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Southern Miss News Wednesday, November 7, 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 USM Air Force ROTC cadets preparing to participate in the Hattiesburg Veterans Day Vigil; two USM business students being chosen for the Beta Gamma Sigma Global Leadership Summit and two initiatives by University Libraries to support the Eagle's Nest food pantry.

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

Today's Top Story

USM Air Force ROTC Cadets to Participate in Local Veterans Day Vigil

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, the 432nd AFROTC Cadet Squadron, will participate in the annual 24-hour Veterans Day Vigil at Veterans Memorial Park, standing guard from Sunday, Nov. 11 beginning at 11 a.m. until 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. Veterans Memorial Park is located at 399 Pine Street, at the entrance to historic downtown Hattiesburg.

The vigil provides cadets in the USM Air Force ROTC and community members an opportunity to celebrate veterans from the Hattiesburg area.

Additional News Releases

College of Business and Economic Development Students Represent USM at Beta Gamma Sigma's 2018 Global Leadership Summit

University of Southern Mississippi business students Nishu Gupta and John (Trey) Haire will be representing the USM Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter at the 2018 Beta Gamma Sigma Global Leadership Summit in Chicago, Ill. later this November. The summit is a premier annual event where hundreds of the highest achieving students from the top five percent of business schools around the world will gather for a unique learning experience. This year, the event will focus on “Innovative Leadership.”

University Libraries' “Food for Fines,” “Eagle Food Chain” Initiatives to Support Eagle's Nest Pantry

During November, patrons of University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg can cancel or reduce overdue materials fines with donations of items for the Eagle's Nest Food Pantry. The pantry is located on the east side of The Hub, facing M.M. Roberts Stadium.

Photo/Video Opportunities

Graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi will have an opportunity to showcase their research and compete for significant prizes during the 5th Annual Three Minute Thesis competition that begins today and runs through Friday at the Trent Lott National Center on USM's Hattiesburg campus. Preliminary rounds will be held today and Thursday from 2-5 p.m. with the finals set for Friday, Nov. 9 from 2-4 p.m. The competition invites graduate students to describe the significance of their thesis or dissertation to a general audience in three minutes or less. Cash prizes will be awarded to the eight finalists – ranging from $250 for finalists to $1,000 for the overall winner. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold.

Expert Availability

The University of Southern Mississippi provides a wide range of faculty experts who might offer perspectives on a variety of newsworthy topics. For a full list of University of Southern Mississippi media experts visit:

Did You Know?

Equipped for both day cruises and overnight trips, the R/V Jim Franksexpands the high-quality education and research opportunities USM provides as a leading marine science institution. The vessel features both wet and dry laboratories and allows University researchers to conduct projects such as water testing, trawling, long-lining, surveying and research trips to the Mississippi barrier islands. 

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