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Southern Miss News Thursday, October 11, 2018

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's message includes news releases about the full week of Homecoming activities set for Oct. 15-20; the annual Sweet Potato Drop that raises awareness of food waste and a new exhibit at the Gulf Coast Library featuring artist Herb Willey. In addition, USM biology Professor Shahid Karim is available to discuss a new type of typhus virus being carried by some animal species in Mississippi.

SPECIAL NOTE: Students on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses will be out today and Friday for fall break. All University offices will remain open as usual.

NO BRIEFING TOMORROW: There will be no daily news briefing distributed tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 12) as the Office of University Communications conducts a planning session.

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

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.”

Among highlights of the week's activities include a Friday, Oct. 19 pep rally during “Live at Five” at downtown Hattiesburg's Town Square Park, and induction of the newest members of the Southern Miss Alumni Association's Hall of Fame at the Thad Cochran Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.; and prior to the game on Saturday, Oct. 20, beginning at 11 a.m., the homecoming parade will roll east from Midtown Shopping Center to the main entrance of the Hattiesburg campus, followed by the Alumni Association Awards Luncheon at noon that will feature recognition of alums and other USM supporters for their outstanding service to the university.

Additional News Releases

USM Sweet Potato Drop Set for Oct. 16 to Raise Awareness of Food Waste, Hunger

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.

Gulf Coast Library Art Exhibit, “The Gulf of America” Features Work of Herb Willey

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.

Photo/Video Opportunity

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gallery of Art and Design will host its 2018 Southern Miss Ceramics National beginning on Oct. 12. This month-long occasion will include the gallery exhibition, an awards ceremony, a lecture presentation by Anthony Stellaccio, and a ceramics workshop and studio demonstration by Benjie Heu. All aspects of this event are free and open to the public. This event is presented in part by the generous support of Partners for the Arts. The exhibition will be available for viewing until Nov. 2. To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or d.g.tisdaleFREEMississippi

Expert Availability

Health officials in California are warning residents about a recent flea-borne typhus outbreak. USM biology Professor Shahid Karim points out that some animal species in Mississippi can also be carriers of the disease. He is available today to discuss dangers of the typhus virus. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Did You Know?

The University of Southern Mississippi is home to the only blue crab hatchery in production in the U.S.

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