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Southern Miss News – Friday, September 7, 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 message includes a photo/video opportunity regarding the official dedication and ribbon-cutting of the Joe Paul Student Theater on Saturday and a new release about the opening event of the Leaf River Fall Fests Series. In addition, Dr. Dave Davies, director of USM’s School of Communication, is available to discuss the merits of anonymous sources in news stories.

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

Photo/Video Opportunity

The University of Southern Mississippi will hold an official dedication and ribbon-cutting for the new Joe Paul Student Theater prior to Saturday’s home football game against Louisiana-Monroe. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the Thad Cochran Center on USM’s Hattiesburg campus. The theater is a 9,000-square-foot, 324-seat stadium-style cinema and auditorium located within the Thad Cochran Center. The theater is named in honor of USM Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul, who retired from the University in 2015 after four decades of service. A reception will follow the dedication ceremony. To schedule an interview, contact Megan Burkes, USM Foundation, 601.266.6298.

News Release

El Grito Latin Fest Kicks off WUSM’s Leaf River Fall Fests Series Sept. 8

A celebration of Latin heritage will kick off WUSM-FM’s Leaf River Fall Fests series Saturday, Sept. 8 with El Grito Latin Fest from 3-9 p.m. at Hattiesburg’s Chain Park at Twin Forks, located on East 8th Avenue. Admission is free. El Grito Latin Fest will feature The Jackson Gypsies (JGypsies Band), Salseros del Sur, and Treces del Sur, as well as Latin dance lessons from Hattiesburg’s own Rebecca Chandler.


Media Expert Availability

Much debate has arisen recently over the New York Times’ decision to publish an op-ed piece critical of the Trump Administration by an anonymous senior White House official. Dr. Dave Davies, director of USM’s School of Communication, is available today to discuss the merits of using anonymous sources for news stories. 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?

In 2017, the College of Nursing celebrated 50 years of providing high-quality healthcare education to our communities.  Since the inaugural class of 1967, the USM nursing program has produced more than 8,000 graduates, while evolving into a national leader in health care research, community service, and innovative best practices. 

About The University of Southern Mississippi

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, our students have collected three Truman Scholarships and 18 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. USM students also lead Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Our Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at usm.edu.