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The Delta chapter of Chi Omega Sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi held its 67th annual Songfest on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus. Songfest 2018 featured holiday-themed musical performances, including those by USM Greek Life chapters, along with a silent auction to support Make-A-Wish Mississippi's mission to grant wishes to children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses.

(Photos by Kelly Dunn)

University of Southern Mississippi film student Kyle Churchwell knew he had a compelling idea for national contest. He had no way of knowing how impactful his short video would become.

University of Southern Mississippi student Shelsea Perez, a senior majoring in Architectural Engineering Technology, was selected as the state recipient of a scholarship from a local chapter of The National Association of Women in Construction this fall.

Four sport professionals offer insights and ideas as part of a Sport Management Symposium hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development Sport Management faculty on Thursday, Nov. 15. 

Students with extra Bonus Bucks at the end of the semester are encouraged to purchase and donate food to the Eagle’s Nest food pantry.

 

In the final two weeks of school, Nov. 26-30 and Dec. 3-7, the four Eagle Dining P.O.D. locations on the Hattiesburg campus will have donation bins available so that students can put to good use their Bonus Bucks that otherwise would expire.

Visitors to the Mississippi Polymer Institute’s (MPI) 25th anniversary open house were treated to a fun-filled agenda packed with interactive workshops, company demonstrations, facility tours and more. The day-long open house was held on Thursday, Nov. 15 at MPI’s headquarters in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Accelerator.

 

Established in 1993, MPI was originally housed within USM’s Department of Polymer Science with the goal of assisting polymer and advanced-material businesses and entrepreneurs in their growth efforts.

The Southern Chorale, Concert Choir, Southern Miss Men’s Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Hattiesburg Choral Union will participate in the annual Bread Basket Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, Nov. 18. The service will be held at 6 p.m. at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg.

The Business Advisory Council and the College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi has selected Joy Lightsey as the 2018 Boardman Alumna of the Year. She will be honored during the annual Alumna of the Year Luncheon set for Friday, Nov. 16 at the Trent Lott National Center on the Hattiesburg campus. 

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Interior Design program‘s senior class will host its second annual Designer Showhouse open house celebration Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5 - 9 p.m. at 146 Wild Meadows in the Hattiesburg area’s Canebrake community. Live music will begin at 7 p.m.  Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be available, and tickets may be purchased in advance from Eventbrite, or at the door with a bank card.

Dr. Lilian Hill, professor in the School of Education at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame Nov. 10 during a ceremony held in New Orleans. Dr. Hill is one of 13 individuals selected for the IACE Hall of Fame Class of 2018, which consists of 13 scholars and practitioners from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, and France.

Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA), the national college honor society for journalism and mass communication, has awarded University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Communication Professor Dr. David R. Davies a $1,000 grant to help fund his research on newspapers thriving in the digital marketplace.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) invites members of local communities to its Hattiesburg campus to celebrate the holiday season with its annual “Lighting the Way for the Holidays” Tuesday, Nov. 27 beginning at 6 p.m. at the front lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building. The event is presented by the USM Student Government Association.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Art & Design program presents its Senior Show in Sculpture starting on Nov. 27 and running until Dec. 7 in the Gallery of Art and Design. An opening reception to this free event will be held on Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Allyson Easterwood as Vice President for Finance and Administration, effective January 1, 2019, pending approval by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) presents the Wind Ensemble Concert on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Macken'z Smith, a senior speech pathology/audiology major from Philadelphia, Miss., was crowned Miss University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Nov. 10 at Mannoni Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the Hattiesburg campus, during the annual Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant.

Ashleigh Bristol, a doctoral student in polymer science and engineering, captured the Grand Champion award in the University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition held last week on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

The competition invites graduate students to describe the significance of their thesis or dissertation to a general audience in three minutes or less.

The University of Southern Mississippi presents the inaugural season of the Emerging Artist Series on Nov. 13-16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hartwig Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

The annual Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant, a qualifying event for the Miss Mississippi Pageant, will be held at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the Hattiesburg campus Saturday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for students with identification, and $7 for non-students.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents the Southern Miss Flute Choir Concert on Monday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The concert is free and open to the general public.

 

Living in the country in Picayune, Miss., Anthony Cefalu can get transported back to Iraq in a split second.

 

The 11-year Army veteran, now a senior social work student at The University of Southern Mississippi, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and health issues after close-proximity blasts from improvised explosive devices and rocket propelled grenades during two tours in Iraq as an infantry staff sergeant.

Programs within The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business and Economic Development strive to be relevant, engaging, and connected with the professional community. Hosting business professionals inside the classroom enriches the minds of business students by providing interactive education and cultivating long-lasting relationships. 

The University of Southern Mississippi presents The Visiting Artist Lecture featuring Kristen Tordella-Williams on Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. in the 3D Arts Building (2905 West 4th Street) on the Hattiesburg campus.

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), the 432nd AFROTC Cadet Squadron, will participate in the annual 24-hour Veterans Day Vigil at Veterans Memorial Park, standing guard from Sunday, Nov. 11 beginning at 11 a.m. until 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. Veterans Memorial Park is located at 399 Pine Street, at the entrance to historic downtown Hattiesburg.