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Southern Miss News – Thursday, November 8, 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 an opportunity for media to interview history Professor Dr. Andrew Wiest about the significance of Veterans Day and the 100thanniversary of the end of World War I. News releases feature a program within the College of Business and Economic Development that connects business professionals with students, and a preview of a visiting artist lecture by sculptor Kristen Tordella-Williams.

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

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Sunday’s Veterans Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The United States participated in World War I from April 1917 to November 11, 1918, when the war ended with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany. History remembers the end of the war as taking place on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Dr. Andrew Wiest, University Distinguished Professor of History and Founding Director of the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at USM, is available today to discuss the historical significance of Veterans Day and World War I. To schedule an interview, email For a full list of University of Southern Mississippi media experts visit:

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Business Professionals Share Experience, Insights with USM Students

Programs within The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business and Economic Development strive to be relevant, engaging, and connected with the professional community. Business faculty have found that hosting professionals inside the classroom enriches the minds of business students by providing interactive education and cultivating long-lasting relationships.

The college welcomed several business professionals to share their stories of success and inspiration to students during the fall 2018 semester.

USM Visiting Artist Lecture features Kristen Tordella-Williams

The University of Southern Mississippi presents The Visiting Artist Lecture featuring Kristen Tordella-Williams on Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. in the 3D Arts Building (2905 West 4th Street) on the Hattiesburg campus. She is giving the final lecture of the Outdoor Sculpture series. Her work, “Eudora Welty Wreath” is located in front of the International Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Photo/Video Opportunities

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra continues its 2018-2019 season with ¡Viva Mexico! today at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The program will consist ofWolf Totem by Tan Dun, Huapango by Moncayo, Sensemaya by Revueltas, and Danzon No. 2 by Marquez. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold.

Did You Know?

Winning national scholarships is a proud tradition at USM. 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. 

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’s 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