May 23, 2019  

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USM, JC Penney Partner on Special Suit Up Event for Students

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University of Southern Mississippi students will have an opportunity to enhance their professional wardrobes during a special “Suit Up Event” hosted by national retail giant JC Penney.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, JC Penney in Hattiesburg’s Turtle Creek Mall will hold the after-hours event from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. for all USM students with a valid University ID. This includes students from the Gulf Park campus. As part of this promotion, students will receive an additional 40 percent off men’s and women’s career dress apparel, accessories, and shoes, including items already marked as sale items.

JC Penney officials reached out to USM’s Office of Career Services to help coordinate the event. University colleges and departments, including athletics and Greek Life, have united with Career Services to promote the unique event.

“We are thrilled to partner with JC Penney for the Suit Up Event,” said Rusty Anderson, director of Career Services. “This University-wide initiative will allow our students to secure business and business casual attire at deep discounted prices. It is designed to be a fun event where faculty and staff can interact with students while assisting in clothing selection and sizing.”

Anderson notes that JC Penney’s generosity helps take the mantra “dress for success” to a higher level.

In addition to the discounted merchandise, students also can take advantage of mini-makeovers by Sephora. The salon will offer free consultations and discount coupons for future visits.

Students are encouraged to register for the Suit Up Event through “Handshake.” Each student who registers will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card courtesy of Career Services.

For more information, contact Career Services at 601.266.4153 or visit: