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Southern Miss News – Tuesday, February 5, 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 University’s annual Arbor Day celebration; an upcoming Visiting Writer Series reading, and the next Science Café that will feature shark myth-busting. In addition, political science Professor Ward Sayre and history Professor Heather Stur are available today and tomorrow to discuss President’s Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Media inquiries can be directed to Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 or van.arnold@usm.edu or David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or d.g.tisdale@usm.edu.

Today’s Top Story

Southern Miss Tree Task Force to Host Annual Arbor Day Celebration

The University of Southern Mississippi will host its annual Arbor Day celebration on Friday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. with the unique edible orchard serving as the event site and focus of the ceremony. The orchard is located just south of the Payne Center on the Hattiesburg campus. 

Originally planted in 2016, the expanded orchard will include 16 new additions of fruit trees and berry bushes, including plum, olive, avocado, satsuma, and trellised apple trees, plus blueberries, grapes, and muscadine bushes.


Additional News Releases

USM to Host Visiting Writer Series Reading by Katy Simpson Smith on Feb. 7

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Humanities will host a reading by novelist and historian Katy Simpson Smith at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the International Center, Room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus. The event, which is part of the school’s Visiting Writer Series, is free and open to the public.


Gulf Coast Library to host Feb. 12 Science Café on the Coast, “Mississippi Sharkology: Taking a Bite Out of the Myths”

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Coast Library will host “Mississippi Sharkology: Taking a Bite Out of the Myths,” the second edition of the spring Science Café on the Coast series, Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. in the Gulf Coast Library, room 204, at the USM Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.


Expert Availability

President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address tonight. USM political science Professor Ward Sayre and history Professor Heather Stur will be available today to discuss potential topics in advance of the address and tomorrow to offer insights on what the President had to say. To schedule an interview, email mediaexperts@usm.edu. For a full list of USM media experts visit: http://news.usm.edu/resource/usm-faculty-experts-media-requests

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?

USM offers the only ocean engineering degree in Mississippi, providing students with a pathway to careers in shipbuilding, maritime industry, offshore exploration, environmental monitoring, and port operations, as well as with the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

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 Carnegie Classification 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 usm.edu.