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Southern Miss News – Thursday, February 14, 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 the annual Armstrong-Branch Lecturer featuring Civil Rights activist Kathleen Cleaver; a report on the School of Social Work’s collaboration with Coastal Family Health Center as part of a seven-year federal grant project and an International Percussion Festival concert sponsored by the USM School of Music. In addition, history Professor Heather Stur is available to discuss the possibility of a second government shutdown this year.

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

Renowned Civil Rights Activist Kathleen Cleaver to give Armstrong-Branch Lecture Feb. 19

Kathleen N. Cleaver, a prominent and influential figure in the American Civil Rights Movement who continues to fight for social justice across the country and around the world, will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 Armstrong-Branch Distinguished Lecture Series at The University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., in Bennett Auditorium on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Cleaver’s fight for human rights spans seven decades, ventures across national and international borders, and includes service with notable public interest organizations. She is best known for her involvement with the Black Panther Party and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the 1960s.

Special Coverage Opportunity

USM Hosts Economic Outlook Forum Today

The University of Southern Mississippi will host the Economic Outlook 2019 Forum today from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center ballroom on the Hattiesburg campus. The USM College of Business and Economic Development, along with the Trent Lott National Center, is coordinating the annual forum that brings together experts from banking, finance, and academia to explore a number of issues and research related to the economic outlook for 2019.

Guest speakers include:

-Adrienne Slack, Vice-President and Regional Executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch

-Darrin Webb, State Economist for Mississippi

CONTACT: For more information contact Heather Brown at 601.266.5442 or

Additional News Releases

With Shortage of Social Workers, Grant Project Provides USM Grad Students Real-World Experience

Too few social workers in South Mississippi is a problem – but also an opportunity, judging from the results of a recently completed grant project between The University of Southern Mississippi and Coastal Family Health Center. Over nearly seven years, eight full-time social workers and a total of 82 master’s-level social work students teamed up with health providers at seven of Coastal’s 13 clinics in South Mississippi, creating a model for integrated care by providing indispensable mental and behavioral health services to patients.

International Percussion Festival Final Concert Set for February 16 at USM

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music presents the final concert of the International Percussion Festival on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg, Miss. The concert will feature a performance by guest artists Oscar Albrieu Roca and Javier Nandayapa as well as the Southern Miss Percussion Ensemble.

Expert Availability

Friday is the deadline to avoid a second government shutdown this year. USM History Professor Heather Stur is available today to discuss the effects caused by government shutdowns. To schedule an interview, email For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Photo/Video Opportunity

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection is one of North America's leading research centers in the field of children's literature. The Collection holds the original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1,300 authors and illustrators, as well as 180,000+ published books dating from 1530 to the present. The collection is located on the second floor of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus. To schedule coverage, call Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Did You Know?

We're empowering entrepreneurs and developing the next generation of business leaders through our College of Business and Economic Development, which is among 1% of institutions in the world to earn dual accreditation in both business and accounting by AACSB.

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