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The Southern Miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will hold its annual “Let’s SAAC Hunger” food drive from Nov. 12-22. Each C-USA school works within its respective community to conduct a campus-wide canned food drive for at least one week during the fall semester.

It was at the center of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus nearly four decades ago that a chance encounter between two musicians led to one of America’s great musical collaborations.

The third annual Mississippi Geospatial Conference was held October 22 and 23 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. With 110 participants, the 2015 meeting marks the largest conference to date.

Nicole Ruhnke has accepted the position of assistant director for communications at The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus hosted businessman Frank Wilem at the first Business Advisory Council (BAC) Lunch and Learn Speaker Series on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Dr. Scott Milroy, assistant chair and associate professor in the Department of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be one of the featured speakers for the TEDxJackson “Ideas Worth Spreading” series set for Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Jackson (Miss.) Convention Complex.

The University of Southern Mississippi has formalized an agreement with four organizations to form a consortium that will examine and develop programs for restoration of native coastal plant life along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

A central figure in one of the most historic cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court will be the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s final University Forum of the fall 2015 semester.

The Mississippi Science Teacher’s Association has named Dr. Sherry Herron, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, Outstanding College Science Teacher for 2015.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology will host the Mississippi Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s 82nd annual convention Friday, Nov. 6 in the Thad Cochran Center (TCC) on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi meets all the criteria to rank as the best college location in the State of Mississippi, according to a new list from the academic-review web site www.Niche.com.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host the art exhibit “The Photographer as Participant Observer: Ed Wheeler and the Gulf Oil Rigs, 1981-1985.”  The opening reception is Thursday, Nov. 5 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. in the Cook Library Exhibit Gallery.

Cody Bass, a graphic design student at The University of Southern Mississippi, has created an interesting, new logo for Rise Creative, the student graphic design agency on the Hattiesburg campus that will be used in conjunction with the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
 

C-SPAN’s award-winning, 45-foot customized Bus will visit the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday Nov. 5. The bus will be parked on West Memorial Drive, near the entrance to the R.C. Cook Union Building.

State Rep. Toby Barker had a busier-than-usual work day on Oct. 27 as a special guest at The University of Southern Mississippi recently.

 

Through the Take Your Legislator to Work Day event organized by the Mississippi Partnerships for Employment (MSPE) project at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), Barker was able to tour the workplace of young adults with disabilities who work at Southern Miss, including two IDS employees and several members of the TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program.

Dr. Pik Wah Lam, a general education teacher from Hong Kong, will be the featured speaker for the Emergent Scholar Lecture set for 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in Gonzales Auditorium, room 108, of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

University of Southern Mississippi Professor Cyndi Huff Gaudet employs a simple, yet inspiring, mantra to guide her efforts as chair of the Department of Human Capital Development – “Work Hard, Have Fun, and Make a Difference.”

 

Her commitment to that theme paved the way for Gaudet to receive the 2015 Karen Sock Woman of the Year Award, presented last weekend at the Success Women’s Conference in Biloxi.

The Southern Chorale, The University of Southern Mississippi’s top choral ensemble, has been selected by blind panels to perform at two major national conventions, which in turn has prompted an invitation to yet another major performance – a fully-funded trip to Carnegie Hall in New York City.

 

Before making those national appearances, the Chorale will preview some of their works for local patrons on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Bay Street Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

A memorial service for Dr. Michael Salda, professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be held Friday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. in Danforth Chapel on the Hattiesburg campus.

Salda, a member of the University’s Department of English since 1991, died Oct. 16 in Hattiesburg. He was 57.

The University of Southern Mississippi hosted the third annual Eagles Write! celebration and competition Oct. 20, in conjunction with The National Council of Teachers of English’s annual National Day on Writing. Instructors nominated their students for writing awards based on essays completed in their first-year composition courses.

The University of Southern Mississippi Percussion Ensembles will perform their fall concert Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center auditorium. This free concert will feature internationally acclaimed musicians Tony Miceli and Oscar Albrieu.

For the fourth consecutive year, The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes the British National Debate Team as it takes on the Southern Miss Speech and Debate Team. The debate, free and open to the public, will be held Monday, Nov. 2 and begin at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom 1. An argumentation workshop for high school students will be held prior to the debate from 4-5 p.m.

The week of Nov. 2-7 has been designated as “Children’s Center Week” at the Half Shell Oyster House in Hattiesburg with a portion of proceeds benefitting The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.

University of Southern Mississippi staff members Megan Burkes, Christy Bjork, and Kady Pietz have been selected as Top 10 Under 40 nominees for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce One Coast Awards. The winners will be announced on Nov. 17 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.