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Southern Miss News – Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Today’s message includes news releases about USM Assistant Chief of Police Rusty Keyes' appointment as the new Police Chief of Operations and a psychology undergraduate student and her mentor earning a research grant. In addition, media are invited to attend a Spring Fling event today at the University’s Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families. 

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

Today’s Top Story

Keyes Named University of Southern Mississippi Police Chief of Operations

Rusty Keyes, Assistant Chief of Operations for The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)’s Police Department (UPD), has been appointed incoming chief, effective July 1. Keyes will succeed current Chief Bob Hopkins, who is set to retire June 30 after nearly two decades of outstanding service in the role.

Keyes has been a law enforcement officer for nearly 30 years, first serving the Hattiesburg Police Department as a patrolman, narcotics officer, street crimes officer, detective, and as a detectives and patrol supervisor.

Additional News Release

Psychology Undergraduate, Faculty Mentor Earn Research Grant

Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology and one of the largest honor societies in the U.S., has awarded a competitive grant to a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) undergraduate psychology student and her faculty mentor.

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families will be holding its 5thAnnual Spring Fling today from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., with a small awards ceremony set for 1 p.m. The event is held to honor the University’s student-veterans and pay tribute to the center’s supporters in the Hattiesburg area.  The Veterans Center is located at 3503 Morningside Drive, Hattiesburg. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold.

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 For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Did You Know?

As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state.

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