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Three veteran University of Southern Mississippi educators with distinguished records of achievement in teaching, research and service will serve as grand marshals for the university’s spring 2018 commencements.

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker visited with students, faculty and staff in the Department of Medical Laboratory Science at The University of Southern Mississippi Monday, April 23, proclaiming April 23-27 as National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week in the city.

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week increases public understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel. The program at Southern Miss offers bachelor and master’s degree programs, and enjoys a high job placement rate for its graduates. For information about the USM Department of Medical Laboratory Science, visit https://www.usm.edu/medical-laboratory-science%20.

Approximately 2,000 schoolchildren gathered in Reed Green Coliseum on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus April 11 to get free books from one of their favorite writers, Dav Pilkey, author and illustrator of the famed Captain Underpants and Dog Man series.

Six University of Southern Mississippi students presented their scholarly projects at the annual National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Edmond, Okla. April 4-7, along with 4,000 other students from across country. The event, which featured participants from more than 400 institutions, was first established in 1987 by the Council on Undergraduate Research as a way to both celebrate and promote the research and creative activities of undergraduates.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Fallen Eagle Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 218, on the Hattiesburg campus. This annual event, which began in 2003 and is sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), honors the memory of members of the university community who died during the academic year.

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi community and area residents will bring awareness to suicide prevention when the USM Department of Psychology hosts the “Out of the Darkness Walk” on the Hattiesburg campus. The event, set for April 28 from 8:30 – 11 a.m. at the Bruce and Virginia Wilgus Fitness Trail, located next to the Payne Center on the Hattiesburg campus, is being held in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s efforts to save lives and give hope to those affected by suicide.

Clothing and its role in the sexual assault victim-blaming narrative will be in the spotlight when the "What Were You Wearing When You Were Sexually Assaulted?" survivor art installation opens with a reception at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5 and continues on display through May in the Cook Library Art Gallery on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced plans for two main-stage productions during the 2018-19 school year.

The University of Southern Mississippi will join with the University of South Alabama in co-hosting the annual Gulf Coast Therapeutic Recreation Symposium April 5-6 at the historic Hattiesburg Train Depot. This event is also supported by the city of Hattiesburg Department of Parks and Recreation.

Children’s literature author and artist Dav Pilkey will share his work with students attending Hattiesburg elementary schools April 11-13, when he is honored during the 51st annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi. The event is presented by the Southern Miss School of Library and Information Sciences.

EDITOR'S NOTE: New York Times best-selling author Angie Thomas’ University Forum presentation, scheduled for tonight, March 6, has been cancelled. Thomas informed Forum organizers this morning that she would not be able to attend due to illness. Forum organizers will work to reschedule Thomas’ presentation for a future date. 

 

How she employs the written word to inform action for social justice will be among the topics author Angie Thomas discusses in her talk, “The Hate U Give: Finding Your Activism,” at the Tuesday, March 6 University Forum at The University of Southern Mississippi. Presented by the Southern Miss Honors College, this program will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus, and admission is free.

Acclaimed author Wil Haygood said finding a story like the one he made into New York Times bestseller “The Butler: A Witness to History,” is the kind “a journalist is fortunate to land.”

The book, which was the basis for the 2013 award winning film “The Butler,” is based on the story of relatively unknown African-American White House butler Eugene Allen, who served in the White House from the presidential administration of Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Haygood discussed the making of the book and more as the featured speaker at Southern Miss Feb. 27 for the school’s 25th annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture.

The spring 2018 Day of Sharing for Teachers of the Gifted will be held Friday, March 9 on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. Sponsored by Southern Miss’s Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, this event is designed to educate teachers on current curriculum and instructional issues in gifted education.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, have announced the winners of the 32nd annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year a writer and an illustrator are recognized early in their careers for their outstanding work.

Harvard University astronomy professor John Asher Johnson is expanding not only the knowledge base about our university, but also opportunities for more people to contribute to that endeavor.

Johnson - internationally recognized both for his talents as a research pioneer in his field and leading advocate for diversity in the sciences - will be the first speaker for the spring 2018 University Forum series at The University of Southern Mississippi. He will present “Recruiting the Culture of Science” Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

University of Southern Mississippi faculty, staff, students and alumni will make nearly half of the presentations at the annual conference this year for the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

The ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ is returning to Hattiesburg Feb. 16-17 for the 33rd annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo. The Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the event at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center on Highway 49 South, starting at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.

John Little has been there himself.

“I grew up a (University of North Dakota) Fighting Sioux fan,” says Little, 30, the co-director of a documentary about the appropriation of Native American names and images by sports teams. The film, “More Than a Word,” was screened Jan. 30 at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Comprised of soloists from around the country, the Austin (Texas)-based, Grammy Award-winning and internationally recognized Conspirare will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg Campus.

 

As the southern-most stop on its nationwide tour, the ensemble presents, Considering Matthew Shepard, composed by the group’s founder and artistic director, Craig Hella Johnson.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development (CCCD) at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its annual TCC Classic I CAN! Run Saturday, Feb. 17, with the race beginning at 9 a.m. and starting and ending at Pride Field on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The creative bent of Pine Belt artisans and do-it-yourselfers will be on display Saturday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the inaugural Hattiesburg ‘Mini-Maker Faire,’ to be held at the historic Hattiesburg Train Depot. Presented by Hub City Makers, the event will be co-sponsored by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) and School of Computing, Cooperative Energy, Makezine.com, Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiative, Multicraft and Chemours.

The important contributions of African-Americans to The University of Southern Mississippi and U.S. history and culture will be observed at Southern Miss during Black History Month, beginning Feb. 2 and incorporating the theme “Black Excellence.”

They didn’t engage the enemy on the battlefield, but many of the loved ones left behind by soldiers serving in the Vietnam War were wounded emotionally by the conflict.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) brought together top safety and security industry leaders representing intercollegiate athletics, as well as commercial sport and entertainment facilities, Jan. 15-19 at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Florida for the National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit. The event was followed by the Commercial Sport and Entertainment Facilities Safety and Security Summit Jan. 17-19.