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Southern Miss News Friday, March 22, 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 news releases about the annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival set for next month on the Hattiesburg campus, a “Women in Politics” program set for Monday at USM's Gulf Park campus, and a preview of The Three Muskateers to be performed by USM's theater group later this month.

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

Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival, Keats Awards Presentation April 3-5 on Hattiesburg Campus

An award-winning author considered among the best in the fantasy genre will be honored at the 52nd annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival, when the event is held April 3-5 at The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) Hattiesburg campus.

Tamora Pierce, renowned for her young adult fantasy books and who breaks norms by featuring female heroines in her work, will be presented with the Southern Miss Medallion, the festival's top award, during its Medallion Session from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Thursday, April 4. The festival, which also includes presentation of the Ezra Jack Keats Awards, is presented annually by the USM School of Library and Information Science.

Additional News Releases

USM Gulf Park to Present Women in Mississippi Politics on March 25

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park Campus will present “Women in Mississippi Politics" on Monday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom. Coinciding with Women's History Month, this bi-partisan forum features a panel of retired female politicians from south Mississippi, who will reflect on their careers in local and state politics.

USM Theatre Group to Perform The Three Musketeers

Based on the novel by Alexander Dumas and adapted by Ken Ludwig, the University of Southern Mississippi is set to perform The Three Musketeers on March 28-31 in the Martha R. Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus. Performances will be on March 28, 29, and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 30 and 31 at 2 p.m.

Photo/Video Opportunities

Second graders from Rowan Elementary School will tour USM's Hattiesburg campus from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monday, March 25. The visit will introduce students to university life, resources, and opportunities available at USM. This event is part of a series of collaborations between the Hattiesburg Public School District and USM's School of Education. The event will include a scavenger hunt with USM School of Education students. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Expert Availability

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Did You Know?

USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi.

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 CarnegieClassification 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, visit