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Southern Miss News Thursday, November 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 coverage opportunities involving an open house to celebrate the 25thanniversary of the Mississippi Polymer Institute and a Designer Showhouse to highlight a project by the Interior Design program's senior class. News releases include the announcement of Joy Lightsey as USM's Boardman Alumna of the Year and Professor Lilian Hill being inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame.

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 Opportunities

Mississippi Polymer Institute Holds Open House Today

To celebrate 25 years of providing comprehensive, transformative service to clients throughout South Mississippi, the Mississippi Polymer Institute is holding a special anniversary open house that will include guest speakers, workshops, company showcases, tours and an after-hours reception. The event is set for today from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a business-after-house reception from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at The Accelerator in The University of Southern Mississippi's Innovation and Commercialization Park. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold.

Interior Design Program's Senior Class Holds Designer Showhouse

The University of Southern Mississippi Interior Design program‘s senior class will host its second annual Designer Showhouse open house celebration today from 5 - 9 p.m. at 146 Wild Meadows in the Hattiesburg area's Canebrake community. Students in the program are working with area businesses to stage the home, with all the furnishings, artwork and accessories on display for sale. There will also be local artists' work on display throughout the home.

Other dates and times for showings of this home are as follows:
-Friday, Nov. 16, 2-6 p.m.
-Sunday, Nov. 18, 2-4 p.m.

To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale.

News Releases

USM Honors Lightsey as 2018 Boardman Alumna of Year

The Business Advisory Council and the College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi has selected Joy Lightsey as the 2018 Boardman Alumna of the Year. She will be honored during the annual Alumna of the Year Luncheon set for Friday, Nov. 16 at the Trent Lott National Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Hill inducted into International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame

Dr. Lilian Hill, professor in the School of Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame Nov. 10 during a ceremony held in New Orleans. Dr. Hill is one of 13 individuals selected for the IACE Hall of Fame Class of 2018, which consists of 13 scholars and practitioners from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, and France.

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Did You Know?

USM has been recognized as home to one of the nations' best online graduate nursing programs. In a 2018 ranking, U.S. News & World Report places USM at No. 58 nationally – the highest spot for any Mississippi college or university. 

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 76 public universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Foundation's "higher research activity" designation for doctoral universities, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 35 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 16 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit