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Southern Miss News Thursday, October 25, 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 University's recent success producing 13 Gilman Scholarship winners for 2018; plus announcements of Capt. Brian Connon as the director of USM's Hydrographic Science Research Center and Paula Mathis as the new director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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 Produces Record Number of Gilman Scholars for 2018

Continuing its tradition of excellence, The University of Southern Mississippi has produced a record 13 Gilman scholars over the past year. This brings the University's total of Gilman Scholarships over the past three years to 29, far and away the state's leader in that prestigious category.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs with additional funding available for the study of a critical language overseas. The Gilman Scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 25,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad.

Additional News Releases

Connon Named Director of USM's Hydrographic Science Research Center

Captain Brian Connon, U.S. Navy (ret) has been named the director of The University of Southern Mississippi's Hydrographic Science Research Center (HSRC). Connon joined the HSRC in September 2018 after a 28-year career as a naval officer.

Mathis named director of USM's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Paula Mathis, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna with a wealth of academic administration and program management experience, has been named director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Miss.

Photo/Video Opportunity

The Mississippi Scholastic Press Association's Fall High School Convention will be held today, Oct. 25 on The University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus. The event, hosted by the School of Communication, will feature a variety of informative breakout sessions throughout the day on topics ranging from sports reporting to yearbook photography, among many others. To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or d.g.tisdaleFREEMississippi

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Did You Know?

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, housed at The University of Southern Mississippi, is the repository for the illustrations, manuscripts and papers of H.A. and Margret Rey, creators of Curious George. The de Grummond collection is one of North America's leading research centers in children's literature. 

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