January 18, 2019  

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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.” 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dance Program presents the Fall Dance Concert on Thursday-Saturday, November 1-3, at 7p.m. in the Theatre and Dance building, studio 115 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Theatre Program presents Night of the Iguana, a play by Tennessee Williams on Oct. 18, 19, 23, and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. in the Hartwig Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is ticketed.

LYON, France – Senior police officials from 22 countries are participating in a hands-on training course next week in order to prepare for evacuation challenges in securing major sporting events.


Taking place on October 16-19, the three-day course, Evacuation Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, has been developed and co-organized by The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and INTERPOL's Project STADIA.

The Science Café on the Coast series will feature “Pellagra: Its Historical and Cultural Connections to the South” Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Barry L. Mellinger Student Center at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s (MGCCC) Perkinston campus.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach is hosting “The Gulf of America,” an art exhibit featuring the work of award-winning Bay St. Louis artist Herb Willey. Sixty original transparent watercolor paintings, set on the Gulf Coast, will be on display until Nov. 22. The community is invited to a reception Oct. 18 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Gulf Coast Library. 

Home is where the heart is, and the hearts of The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) faithful will be full Oct. 15-20 when they celebrate homecoming week at the school, embracing the theme “Sweet Home Southern Miss.”

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company (SOMTC), that brought audiences Disney’s Mary Poppins and The Phantom of the Opera tot The University of Southern Mississippi, presents The Drowsy Chaperone on Oct. 25-27.

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting a Sweet Potato Drop on Tuesday, Oct. 16 to address and raise awareness about food insecurity in the Pine Belt area. 

University of Southern Mississippi Ph.D. student Chris Hair has received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education to support his international research.


Hair, 36, of Spokane, Wash. will spend six months in Ecuador working with indigenous farmers in Cotacachi, a town in the Imbabura Province more than 60 miles north of Quito. Hair will use drones to survey and map small-scale farms in Ecuador to record agrobiodiversity, while conducting surveys and leading workshops with indigenous farmers, who are often women, to understand farm management and technology. 

The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes the Dixie Darlings for Homecoming, Friday, Oct. 19 through game day, Saturday, Oct. 20 at The Rock. Dixie Darling alumnae rehearse and perform with the current Dixie Darlings and The Pride of Mississippi for the Homecoming halftime show.

Marathon and running/endurance event officials from across the country will converge on Dec. 11-13 in Orlando, Fla. for the fifth annual National Marathon and Running Events Safety and Security Summit, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

If you’ve got extreme entertainment skills – or if you have food items you’re willing to donate – then SMAC has the perfect opportunity for you.


The Southern Miss Activities Council is holding its annual USM Has Talent show on Wednesday, Oct. 17, including a donation drive to benefit the on-campus Eagle’s Nest food pantry. Students are encouraged to make a donation if they are able. The show is at 7 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium; doors open at 6:30.

A century of student journalism will be recognized at The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) 2018 Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) Symposium on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the university’s school newspaper, the Student Printz.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents “An Equal Say,” a faculty recital featuring Dr. Ben McIlwain, trombone, and Dr. Ellen Elder, piano, on Oct. 18. The free recital will take place in Marsh Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus.

The College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi is set to host its fifth Inspired Leaders Series this fall with the first presentation set for Oct. 25. The series is free and open to the public. 

A celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages program (MATL) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will be held Friday, Oct. 12 from 6-9 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center, ballrooms 1 and 2, on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Gordon Campbell, a world-renowned authority on the works of English poet John Milton, who wrote the epic poem Paradise Lost, will be a guest speaker on the Hattiesburg campus Wednesday, Oct. 10 for the program “Milton for Mississippi.”  The free program will be held at 7 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium (room 108) in the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Jonathan Brent, a University of Southern Mississippi senior accounting student and honors scholar, has accepted a 10-week internship with KPMG in Dallas, Texas, beginning in January. 


Governor Phil Bryant recently proclaimed October College Application Month in Mississippi, recognizing that the college application process may be a barrier to some high school students pursuing postsecondary education due to an absence of information or support and encouraging students to take advantage of assistance provided through the College Countdown MS events.