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February 14, 2017

By the time she reached her sophomore year in college, Dr. Sherita L. Johnson knew that she wanted to be an English professor.

Dr. Sherita L. Johnson is an associate professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, where she specializes in 19th-century African-American Literature, black women writers, Jim Crow literature and cultural studies. She has also taught study abroad courses of Caribbean literature in Jamaica with USM’s International Programs.

November 22, 2016

Dr. Westley "Lee" Follett, associate professor of history, stresses that education is valuable not because of where it might lead you but rather for what it makesyou.

Dr. Westley “Lee” Follett is an associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, who was recently named the University’s Teacher of the Year by the Mississippi Humanities Council. At the University’s Gulf Park campus, Follett specializes in religious history, with emphases on monasticism, hagiography, liturgy and manuscript studies, and a geographical focus on pre-Norman Ireland.

July 22, 2016

Southern Miss musician and instructor Mike Lopinto believes that life is about experiences and interactions.

Dr. Mike Lopinto is the PR/Marketing Coordinator for the School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi. Under his professional leadership, Lopinto has brought a high level of recognition to the arts programs at the University, as well as the state of Mississippi.

March 28, 2016

Acclaimed history professor and author Dr. Andrew Wiest cannot imagine doing anything else with his life.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Andrew Wiest is a University Distinguished Professor of History at Southern Miss. He is also the founding director of the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society. In this special feature, Wiest shares some insight into his personal and professional achievements.

Q. What is your hometown and educational background?

September 2, 2014

SGA President Jeffrey George is dedicated to the idea of inspiring fellow students to get involved in campus activities and organizations.

Student Government Association President Jeffrey George plans to leave Southern Miss better than he found it by encouraging other students to reach to the top. George, of Covington, Louisiana, is a junior political science major pursuing a minor in marketing.

Q: What led you to attend The University of Southern Mississippi?

August 1, 2014

Our ability and willingness to come together and talk through issues will build a solid foundation for the University and the coastal community to become a much more economically progressive area.

As President of The University of Southern Mississippi, I am deeply troubled that USM’s commitment to meeting the needs of the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been called into question. I am aware of the historical tension surrounding access to higher education in the coastal community, and I respect each community member who has worked tirelessly to ensure that the coast is not marginalized or overlooked but is instead recognized as a critical region that deserves access to quality educational opportunities.

February 13, 2013

Dr. Rodney Bennett, incoming president at The University of Southern Mississippi, addresses a large group of students who turned out for a campus cleanup project on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The student-led project was coordinated in response to the EF-4 tornado that struck the Southern Miss campus and the Hattiesburg area on Sunday, Feb. 10.

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May 22, 2012

Dr. Steven Moser, recently named Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, says that spreading news about the college's attributes and achievements is a top priority.

Dr. Steven Moser was recently named Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi. He has also served as director of the Pride of Mississippi and conductor of the Symphonic Winds. In this Q&A feature Moser reflects on his current responsibilities and outside interests.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

November 21, 2011

Dr. Chris Campbell, director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, says today's students will dictate the course of news media in the future.

Chris Campbell serves as the director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at Southern Miss. Recently, Campbell took a few moments to reflect on his current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

A: I’m from Dayton, Ohio. I have a BA in English from Webster University in St. Louis, an MS in mass communication from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Ph.D. in mass communication from Southern Miss.

October 18, 2011

Dr. Wendy Atkins-Sayre, director of the Speaking Center at Southern Miss, says there is no substitute for experience when it comes to speaking in public.

Dr. Wendy Atkins-Sayre is an assistant professor of communication studies and director of the Speaking Center at The University of Southern Mississippi. Recently, Atkins-Sayre took a few moments to reflect on her current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

A: I grew up in Portland, Texas. I have a BA and MA from Texas State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

May 9, 2011

New Student Printz Executive Editor Mary Margaret Halford is following in her uncle's footsteps and enjoying every second of the journey.

Southern Miss sophomore Mary Margaret Halford was recently named the Executive Editor of the Student Printz campus newspaper. Recently, Halford took a few moments to reflect on her new role at the university and other interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

October 20, 2017

Dr. Karen L. Cox, professor and founding director of the graduate public history program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will be among a group of historians providing testimony at a briefing for the U.S. Congress on the history of Civil War monuments. The briefing, organized by the National History Center, will be held Monday, Oct. 23 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Karen L. Cox, professor and founding director of the graduate public history program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will be among a group of historians providing testimony at a briefing for the U.S. Congress on the history of Civil War monuments. The briefing, organized by the National History Center, will be held Monday, Oct. 23 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. 

