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Southern Miss News Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's message include news releases about USM's College of Business and Economic Development being recognized as one of the nation's Top-50 online business schools and a preview of the prestigious Blaine Quarnstrom Playwright Series featuring Robert Icke coming to USM in January.

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

National Online Guide Ranks USM Among Top-50 Business Schools

The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Business and Economic Development has earned a Top-50 ranking for “Best Online Business Schools” by online resource guide USM, slotted at No. 36, is the only Mississippi school ranked on the list. selected the business schools based on academic excellence, types of courses offered, faculty strength, awards, rankings, reputation, and the range of online business degree programs.

Additional News Release

2019 Blaine Quarnstrom Playwright Series Featuring Robert Icke Coming to USM

Opening the 2019 Spring semester, The University of Southern Mississippi English and Theatre programs will host the 2019 Blaine Quarnstrom Playwright Series featuring playwright Robert Icke from Jan. 24 – 27. This limited engagement will include two public Q&A sessions regarding Icke's artistic process and his reflection on the current industry trends on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tatum Theatre and Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. in the Hartwig Theatre.

Photo/Video Opportunity

Students in USM's College of Nursing have access to some of the most advanced patient simulators on the market. Earlier this year, the University purchased three new simulators that can replicate certain aspects of human physiology, preparing students in the nursing program for clinical practice experiences. For example, students studying the impact of cardiac disease can hear and feel how this disease affects a patient's heart sounds, lung sounds and cardiac pulses. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 or van.arnoldFREEMississippi.

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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 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit