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Southern Miss News Tuesday, October 2, 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 about tonight's Rayborn Lecture Series featuring Princeton astrophysicist Dr. David Spergel. In addition, news releases highlight three USM students collecting more than $5,000 each as part of a cross-country cycling fund-raiser to support people with disabilities and USM's Center for Community Engagement announcing the winner of its 2018-19 Service Learning Award.

Media inquiries can be directed to Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 orvan.arnoldFREEMississippi or David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or d.g.tisdaleFREEMississippi.

Special Event

Princeton Astrophysicist Serves as Guest Speaker for USM's Annual Rayborn Lecture Series Tonight

Renowned astrophysicist Dr. David Spergel will share his research into the origin of our universe as the guest speaker for the third annual Rayborn Lecture Series in Physics and Astronomy, set for this evening at The University of Southern Mississippi's Bennett Auditorium. The free lecture, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is being held in conjunction with the University Forum series sponsored by USM's Honors College.

Spergel is the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy at Princeton University and Director of the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute. His lecture to USM's audience is titled: “Our Simple and Strange Universe.”

News Releases

USM Students Continue Phi Kappa Phi Tradition of Cross-Country Cycling in Support of Charity Event

Three University of Southern Mississippi students cycled from cities along the U.S. west coast to Washington, D.C. this past summer in support of persons with physical and mental disabilities. Starting their journeys in Long Beach, San Francisco, and Seattle, Jack Hoover, Hasten Mckissick, and Andrew Causey concluded their ventures in Washington, D.C.  in conjunction with The Ability Experience, a philanthropy supported by Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

USM Center Announces Recipient of 2018-19 Service-Learning Award

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced the 2018-19 recipient of the Conville Service-Learning Development Award, a $2,000 grant for graduates of USM's Faculty Fellow Seminar on Service-Learning to pursue new service-learning initiatives. The 2018-19 award recipient is Dr. Stacy Creel, associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science. During the next academic year, Creel will partner with library systems throughout Mississippi to explore how public libraries support underserved populations and what training and resources may be needed to better address their needs.

Photo/Video Opportunity

The University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties will host a forum on immigration today from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Gonzales Auditorium of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Guest panelists will include: Charlie Wall, senior attorney for U.S. Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE), New Orleans; Melinda Medina, a community organizer from Mississippi, formerly with the Mississippi Immigrants' Rights Alliance, and Carlos Ponce, Consul of Mexico, New Orleans. Admission is free, and members of the University and local communities are invited. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

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Did You Know?

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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