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The University of Southern Mississippi will host Philosophical Fridays, a series of lectures featuring guest speakers who will speak on a philosophical topic of general interest. All lectures will be held on the Hattiesburg Southern Miss campus in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108. These lectures are free and open to the public.

The first lecture in the series is planned for Friday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. when David Shoemaker of Tulane University presents One Life to Live: Why You’ll Never Make It to Heaven.

University of Southern Mississippi doctoral candidate Amanda Leimer of Mandeville, La., recently was awarded a Love of Learning award worth $500 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi -- the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. She is one of 147 recipients nationwide to receive the award.

Its international reputation as a leader in marine research has earned The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Marine Science grant funding from one of the top supporters of scientific discovery related to the world’s oceans.

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi is proud to announce auditions for Showbizz Showstoppers, a one-night-only spectacular featuring showstoppping numbers
from Broadway's best musicals.

Open to all including faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members, the auditions will take place in the museum space between the Fine Arts Building and the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30.

From Beethoven to the Beach Boys, The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra offers a full year of diverse concert programming.

Nearly 50 years ago, Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong Chamberlain and Raylawni Branch showed up for class in the fall of 1965 at The University of Southern Mississippi as the school’s first African-American students.

 

On Friday, Sept. 6 the two returned to be honored for their important place in the institution’s history with the dedication of Armstrong-Branch Plaza, located between the Liberal Arts Building and Joseph Green Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett and Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King, a Southern Miss alum, were among the dignitaries on hand for the event.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Wednesday, Sept. 11, for residents with and without disabilities in Humphreys and surrounding counties.

The Crescent City has always been known for being on the cutting edge of jazz music. Since 1978, Astral Project has delighted audiences as they pushed the envelope for the modern jazz movement.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music is pleased to welcome them as part of the free Connoisseur Series on Monday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

International Development doctoral program students at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach were authors of a recently published article and book chapter.

Ed Bee of Mandeville, La., recently had his article, “Beyond the First Decade in U.S. Shale Gas,” published in the Global Energy Monitor, a monthly publication of the Center for Energy Governance and Security at Hangyang University in Seoul, Korea.

The Saturday Gifted Studies Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, conducted by the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies and sponsored by Purple Parrot Café and Crescent City Grill, will be conducted Jan. 18 – March 1., 2014 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Over a 10 month period, a group of University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students and their geography professor conducted a parcel-based land use survey by coding more than 200,000 parcels of land across the three coastal counties of south Mississippi.

In preparing for the upcoming season, seven members of the Technology Learning Center (TLC) Golden Eagles wheelchair basketball team at The University of Southern Mississippi recently attended a basketball camp in New Orleans.

The University of  Southern Mississippi Activities Council (SMAC), in partnership with Eagle Dining and Southern Miss Rec Sports, will host a County Fair from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Centennial Green on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Mississippi Dance Festival Concert is set for this Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Studio 115 of the Theatre and Dance Building, located on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

An $18 million renewal of the Mississippi INBRE grant from the National Institutes of Health will enable The University of Southern Mississippi and partner institutions throughout the state to foster a vision in biomedical research that began a dozen years ago.

 

The recent renewal runs from 2013-2018 and brings the total amount of the grant – established in 2001 – to nearly $54 million. Dr. Glen Shearer and Dr. Mohamed Elasri, professors in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Miss, serve as principal investigators for the grant which has been in effect for 12 years.

A reception welcoming the art of Julia Reyes and Aline Villanueva will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library, located on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Dr. Kyle Zelner, an associate professor of history and senior fellow in the Center for the Study of War & Society at The University of Southern Mississippi, is serving as chairman of its Department of History. He began his duties in this role July 1.

Polymer research at The University of Southern Mississippi is once again the subject of national media interest. Dr. Sarah Morgan, associate professor of polymer science at the university, was recently interviewed on the Hattiesburg campus by Stephen Anderson of NBC Learn, a division of NBC Universal. Inc. Morgan was asked about the use of low-friction polymers in the making of suits used by competitors in Olympic events that depend on speed for success in competition. NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC News dedicated to providing resources for students, teachers and lifelong learners.

Visit NBC Learn at http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn. For information about the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, including degree programs and research activity of its faculty and students, visit www.usm.edu/polymer.

One recent graduate and another current student at The University of Southern Mississippi helped organize an important one-day gathering of 13 federal, state and local agencies to discuss the criteria necessary for the Port of Gulfport to become designated a “strategic port” by the Defense Department.

 

A mighty restoration project is underway at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Ogletree House, left severely damaged by a tornado that struck the Hattiesburg campus on Feb. 10.

 

After more than six months of relocation to an off-campus site, the Alumni Association is poised to resume operations at the Ogletree House in the coming weeks. The 13-person staff will occupy space toward the north annex of the building added to the historic structure during a restoration and expansion project completed in 2009.

University Libraries at the University of Southern Mississippi will sponsor the first of five talks relating to the American Civil War on Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 6-7 p.m. at the Cook Library Art Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus. The lecture series is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s African American Student Organization (AASO) will hold its first reunion August 30 – Sept. 1 in Hattiesburg with a variety of events designed to reconnect former students who were members of the organization.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of Elizabeth Hall, the final of five building projects that was completed following the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Southern Miss administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community leaders took part in the ceremony to celebrate the building’s reopening.

Dr. Tom Lansford, academic dean and professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was editor for the “Political Handbook of the World 2013.”