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The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will hold the 4th annual National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit Jan. 24-26 at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. More than 40 universities from across the country will be in attendance for this important event.

Dr. William C. “Bill” Smith, a recently retired University of Southern Mississippi College of Business marketing professor who earned several honors for teaching, research and service in his 37-year tenure at the school, will give the keynote address for its fall commencement ceremonies.

The annual “Lighting the Way” event returns Wednesday, Nov. 30 to The University of Southern Mississippi to help usher in the holiday season and support the charitable outreach work of Hattiesburg’s Aldersgate Mission and Edwards Street Fellowship Center. Scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at the front entrance of the Hattiesburg campus, it will be presented by the Student Government Association, and members of the university and local communities are invited to participate.

The 65th edition of a holiday tradition at The University of Southern Mississippi is set for Sunday, Dec. 4 when Chi Omega sorority hosts Songfest at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus. Featuring seasonal music favorites performed by members of the USM Greek Life community, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free.

A leading national security analyst frequently called upon by media for her expertise is the guest speaker for the final installment of The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2016 University Forum series.

Acclaimed R&B and hip-hop artist Keri Hilson is the featured performer for The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Eaglepalooza Saturday, Nov. 5 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Spirit Park on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and follows USM’s home 2:30 p.m. Conference USA football game against the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. 

 

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music presents two diverse events on Nov. 10. At 6 p.m., The Sax-Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz, presents a program featuring a mixture of transcribed and original works for saxophone orchestra. Then at 7:30 p.m., faculty artist Dr. Ben McIlwain presents “Off the Beaten Path,” a trombone recital with Dr. Ellen Elder on piano and special guests Dr. Richard Perry, tuba and The Southern Miss Select Trombone Octet with guest conductor, Dr. James Standland. Both events are free and will be performed in Marsh Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

Homecoming week – it’s one of Caroline Bradley’s favorite times of year at The University of Southern Mississippi, and the junior Honors College student from Picayune is enjoying every minute of it.

John Cox has experienced nearly four decades’ worth of University of Southern Mississippi homecomings, the majority of them in the radio broadcast booth as the “Voice of the Golden Eagles.”

And before prepping to call the Oct. 29 USM-Marshall football game, Cox has another important duty to fulfill earlier in the day – serving as grand marshal for the school’s annual homecoming parade, which begins at 11 a.m. at Midtown Market on Hardy Street and travels to the main entrance of the Hattiesburg campus.

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.

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.

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 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 Libraries is celebrating the 75th birthday of Curious George by challenging University of Southern Mississippi faculty, staff, students and the Hattiesburg community to walk 75 miles in eight weeks. “Go George Go!” will begin Sept. 15 and conclude Nov. 12 and is designed to encourage health and wellness while celebrating a children’s literature icon.

Dr. Victoria Bynum, author of The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil Warwill return to The University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday, Sept 13 as speaker for the first fall 2016 University Forum, titled “Free State of Jones: History and Memory.” The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College will celebrate four decades of providing unique and challenging academic experiences for students at its 40th anniversary gala Friday, Sept. 9. The event will be held at The Venue in The Bakery Building, located at 127 Buschman St. in historic downtown Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host seven influential scholars, artists, activists, and scientists in 2016 and 2017 as part of its featured lecture series, University Forum and the Armstrong-Branch Lecture. From an actress whose beloved characters have become part of our cultural legacy to a scientist who wants to change how we think about humans’ origins, this year’s speakers are guaranteed to spark conversations.

The Gulf Coast Library presents “3 Views,” a photographic exhibit now on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), in partnership with Metro Area Community Empowerment (MACE), seeks volunteers to assist with the 40th annual Wheelchair Softball World Series to be held Aug. 10-13 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale plans to take its audience to another dimension in two concerts of “Fly Me to the Moon” May 13 and 15, at two locations along the coast.

With six 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 seventh edition to be even better with the addition of several new highlights this year.

Brad McMullan, CEO of bfac.com in Ridgeland, Miss., will be the guest speaker during a special presentation at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 in the McDonnell Auditorium of Scianna Hall on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science (DMS) has announced its annual Wiesenburg lecturer as Dr. John Hughes Clarke, a professor with a joint appointment in mechanical engineering and Earth sciences at the University of New Hampshire.

 

The public is invited to enjoy a free lecture by Clarke titled “What Drives Deep Sea Channel Systems” at 11 a.m. April 20 in the StennisSphere Auditorium at the John C. Stennis Space Center.