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Southern Miss News – Friday, February 15, 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 USM’s international business program earning a national ranking and a group of USM anthropology students helping to map portions of a local cemetery. In addition, Criminal Justice Professor Alan Thompson is available to discuss a bill that passed the Mississippi House earlier this week whereby names of Mississippi police officers involved in shootings could be shielded from public release for up to six months.

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

USM International Business Program Earns Top-50 National Ranking

The University of Southern Mississippi’s international business program has been ranked among the nation’s Top-50 in a recent surveyed published by online resource guide

USM’s program occupies the No. 26 spot in’s Best 50 International Business Schools list for 2019. In its appraisal of USM’s program. noted that the University was selected based on academic and career resources for international business students, the quality of education in international business, faculty, and more.

Additional News Release

Anthropology Students Participate in Archaeology Project at Hattiesburg Cemetery

A small abandoned cemetery in east Hattiesburg is easily overlooked, but those buried within its boundaries are part of the history of the earliest years of the city. The Anthropology Program in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Science and Global Studies, in conjunction with the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, is now working to help tell its story.

Expert Availability

Names of Mississippi police officers involved in shootings could be shielded from public release for up to six months. A bill restricting release of the names passed the state House on Tuesday and goes to the Senate for more work. USM Criminal Justice Professor Alan Thompson is available today to discuss the bill and its potential impacts upon passage by the Senate.To schedule an interview, email For a full list of USM media experts visit:

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?

The University of Southern Mississippi has earned Gold status as a Military Friendly® School for 2018-2019 by Victory Media, Inc., one of only 10 research institutions in the U.S. to receive that distinction.

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