April 25, 2019  

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Southern Miss News – Monday, February 25, 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 a coverage opportunity regarding today’s news conference to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding to recognize a teacher education pathway program offered through a partnership between USM and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. In addition, news releases include an Edible Book Festival set for April 1 on the Hattiesburg campus and a Social Work graduate student earning a prestigious national fellowship.

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.

Special Coverage Opportunity

USM, MGCCC Officials to Announce New Education Pathway Program

The University will hold a news conference today at 11 a.m. in the President’s Conference Room of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding to recognize a new, innovative teacher education pathway program offered through an official partnership between Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) and The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. is among Mississippi education leaders expected to attend the signing of a memorandum of understanding for “Teacher’s College,” a new, innovative teacher education pathway program established between MGCCC and USM.

Note: Media parking been designated in front of Southern Hall.

News Releases

University Libraries hosting Edible Book Festival April 1 on Hattiesburg Campus

University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the USM Food Research Group will host the 5th annual Edible Book Festival in the Cook Library Learning Commons Gallery Monday, April 1 on the Hattiesburg campus, beginning at 10 a.m. 

Edible books are made of food and inspired by literary titles, characters, or authors, with creative examples such as cupcakes used to create Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar, or baked cookies shaped like books. Organizers of this event are accepting submissions from USM students, staff, faculty and Hattiesburg area residents for competition in the categories of Best in Show, Most Nutritious, and Most Creative.


Second Social Work Grad Student Earns Prestigious National Fellowship

When University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Sidney Smith learned he had won a national social work fellowship, the first thing he did was call the one person who would best understand what he was feeling.

When Smith was assembling an application last fall for the Council on Social Work Education’s Minority Fellowship Program for master’s students, he leaned on Southern Miss alumna Evelyn Sullivan, who a year earlier became the first Mississippian to be named a fellow in the program’s four years.


Photo/Video Opportunity

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus continues its spring 2019 Cultural Arts Series, today at 5:30 p.m., with The Changeling at the Fleming Education Center Auditorium. Atlanta-based Resurgens Theatre Company is presenting Rowley and Middleton’s The Changeling, an English Renaissance tragedy of profound contemporary relevance. To schedule coverage, contact Jenny Tate, Gulf Park Campus Communication Officer at 228.865.4574, jenny.tate@usm.edu

Expert Availability

The University of Southern Mississippi provides a wide range of faculty experts who can offer insights on newsworthy topics. 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

Did You Know?

USM’s Center for Fisheries Research and Development has been conducting continuous fisheries monitoring of the Mississippi Sound since the 1970s. CFRD members sit on state, regional, and federal management panels to ensure effective management strategies are in place to promote sustainable fisheries.

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.