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Southern Miss News – Monday, October 29, 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 news releases about the Mississippi Polymer Institute’s plans for celebrating its 25th anniversary and a look ahead to the 10th season of FestivalSouth® with the Broadway musical “Sister Act” opening the annual event.

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

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Mississippi Polymer Institute to Celebrate 25th Anniversary with Open House on Nov. 15

To celebrate 25 years of providing comprehensive, transformative service to clients throughout South Mississippi, the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) is holding a special anniversary open house that will include guest speakers, tours and an after-hours reception.

The event is set for Nov. 15 from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a business-after-house reception from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at The Accelerator in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Innovation and Commercialization Park.

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FestivalSouth® to Open 10th Season with Broadway Musical "Sister Act"

FestivalSouth® opens its 10th anniversary season in June, 2019 with Broadway’s singing, dancing, feel-good musical Sister Act. Based on the 1992 film and featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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-Today, Oct. 29, Kyle Fulcher, CEO of Mississippi/Arkansas AG, will address USM business marketing students from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Scianna Hall, Room 1008. He will address the challenges and advantages of the franchise/franchisee relationship. Mississippi Ag is a growing equipment dealership operating 15 John Deere stores in Arkansas (5) and Mississippi (10). 

-On Tuesday, Oct. 30 British author Dr. Kevin Bales, one of the world’s foremost authorities on human slavery, will present a guest lecture at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is co-sponsored by the University Forum, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Honors College. The lecture is free and open to the public. To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or

-On Tuesday, Oct. 30 the USM baseball and softball teams will be hosting Trick or Treat at the Pete. The event is set for 5:30-7 p.m. at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field. Children of all ages are welcome to come out in their best Halloween costumes and enjoy Trick or Treat festivities with the Southern Miss baseball and softball players and coaches. Each Golden Eagle squad will be in their favorite Halloween costumes during the event.

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Did You Know?

Southern Miss is home to the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) – the nation’s leader in sports security management research and solutions. 

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