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University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett joins an illustrious group of honorees named recently to EBONY’s annual Power 100 list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans.

The Kawai Corporation of America has named The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music to its roster of Elite Performing Instrument Collection (EPIC) schools. In a presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 29, officials from the Kawai Corporation presented Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett and Dr. Michael Miles, director of the School of Music, a plaque commemorating the announcement.

More than 120 players and 50 sponsors participated in the 15th Annual Shell Finish Line/Southern Miss Alumni Association Homecoming Scholarship Golf Tournament, hosted Oct. 25, by the Hattiesburg Country Club, the official country club of the Alumni Association.

With a gift-in-kind of $262,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, Southern Miss alumnus Mike Mason is helping beautify the Hattiesburg campus while reducing water consumption.

 

Mason was born with Southern Miss spirit in his DNA, which is to be expected considering he grew up in a house that backed up to the University president’s backyard. After leaving Southern Miss, Mason ventured on a career path that led him to Texas. In 1993, he became president and chief executive officer of Weathermatic, a small manufacturer of irrigation components in Garland, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently nominated two faculty members who were selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend competition.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Nov. 9, for residents with and without disabilities in Clay and surrounding counties.

David McRaney, a 2007 University of Southern Mississippi graduate and current Director of New Media at WDAM-TV, will sign copies of his latest book, “You Are Now Less Dumb,” at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Barnes & Noble on the Southern Miss campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Healthcare Sales and Marketing, the Trent Lott Center and Dr. Mike Wittmann, associate professor of marketing, will host a presentation The Evolution of Science and Surgery on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Trent Lott Center.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi was officially welcomed into its new home during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday, Oct. 25 at renovated College Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi alumnus Chuck Scianna gazed upon the massive golden eagle sculpture he commissioned for the Hattiesburg campus and acknowledged that artist/sculptor David Anderson had met the No. 1 criteria.

 

“All I told David was that I wanted to be wowed,” said Scianna. “And he has wowed me alright, with an exclamation point.”

 

On Thursday, Oct. 24, Scianna and his wife, Rita, joined Southern Miss officials, alumni and friends for the dedications of two golden eagle sculptures – on the Hattiesburg campus and Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Named “Lofty Return,” the sculptures symbolically tie the campuses together while welcoming graduates back to their alma mater.

With more than four decades of experience in the business, veteran broadcast journalist and University of Southern Mississippi graduate Chuck Scarborough says the compelling stories about the everyday triumphs and tragedies that shape the news still motivate him.

“It’s just an exciting profession if you pay attention and are engaged in the world,” said Scarborough, an Emmy winner and longtime news anchor for WNBC-TV in New York. “Why wouldn’t you want to keep your hand in it?”

The Gulf Coast Center for Child Development at The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated its grand opening Oct. 24 in Pass Christian. The center hosted the ceremony to commemorate its new partnership with the community and the Pass Christian School District.

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joseph S. "Joe" Paul has been chosen to serve as Grand Marshal for the school’s 2013 homecoming parade.

At The University of Southern Mississippi football is a big deal. M.M. Roberts Stadium on the Hattiesburg campus is nicknamed “The Rock” and SMTTT (Southern Miss To The Top) can be found on car tags and bumper stickers throughout the state of Mississippi.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the WIINTECH group, which signifies the first official step in moving local Mississippi businesses toward international collaboration with the companies that are a part of that network.

A celebration of student writing is currently on display in Cook Library Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. Coinciding with the National Day on Writing, which was celebrated nationwide on Oct. 21, Eagles Write! showcases student works and recognizes them as authors.
 

Gulf Park Campus Offers GRE Study Sessions for Students, Community

The Learning Commons and the Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus are providing free Graduate Record Examination (GRE) study sessions, which are available to both students and the community.

In spreading awareness in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The University of Southern Mississippi recently produced a news story detailing the research of Dr. Rebecca Fillmore, assistant professor of biology, as she looks to research the gene believed to play a role in the development of breast cancer.

The Golden Eagle Battalion at The University of Southern Mississippi recently earned top honors at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).  Out of 39 universities within the 6th Brigade at LDAC, Southern Miss’ ROTC Cadets placed second, topping perennial rivals, including University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Auburn University, University of South Alabama, Tulane University and Louisiana State University. 

The Department of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi will present Mark’d in Time on Oct. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. at the Thirsty Hippo, located at 309 McLeod Street in downtown Hattiesburg. Admission is $5, check or cash only.

Standing tall at nearly 60 feet and with limbs reaching out 155 feet, the Friendship Oak beckons all her visitors to marvel at the beauty of a tree whose life dates back over 500 years.

In only its second year, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures’ Chinese program at The University of Southern Mississippi has grown to 34 enrolled students participating in the beginning and intermediate levels in Chinese..

The Friends of University Libraries in conjunction with the Favre 4 Hope Foundation, Salvation Army, and Red Door Marketing Agency are working to improve the Christmas season for Pine Belt and Mississippi Gulf Coast children by launching the third annual Give a Child a New Book Day campaign.

A debate between The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society and the British National Debate Team will be held on the Hattiesburg campus Monday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom 1. This event is free and open to the public.