December 16, 2018  

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When Galit Kaunitz realized there was a food pantry on campus at The University of Southern Mississippi, she began allocating part of her monthly grocery budget to donate. Now, the School of Music faculty member is trying to make an even bigger impact – and she’s bringing dozens of her colleagues and music students into the mix as well.

Paula Mathis, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) alumna with a wealth of academic administration and program management experience, has been named director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Southern Miss.

Continuing its tradition of excellence, The University of Southern Mississippi has produced a record 13 Gilman scholars over the past year. This brings the University’s total of Gilman Scholarships over the past three years to 29, far and away the state’s leader in that prestigious category.

Captain Brian Connon, U.S. Navy (ret) has been named the director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Hydrographic Science Research Center (HSRC).

 

Connon joined the HSRC in September 2018 after a 28-year career as a naval officer. A graduate of USM's Hydrographic Science Master's Degree program, he commanded the Navy's Fleet Survey Team and was Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Before becoming the HSRC Director, he served as director of the Maritime Safety Office at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music is proud to present its Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry Benefit Concert on Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Mississippi Scholastic Press Association’s (MSPA) Fall High School Convention will be held Thursday, Oct. 25 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The event, hosted by the USM School of Communication, will feature a variety of informative breakout sessions throughout the day on topics ranging from sports reporting to yearbook photography, among many others.

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.