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Southern Miss News Wednesday, October 3, 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 the USM Symphony Orchestra opening its 99th season on Thursday night. Also, news releases highlight a risk management training course in New York conducted by USM's Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security and the University Gallery of Art & Design hosting a month-long ceramics exhibit. In addition, political science Professor Ward Sayre is available to discuss the recent trade agreement announcement between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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.

Today's Top Story

USM Symphony Orchestra Opens 99th Season Thursday Night

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Symphony Orchestra opens its 99thconcert season on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus by honoring legendary composer Leonard Bernstein. The program includes Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, one of the inspirational pieces for the concert's namesake, Leonard Bernstein. The Symphony pays tribute to the greatest American-born musician, Bernstein, in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. To schedule coverage, contact Dr. Mike Lopinto at 601.266.5620 or mike.lopintoFREEMississippi

News Releases

Senior Level Public Safety Officials Attend NCS4 Sport Event Risk Management Course in New York City

In response to the constantly evolving threat to mass spectator gatherings and public assembly areas, The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi conducts adaptable and responsive comprehensive training courses that are designed to build resilience in communities and venues. On Oct. 2, 2018, NCS4 hosted a Sport Event Risk Management (AWR-167) training course at Citi Field in New York City, home of the New York Mets major league baseball team. The two-day training course brought together high level public safety executives from the New York City bureaus, as well as venue operators, fire/Hazmat, and emergency managers.

Southern Miss to Host Ceramics National Oct. 12 – Nov. 2

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gallery of Art and Design will host its 2018 Southern Miss Ceramics National beginning on Oct. 12. This month-long occasion will include the gallery exhibition, an awards ceremony, a lecture presentation by Anthony Stellaccio, and a ceramics workshop and studio demonstration by Benjie Heu.

Media Expert Availability

USM political science Professor Ward Sayre is available today to discuss the recent trade agreement announced by President Donald Trump between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Did You Know?

In 2017 rankings by, Southern Miss ranked as the top public university in the state for online education and the second best four-year public university in the state overall.

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