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Norbert Putnam, left, a bassist-producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music, spoke to University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism students in the school’s recording industry program about his experiences in and knowledge of the music industry Friday, Jan. 24 during a master class on the Hattiesburg campus.

Sport and security officials from across the country based at universities, colleges, athletics conferences and associations, as well as high-profile security entities, will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Jan. 28-30 for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security’s (NCS4) National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit.

Fifty years after he marched for equal rights, Anthony Harris returned to downtown Hattiesburg Jan. 22 to retrace his steps in pursuit of a more just society.


Harris, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, braved chilly temperatures along with many area residents, students and other supporters for the Freedom Day reenactment march in downtown Hattiesburg. The event, part of the university's programming commemorating Freedom Summer, recognized those who marched for voting rights and equal access to facilities for African Americans in Hattiesburg in that pivotal year of the civil rights movement.

Experts from the Gulf South region offered economic updates and projections for the New Year during the Economic Outlook 2014 symposium held Jan. 23 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.


A packed audience at the Thad Cochran Center ballroom heard the latest in economic developments and forecasts from several guest speakers.

Dr. Wes Johnson, professor of criminal justice at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be a keynote speaker at Sacred Heart Parish Church in Hattiesburg’s Faith and Justice Conference Saturday, Jan. 25. The conference will be held at Sacred Heart High School, located at 510 W. Pine Street from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Feb. 1, for residents with and without disabilities in Clay and surrounding counties.

Offering Mississippi’s only undergraduate degree program in marine science, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast continues to enhance and enrich the program for students planning to enter the field of marine science. Most recently, the degree program expanded with the addition of marine science instructor, Dr. Danielle Greenhow, who specializes in marine mammal acoustics and bioacoustics.

The “Greatest Show on Dirt” is returning to Hattiesburg. The Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 29th Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo on Feb. 14-15 at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center.

Wilton Jackson, a junior broadcast journalism major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been chosen to participate in the USA Today Collegiate Correspondent Program which runs from Jan. 13 – May 9.

The Library of Hattiesburg will offer more than just words on a page when it serves as the multimedia venue for a unique event constructed in tribute to Dana Ragsdale. The event, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, will include a memorial concert interwoven with readings and a dedication of the artwork donated to the library by Ragsdale.

Dr. Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi, together with Harvey Young, professor of theatre at Northwestern University, has just published Suzan-Lori Parks in Person: Interviews and Commentaries with Routledge, a widely respected British press.

William Newman, an instructor of paralegal studies and political science at The University of Southern Mississippi will be the featured guest for a live broadcast of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting radio program “In Legal Terms.”

A group of graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi used what they learned in the classroom to help local community service organizations in their efforts to obtain financial support for their work in the Pine Belt.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association recently welcomed Shea Kidd Houze as the organization’s new associate director for external affairs.


Houze earned a degree in speech communication from the university in 2002. Upon graduation, she was employed in the sales industry until deciding to pursue a career in higher education.

Anyone who listens to Southern Miss Radio knows Bec O’Neal follows the beat of her own drummer.  Decidedly unlike the other on-air talent one would find anywhere on the radio dial, O’Neal, whose real name is Rebecca Huddleston, is the same in real life as she is when she hosts WUSM’s Southern Miss Today radio program.  Perhaps her quirky realness is why satellite radio giant SiriusXM Radio chose her to intern with them this spring in Washington, DC.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Communication Studies’ Professor Richard Conville retired this past May after 35 years of service.

Conville was hired in 1978 by the university and became the first full-time chair of the department. He led the development of curriculum as well as the hiring of the first five faculty members. He charted the course for the department’s growth and role at the university.

Monicia Warner, a fall 2013 highest honors graduate from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, was recently selected as a Chips Quinn Scholar for their 2014 Spring Class.

Brooklyn Mills of Ellisville, Miss., a sophomore Luckyday Citizenship Scholars at The University of Southern Mississippi and honor student majoring in psychology, is the recipient of a Luckyday Study Abroad Scholarship.

Ten Luckyday Citizenship Scholars at The University of Southern Mississippi are recipients of the 2014 Luckyday Study Abroad Scholarships, chosen by a committee that reviewed applications and recommendations.

While the state of Mississippi faces a teacher shortage in critical needs areas throughout the state, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is working to help alleviate those shortages through customized licensure programs, as well as promoting financial aid incentives for students offered by both the university and the state.

University of Southern Mississippi department chairs and directors are reminded that applications for the 2014 Faculty Senate Junior Faculty Awards are due to the Office of the Provost by Jan. 27, with applications for the Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship award due by March 17.

The Center for Black Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will kick off its events honoring the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer with a Freedom Day reenactment march in historic downtown Hattiesburg Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m.


Organized by Southern Miss students in the “Remembering Now, ’64” group, this event will serve as a testament to the courageous volunteers of Freedom Summer who took risks to secure the civil liberties of others, said Dr. Sherita Johnson, director of the university’s Center for Black Studies.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library welcomes two new exhibits on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The new exhibits feature landscape photography by daughter Rosemary Rowe and her father Bryan Rowe, as well as the exhibit, “Map and Geographical Imagery in Editorial Cartoons of the 1960-1970s.”

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries will host a talk about Mississippi timber industry materials housed in its Special Collections on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery, located next to Starbucks.