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Brain on Fire author Susannah Cahalan joined University of Southern Mississippi alumna Jasmine Whiteside for a unique edition of the school’s University Forum Sept. 18, featuring both discussing their battle with a rare disease, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.

The Lessac Training and Research Institute (LTRI) has recognized University of Southern Mississippi faculty member Robin Aronson with the highest honor it bestows to one of its members.

Aronson, professor of voice and acting in the USM Department of Theatre and a Lessac Certified Trainer, recently earned the institute’s Leadership Award for outstanding leadership contributions to the Institute. Lessac Kinesensics Voice and Body Training is a respected and established system for individuals seeking vocal clarity and physical flexibility.

The University of Southern Mississippi Dance Program presents “London Exposed: An Immersive Art Experience” on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance (TAD) Building, Studio 115 on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. Presented by the British Studies in Dance students, the event is $5 at the door.

A $20 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation will spur creative discovery and economic opportunities through Mississippi’s research universities.

 

With the grant funding, the state of Mississippi will establish the Center for Emergent Molecular Optoelectronics, an inter-disciplinary, multi-institution materials research program. Mississippi State University (MSU) will serve as the project’s administrative lead, and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will serve as the science lead.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association has extended its partnership with Hattiesburg Country Club. Hattiesburg Country Club is the official country club of the Southern Miss Alumni Association and host of the Association’s Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament.

 

More than 300 University of Southern Mississippi students seized the unique opportunity to interact with professionals from the business world during the “Experience Business Casually” event held Sept. 13 on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Series concert, featuring Dr. Jackie McIlwain, clarinet, and Dr. Ellen Elder, piano, on Sept. 26. This free recital starts at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The renewal of a $19 million grant for the next five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will allow Mississippi researchers and students to continue to enhance biomedical research in the state through the Mississippi INBRE program.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Series recital, featuring cellist Dr. Alexander Russakovsky with accompanist Yumi Nomoto at 8 p.m. on Sept. 24. Located in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus, the event is free and open to the public.

The Class of 2022 at The University of Southern Mississippi is already making their mark, and with it the promise of a bright future for themselves and the institution.

 

For the first time in University history, more than 2,000 first-time, full-time freshmen have enrolled at USM. This year’s 2,115 freshmen are 11 percent more than the 1,903 new freshmen who enrolled in Fall 2017. The 2018 freshman total also represents a 35 percent increase over the 2016 mark of 1,558.

Fall enrollment at Mississippi Public Universities remains level when compared to Fall 2017 figures. Preliminary figures indicate Fall enrollment for 2018 is 80,592 for the system, compared to 81,378 students enrolled in Fall 2017, representing a 1 percent decrease.

Designating September as National Suicide Prevention Month is an opportunity to call attention to and examine responses that one University of Southern Mississippi faculty says many Americans agree should be considered to address the problem.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Police Department (UPD) along the Mississippi Gulf Coast has transitioned from a UPD Gulf Coast Division to a UPD Gulf Coast Patrol Division, and promoted officer Patrick Williams to lead the division’s safety efforts. The Gulf Coast Patrol Division serves the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Halstead and Cedar Point locations in Ocean Springs, and the Marine Research Center at the Port of Gulfport.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will feature the 2018 Southern Invitational Choral Conference (SICC) on Sept. 24 and 25 at two different venues in Hattiesburg, Miss. The conference allows students from across the region to work and interact with some of the finest choral teachers in the country.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents a Faculty Lecture Recital with Dr. Ed Hafer, Dr. Galit Kaunitz, and Dr. Ellen Elder on Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This free recital will feature music written for oboe and piano by composers affected by the Holocaust and World War II.

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker will gather with staff at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi and dyslexia education specialists from throughout the city to proclaim October as Dyslexia Awareness Month in Hattiesburg. The event will be held on Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the DuBard School on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

From providing guidance for University of Southern Mississippi (USM) students working on class projects or papers, or helping faculty members identify resources to enhance their courses, a team of skilled and dedicated faculty and staff in the Research Services (RS) Unit of University Libraries’ Public Services Department is ready to assist.    

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Center for Writers program presents The Visiting Writer Series with Ada Limón on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building (LAB), room 108 on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus proudly announces a new Cultural Arts Series. The series begins on Monday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. with an inaugural cello and piano concert by Dr. Alexander Russakovsky, USM professor of music, and Yumi Nomoto, collaborative pianist.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Wednesday, Sept. 19, for any residents in Jones and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music will feature Mark Zanter, along with Brigid Burke and Steve Hall, as a free Guest Artist Series performance on Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. They will premiere a new four movement work for oboe and electronics commissioned by Dr. Richard Kravchak entitled “Recycle+Shuffle+Repeat”.

University of Southern Mississippi accounting students Jenna VanDan and Aubrey Sanders have been awarded the Rhyne E. Neubert Scholarship by the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) Foundation.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in September.

A University of Southern Mississippi (USM) faculty member renowned for her expertise in the holistic and creative voice and body development known as Lessac Kinesensics Training, taught and conducted Lessac Kinesensics Practice-Based Research in Manila, Philippines recently along with a USM alumna.