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Southern Miss News -- Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

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 a senior USM accounting student earning an internship with international accounting firm KPMG; activities planned by the Institute for Disability Studies related to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and the USM Wind Ensemble kicking off its concert season. In addition, marine science Assistant Professor Jessica Pilarczyk is available to discuss the current hurricane season that has produced very few storms in the Gulf Coast region.

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

Today's Top Story

Second USM Accounting Student Accepts KPMG Spring Internship

Jonathan Brent, a University of Southern Mississippi senior accounting student and honors scholar, has accepted a 10-week internship with KPMG in Dallas, Texas, beginning in January. 

Brent's internship follows on the heels of another senior accounting student, Paige Dillistone, who was recently accepted into The Global Internship Program through her internship with KPMG. During this internship, she will be completing a 4-week rotation in Sydney, Australia.

Additional News Releases

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Activities Draw Attention to Needs of Area Homeless Families with Children

Homelessness is a devastating experience for families with children. The Project Recovery Rapid Re-housing program administered by The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) is available to assist homeless families with children in Forrest, Adams, Pike, Lauderdale and Marion counties.

USM Wind Ensemble Celebrates Bernstein with Oct. 10 Concert

The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) Wind Ensemble pays tribute to great American composer Leonard Bernstein with its opening concert on Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Photo/Video Opportunity

The University of Southern Mississippi will kick off its symphonic season on Thursday, Oct. 9 with a Symphonic Winds and Concert Band concert at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This performance is free and open to the public. To schedule coverage, contact Mike Lopinto at 601.266.5620 or mike.lopintoFREEMississippi.

Media Expert Availability

The 2018 hurricane season has been a relatively quiet one thus far, particularly with regards to the Gulf of Mexico. USM marine science Assistant Professor Jessica Pilarczyk is available today to offer insights as to why the current hurricane season has not been as active with regard to storms in the Gulf of Mexico as years past. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Did You Know?

As the leading research institution for the Gulf South, The University of Southern Mississippi educates nearly 15,000 students, supports approximately 7,000 jobs, and has an annual economic impact of more than $600 million on the state.

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