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.
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.”
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.
Aaahhhhh, October! This is the time of year where we hopefully begin to feel the first cool(er) breezes that harken the arrival of what may eventually become fall. Or at least we don’t feel like we’re suffocating when we go out to go to work in the morning.
And while that’s wonderful, what’s even more wonderful is the October calendar lineup for the Pine Belt.
Yall, seriously. While there is always a plethora (love that word) of things going on in the area, October is doubly blessed. It’s downright bewitching!
Janet Gurwitch has had the opportunity to do some amazing things during her career. She’s rubbed elbows and dined with the rich and famous. She created and sold a multi-million dollar cosmetics company. She’s held her own against some of the top labels in the country. She’s part owner of a Major League Baseball franchise.
Gurwitch wasn’t shipped off to some fancy boarding school. She didn’t further her career by studying within the hallowed halls of the Ivy League. She had a desire and a drive to make something of her life.
And it started in Hattiesburg.
Try to describe the sound of a guitar with words. It’s hard, isn't it? That’s because music isn’t tangible. It can make you feel. It will allow you to travel to a time and place that exists in your own mind- or in someone else’s life.
These emotions and experiences are usually what we use to describe what we hear; how music relates to us on a personal level is the closest we can come to calling it our own.
On rare occasions, it’s not possible to talk to someone face to face for a story I’m writing. I either have to rely on a telephone interview or send questions and wait for the answers.
For this month’s feature story, I relied on the telephone. As the phone rang in Houston, Texas, 435 miles to the west, Janet Gurwitch picked up and said, “Hey Beth, it sure is good to see a ‘601’ number.”
This month is our Style issue. With the recent announcement of the second class of the Hattiesburg Public School District Hall of Fame, which includes Gurwitch, who better to feature?
In true public relations fashion, Jim Coll chooses his words carefully as he speaks. But when he does convey his thoughts, he’s passionate about his subjects – whether his family, his job, his co-workers, his university or the other subjects that are near and dear.
As chief communications officer at The University of Southern Miss, Coll and his staff are always giving people the opportunity to tell their Southern Miss stories through the written word, videos, social media channels and the like.
But Coll has his own collection of stories – Southern Miss and otherwise.