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A graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is Mississippi’s new State Librarian.

Stephen Parks, who earned a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree in the fall of 2013 from Southern Miss, took over the post Jan. 1. In this position he serves as director of the State Library, managing a staff that provides services to Mississippi’s Supreme Court, other state courts, state officials and the general public.

Three University of Southern Mississippi librarians were honored recently at the Mississippi Library Association (MLA) annual conference in Natchez. Sarah Mangrum, Jennifer Brannock and Elena Azadbakht all received awards for their dedication and service in a Mississippi Library.

The Big Read and The University of Southern Mississippi will present “On the Radio with Edgar Allan Poe: A Live Theatrical Performance” Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Poems and stories by the acclaimed master of mystery will be performed by the Department of Theatre with spooky soundscapes produced live by students from the School of Mass Communications and Journalism.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach (730 East Beach Boulevard) is very special to Long Beach native Joely Corban. She received her Girl Scouts Brownie pin at a banquet in Hardy Hall in 1978, swam in the pool where the Gulf Coast Library now stands and spent countless summer mornings practicing for high school cheerleading camps held on the Gulf Park campus.

Science Café on the Coast, a collaboration between The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries, Harrison County Library System, Long Beach Public Library, and Hancock County Library System, will host Dr. Francis Bozzolo as he discusses “Our Changing Wetlands:  Benefits, Threats, and Conservation” on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Pass Christian Library, 111 Hiern Ave, Pass Christian, Miss.

 

They left the comforts of home more than 70 years ago, many of them fresh out of high school, to travel across the Atlantic Ocean and help defeat an enemy bent on enslaving the world.

 

That’s the legacy of the men who fought in World War II with the U.S. Army’s 103d Infantry Division – one of bravery, sacrifice and patriotism – and it is being preserved by The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Tasha Tudor Cookbook Lecture and Brunch will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. Susan Haller will prepare Tasha’s favorite Dundee cake and attendees will be able to taste more favorite recipes from Tasha Tudor’s cookbooks.

Renowned artist Clinard “Clint” Martin has gained traction in his popularity with his new exhibit, “Red Tails: 332nd Fighter Group, Ramitelli, Italy, W.W.II.”, on display now at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cook Library. 

 

The University of Southern Mississippi announced two new initiatives on Wednesday, Oct. 7 designed to expand and enrich its commitment to student success. The Barnes & Noble Textbook Scholarship and the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan were celebrated during a special ceremony held on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Bookstore giant Barnes & Noble created the need-based textbook scholarship fund for Southern Miss students. Over the next four years, the University will distribute approximately $375,000 in textbook scholarships (maximum of $500 per student per year) to students with financial need.

The public is invited to the opening of the exhibit Tasha Tudor: Around the Year Thursday, Oct. 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. It will be presented by the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi and feature 130 original works of art by award winning illustrator, Tasha Tudor.

The exhibit will be on display from October through December at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. Items will be available for purchase at the opening.

The University of Southern Mississippi has enrolled more new students than in 2014, including a freshman class that defies national trends as the most academically prepared in the University’s recorded history.

 

For the sixth straight year, the average grade point average (GPA) for USM’s first-time, full-time freshmen is the highest ever recorded. New freshmen in Fall 2015 have an average GPA of 3.27, up from 3.26 in Fall 2014 and 3.06 in Fall 2009, when the six-year streak began. The average ACT score of new freshmen is 22.7, the highest known in University history.

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature 130 original works of art by award winning illustrator Tasha Tudor at an exhibit from October through December at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. These pieces are part of a traveling exhibit organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge, Mass.

A new Title IX Office, consistent policy protocols, and heightened awareness have placed The University of Southern Mississippi at the forefront of collegiate institutions confronting the issues of sexual harassment and misconduct.

Dr. Joy Greiner, a former professor and administrator at The University of Southern Mississippi, died May 19 in Dallas.

A memorial service for Dr. Greiner will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20 at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg. A reception for friends and colleagues will follow at 2 p.m. in room 218 of the Thad Cochran Center on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

Jennifer Brannock and Sarah Mangrum in University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi are recipients of a Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Brannock and Mangrum will receive $10,000 and University Libraries was one of 75 organizations to receive the grant, which total more than $1 million.

University Libraries, the School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi were recently awarded a Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) Network mini-grant to develop a nanoscience-based outreach program for non-science teachers and librarians.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is hosting various events throughout the week of April 12 in honor of National Library Week.

During the week of April 13-17, Cook Library at The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate National Library Week with a full schedule of events. National Library Week aims to bring attention to the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a book sale Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on the front lawn of the university’s Gulf Park campus. The book sale will benefit the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library.

University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi will host Institutional Repository (IR) Day on April 17 in Cook Library Room 123. IR Day will feature presentations, discussions and workshops on the value and importance of institutional repositories for promoting the scholarship and research of their university.

Dr. Matthew Griffis, an assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), was recently awarded a 2015 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant.

In a competitive application process, Jennifer Brannock, associate professor and curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a participant in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute (ALI).

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is featuring a new exhibit by artist Joy Jennings. “The Art of Joy Jennings,” which is currently on display, is a collection of her oil on canvas artwork.

University Librarians Michele Frasier-Robinson and Elena Azadbakht of The University of Southern Mississippi have been elected to statewide office with the Association of College and Research Libraries, Mississippi Chapter of the Mississippi Library Association (MLA-ACRL).