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Southern Miss News – Friday, June 1, 2018

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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 email includes news releases previewing the 70th Girls State convention being held on the Hattiesburg campus; the annual two-week FestivalSouth® event; and a lineup of Small Business Development Center workshops scheduled for June on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses. In addition, Dr. Chad Miller, an expert in economic development, is available to discuss the impact of Sears closing its Turtle Creek Mall store as well as the dip in the nation’s unemployment rate.

Media inquiries can be directed to Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 or David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or

Today’s Top Story

USM Hosting 70th Annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls State

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) in Mississippi will mark its 70th year of presenting Girls State, a popular leadership program for young women entering their senior year in high school, when it holds the event June 3-8 on The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) Hattiesburg campus. 

The weeklong program provides delegates active learning experiences focused on the mechanics of federal, state and local government through simulated political campaigns, legislative and judicial processes in the fictitious state of “Magnolia.” State and local government officials visit during the week to discuss public service in their roles, and the importance of citizen participation in a representative democracy.

Additional News Releases
FestivalSouth® Brings Music, Dance, Arts, and More to Pine Belt Region

Small Business Development Center Workshops Scheduled for June

Media Expert Availability

On Thursday, Sears announced that it would be closing 63 stores nationwide, including the Turtle Creek Mall location in Hattiesburg. Dr. Chad Miller, associate professor in Economic Development, Tourism and Sport Management, is available today from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. to discuss the ramifications of this news. He can also address this morning’s news that the U.S. unemployment rate has dipped to 3.8 percent – matching the lowest level in half a century. To schedule an interview, email For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Photo and/or Video Opportunities
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection is one of North America's leading research centers in the field of children's literature. The Collection holds the original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1,300 authors and illustrators, as well as 180,000+ published books dating from 1530 to the present. The collection is located on the second floor of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus. To schedule coverage, call Van Arnold or David Tisdale.