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Southern Miss News Friday, March 15, 2019

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Today's message includes a special coverage opportunity regarding the 2019 SeaPerch Regional competition hosted by USM's School of Ocean Science and Engineering. In addition, news releases include a national ranking for USM's Gifted Education graduate program, a closer look at the University's fully online Master of Library Science degree, and a preview of the “Careers on the Coast” networking and job fair set for next week at USM's Gulf Park campus.

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.

Special Coverage Opportunity

USM Hosting 2019 SeaPerch Regional Challenge Saturday in Biloxi

The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Ocean Science and Engineering is hosting the 2019 SeaPerch Regional Challenge on Saturday, March 16, at the Biloxi Natatorium (1384 Father Ryan Ave.) SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. 

This year, 12 teams from Mississippi and Louisiana will compete in an obstacle course, an underwater challenge and a presentation on their ROV design. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme.

To schedule coverage, contact James Skrmetta, SOSE Communications Officer, 228.872.4254, James.SkrmettaFREEMississippi

News Releases

USM Gifted Education Graduate Program Earns National Ranking

The University of Southern Mississippi was recently selected as having one of the Best Master's in Gifted and Talented Education Programs for 2019 by, a non-profit company designed to provide information about online degree programs nationwide. In addition to being ranked 13th in the nation by the company, it was also named the Most Military Friendly online program in gifted and talented education.

Accredited, Fully-Online MLIS Degree Prepares Librarians Across the Nation

From California to New York, students from across the country are choosing The University of Southern Mississippi's fully online Master of Library Science degree. Since 2002, Southern Miss has been offering the program online to meet the needs of students who cannot make it to campus.

“Careers on the Coast” Job Fair Set for March 19 on USM Gulf Park Campus

University of Southern Mississippi students and alumni will have a special opportunity to learn more about employment possibilities during the annual “Careers on the Coast” Networking and Job Fair set for Tuesday, March 19 at the University's Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The event, host by Career Services, will be held from 4–6:30 p.m. in the Gulf Coast Library, third floor on the Gulf Park campus. More than 50 employers from across South Mississippi are expected to participate.

Expert Availability

The University of Southern Mississippi provides a wide range of faculty experts who can offer insights on newsworthy topics. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

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?

USM has been recognized as home to one of the nations' best online graduate nursing programs. In a 2019 ranking, U.S. News & World Report places USM at No. 59 nationally – the highest spot for any Mississippi college or university.

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 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, 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,