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Southern Miss News Monday, October 15, 2018

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 on Tuesday involving a Sweet Potato Drop sponsored by USM's Center for Civic Engagement to help raise awareness about food insecurity. News releases include the announcement of a Fall Concert by the University's Repertory Dance Company and a reminder about Homecoming festivities this week.

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

Photo/Video Opportunity

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting a Sweet Potato Drop on Tuesday, Oct. 16 to address and raise awareness about food insecurity in the Pine Belt area. An 18-wheeler loaded with sweet potatoes will deposit approximately 20,000 pounds of sweet potatoes onto the paved area between USM's Cook Library and Centennial Green. On Oct. 16, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., volunteers are invited to bag the sweet potatoes into individual family-sized sacks, which will be donated to several local organizations, including Edwards Street Fellowship Center, The Salvation Army of Hattiesburg, USM's Eagle Nest Food Pantry, and Christian Services. To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or d.g.tisdaleFREEMississippi.

News Releases

USM Repertory Dance Company Fall Concert Set for Nov. 1-3

The University of Southern Mississippi's Dance Program presents the Fall Dance Concert on Thursday-Saturday, November 1-3, at 7 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance building, studio 115 on the Hattiesburg campus. The Repertory Dance Company had just eight short weeks to rehearse, plan, and produce new dance works for the fall dance concert. They present an evening of exciting dancing and choreography by dance faculty and students.

Additional News Releases

There's No Place Like Sweet Home Southern Miss: Oct. 15-20 Homecoming Week for Golden Eagles

Home is where the heart is, and the hearts of The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) faithful will be full Oct. 15-20 when they celebrate homecoming week at the school, embracing the theme “Sweet Home Southern Miss.”

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Did You Know?

In 2017, the College of Nursing celebrated 50 years of providing high-quality healthcare education to our communities.  Since the inaugural class of 1967, the USM nursing program has produced more than 8,000 graduates, while evolving into a national leader in health care research, community service, and innovative best practices.

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