August 14, 2018  

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Partners for the Arts recently announced Ron Hancock, alumnus of The University of Southern Mississippi, as chair for 2018-2019. Five recent board member additions were also announced.

 

A University of Southern Mississippi Ph.D. candidate in communication studies, Sean Fourney wanted to better understand how risk communication is managed in larger levels of discourse beyond interpersonal interactions.

He found what he believes is the perfect opportunity to do just that in a summer internship with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for the City of New Orleans.

John Mark Lawler discovered the joy of “making something out of nothing” as a young boy helping his father with projects in his woodshop.

Lawler, a professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Art and Design, is teaching an art photography class in London this summer in the university’s British Studies Program, where he’s also taking stock of how far he’s come from the creative exploits of his youth  in that workshop to sharing that passion with students, while also seeing his digital collage piece “Compassion” on display as part of the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — has named University of Southern Mississippi graduate Ariel Elliott a Phi Kappa Phi Fellow, awarding her $5,000 toward the first year of graduate or professional study.

In the last three years, Puerto Rico has experienced massive outbreaks of two newly discovered mosquito-borne diseases, causing devastating effects for Puerto Rican citizens. Mosquito-borne diseases like Zika, for example, can have a wide range of negative effects on pregnancies, causing higher rates of miscarriages and birth defects in developing fetuses.

What began as a simple means to showcase creativity in the Pine Belt region nine years ago has blossomed into the popular, multi-dimensional event known as FestivalSouth®. Set for June 9-23, FestivalSouth® is Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre arts festival, offering both free and ticketed events to local residents and cultural tourists.

The Scripps Howard Foundation has selected Dr. David R. Davies, director of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Mass Communication and Journalism, as one of only six members of its newest class of prestigious Visiting Professors in Social Media. Educators chosen for the program are members of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Saxophonists and music enthusiasts from across the country will gather in Hattiesburg again this summer to study with two acclaimed saxophonists, Patrick Meghian, professor emeritus of music at Florida State University, and University of Southern Mississippi Professor Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz.

Dr. Maureen Ryan has filled many leadership roles advancing the academic mission of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) over more than three decades. Now, she’ll have a role in shaping its future.

Dr. Heather Marie Stur, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, is a recipient of an Alumni National Award from Marquette (Wisc.) University’s Diederich College of Communication. Dr. Stur accepted the award during a recent ceremony on the university’s Milwaukee campus.

Amy Ellefson, a University of Southern Mississippi doctoral candidate in communication studies, has been selected as one of just two participants in the National Communication Association’s (NCA) 2018-19 inaugural Visiting Fellows Program for Communication and Media Research (VFP) at the Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing.

Does your child enjoy singing, dancing, or acting? Maybe all three? If so, then the 13th Annual Midsummer Musical Theatre Experience might just be his or her ticket.

 

University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design students Christopher A. Franklin Jr., Gabrielle H. Graham, and Harley Perdue were accepted to compete in the 14th annual National Student Show and Conference (NSSC) in Dallas, Texas. Other students from the department also attended the conference to view submitted artwork and support their classmates.

State Sen. John Polk, left, and State Rep. Missy McGee presented Dr. Jay Dean with a RESOLUTION on the occasion of his retirement as conductor of the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, April 24. The presentation was made at the conclusion of the Turandot performance at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on USM’s Hattiesburg campus. (Photo by Kelly Dunn) 

 

Four University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park students won honorable mention recognition for their presentation at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention held last month in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Gary A. Stringer, a University of Southern Mississippi Professor Emeritus of English, was presented the 2017 Modern Language Association (MLA) Prize for a Scholarly Edition at the association's annual convention in January in New York City.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music Connoisseur Series presents famed musicians of Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Chris Winstead as the founding dean of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The appointment is effective July 1, pending approval from the Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning.

The Arts Institute of Mississippi (AIM) at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced recipients for the 2018 AIM Awards, established to salute and honor the achievements of outstanding high school level arts teachers and organizations throughout the state of Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Speech and Debate team recently returned from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., where it won two national championships at the 2018 International Public Debate Association (IPDA) National Tournament.

On Tuesday, April 3, Mayor Toby Barker presented Dr. Jay Dean with a key to the city in honor of his storied 30-year career at The University of Southern Mississippi, and for his commitment as a pioneer of the arts in the Hub City.

The renowned University of Southern Mississippi Steel Pan Orchestra will welcome international recording artist Jeff Narell as part of a special performance set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13 at the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced plans for two main-stage productions during the 2018-19 school year.

Bring your lawn chairs, family and friends for a day of music and fun on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) hosts the 10th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.