• Jim Meade

    Jim Meade’s passion for teaching remains as vibrant as his first day on the job 49 years ago as a member of The University of Southern Mississippi’s faculty.

    “I love teaching, and have enjoyed every minute of it,” said Meade of his nearly half-century career at USM as a professor of art and design.

    Whether in his youth as a swimming instructor or a Boy Scout showing others the proper technique for tying knots, and now teaching art to college students, Meade says he’s “never been stingy with my energy and knowledge.”

  • On the record: Rebecca Chandler

    Some people feel like they have no choice but to create and be creative. Southern Miss grad Rebecca Chandler is one of those people.

    We can only speculate what pushes a person to express themselves publicly, but it's these people who are responsible for the propagation of our culture and without these talented individuals, society would stagnate.

    Visual artists and musicians that we hold in high esteem are typically at the forefront of the performing lifestyle, but there are many more forms of art.

  • Meet the Blackwells

    Like many other parents, Cindy and Scott Blackwell are testing the waters as empty nesters. One month in and things are going pretty good. Sure, evening meals look different and the grocery bill has decreased dramatically, as has the laundry load, but that’s O.K.

  • Meet Your Neighbor: Carmen Ford

    Most people in Hattiesburg – especially those in downtown – are familiar with Carmen Hardy Ford and her culinary prowess at Gratefull Soul, the restaurant on Main Street she owns with her husband, Grant.

    But if not for a change in pace during college, Carmen may have returned to her hometown of Philadelphia  – with a much different career path.

    “I was actually going to go and do casino hosting (after college),” she said. “Philadelphia has the Choctaw Indian casinos, and that’s what I was going to do – go back and manage the casino.”

  • Noteworthy: Ty Trehern

    Southern Miss public relations student Ty Trehern is a man leading two lives. By day, a scholar and active member of the throng at USM. However, on those weekend nights, Trehern is on the road taking his uplifting music to the people. Since releasing his EP "The Sound" earlier this year, Trehern is now seeing audiences sing along with his anthemic songs and each successive gig grows into another larger opportunity.

  • Signature Q&A: Jay Ladner

    Jay Ladner is a Hattiesburg native (Oak Grove High School Class of 1984), and he played baseball and basketball at The University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoyed a few years of pharmaceutical sales after college, but being the son of a coach, he knew that was his calling. He spent two decades coaching at St. Stanislaus on the Gulf Coast, then a few years later he had the opportunity to coach Division I basketball at Southeastern Louisiana. He’s excited to be back where it all started, at Southern Miss.­

  • Half Shell

    It was the first day of fall in southern Mississippi and still in the balmy 90s. After our usual group texting to make sure everyone was available, the Food with Friends had once again assembled to do our favorite thing – enjoy each other’s company over delicious food.

    For this month’s magical episode, we had to take our dear sweet Allison Neville across highway 59 out to West Hattiesburg, but we assured her it was worth it as we were travelling to Half Shell Oyster House.

  • Filmsnob: Oh, the Horrors

    With the resurgence of ‘80s-style films, roller rinks, and arcades now fashioned as barcades, one has to wonder if it’s the yearning for a more innocent time, without cell phones, always-connected internet, and social media. American Horror Story’s new season is a total ‘80s slasher, complete with the VHS effects.

    If there’s anything missing more from today’s cinema selection, it’s the campy, oft-hilarious, horror schlock of yesteryear.

  • Soul Man. Blues Brother. Golden Eagle.

    Tom Malone began his ascension to becoming one of the most important trombone players of his generation in the most unlikely of locales – on a farm near the community of Sumrall  in rural south Mississippi.

  • Empty Bowls: Fundraiser helps feed Hungry in the Pinebelt

    According to Feeding America, 19 percent of Mississippi households live with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. That translates into more than 160,000 Mississippi children under age 18 living in food insecure households, consistently unable to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.

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