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The University of Southern Mississippi Film Program will sponsor a Master Class in Screenwriting course under the direction of renowned writer David Sheffield May 13-24 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

Dr. John O. Dabiri, Engineering and Applied Science Director, Center for Bioinspired Wind Energy, California Institute of Technology, will present “Jellyfish-Inspired Engineering” Tuesday April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center. 

Mississippi’s leading broadcasters from across the state will meet with and mentor students for the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Day Thursday, April 18 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

This week, the Gulf Coast Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi will join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, which recognizes a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today a comprehensive landscaping plan to restore the southern edge of the University’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by an EF-4 tornado on February 10. The USM Foundation also announced a campus beautification campaign to generate private funds to help address the cost of the plan.

 

The landscape of the campus was drastically altered by the tornado with the loss of 75 trees and debris scattered across the front of the campus.

Jon Scieszka sees himself simply as an author supplying the material needed by teachers and librarians "who go to work everyday” to inspire their students and other young people to read.

"My job's easy," Scieszka said. "I just sit in my office and write, but they're the ones in the trenches motivating kids to want to be readers."

Scieszka is the author of the acclaimed The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. He was on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus this week to receive the top honor given at the annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, the Southern Miss Medallion.

Community health science students at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast reached out to the university community by hosting the health fair, “Are Your Loved Ones in the Zone?,” during National Public Health Week April 1-7.

Nancy Duarte spent just one year as a student at The University of Southern Mississippi, but that brief foray into higher education played a significant role in shaping the successful businesswoman she has become today.

 

On Thursday, April 11 the university’s College of Business acknowledged Duarte’s impressive success story with the annual Boardman Entrepreneur of the Year Award during a ceremony held on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

Just over two months ago, the Hattiesburg area was devastated by a deadly F-4 tornado. The School of Music at Southern Miss faced considerable losses but experienced an overwhelming outpouring from the community and the world.

The University of Southern Mississippi Steel Pan Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band 1 will be joined by some of the biggest names in music for a special concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 19 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Clothesline Project, a national violence awareness and prevention program, will be hosted at The University of Southern Mississippi on April 23-26 on Weathersby Lawn, located between Shoemaker Square and Walker Science Building on the Hattiesburg campus. This free event is sponsored by the Department of English and Student Counseling Services, and is open to the public.

No need to ask University of Southern Mississippi junior Brandon Hersey if he believes dreams will come true. The Hattiesburg native is living one now as a winner of the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

 

Hersey is the University’s third Truman Scholar and the first African American student at Southern Miss to receive the coveted prize. Marie Holowach Federer won in 2011 and Lance Brown, competing in his home state of Alabama, was the first recipient in 1999. Hersey is one of only 62 national finalists chosen for the award and the lone student representing a Mississippi university.

A musical performance by Grammy-nominated folk-rock children’s music group Trout Fishing in America will be held Wednesday, April 10 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center, third floor ballrooms. Held in conjunction with the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, this event is free and open to the public and children of all ages are welcome. 

The Gulf Region Intelligent Transportation Society (GRITS) and the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) hosted the Spring 2013 Regional Workshop that focused on Weigh-in-Motion technology and Interagency Coordination. The workshop was sponsored by Temple, Inc. and Neel-Schaffer.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students Erika Hidalgo of Biloxi, left, and Shaveneil McGrath of D’Iberville stock food pantry shelves Friday, April 5 while at the Gulf Coast Community Ministries in Gulfport. As participants of the Big Event, a university-wide day of service for local communities, Hidalgo and McGrath were among 50 Southern Miss Gulf Coast students and staff who gave their time and attention to a variety of projects, which also included the Bay-Waveland Habitat for Humanity and the DREAM Child Development Center of Hattiesburg. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

The Live Oak Writing Project at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host Camp Live Oak June 24 – 28 at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Designed for students entering third through sixth grades, Camp Live Oak will provide a fun environment where young writers will explore a variety of writing, art and music projects, as well as have fun learning about the 1950s.

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) offered a special welcome to new University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett today at the senator’s office in Washington, D.C. Cochran congratulated Bennett on his selection to lead Southern Miss and welcomed the president’s vision for improving and expanding the university’s educational outreach.

Dr. Ray G Newman, chair of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Community Health Sciences, has received the Founders Medal of Honor Award for continued hard work and dedication to the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Ladell Kraft, speech language pathologist and Sarah Case-Price, speech language pathologist and assistant director, of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development of The University of Southern Mississippi were selected as presenters at the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association Annual Continuing Education Conference (MSHA) in Jackson on March 25- 27.

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating National Poetry Month by hosting a workshop and poetry readings on the Hattiesburg campus.

For the final film screening in the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Film Department will present a free screening and filmmakers discussion of the film “Strong!” Friday, April 26 at 6:45 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, a renowned writer, educator and performer will present a poetry workshop and reading Wednesday, April 17 on the Hattiesburg campus. Her programs will be free and open to the public and presented by the Southern Miss Center for Black Studies in celebration of Poetry Month.

University of Southern Mississippi doctoral candidate Tina McDyess hopes to build a strong foundation in molecular genetics as a participant in the National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute June 3-28 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.