April 21, 2019  

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Five years ago, Andrea Watson got a call that she knew would come – but one she also was totally unprepared for.

 

As a registered foster parent with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, Watson had agreed to take children ranging in age from newborns to 12 years old. The problem for Watson, a social work major from Vancleave at the University of Southern Mississippi – or any foster family – is that it’s nearly impossible to have all the supplies needed to care for a child on short notice.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) plans to show a special showing of National Theatre Live’s The Madness of King George III on April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Martha R. Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast world-class theatre to cinemas in the UK and internationally.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Philosophy and Religion Forum continues Tuesday, April 2 when Tucker Carrington, executive director of the Mississippi Innocence Project (MIP) will present "Mona Lisa Vito & Two Mississippi Babies: Forensic Science, Medicine and the Law." This free program will be held at 6:30 p.m. in room 108 of the Liberal Arts Building on the USM Hattiesburg campus, and the public is invited.

Over the past several months, TRIAD AmeriCorps members have been responsible for giving nutrition trainings for high school students and other community members in the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast areas through the HealthMatters curriculum. 

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music Connoisseur Series presents the Wind Sync Quintet, known professionally as WindSync, on April 3 at 6 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This free recital is presented in part by the generous support of Partners for the Arts.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Opera and Musical Theatre Company proudly presents Donizetti’s opera comedy The Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore) on April 4 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Award winning international sound engineer José Diogo Neves will present “International Perspectives on Sound Engineering: A Conversation with José Diogo Neves” Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Intermezzo at the Woods Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). During this free presentation that is open to the public, Neves will share his music and recording experiences, and discuss cultural and jazz recording overseas and best practices for recording and mixing music.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a partner in the newly-formed Civil War Governors of Mississippi Project (CWGM), a collaborative, open-access digitization effort, working in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) and the Mississippi Digital Library (MDL), to examine a wide range of topics with the goal of helping researchers better understand this era of the state’s history.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Master’s in Nursing program made a significant leap in Best Graduate Schools rankings for 2020 by U.S. News & World Report. The USM program climbed from No. 136 in the 2019 rankings to a new position of No. 111.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Trenton Gould as dean of the University’s College of Education and Human Sciences, effective April 1.

 

Gould has served as interim dean of the new College of Education and Human Sciences since July 2018, when the college debuted as part of the University’s ongoing academic reorganization plan. He is the inaugural dean of the college.

The Mississippi Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi Sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) recently presented a check for $4,000 to the Hattiesburg Public School District (HPSD) in support of its work to bolster early childhood literacy. The donation is a combination of funds raised by the Mississippi Alpha Chapter and matching monies from the Phi Beta Phi national foundation. On hand for the presentation of the donation are, from left, Dan Kibodeaux, director of the Hattiesburg Public Schools Foundation; HPSD Early Childhood Parent Educator Valencia Harris; and Pi Phi representatives Courtney Cuevas and Catherine Hill (USM photo by David Tisdale).

An award-winning author considered among the best in the fantasy genre will be honored at the 52nd annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, when the event is held April 3-5 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park Campus will present “Women in Mississippi Politics" on Monday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom.

Coinciding with Women’s History Month, this bi-partisan forum features a panel of retired female politicians from south Mississippi, who will reflect on their careers in local and state politics.

From the novel by Alexander Dumas and adapted by Ken Ludwig, the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is set to perform The Three Musketeers on March 28-31 in the Martha R. Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus. Performances will be on March 28, 29, and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 30 and 31 at 2 p.m.

 

Special guest percussionist and composer Mike Waldrop is set to perform with the University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Jazz Lab Band on March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg.

According to the United Health Foundation, Mississippi ranks in the top five least healthy states in the nation. A new center at The University of Southern Mississippi is looking to change this statistic for the future.

 

The Telehealth Center, which formally opened in the summer of 2018, was created to find solutions specific to Mississippi that would address health disparities which most commonly affect Mississippians.

The Arts Institute of Mississippi (AIM) at The University of Southern Mississippi, established the AIM Awards to salute and honor the accomplishments of outstanding high school level arts teachers, schools, and organizations that are making an impact through exemplary achievements in arts education throughout the state of Mississippi.

Dr. Heather Houston, director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, is attending the National Association for Gifted Children’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C. this week. Dr. Houston will join Connie West, president of the Mississippi Association of Gifted Children, as the only two from the state attending the event.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Connoisseur Series presents the Texas Guitar Quartet on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium in the Hattiesburg area. The free concert is presented in part by the generous support of Partners for the Arts.

 

University of Southern Mississippi students have a special opportunity to elevate their professional attire at discounted savings during the “Suit-Up Event” sponsored by JCPenney.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) Teacher of the Year nominee, Assistant Professor of History Dr. Allison Abra, will present the MHC lecture “Overlooked No More: Women’s History in the Classroom and Beyond” Tuesday, March 19 at 5 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108 on the Hattiesburg campus. Held also in conjunction with Women's History Month events at USM, admission to this event is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Symphonic Winds presents its third performance of the 2018-2019 academic year on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium. This concert is free and open to the public.

University of Southern Mississippi students and alumni will have a special opportunity to learn more about employment possibilities during the annual “Careers on the Coast” Networking and Job Fair set for Tuesday, March 19 at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

For the second consecutive year, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work has captured five top honors at the annual conference of the National Association of Social Workers-Mississippi chapter.