Dr. David R. Davies is professor in the School of Communication at the University of Southern Mississippi. From 2007 to 2014, he was the dean of the Southern Miss Honors College, and from 2014 to 2018 he was director of the School of Mass Communication & Journalism. He is a graduate of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Reporting at Ohio State University, where he earned a master's degree in journalism. He also holds a master's degree in American history from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D.
Somebody once posed a seemingly obvious question to Danny Rawls: “I like your pictures, but mine don’t look that good – what do you do?”
Rawls’ reply was one simple word: Passion.
“You can’t just mash a button and it’s just going to be like you want it,” said Rawls, a Hattiesburg resident who has studied and practiced the art of photography for most of his adult life. “I find myself, sometimes, living and breathing it too much. Everywhere I go I see an image.”
Mary Dryden may be one of the city’s biggest cheerleaders. Whether it’s recycling, litter, the city’s children, education, an art center, preserving architecture, entertainment, Dryden wants the best for her city. For her dedication to the Hub City, Dryden was named Ambassador of the Avenues in 2018 Best of the Pine Belt voting. She’s all about the city – its neighborhoods, diversity, unifying the Hub City’s citizens and making Hattiesburg the best possible place to live.
Jana Haynes, 35, from the small town of Amory, was born with a gift and a destiny far greater than the dirt roads she grew up on could offer. Haynes struck out searching for that destiny at 18. She attended Northeast Mississippi Community College, Mississippi University for Women, and Mississippi College, where she studied Communications and Mass Media. Her first love is writing.She has written in an array of capacities. She is the CEO/founder of Infecting Change Productions, LLC.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
Given that statement, Picasso probably would have been pretty impressed with Tasha Messer Williams.
Hattiesburg Public School District Foundation announces inaugural HATTIESBURG HIGH Hall of fame CLASS
Fourteen distinguished alumni of Hattiesburg’s city schools will be inducted into the inaugural HPSD Foundation Hall of Fame during a two-day event Oct. 4-5.
Inductees for the first-ever Hattiesburg Hall of Fame class come from the fields of business, politics, education, medicine, entertainment, journalism and sports.
I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I finally sat down and read Ernest Hemingway’s classic novella, The Old Man and the Sea, but it profoundly changed my life and forever altered my definition of what it means to be a man.
Written from his home in Cuba in 1951, the book was published the following year and was immediately met with critical acclaim.
With one of the most recognizable smiles in the Pine Belt and an infectious personality to match, Hattiesburg’s Terry Jordan is much more than just a bartender. He is a Renaissance man with a passion for reading, fashion, music, food – and perhaps most importantly, his family.
John Cougar Mellencamp sang about Little Pink Houses for you and me.
While the houses being built in an old warehouse in Prentiss are little, they aren’t pink. But they can be customized. Just ask James Polk of Tiny House Life Space.
With his factory an hour out of the Hub City, Polk, a Hattiesburg native and resident, first dreamed of tiny houses back in the 1990s. The architect drew out plans and went out to manufactured home builders touting them as the way of the future and trying to get them to jump on his tiny house bandwagon.
Harry Goff, 65, worked as a Systems Analyst and Project Manager for Chevron in Pascagoula before retiring after 36 years. A native of Jackson County growing up in the Wade-Hurley community, he and his wife, Marcia, moved to downtown Hattiesburg five years ago after retirement. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a BS in Business. Harry is an active ambassador for downtown Hattiesburg and the Golden Eagles.
What is your idea of happiness?
Hanging out and spending time with friends and family that I love.