October 19, 2017

Two history professors at The University of Southern Mississippi gathered leading scholars of women and minorities in the military to investigate military integration. They sought to answer three questions: “Why and how did the military change the way it dealt with service personnel who were not white, heterosexual men between World War II and the present?”; “How did minorities and women adapt to being part of an institution that had once been closed to them?” and “How similar was the military experience of African Americans, Japanese Americans, Native Americans, women and LGB+ people?”

Two history professors at The University of Southern Mississippi gathered leading scholars of women and minorities in the military to investigate military integration.

October 17, 2017

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera has completely sold out. Capacity crowds will enjoy this mega-hit musical October 26 – Nov. 4 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera has completely sold out. Capacity crowds will enjoy this mega-hit musical October 26 – Nov. 4 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center.

October 16, 2017

Edited by Dr. Philip C. Kolin, Distinguished Professor of English (Emeritus) at The University of Southern Mississippi, the diverse contributions to the fall 2017 general issue of The Southern Quarterly explore the importance of the visual—in photography, cinema, music, jazz, poetry—as it sheds light on Southern authors, landscapes and texts.

Edited by Dr. Philip C. Kolin, Distinguished Professor of English (Emeritus) at The University of Southern Mississippi, the diverse contributions to the fall 2017 general issue of The Southern Quarterly explore the importance of the visual—in photography, cinema, music, jazz, poetry—as it sheds light on Southern authors, landscapes and texts.

October 13, 2017

Kathleen Koch’s acclaimed news coverage of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters educated viewers about the realities those affected by these events on the ground.  Now Koch, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna, author and former reporter with CNN, is leveraging her experience documenting Mother Nature’s fury to help citizens, elected officials and private sector leaders make sound decisions about how to prepare and recover from the ravages of storms, earthquakes and fires that continue shaping daily headlines.

Kathleen Koch’s acclaimed news coverage of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters educated viewers about the realities those affected by these events on the ground.  Now Koch, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna, author and former reporter with CNN, is leveraging her experience documenting Mother Nature’s fury to help citizens, elected officials and private sector leaders make sound decisions about how to prepare and recover from the ravages of storms, earthquakes and fires that continue shaping daily headlines.

October 10, 2017

The acclaimed songwriter-producer, Mac McAnally, recently put an orchestral spin on some of his most familiar songs with album Southbound.

 

His latest compilation features the FestivalSouth Orchestra consisting of faculty, students and alumni from The University of Southern Mississippi and a rhythm section that includes MacAnally’s colleagues in Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band. Proceeds from the CD benefit the USM Symphony Orchestra and Extra Table. 

The acclaimed songwriter-producer, Mac McAnally, recently put an orchestral spin on some of his most familiar songs with album Southbound.

His latest compilation features the FestivalSouth Orchestra consisting of faculty, students and alumni from The University of Southern Mississippi and a rhythm section that includes MacAnally’s colleagues in Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band. Proceeds from the CD benefit the USM Symphony Orchestra and Extra Table. 

October 5, 2017

A University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park English Licensure student was recently selected to attend the Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research Writing Studies at the York College of Pennsylvania. Leah Barnes, a senior English education major from Gulfport, Miss., submitted a research proposal to the Naylor Endowment last spring and was selected from a national pool to attend the three-day workshop.

A University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park English Licensure student was recently selected to attend the Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research Writing Studies at the York College of Pennsylvania. Leah Barnes, a senior English education major from Gulfport, Miss., submitted a research proposal to the Naylor Endowment last spring and was selected from a national pool to attend the three-day workshop.

Barnes received a Naylor Scholarship and travel grant, and was assigned a faculty mentor from CSU-Denver to assist with the development of her research proposal.

October 4, 2017

In a special series of events titled, “A Celebration of Southern Photography,” The University of Southern Mississippi will host a lecture by renowned Southern studies expert Dr. William R. Ferris, as well as two exhibitions on campus and a special issue of The Southern Quarterly.

In a special series of events titled, “A Celebration of Southern Photography,” The University of Southern Mississippi will host a lecture by renowned Southern studies expert Dr. William R. Ferris, as well as two exhibitions on campus and a special issue of The Southern Quarterly.

October 3, 2017

Winning the war on terror and advancing democratic ideals around the world cannot happen on the cheap or with quick fixes, but rather with a sustained commitment to those goals and implementation of sustainable strategies with global partners.

That was the assessment given by retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, former commander of the Surge in Iraq and U.S. Central Command and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), of how America needs to approach foreign policy goals going forward in his 2017 Lt. Col. John H. Dale Distinguished Lecture in International Security and Global Policy, given Sept. 26 at the historic Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.

Winning the war on terror and advancing democratic ideals around the world cannot happen on the cheap or with quick fixes, but rather with a sustained commitment to those goals and implementation of sustainable strategies with global partners.