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Southern Miss News Monday, April 1, 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 University launching a fully online Master of Arts in Teaching degree program and the School of Humanities hosting a Mississippi History Day for middle and high school students.

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 Launches Fully Online Master of Arts in Teaching degree leading to Mississippi Teaching License

You've heard about the increasing need for qualified teachers in Mississippi. The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is helping to fill this need by offering a fully online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, which leads to a Mississippi teaching license.

Dr. Jay Howell, coordinator for the program at the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, says Southern Miss offers both traditional licensure programs and alternate route teaching licensure programs. The alternate route licensure programs are designed for people who did not choose education as their undergraduate major.

Additional News Release

Students Earn Awards at Mississippi History Day Competition held at USM Hattiesburg Campus

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and its School of Humanities welcomed nearly 120 middle and high school students from across Mississippi March 23 to participate in Mississippi History Day, the state contest of National History Day. These students created research papers, documentaries, performances, exhibits, and websites to reflect this year's theme “Triumph and Tragedy," with students competing as individuals or groups in the latter four categories.

Photo/Video Opportunities

USM's Gamma Lambda chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing will present guest speaker Dan Bonner at 4:30 p.m. today in Room 124 of Asbury Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. Bonner is a survivor of Sclerosing Cholangitis and Ulcerative Colitis as a liver transplant recipient. He is the author of “Gifted: An Extraordinary Journey Through Illness and Liver Transplantation. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Expert Availability

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Did You Know?

Today, the University celebrates the 109th anniversary of its legislative founding with Founders' Day events scheduled on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. March 30, 1910, is the institution's official birthday, and in 1955, the Alumni Association designated March 30, as MSC Day (for Mississippi Southern College). The day was to be observed wherever former students resided, and its purpose was “to build up a little more custom and tradition concerning the college.” The day, since renamed Founders' Day, has been observed in some fashion ever since.

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