The university writer/editor provides basic proofreading and editing services for all university units. Additional services offered include copywriting for creative projects started within University Communications, as well as rewriting, reorganizing and updating existing copy.

University Style Guide

The University Style Guide has been developed to assist Southern Miss communicators in developing materials that present a strong, consistent message about Southern Miss and promote our image in a positive and comprehensive way. This unified voice gives us strength and clarity and helps us to uphold the integrity of the Southern Miss brand.

If you have questions about material included in the University Style Guide, please contact our writer/editor at 601.266.4492.

Download the University Style Guide (15-page PDF).


Communications materials representing the university should be approved through University Communications and will be reviewed according to the guidelines presented in both the Graphic Standards and Style Guide.

Approval from University Communications is required by Procurement Services in order to process payment for any printed materials, advertising or promotional items being paid for with university funds. If your communications materials require approval, email us at universitycommunications@usm.edu.

USM Mailout & Info Center

The Web content producer will receive your requests for announcements to be included in the USM Mailout and Info Center, an online service for internal communications that includes an archive for announcements and other features for the campus community.

These announcements are then edited and posted to Info Center in the Campus Updates section; and they are compiled and prioritized for inclusion in the mailout.

For more information on USM Mailout and Info Center, review these guidelines before submitting your request.


Electronic Message Board

Electronic message board requests are received, edited and scheduled by our writer/editor. If you would like an announcement displayed on the university’s electronic message board at the intersection of Hardy Street and U.S. Highway 49, submit the Electronic Message Board Request Form.


On-Hold Messages

Requests to have a message recorded for the university’s telephone on-hold messaging system are received, edited and scheduled by our writer/editor. If you would like an on-hold message recorded, submit the On-Hold Message Request Form.