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Southern Miss News – Monday, February 11, 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 news releases about a major renovation to one of the University’s academic buildings on the Hattiesburg campus and USM polymer Professor Sarah Morgan winning the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Outstanding Mentor Award.

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 Nearing Completion of Major Renovation to Joseph Greene Hall

An extensive renovation of venerable Joseph Greene Hall on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus is nearing completion as the facility transitions from housing one major academic unit to another.

The estimated $13-million project is scheduled for substantial completion in April. For almost 50 years the building housed USM’s business program, but all units associated with that program moved to newly constructed Scianna Hall in 2015.


Additional News Release

USM Faculty Member Selected for Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Outstanding Mentor Award

For a third time in four years, a University of Southern Mississippi faculty member has won the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Outstanding Mentor Award. The award acknowledges and honors a full-time, tenured faculty member from its 106 CSGS-member institutions who has successfully mentored graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level in the Southern region.

This year’s recipient is Dr. Sarah Morgan, associate director and professor of USM’s School of Polymer Science and Engineering.


Expert Availability

The University of Southern Mississippi provides a wide range of faculty experts who can offer insights on 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

Photo/Video Opportunity

The 14th annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), continues Tuesday, Feb. 12 when associate professor of history Dr. Allison Abra presents “Those Very Gallant Women: Gender and Espionage in World War II Europe." Presented by USM’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, this program will be held at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101, on the Hattiesburg campus. The theme for this year's McCarthy Lecture Series is “Spy Games: War & Espionage in the Twentieth Century.” 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. This marks the third consecutive year in which USM has been ranked nationally in the top 20 of all four-year colleges across the United States.

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 CarnegieClassification 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.