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Southern Miss News Thursday, August 23, 2018

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's email includes news releases about USM Professor David Lee's presentations regarding research into governing bodies of school districts and a special partnership between USM and JC Penney to allow University students to shop exclusively in an after-hours event. In addition, School of Communication Assistant Professor Jonathan P. Pluskota is available to discuss the upcoming Leaf River Fall Fests.

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

USM professor Makes School Board Research Presentations Across State

Dr. David Lee, associate professor of educational administration at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently spoke to educators at Southwest Community College in Summit, Miss. and at the Lauderdale County (Miss.) School District about his research on governing bodies of school districts, including strategies to help these educational leadership teams and individuals positively impact students and school faculty.

Dr. Lee also met with Lauderdale School District Superintendent. John Mark Cain, and Southwest Community College President Steve Bishop.

Additional News Release

USM, JC Penney Partner on Special Suit Up Event for Students

University of Southern Mississippi students will have an opportunity to enhance their professional wardrobes during a special “Suit Up Event” hosted by national retail giant JC Penney. On Sunday, Sept. 23, JC Penney in Hattiesburg's Turtle Creek Mall will hold the after-hours event from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. for all USM students with a valid University ID.

Media Expert Availability

Dr. Jonathan P. Pluskota, Assistant Professor in the School of Communication is available today to discuss the Leaf River Fall Fests set for five Saturdays in September and October at Chain Park in Hattiesburg. The free, family-friendly events will celebrate an array of music genres this fall, with each festival highlighting a specific genre of music and culture, from Latin to Folk and everything in between. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Photo/Video Opportunity

First-year USM students will be moving into residence halls on the Hattiesburg campus on Friday, Aug. 24 and Saturday, Aug. 25. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Did You Know?

Recognized with the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement classification, Southern Miss continues its commitment to cultivate and sustain stronger communities through the work of the Center for Community Engagement. 

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