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Southern Miss News - Wednesday, August 1

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's email includes news releases about the USM Foundation reaching an historic endowment milestone. In addition, history Professor Andrew Wiest is available to discuss the possibility of a meeting between President Donald Trump and Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

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 Foundation's Endowment Reaches $100 Million Milestone

With private support from alumni and friends, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation's endowment has reached $100 million. In fiscal year 2018, over 3,900 donors contributed gifts totaling $21.3 million, including $15.5 million in outright gifts and $5.8 million in deferred gifts through estate planning.

Through the Foundation, $7.6 million was disbursed to the University in fiscal year 2018 to support various scholarships and programs, which included $3.9 million awarded through nearly 2,200 scholarships.

Media Expert Availability
President Donald Trump announced recently that he would not be opposed to meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Dr. Andrew Wiest, University Distinguished Professor of History and Founding Director of the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, is available today to discuss the possibility of the two world leaders convening and the impacts such a meeting might have on the countries' future relations. To schedule an interview, contact David Tisdale or Van Arnold. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Photo and/or Video Opportunities

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection is one of North America's leading research centers in the field of children's literature. The Collection holds the original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1,300 authors and illustrators, as well as 180,000+ published books dating from 1530 to the present. The collection is located on the second floor of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus. To schedule coverage, call Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Did You Know?

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is the only beachfront campus in the state.

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