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Southern Miss News Friday, August 24, 2018

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's email includes information about Move-In Days for first-year students; a news release to announce a special performance by USM's Hub Dance Collective ensemble, and a perspective piece on addiction language by USM psychology Professor Michael Madson.

Media inquiries can be directed to Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 orvan.arnoldFREEMississippi or David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 ord.g.tisdaleFREEMississippi.

Photo/Video Opportunity

First-year USM students will be moving into residence halls on the Hattiesburg campus today (Aug. 24) and Saturday, Aug. 25. Media coverage is welcome. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, Aug. 24

  • Century Park South, Wilber Hall, Mississippi Hall, and Hattiesburg Hall – 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 25

  • Century Park North, Hillcrest Hall, and McCarty Hall – 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

SPECIAL NOTE: The annual painting of Eagle Walk beneath the east side section of “The Rock” will be held from 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

News Release

USM Hub Dance Collective Opens School Year with Special Performance

As a way to open the 2018 fall semester at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Hub Dance Collective (HDC) will perform “Meet Me Again,” Aug. 30-31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance Building, Studio 115 on the Hattiesburg campus. The dances explore emotional journeys through metaphors of movement and environment.


USM Professor Offers Thoughts on Language of Addiction

USM psychology Professor Michael Madson, an expert on substance abuse prevention and treatment, has authored an opinion piece focusing on how language and labels associated with substance abuse play such a predominant role in the stigma of addiction.

Did You Know?

The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized for its commitment to providing educational services for student-veterans and their families with a spot in Military Times' prestigious 2018 “Best for Vets” college rankings. 

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About The University of Southern Mississippi

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, our students have collected three Truman Scholarships and 18 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. USM students also lead Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Our Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at