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Southern Miss News Friday, January 11, 2019

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 USM and Craig Newmark Philanthropies partnering on a Women in Technology speaking tour and the University serving as the host site for Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services' 35th anniversary celebration featuring Elizabeth Smart.

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, Craig Newmark Philanthropies Host Speaking Tour to Encourage More Women to Enter High-Tech Fields

In an effort to increase interest and diversity in technology fields and computer science, The University of Southern Mississippi and Craig Newmark Philanthropies have organized their first- ever Women in Technology speaking tour, which will reach more than 750 high school girls across Mississippi between Jan. 25 and Feb. 22.

This year's tour features Sheena Allen, an app developer and entrepreneur who founded CapWay, a mobile bank for Gen Z and millennials. Allen, a native Mississippian and Southern Miss alumna, is listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 for 2019 as well as Business Insider's 30 AND UNDER: The tech industry's rising stars in 2018.

Additional News Release

Elizabeth Smart Guest Speaker for Pine Grove's 35th Anniversary Celebration Feb. 19 on Hattiesburg Campus

Elizabeth Smart, one of America's most well-known child abduction survivors and a prominent advocate for national child safety legislation, will be the guest presenter for Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services' 35thanniversary program Tuesday, Feb. 19, titled “Where There's Hope: Embracing the Future.” This event, which features a luncheon, is set for 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the third flood ballrooms of the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus.

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Photo/Video Opportunity

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?

Through our 52-acre beachfront campus in Long Beach, Mississippi, USM serves as the only four-year public institution located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in more than 50 distinct academic fields. The Gulf Park campus is also home to the state's only bachelor's degree in ocean engineering and the only film studies pathway offered at a public institution in the state.

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 76 public universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Foundation's "higher research activity" designation for doctoral universities, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 35 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit