April 28, 2017  

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More than 100 middle and high school students, teachers and parents from across the state recently attended National History Day in Mississippi March 25 at The University of Southern Mississippi. This statewide event precedes National History Day, a nationwide competition for middle and high school students.

The latest issue of The Southern Quarterly (Winter 2017), edited by University Distinguished Professor Philip C. Kolin, makes a major contribution to Southern Studies in its impressive scope of coverage of literature, history, law, art, film, popular culture, and original art and poetry. Copies of this issue are available for $15 through SouthernQuarterly@gmail.com.

A new book on organizational development features a case study conducted by two University of Southern Mississippi professors.

Mortgage industry expert Dr. Bill Rayburn will be honored by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business as its 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year during a special luncheon set for Friday, April 7. The luncheon will be held at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Community stakeholders are invited to attend the 2017 President’s Summit on Community Engagement on Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Nine faculty members from the College of Arts and Letters were recently selected to receive the esteemed Aubrey Keith and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award. The highly competitive and prestigious award was established in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey K. Lucas to support and reward faculty distinction in instruction and research.

The 2017 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival will be a milestone when it marks 50 years of celebrating children’s literature April 5-7 through the annual event held at The University of Southern Mississippi. Hundreds of librarians, teachers and devotees of the literary genre from across the country attend annually.

The Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 2017 Human Rights Conference Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The conference, “Human Rights around the Globe,” is free and open to the public and will be held on the first floor of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Refreshments will be served from 11:30 a.m. - noon.

University of Southern Mississippi business students Justin McCool and Morgan Musgrove have been selected for the 2017 Eli Lilly and Company Sales Internship – a 10-week training program with the global pharmaceutical company.

 

McCool and Musgrove, both Healthcare Marketing majors, competed against students from other schools to earn the training opportunity. There were only 60 internships awarded across the country for Eli Lilly’s program.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host New Orleans broadcast journalist Norman Robinson to speak at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Thursday, April 6.

The University of Southern Mississippi will honor the contributions of its graduate students with a variety of activities during Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 3-7.

More than 70 safety and security officials from high schools across the country are in attendance for the third annual National Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities Safety and Security Summit. The event is being held March 28-30 and is hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

It’s that swingin’ time of the year again for The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Jazz and Blues Festival held at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi will honor the memory of students and faculty and staff members who died in the last year at its Fallen Eagle Memorial Service Monday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 218 on the Hattiesburg campus. The service is presented annually by the USM Student Government Association (SGA).

Beginning April 4, Dr. David Vance, adjunct professor in the Department of Human Capital Development, will be teaching HCD 680: Managing Workplace Learning, a five-week, executive format course for graduate and non-degree seeking students.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Human Capital Development will launch the Professional Development Series, a new workshop series designed for training and human resource professionals, March 30-31. All sessions will be held on the Gulf Park campus.

Thanks to a wedding anniversary and a daughter’s creative gift idea, senior theatre majors at The University of Southern Mississippi will benefit from a new foundation scholarship celebrating the esteemed career of retired professor R.B. Hill, who served 30 years at Southern Miss.

Xavier L. Agee, simulation & IT specialist in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing, has earned unique distinction as the state’s only Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS).

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mapp Family Foundation will present The Children’s Center Institute, a professional development experience to take place May 9-11 at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg.

Mississippi State Sen. Willie Simmons will join other panelists Thursday, March 30 from 6-7:15 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg for the forum “Justice in the Mississippi State Penitentiary: Past Reflections, Present Challenges and Future Directions.” This free event will be in room 101 of the USM International Building, and the public is invited.

As part of its ongoing Visiting Writers Series, the Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes award-winning writer Ben Lerner to the Hattiesburg campus on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium for a reading and book signing.

Due to the overwhelming response to The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s call for auditions for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, another block of times to try out has been opened on the same day, Sunday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.

A new slate of Student Government Association (SGA) executive officers were recently chosen in elections held at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. They will assume their posts in April.

Access to health care services provided by The University of Southern Mississippi is becoming more accessible for students along the Mississippi Gulf Coast thanks to the use of telehealth technology.