faculty Awards Recognition Ceremony, held May 5 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The event was sponsored by USM’s Office of the Provost and Faculty Senate.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of History, Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, and the African American Military History Museum will host a roundtable book discussion on Integrating the US Military Thursday, May 18 at 1 p.m. at the museum located at 305 6th Street, Hattiesburg. The event is open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Arts and Letters recognized to outstanding alumnae for their professional accomplishments during its annual College Awards Ceremony and Reception. Lindsey "Katie" Jack, Class of 2003, was honored as the recipient of the College of Arts and Letters Distinguished Alumni Award, and Rachel Rizzuto, Class of 2009, was selected to receive the College of Arts and Letters New Alumni Award.  

Spring commencement at The University of Southern Mississippi promises to be special for Willie Tubbs and Dr. David R. Davies, with Tubbs set to receive his Ph.D. and Professor Davies serving as commencement grand marshal.

A senior research scientist at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), internationally recognized for his longtime study of Gulf Coast marine life, will serve as the school’s spring 2017 commencement speaker.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents the winners of the William T. Gower Scholarship Competition in its last concert of the season, Future Stars, on Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

 

With seven successful conferences already under their belts, officials at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi expect the eighth edition to be even better with the addition of several new highlights this year.

The work of students in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Art and Design will be on display April 25 - May 12 in the Gallery of Art and Design, located in the George Hurst Building on the Hattiesburg campus, for the annual Senior Show in Graphic Design and Sculpture. The show’s opening reception is set for April 25 from 5-7 p.m., and the public is invited.

Five children's literature authors and illustrators earned prestigious recognition for their work at the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award ceremony April 6 during the The University of Southern Mississippi's 50th annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival.

Their hard work and commitment to leave their future alma mater better than they found it earned many University of Southern Mississippi students much-deserved recognition for academic achievement, leadership and service at the 2017 Student Awards Ceremony, held April 11 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Six University of Southern Mississippi students are currently presenting their scholarly projects at the annual National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tenn., joining 4,000 other students from across the country.

The 2017 Petal - Southern Miss Powwow,  a celebration of Native American traditions, will be held  in Petal, Miss. at Willie Hinton Park April 8-9. This annual event will include music, social dance, arts and crafts, along with food and novelty vendors.

The 2017 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival will be a milestone when it marks 50 years of celebrating children’s literature April 5-7 through the annual event held at The University of Southern Mississippi. Hundreds of librarians, teachers and devotees of the literary genre from across the country attend annually.

As part of its ongoing Visiting Writers Series, the Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes award-winning writer Ben Lerner to the Hattiesburg campus on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium for a reading and book signing.

The Southern Miss School of Music announces open auditions to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera to all university students. Auditions will be held on Sunday, April 23 beginning at 1 p.m. All applicants must register online at www.usm.edu/music/phantom. Complete audition details are available there.

University of Southern Mississippi student and violinist, John Eze Uzodinma II, has received a full scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colo., for eight weeks this summer.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Trombone Choir and Select Octet has been invited to perform at the American Trombone Workshop at the culmination of their tour on March 10, 2017. Under the direction of Dr. Ben McIlwain, the group will perform with guest soloist MSG Sam Woodhead of The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.”

To mark Women’s History Month in March, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Committee on Services and Resources for Women (CSRW) is coordinating a series of free events that includes lectures by nationally renowned scholars and authors, panel discussions of prominent women in the community, workshops by experts in various fields, and theatrical and musical performances, among others.

The University of Southern Mississippi is set to host the 81st annual meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences Feb. 23-24 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. This is the largest meeting of its kind in the state, and the eighth year in a row it has been held in Hattiesburg.

The 2017 edition of the Armstrong-Branch Distinguished Lecture Series at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature famed actress and activist Jasmine Guy Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. The title of her presentation will be "Making Your Own Different World." Admission is free.

Dorie Ladner, a Hattiesburg native and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement, will be at The University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in Scianna Hall for a screening of the documentary “Well-Behaved Women Don’t Make Herstory: Dorie Ladner.” The screening will be held in room 1003 of Scianna Hall (College of Business) on the Hattiesburg campus.

This year marks Mississippi’s bicentennial, and University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting a series of events highlighting Mississippi’s 200-year history. The series kicks off with “Lost Bodies and Stolen History: Slavery and Memory in Mississippi,” a lecture by Southern Miss History Professor Dr. Max Grivno, set for Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery. Admission is free.