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The Southern Chorale, The University of Southern Mississippi’s top choral ensemble, has been selected by blind panels to perform at two major national conventions, which in turn has prompted an invitation to yet another major performance – a fully-funded trip to Carnegie Hall in New York City.

 

Before making those national appearances, the Chorale will preview some of their works for local patrons on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Bay Street Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

A memorial service for Dr. Michael Salda, professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be held Friday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. in Danforth Chapel on the Hattiesburg campus.

Salda, a member of the University’s Department of English since 1991, died Oct. 16 in Hattiesburg. He was 57.

The University of Southern Mississippi hosted the third annual Eagles Write! celebration and competition Oct. 20, in conjunction with The National Council of Teachers of English’s annual National Day on Writing. Instructors nominated their students for writing awards based on essays completed in their first-year composition courses.

The University of Southern Mississippi Percussion Ensembles will perform their fall concert Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center auditorium. This free concert will feature internationally acclaimed musicians Tony Miceli and Oscar Albrieu.

For the fourth consecutive year, The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes the British National Debate Team as it takes on the Southern Miss Speech and Debate Team. The debate, free and open to the public, will be held Monday, Nov. 2 and begin at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom 1. An argumentation workshop for high school students will be held prior to the debate from 4-5 p.m.

The week of Nov. 2-7 has been designated as “Children’s Center Week” at the Half Shell Oyster House in Hattiesburg with a portion of proceeds benefitting The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.

University of Southern Mississippi staff members Megan Burkes, Christy Bjork, and Kady Pietz have been selected as Top 10 Under 40 nominees for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce One Coast Awards. The winners will be announced on Nov. 17 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s graduate students will showcase their research in a competitive format in the Second Annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition, Nov. 4-6, from 2-5 p.m. each day at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesurg campus. The preliminaries will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Nov. 5. Eight students will compete in the finals on Friday, Nov. 6.

Taylor Carley of Hattiesburg has been named self-advocacy coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS). Carley is the first to hold this newly created position which highlights IDS’ commitment to promoting self-advocacy in Mississippi with a focus on youth and young adults.   

I have chosen to raise American flags on all University of Southern Mississippi flagpoles to remind the University community of what unites us. We have all chosen to work, study and live in a country in which debates like those around the state flag of Mississippi can take place and ideas can be civilly expressed and advanced. While I love the state of Mississippi, there is passionate disagreement about the current state flag on our campuses and in our communities. I am looking forward to a time when this debate is resolved and USM raises a state flag that unites us.

Rodney D. Bennett
President, The University of Southern Mississippi

Alexis Sanders, a senior chemistry and biochemistry major from Brandon, Miss, speaks at the 15th annual McNair Scholars Research Symposium Oct. 27 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Sanders presented her research, titled “The Use of DNA Four Way Junctions as Probes to Elucidate the Role of HMGB1 in Apoptosis.” She was among 14 USM McNair Scholars presenting their research at the symposium.

The honor society of Phi Kappa Phi chapter at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the program “Getting into Graduate School” Tuesday, Nov. 10 in the Polymer Science Research Center Auditorium (room 101) from 5-7 p.m. This event is open to all students.

Mississippi’s USDA Rural Housing office has received the 2015 Housing Initiative Partner of the Year Award presented by The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS). The state’s USDA Rural Housing field offices have participated as lenders with IDS’ Home of Your Own (HOYO) program since 2012, providing over $21 million in funding to HOYO homeowners to obtain homeownership.

Screening of a new documentary on longtime Mississippi journalist Bill Minor will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in room 108 of the Liberal Arts Building on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.
 

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.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will perform the U.S. premiere of John Stevens’ “Grand Concerto 4 Tubas” along with Dimitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor. The concert is Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Cyndi Gaudet and Dr. Heather Annulis, faculty members at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus, are among 40 finalists selected by Gulf Coast Woman magazine for its 2015 Woman of the Year Award.

A profound appreciation for community service inspired former University of Southern Mississippi Professor Richard Conville and his wife, Mozella, to make a $100,000 gift to the USM Foundation for discretionary support of programs associated with the University’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE).

 

USM Foundation and CCCE representatives made the announcement of the Richard L. Conville and Mozella P. Conville Center for Community and Civic Engagement Fund for Excellence during a ceremony held Friday, Oct. 23 at the R.C. Cook Union Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi student chapter of the Financial Management Association (FMA) will conduct a “CFO (Chief Financial Officer) Symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the McDonnell Auditorium of Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The roundtable discussion, set for 7-9 p.m., is free and open to the general public.  

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to be competitive applicants to law school and future law professionals.

At the 2015 DuBard School Speakeasy on Oct. 9, the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi presented awards to three members of the community who have made a positive impact on the organization throughout the years.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus will launch a new “Lunch and Learn” series from 12:15-1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 in Room 104 of the Fleming Education Center.

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 School of Kinesiology at The University of Southern Mississippi saw homecoming as an opportunity to share the social and physical benefits of activity with its campus community.