December 10, 2018  

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The final concert in the WUSM-88.5 FM Leaf River Fall Fests series, Harvest Fest, is set for Saturday, Oct. 27 at Hattiesburg’s Chain Park at Twin Forks. This free music event will bring rock, country and Texicana music to the Hub City beginning at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music presents a Guest Artist Series recital featuring Kristin Leitterman, oboe, and Emily Trapp Jenkins, piano, on Sunday, Oct. 28. This free event will take place at 6 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received a No. 15 national ranking by Military Times in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 survey. No other Mississippi college or university is ranked among the top-100.

 

This marks the third consecutive year in which USM has been ranked nationally in the top-20 of all four-year colleges across the United States. Last year USM was ranked number 17. Rankings are based on the results of Military Times’ annual survey – the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement – as well as a detailed review of public data collected by federal agencies.

Dr. Andrew Wiest, a distinguished professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), will give a talk on his newest book, Charlie Company’s Journey Home: The Forgotten Impact on the Wives of Vietnam Veterans Thursday, Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby. Admission is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi Art & Design program will host designer/author Bryony Gomez-Palacio for a lecture at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 on the Hattiesburg campus. The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place in Gonzalez Auditorium in the Liberal Arts Building.

Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, interim associate director of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), is a long-time champion for young people with disabilities and their inclusion in community activities and the workforce.

Brandon Cade, a junior finance major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the 2018 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship by the Mississippi Bankers Association.

The University of Southern Mississippi presents its annual silent movie featuring organist Dr. Douglas Rust on October 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and is open for all to attend.

One of the oldest Greek Life organizations at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is marking its 70th anniversary during homecoming week at the school.

Expected rainy weather in the Pine Belt Thursday has forced Southern Miss Athletic officials to move the date of Trick or Treat at The Pete to next Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 5:30-7 p.m. The event will take place at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Nov. 10, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) is set to kick off its 12th annual series of youth trainings and competitions on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss.

The 2018 University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Homecoming Court and Mr. and Miss Southern Miss will be presented at halftime of the USM vs. University of Texas at San Antonio football game Oct. 20.

Mary Jane Lawler hopes to be a role model for a younger generation of women as she represents her home state in the Miss Senior America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music presents the Guest Artist Series featuring Dr. Alan Huckleberry, piano, on Friday, Oct. 19. This free recital is open to the public at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Jose Antonio Vargas, a leading immigration rights activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will be the guest speaker for the conclusion of the fall 2018 University of Southern Mississippi University Forum series when he presents “Define America: My Life As An Undocumented Immigrant” Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Dr. Susannah Ural, professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, will present the lecture “Beauvoir: Mississippi’s Confederate Home” Thursday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is the first Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society) lecture of the 2018 fall semester; admission is free and the public is invited.

University of Southern Mississippi Police recently apprehended a suspect believed to be the main perpetrator in two Hattiesburg campus robberies, along with others in the Pine Belt.

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies' 2019 Saturday Gifted Studies Program will take place on the five consecutive Saturdays between Jan. 12 and Feb. 9, 2019 on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.  The theme for this year’s program is Full STEAM Ahead: Exploring Arts and Sciences in Tandem. Students at each level will experience courses focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

David Cochran and Joohee Lee have a pretty good idea about how prepared Mississippi Gulf Coast residents are for the next Big One, whether it be a natural or a manmade disaster.

 

The short answer: Less and less prepared every day, as the memories of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 diminish – and as the turnover in population produces new residents who never experienced the disasters in the first place. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Connoisseur series presents Brentano String Quartet on Oct. 26 at 6:00 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Earlier in the day masterclasses will be presented at various locations.

A favorite among students, faculty, staff, and visitors on The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Hattiesburg campus will help the school’s homecoming parade ‘percolate’ down Hardy Street to its destination.

Gloria Peterson, an associate with Aramark’s Eagle Dining and Fresh Food Company, has been chosen to serve as grand marshal of this year’s homecoming parade, which is set to roll beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 east down Hardy Street from the Midtown Shopping Center to the main entrance of campus.

A debate between The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Speech and Debate Team and the British National Debate Team will take place Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. in the International Center (IC), room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public. The proposition to be debated is "Resolved: This House would prefer a world with open borders."

Earlier this month The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families initiated a new physical conditioning opportunity entitled, “The USM Student-Veteran Fitness Program.”