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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 new releases about USM online programs being ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report and the University’s Gulf Park campus premiering its spring 2019 Cultural Arts Series. In addition, biology Professor Janet Donaldson is available to discuss the potential impacts to food safety inspection from the government shutdown.

NOTE: All University offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.

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.

Today’s Top Story

USM Online Programs Ranked Among Best by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has recognized a group of online programs at The University of Southern Mississippi among the nation’s best in the publication’s 2019 Best Online Rankings.

In its rankings announced earlier this week, U.S. News rated USM’s online graduate nursing program at No. 59; the undergraduate bachelor’s degree program at No. 93 and the Master of Business Administration program at No. 119.

http://news.usm.edu/article/usm-online-programs-ranked-among-best-us-news-world-report

Additional News Releases

USM Gulf Park Cultural Arts Series Begins Jan. 28

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus premieres its spring 2019 Cultural Arts Series, "Representing the Experiences of Women, From the English Renaissance to Right Now," on Monday, Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m. with a pop-up art exhibition and gallery talk. This is the first of three events in the Cultural Arts Series.

http://news.usm.edu/article/usm-gulf-park-cultural-arts-series-begins-jan-28

USM School of Music to Hold Second Benefit Concert for Food Pantry

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi is once again using its talents to raise awareness and generate donations for the on-campus Eagle’s Nest food pantry. A benefit concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at University Baptist Church, 3200 W. Arlington Loop, Hattiesburg. It was rescheduled from mid-February.

http://news.usm.edu/article/usm-school-music-hold-second-benefit-concert-food-pantry

Expert Availability

The prolonged government shutdown has affected many federal jobs – including food and safety inspection. USM biology Professor Janet Donaldson is available today to discuss the potential impacts on food safety from the shutdown. 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

Photo/Video Opportunity

Rev. James E. Swanson Sr., head of the United Methodist Church in Mississippi, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical and Multicultural Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 a.m. in the ballroom of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Rev. Swanson Sr., who became the first African-American bishop of the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2012, is an internationally recognized preacher and lecturer. To schedule coverage, call Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Did You Know?

USM has received a No. 15 national ranking by Military Times in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 survey. No other Mississippi college or university is ranked among the top 100.

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 researchenterprise 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.