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Southern Miss News Thursday, November 1, 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 reminder of Friday's news conference to announce a $4.73 million Department of Defense contract, plus news releases about USM's Marine Education Center receiving an Award of Excellence in Architecture; a preview of the annual Chi Omega Songfest and USM presenting the classic musical “Cabaret” this month.

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.

Special Coverage Opportunity

USM announces $4.73 million contract with Department of Defense program

Members of the media are invited to join The University of Southern Mississippi officials as they formally announce USM's contract through the U.S. Department of Defense's Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative. A news conference is set for Noon on Friday, Nov. 2 at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, 6197 Hwy 49, Room 204, Hattiesburg. (Located within the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at USM.)

Dr. Joshua Hill, assistant professor of criminal justice and forensic science at USM, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security and Kopis Mobile will lead a U.S. Department of Defense-funded project to evaluate gaps in event and venue security and identify DoD technology and equipment that could close those gaps and enhance public safety.

News Releases

USM's Marine Education Center Receives Award for Excellence in Architecture

The University of Southern Mississippi's Marine Education Center received the 2018 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects for its new $16-million facility in Ocean Springs. The award honors new construction projects and specifically those that were built with sustainability at the forefront of the design. Situated on 100 acres, the MEC serves as the education and outreach arm of USM's School of Ocean Science and Engineering and provides a unique experience for participants in a natural coastal setting.

Chi Omega Continues Support of Make-A-Wish with Songfest Nov. 15

A sure sign of the upcoming holiday season is the return of Songfest, the annual music celebration hosted by the Epsilon Delta chapter of Chi Omega Sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi. This year marks the 67th edition of the event, to be held at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus Thursday, Nov. 15, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

USM Presents Classic Musical “Cabaret” Nov. 8-11

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) proudly presents the acclaimed musical “Cabaret” November 8-11 at Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus. Performances are set for Nov. 8, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Nov. 10 and 11 at 2 p.m.

Photo/Video Opportunities

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach is hosting “The Gulf of America,” an art exhibit featuring the work of award-winning Bay St. Louis artist Herb Willey. Sixty original transparent watercolor paintings, set on the Gulf Coast, will be on display until Nov. 22. This exhibit, based on Willey's project, “Along Beach Boulevard,” depicts everyday scenes along Mississippi's Highway 90.  To schedule coverage, contact Jenny Tate at 228.865.4574 or jenny.tateFREEMississippi.

Expert Availability

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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