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Southern Miss News – Monday, August 27, 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 about the annual Pride of Mississippi Marching Band’s Preview concert and a report from Communication Professor Jonathan Pluskota’s experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Estonia. In addition, history Professor Andrew Wiest is available to discuss the life and legacy of Sen. John McCain.

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

Today’s Top Story

Pride of Mississippi Marching Band Preview Set for Aug. 31

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings are ready to kick off the 2018-19 football season with the annual Pride Preview performance.

This free concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday Aug. 31 at Centennial Lawn on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, prior to Friday Night at the Fountain.

Additional News Release

Recording Industry Faculty Member Returns from Fulbright in Estonia

Students in the Recording Industry program at The University of Southern Mississippi will get a fresh perspective on the field in the fall 2018 semester, with the return of Dr. Jonathan Pluskota from his 11-month Fulbright Scholar experience in Estonia. Pluskota, an assistant professor in the School of Communication, spent the past academic year teaching and researching sound engineering at the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy.

Media Expert Availability

USM history Professor Andrew Wiest, a founding director of the University’s Dale Center for the Study of War & Society, is available today to discuss the life and legacy of Sen. John McCain, who passed away on Saturday. To schedule an interview, For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Photo/Video Opportunity

A new exhibit on display at USM’s Cook Library -- Timber and Lumber in Mississippi -- traces the development of the industries, and, in a way, Mississippi itself. Materials highlighted in the exhibit come from the S. G. Thigpen Papers, the Dr. Gilbert H. Hoffman Papers and Research Collection, various photographic collections, and state published documents. The display will be available through September 28 on the first floor of Cook Library during regular library hours. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Did You Know?

Southern Miss students have earned 21 Goldwater Scholarships, the most of any Mississippi institution. Scholarships are awarded to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. 

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