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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 include news releases about the Arts Institute opening calls for the 2019 AIM Awards Nominations and an announcement of the next Science Café on the Coast set for Jan. 28 in Biloxi. 

NOTE: The Office of University Communications will be conducting a strategic planning retreat today; our media relations professionals will respond as quickly as possible to inquiries. 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

Arts Institute Opens Call for 2019 AIM Awards Nominations

The Arts Institute of Mississippi (AIM) at The University of Southern Mississippi is accepting nominations for the 2019 AIM Awards, which honors high school level arts teachers, schools, and organizations that are making an impact through exemplary achievements in arts education throughout the state of Mississippi.

The 2019 AIM Awards mark the 2nd year in which exceptional individuals, schools, and organizations will be honored for commendable service to students and/or community within Mississippi.

Additional News Release

Science Café on the Coast Opens Spring Series Jan. 28 with presentation on Hurricane Hunters

Science Café on the Coast flies into its spring series with “Hurricane Hunters” on Monday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at Margaret S. Sherry Memorial Library in Biloxi. Major Jonathon W. Brady, aerial reconnaissance weather officer with the United States Air Force’s 403rd wing of the Hurricane Hunters, will discuss details of being a hurricane hunter, including information about the aircraft, its weather monitoring equipment, and the role of hurricane hunters as they fly into storms.

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

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The University of Southern Mississippi provides a wide range of faculty experts who can address topics of local, national, and international interest. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Did You Know?

Two University of Southern Mississippi nursing programs are ranked as the best in Mississippi by U.S. News & World Report. The Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice were the top programs in the state based on factors such as research activity, student-faculty ratio, faculty credentials and number of faculty active in nursing practice.

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 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 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit