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Southern Miss News – Wednesday, February 6, 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 media availability of political science Professor Ward Sayre and history Professor Heather Stur to discuss topics covered by President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address. Also included is a news release previewing National Book Award finalist Sarah Smarsh’s lecture as part of the next University Forum.

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.

Expert Availability

Last night President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address to the nation. USM political science Professor Ward Sayre and history Professor Heather Stur are available today to discuss to various topics Trump covered in his address. To schedule an interview, emailmediaexperts@usm.edu. For a full list of USM media experts visit: http://news.usm.edu/resource/usm-faculty-experts-media-requests

News Release

National Book Award Finalist Smarsh to Discuss Economic Inequality in America at Feb. 12 University Forum

Myths and widely-held beliefs about class and wealth in America will be examined Tuesday, Feb. 12 by acclaimed writer and social issues commentator Sarah Smarsh when she visits The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus as first speaker for its spring 2019 University Forum series.


Photo/Video Opportunity

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. Smith, who was born and raised in Jackson, is currently serving as the Eudora Welty Chair of Southern Literature at Millsaps College. She is best known for her novels “The Story of Land and Sea” and “Free Men.” To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale.

Did You Know?

Because of the continued generosity of donors, the USM Foundation provides direct support to our students, faculty and staff. During fiscal year 2018, the USM Foundation provided $7.6 million in support to the University including 2,182 scholarships for Southern Miss students, totaling approximately $3.9 million.

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 usm.edu.