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Southern Miss News – Wednesday, August 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 email includes photo and video opportunities regarding the first day of classes for the Fall 2018 Semester and a performance by the Hub Dance Collective. In addition, Professor Mark Peterson is available to discuss the connection between the August full moon and the Gulf sturgeon.

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

Photo/Video Opportunities

-Classes begin today for USM’s 2018 Fall Semester at the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses.

-As a way to open the 2018 fall semester at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Hub Dance Collective (HDC) will perform “Meet Me Again,” Aug. 30-31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance Building, Studio 115 on the Hattiesburg campus. The dances explore emotional journeys through metaphors of movement and environment.

To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Media Expert Availability

The current full moon in August is named after North America's largest fish, the lake sturgeon. Professor Mark Peterson, Department of Coastal Sciences, fisheries ecology, is available today to discuss the importance of the lake sturgeon. One of his current research projects involves quantifying movement and habitat use of all life stages of the federally and state threatened Gulf sturgeon. To schedule an interview, email For a full list of USM media experts visit:

News Release

Pride of Mississippi Marching Band Preview Set for Aug. 31

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings are ready to kick off the 2018-19 football season with the annual Pride Preview performance. This free concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday Aug. 31 at Centennial Lawn on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, prior to Friday Night at the Fountain.

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