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Southern Miss News – Friday, February 1, 2019

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Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today’s message includes photo/video coverage opportunities regarding a Hattiesburg Mini Maker Faire at the downtown Train Depot and the National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition being held at USM’s Marine Education Center. News releases highlight USM’s Center for the Study of the Gulf South hosting a special lecture as part of Black History Month programming and the Institute for Disability Studies gearing up for an alternative spring break event in March.

Media inquiries can be directed to Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 or van.arnold@usm.edu or David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or d.g.tisdale@usm.edu.

Special Coverage Opportunities

-The second annual Hattiesburg Mini Maker Faire will be held Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Train Depot. Maker Faire is designed to entertain, inform, and connect the community through local creators and innovators across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance, and craft. More than 20 vendors from engineers to artists to scientists to crafters will show off their hobbies, experiments, and projects.

-The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Education Center is hosting the 22nd annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at its Ocean Springs site (101 Sweetbay Drive). More than 100 students and 14 schools from Miss., Ala., Fla., Tenn., and La. will face off in the regional component. The NOSB, an interdisciplinary ocean science education program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, is a quiz-bowl style academic competition that tests students’ knowledge of ocean-related topics, which include cross-disciplines of biology, chemistry, policy, physics, and geology. To schedule coverage, contact James Skrmetta, GCRL Communications Officer, 228.872.4254, James.Skrmetta@usm.edu

News Releases

USM Center for the Study of the Gulf South Hosting Lecture Feb. 7 on Hattiesburg Campus

Dr. Sara Rzeszutek, an associate professor of history at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York and author of James and Esther Cooper Jackson: Love and Courage in the Black Freedom Movement, will deliver a talk Thursday, Feb. 7 entitled “Southern Black Labor Radicalism in the Postwar Years” Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. in room 101 of the Liberal Arts Building on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

This event is sponsored by USM’s Center for the Study of the Gulf South, and is a part of the University’s Black History Month programming.


Alternative Spring Break Will Assist Teens with Disabilities in Planning for Future

During the week of March 11-15, the Institute for Disability Studies’ ToTAL project will work with 20 young adults through an alternative spring break event. To be held in Hattiesburg at Southern Miss, the week-long training session will focus on activities such as goal setting, work readiness, college exploration and developing an electronic portfolio. The ToTAL project is a work-based training and internship program for youth and young adults ages 14 to 21 that is assisting young people with disabilities in developing a path for their transition to adulthood.


Expert Availability

The University of Southern Mississippi provides a wide range of faculty experts who can offer insights on various newsworthy topics. To schedule an interview, email mediaexperts@usm.edu. For a full list of USM media experts visit: http://news.usm.edu/resource/usm-faculty-experts-media-requests

Did You Know?

Two University of Southern Mississippi nursing programs are ranked as the best in Mississippi by U.S. News & World Report. The Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice were the top programs in the state based on factors such as research activity, student-faculty ratio, faculty credentials and number of faculty active in nursing practice.

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 35 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit usm.edu.