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Southern Miss News Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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 a recent landscape project involving the area around Bennett Auditorium and psychology graduate student Hattie Jordan serving as co-editor for an American Psychological Association blog. In addition, Christy Arrazattee, director of USM's Center for Community Engagement, is available today to discuss the importance of volunteer work and community service logged by students each year.

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

Landscape Project Beautifies Area Around USM's Bennett Auditorium

Anyone traversing The University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus will quickly notice the emphasis placed on greenery and green spaces. Live oak trees, flowering shrubs and lush lawns adorn the University's landscape.

In recent weeks a highly visible and well-traveled section of the campus has undergone a much-needed facelift. Not only has the entire area surrounding Bennett Auditorium received new sodding, but flower beds lining the venerable building have been entirely overhauled. Bennett Auditorium, built in 1930, is situated in the heart of the campus, just a short walk from the Lucas Administration Building.

Additional News Release

Psychology Graduate Student Serving as Co-Editor for APA Blog

Hallie Jordan, a University of Southern Mississippi counseling psychology doctoral student from Birmingham, Ala., is serving as a co-editor for the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 2 (Society for Teaching of Psychology) Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) blog.

Media Expert Availability

USM students annually engage in more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service to the Hattiesburg area. Christy Arrazattee, director of USM's Center for Community Engagement, is available today to discuss the importance of volunteer work and community service logged by students each year. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Photo/Video Opportunity

A new exhibit on display at USM's Cook Library -- Timber and Lumber in Mississippi -- traces the development of the industries, and, in a way, Mississippi itself. Materials highlighted in the exhibit come from the S. G. Thigpen Papers, the Dr. Gilbert H. Hoffman Papers and Research Collection, various photographic collections, and state published documents. The display will be available through September 28 on the first floor of Cook Library during regular library hours. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Did You Know?

USM has been recognized as home to one of the nations' best online graduate nursing programs. In a 2018 ranking, U.S. News & World Report places USM at No. 58 nationally – the highest spot for any Mississippi college or university. 

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