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Southern Miss News – Monday, November 26, 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 special coverage opportunities for the University’s annual “Lighting the Way for the Holidays” celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and the annual Holiday Choral Spectacular set for Nov. 27 and 29. In addition, a news release highlights the Institute for Disability Studies offering a variety of activities to celebrate National Disability Employee Awareness Month.

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‘Lighting the Way’ Set for Nov. 27

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Student Government Association will sponsor its annual “Lighting the Way for the Holidays” on Tuesday, Nov. 27 beginning at 6 p.m. at the front lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building. Members of the Hattiesburg and surrounding communities are invited to join the celebration. The event will feature refreshments, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, caroling and the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus for photos and share your wish list with him, among other activities, culminating with the lighting of the campus Christmas tree. To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale or Van Arnold.

Holiday Choral Spectacular Nov. 27 & 29

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and USM Choral Activities will present the Annual Holiday Choral Spectacular on Nov. 27 & 29. Both performances are set for 7:30 p.m. at the Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Miss. The event is presented in part by the generous support of Partners for the Arts. The Symphony Orchestra is joined by the Hattiesburg Choral Union, which represents all the major ensembles at the university. In addition, students from Petal Middle School, Purvis Public Schools, Columbia Public Schools, and the 3D School in Petal will join in the grand finale. To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale or Van Arnold.

News Release

Institute for Disability Studies Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month With Activities for Students

National Disability Employment Awareness month is recognized across the United States each October to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities to the nation’s workforce. To underscore the importance of employment in the lives of people with disabilities, The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) sponsored a series of NDEAM activities for youth and young adults participating in IDS’ transition to adulthood programs.

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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

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 76 public universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s "higher research activity" designation for doctoral universities, 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 16 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit