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Kaelyn Wolfe of Picayune will move on to the Miss Mississippi Pageant after winning the title of Miss University of Southern Mississippi 2017 Oct. 15 at the Manonni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Brooke Bullock of Petal was first runner-up.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music is all treats this Halloween weekend as the annual Viola Festival returns and the campus favorite -- silent movie night -- fill the halls with music.

What began as two instructors sitting in each other's classes and listening to the needs of their students became the foundation of a new certificate program at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Apparel Design and Construction certificate, now in its inaugural semester, offers a unique opportunity for students to study apparel design and construction from the beginning of the design process, in the Department of Theatre, to the final phase of marketing and sales, in the Department of Marketing and Merchandising.

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 Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi recently presented the Marley Taylor Community Partner Award to alumnus David Cullop with Newk's of Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association will induct seven of the University’s most dedicated and distinguished alumni into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 28 as one of the highlights of the 2016 Homecoming celebration.

 

A prominent leader in America's criminal justice reform movement will be the next speaker for the University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2016 University Forum series.

The British National Debate Team will return to The University of Southern Mississippi to take on the USM Speech and Debate Team in a friendly contest Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom 1. The event is open to the public.

Six contestants will compete for the title of Miss University of Southern Mississippi in a pageant set for Saturday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The winner advances to the Miss Mississippi Pageant, to be held next summer.

Southern Miss alumnus, U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo, visited The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

 

Students in the School of Kinesiology at The University of Southern Mississippi hosted their annual RecFest event Oct. 12 at Chain Park in Hattiesburg.

The College of Nursing’s Department of Advanced Practice at The University Southern Mississippi is achieving excellence in its nurse practitioner programs. The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program celebrated a 100 percent pass rate from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in the 2015 calendar year.

 

To strengthen law enforcement capacity in sport safety and security, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) has signed a cooperation agreement with The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

 

The partnership will see the two organizations develop a variety of capacity building initiatives, in particular in support of INTERPOL’s Project Stadia which is working to implement a comprehensive curriculum to help member countries meet the demands of hosting major international sporting events.

University of Southern Mississippi senior elementary education major Laura Catherine Dawson has already found her spot at the head of a class full of students - a dance class that is. Dawson is the founder and head instructor of the Leaps of Faith dance program.  

The University of Southern Mississippi will host the fourth annual Mississippi Geospatial Conference October 20-21 on the University’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Three University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism graduate students are serving as founding members of the National Millennial Community, established in the fall of 2015. The Community is designed to change the conversation surrounding millennials by connecting executives and government leaders with student members from across the country.

More than 700 students dropped by to ask questions and gather information during The University of Southern Mississippi Career Fair held recently in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg Campus.

Marketing students at The University of Southern Mississippi were treated to special presentations by Rich Pascoe, CEO of Apricus BioSciences, Inc., and Patrick Daly, CEO of Cohera Medical, Inc., to kick off the Inspired Leaders Series on Sept. 29.

Dr. Marcus Gaut, assistant professor in the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $2,500 grant to help establish a coalition of residents in the Irene Chapel and Palmer’s Crossing areas of Hattiesburg that will assess and address needs of those respective communities.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of History, through sponsorship from the Mississippi Humanities Council, is hosting an instructional workshop on National History Day in Mississippi on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus.

In conjunction with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Campus Sustainability Month during October, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) will host a discussion on climate change Wednesday, Oct. 12, on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Elise Jordan, of Baton Rouge, La., a doctoral student in The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, presented her poster titled “Nurse Martyrdom: A Concept Analysis,” at the Annual Evidence-Based Practice/Research last month in New Orleans.

Tomekia Earl, of Summit, Miss., and Tiffany Zyniewicz, of Seattle, Wash., both doctoral students in The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, represented the University as Rising Stars at Sigma Theta Tau International’s Leadership Conference last month in Indianapolis, Ind.

Executive officers for The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association of Office Professionals were sworn in recently during an installation ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus. New officers are, from left to right: Cory Williams, President; Jennifer S. Lewis, President-Elect, Jewel Adams, Vice President, Alfreda Horton, Secretary, Lucy Cameron, Treasurer, and Pamela Posey, Immediate Past President.