February 23, 2019  

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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.

Dr. Andrew P. Haley, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), will present “Chicken Spaghetti and Other Culinary Conceits: Cooking and Class in the 20th Century South” Thursday, Oct. 4 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Cook Library, room 123. Members of the university and local communities are invited to attend this free event.  

Homelessness is a devastating experience for families with children. The Project Recovery Rapid Re-housing program administered by The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) is available to assist homeless families with children in Forrest, Adams, Pike, Lauderdale and Marion counties.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Wind Ensemble pays tribute to great American composer Leonard Bernstein with its opening concert on Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This concert is free, and all are welcome to attend and enjoy this exciting evening of music.

Simple, yet strange. That’s how Princeton astrophysicist Dr. David Nathaniel Spergel characterized the universe during his visit to The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Hattiesburg campus to deliver the Oct. 2 University Forum lecture "Our Simple and Strange Universe." The program was co-sponsored by USM’s Rayborn Lecture Series in Physics.

The Office of Career Services at The University of Southern Mississippi seeks to draw more attention and engagement from freshmen and sophomore students with its inaugural Career Expo set for Oct. 9 on the Hattiesburg campus. Formerly designated as a career fair, the re-branded Career Expo will be held from Noon-4 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center.

As a way to start off the symphonic season, the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) presents the Symphonic Winds and Concert Band Concert on Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This performance is free and open to the public.

In response to the constantly evolving threat to mass spectator gatherings and public assembly areas, The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi conducts adaptable and responsive comprehensive training courses that are designed to build resilience in communities and venues.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gallery of Art and Design will host its 2018 Southern Miss Ceramics National beginning on Oct. 12.

Three University of Southern Mississippi students cycled from cities along the U.S. west coast to Washington, D.C. this past summer in support of persons with physical and mental disabilities.

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced the 2018-19 recipient of the Conville Service-Learning Development Award, a $2,000 grant for graduates of USM’s Faculty Fellow Seminar on Service-Learning to pursue new service-learning initiatives.

In an effort to better accommodate University of Southern Mississippi patrons, Barnes & Noble bookstore has purchased a merchandise trailer that will be fully stocked and positioned at various outside sales venues around the Hattiesburg campus.