February 6, 2016  

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Live Oak Writing Project teacher consultants Sarah Bailey and Jennifer Butler have successfully mentored three students to prestigious writing awards by the Eudora Welty Foundation. The students were participants in a Scholastic Writing Workshop held last fall and sponsored by the Live Oak Writing Project (LOWP).

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online master’s degree program in Political Science has been recognized as one of the nation’s foremost in a recent ranking by TheBestSchools.org.

Dr. Philip C. Kolin, Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at The University of Southern Mississippi, has published a new  book of 50 poems entitled Emmett Till in Different States, commemorating the 60th  anniversary of Till's savage murder that ignited the Civil Rights Movement.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Connoisseur Series will continue in spring of 2016 with a new soloist announced for the opening event. British soprano Alison Buchanan and The Ritz Chamber Players are kicking off the series on Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Deanna Witkowski Trio will follow closely behind on March 28, followed by the Tromba Mundi Trumpet Ensemble on April 5, and the American Quartet on April 18.

Construction began today (Jan. 25) on a multi-use pathway at The University of Southern Mississippi that will provide a connection for pedestrians traveling between Pride Field and Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s entertainment industry program is searching for inspired musicians to audition for the South City Records Artist Development Project 2016. This project could lead to the signing of one or more qualified artists with South City Records.

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will present “Mississippi Musical Gumbo,” Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. 

Several University of Southern Mississippi faculty and staff members have been honored by the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi as part of the organization’s 2015 Spark Awards program. The Spark Awards recognize outstanding work in the field of public relations in six categories.  

Dr. Max Grivno, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been presented the Humanities Scholar Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council as part of the council’s 2016 Public Humanities Awards.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the most prestigious award in journalism, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus will host several Pulitzer Prize winners for a panel discussion on Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom.


University of Southern Mississippi English professor Dr. Jonathon Barron isn’t just familiar with the life and works of famed American poet Robert Frost—he’s an expert.

Director of the Robert Frost Society and editor of The Robert Frost Review, Barron recently had his new book How Robert Frost Made Realism Matter published by University of Missouri Press. In it Barron argues for a new way of reading Frost as a poet who stands at the intersection of 19th-century romanticism and 20th-century modernism.

A project managed by the U.S. Library of Congress (LOC) and the Smithsonian Institution that seeks to preserve the story of America’s civil rights advanced their mission recently with assistance from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COCH).

In taking her doctorate in history from The University of Southern Mississippi at commencement Dec. 11, Tonya De’Nee Blair also made history in the same year the school marked the 50th anniversary of its desegregation.

Students from The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Theatre recently attended a special workshop at Mississippi State University in Starkville as part of the “Mississippi Cotton: Weaving Futures” partnership.

Whether it’s for a college graduate or someone special this holiday season, the Pottery and Art Sale at The University of Southern Mississippi promises distinctive, one-of-a-kind artistry created by students in the University’s Department of Art and Design.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Art and Design is currently hosting the bi-annual Senior Show through Dec. 11 in the Gallery of Art and Design on the Hattiesburg campus. The art exhibit is free to the public and available to view in the gallery Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dr. Glenn Terry Harper, professor emeritus of history and former dean of the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Southern Mississippi, died Nov. 26 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 78. Services were held Nov. 29 at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, where Harper was a member.

Dr. Susannah Ural of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of History was recently named the 2015-2017 recipient of Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professorship in the Humanities.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents its annual musical gift to the community -- the Holiday Choral Spectacular set for Dec. 1 and Dec. 3 at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. 


For more than a decade, this “sounds of the season” has delighted and amazed audiences with the scope of the orchestra and choral personnel involved. The concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Dr. Gregory Fuller, Dr. Lauren Calisto-Fowler, Dr. Webb Parker, and Dr. Jay Dean.


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.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Christiana Kay Whitley of Hattiesburg, Miss., has been awarded a Study Abroad Grant worth $1,000 from the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi. Whitley is one of 25 students nationwide to earn the award.

The Mississippi Humanities Council recently named Dr. Matthew Casey as The University of Southern Mississippi’s Teacher of the Year. Casey, a professor of history at Southern Miss, will present “Connected Histories: Cuba, Haiti and the United States, 1900-1940” Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. This lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed with a reception.

Allison Tharp, an English doctoral student at The University of Southern Mississippi, was named the Grand Champion in the Second Annual Three-Minute Thesis competition which was held Nov. 6 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble will give a free concert Monday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. It will feature classic works for wind band including the Symphony in B Flat by Paul Hindemith, Adagio Para Orquesta de Instrumentos de Viento by Joaquin Rodrigo and The Fairest of the Fair March by John Philip Sousa.