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Southern Miss News Friday, May 31, 2019

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's message includes a special coverage opportunity regarding the annual Girls State program to be held on USM's Hattiesburg campus, beginning Sunday. News releases feature a research paper co-authored by polymer Professor Jason D. Azoulay that appeared recently in noted journal Science Advances and the announcement of a special gala highlighting the USM Symphony Orchestra's 100th anniversary.

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.tisdaleFREEusm.ediu.

Special Coverage Opportunity

Annual Girls State Program Begins Sunday at Hattiesburg Campus

The 71st session of the American Legion Auxiliary Magnolia Girls State program will be held June 2-7 at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in Hattiesburg.

The weeklong event allows rising high school seniors from across the state to come to learn about how our representative democracy works in federal, state and local governments through simulated political campaigns, legislative and judicial processes, city and county governments in the fictitious state of “Magnolia.”

Several state and local government elected and non-elected officials, as well as those serving in the military and law enforcement and emergency services, will serve as guest speakers. To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale or Van Arnold.

News Releases

USM Polymer Professor Co-Authors Important Research Paper on High-Spin Organic Materials

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) polymer Professor Jason D. Azoulay has co-authored a paper that outlines groundbreaking research into the potential for new high-spin organic materials. The paper appears in the May 24 edition of highly acclaimed research journal Science Advances. A total of 13 different authors collaborated on the paper, titled: “A high-spin ground-state donor-acceptor conjugated polymer.”

Partners for the Arts Announces Gala in Celebration of USM Symphony's Centennial

The creative team that brought audiences the “Atlantis” and “Shangri-La” galas will present a Partners for the Arts gala in celebration of the renowned University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Symphony Orchestra's 100th Anniversary. Set amid the enchanting wonders of Morocco, the event promises an affair as memorable as the one between the characters in the legendary film. The most exciting fundraising event of the year in South Mississippi, the gala “Casablanca,” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Hattiesburg-Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport.

Did You Know?

USM offers the only ocean engineering degree in Mississippi, providing students with a pathway to careers in shipbuilding, maritime industry, offshore exploration, environmental monitoring, and port operations, as well as with the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. 

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 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 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