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Southern Miss News Monday, August 20, 2018

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's email includes a news release to announce the unveiling of a commissioned portrait honoring former USM President Martha D. Saunders. In addition, Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, is available to discuss security best practices related to the start of another football season.

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.

Media Expert Availability

Dr. Lou Marciani, director of USM's National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, is available today to discuss safety and security measures associated with the advent of another football season. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Photo/Video Opportunity

A new exhibit on display at USM's Cook Library -- Timber and Lumber in Mississippi -- traces the development of the industries, and, in a way, Mississippi itself. Materials highlighted in the exhibit come from the S. G. Thigpen Papers, the Dr. Gilbert H. Hoffman Papers and Research Collection, various photographic collections, and state published documents. The display will be available through September 28 on the first floor of Cook Library during regular library hours. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

News Release

The University of Southern Mississippi Unveils Portrait Honoring Martha D. Saunders

When Martha D. Saunders began her tenure as The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) ninth president in 2007, she hoped she could lead an institution that would become, in her words, “a little bigger, a litter richer, and a little more beautiful.”

At the conclusion of her presidency in 2012, those hopes had been realized.

On Friday, Aug. 17, USM honored Saunders, the current president of the University of West Florida in Pensacola, with a commissioned portrait that will hang in a prominent location in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Did You Know?

The University of Southern Mississippi offers more than 140 undergraduate academic degree plans and more than 220 graduate degree plans. 

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