February 24, 2018  

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A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member’s exemplary scholarship in Civil War history has earned her a spot on the editorial board of one the most respected journals examining the subject.

From a young girl doodling on her notepad to shaping steel as an art student at The University of Southern Mississippi, Kelsey Wishik has engaged in creative action as long as she can remember.

Dr. Katherine Cochran, associate professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named editor of The Southern Quarterly, a prestigious independent journal published at Southern Miss since 1962 that focuses on the interdisciplinary study of Southern culture.

Comprised of soloists from around the country, the Austin (Texas)-based, Grammy Award-winning and internationally recognized Conspirare will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg Campus.

 

As the southern-most stop on its nationwide tour, the ensemble presents, Considering Matthew Shepard, composed by the group’s founder and artistic director, Craig Hella Johnson.

They didn’t engage the enemy on the battlefield, but many of the loved ones left behind by soldiers serving in the Vietnam War were wounded emotionally by the conflict.

University of Southern Mississippi alumna Christopher Leigh hopes to change people’s perceptions and impressions of the flute with her debut album “Infrared.”

 

The self-published album, released last month, features songs combining classical flute with a pop/rock flare. Leigh, who earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USM in 2012, notes that the album also includes “big” songs that sound as though they burst from a movie soundtrack.

The 2018 AIM Awards, presented by the Arts Institute of Mississippi (AIM) at The University of Southern Mississippi, seek to recognize and honor outstanding high school level arts teachers and organizations throughout the state of Mississippi.

Dr. Joseph Weinberg, assistant professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi, says that a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture will help foster better communication and more collaborative research between agricultural economists and political scientists.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is planning to host a celebration during the spring 2018 semester to mark the 25th anniversary of its Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages (MATL) program. Dr. Katie Angus, an assistant professor of French, is in the process of locating program graduates to invite them to the event.

Audience members at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Fall 2017 Commencement no doubt noticed many graduating seniors sporting bright turquoise cords for the first time as part of their graduation ensemble.

Kristy Gould, corporate planning and development officer at Hattiesburg Clinic, will give a presentation Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. in College Hall at The University of Southern Mississippi to students studying public relations.  

The University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked among the nation’s best values for music majors by online resource guide Great Value Colleges. USM is the only Mississippi college or university to earn a spot among the top 60 schools listed.

Angela Ball, award-winning poet and professor in the Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, has published her sixth book of poetry from the University of Pittsburgh Press. A release party celebrating Talking Pillow will be held at T-Bone’s Records & Café in Hattiesburg Friday, Dec. 1 at 8:30 p.m. Ball will read some selected poems and sign copies following the reading.

Three current Master of Fine Arts in Performance students at The University of Southern Mississippi and two MFA alumni have completed the rigorous requirements to earn the distinguished Lessac practitioner designation.

Dr. Robert Press, an associate professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi and director and founder of its Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties, has been selected to attend a national leadership summit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Dec. 7-9 in Washington D.C.
 

J. Theresa Bush, assistant professor of costume design at The University of Southern Mississippi, played an instrumental role in helping the renowned stage production “Fly” garner eight nominations for the 27th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The awards will be presented on Feb. 26 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.

Determining the ultimate fate of the thousands of American military personnel unaccounted for in World War II is central to Jason Dawsey’s work with The National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Dawsey, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, recently joined the museum as special projects historian in residence with its Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. He is also involved in the museum’s new Institute for the Study of War and Democracy.

The University of Southern Mississippi Speech and Debate team had a successful performance at a recent tournament in Shreveport, La. and looks forward to its next event. The team will host the British National Debate Team Friday, Nov. 10 in the International Center, room 101 at 3:45 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. The free event is open to the public, and will feature a debate on artificial intelligence.

Faculty and student musicians from The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music will present Mozart’s Gran Partita on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Rahul Shankar, a doctoral student in polymer science and engineering, took home the title of Grand Champion in the 4th Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition held Nov. 1-3 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Shankar, a native of Mumbai, India, also collected a cash prize of $1,000.

University of Southern Mississippi clarinetist Sofia Potdevin Afanador had an opportunity to showcase her extraordinary musical talent as a performer during the winner’s gala of the Monterrey Flute Festival held earlier this month. The festival is sponsored by the National Fine Arts Institute of Mexico.

Sheena Allen knew the Silicon Valley CEO stereotype when she moved out west a few years ago. She knew that stereotype looked very little like her. She came from a different place and did not receive an Ivy League education.

 

She knew those differences could be — in marketing speak — her unique selling proposition. And it was clear that Sheena Allen Apps was never going to be the typical Silicon Valley tech company.

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. 

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?”