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Southern Miss News Monday, February 18, 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 hosting the annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meeting later this week; a preview of USM Gulf Park hosting a presentation ofThe Changeling and the Gulf Coast Library featuring a new exhibit by artist Milton Williams. In addition, a special photo/video opportunity is available on Tuesday when the University hosts the annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture.

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 to Host Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meeting Feb. 21-22

More than 800 scientists and students from across the state will convene at The University of Southern Mississippi's Thad Cochran Center on Feb. 21-22 for the 83rd Annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meeting.

The event will feature approximately 200 poster presentations and an expected 300 oral presentations in many fields of science by professors, researchers, and students. Also included will be several educational workshops and symposiums throughout the two-day program.

Additional News releases

USM Gulf Park Campus to Host The Changeling February 25

Atlanta-based Resurgens Theatre Company will present Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's The Changeling on Monday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach. The Changeling, a highly regarded English Renaissance tragedy, dramatizes the moral dilemma of a woman whose father engages her to marry a man she does not love. As she attempts to engineer circumstances that would enable her to marry her preferred suitor instead, she finds herself ensnared in morally compromising situations.

USM Gulf Coast Library Art Exhibit Features Work of Milton Williams

The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Library at its Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach is presenting the exhibit “Fun-Da-Mental Adventure in Art, Studies from the Last Three Years,” by Gulf Coast artist Milton Williams. The exhibit is on display on the first and second floors of the Gulf Coast Library through April. The exhibit includes landscapes, historical sites, imaginative wood grains, islands, fish, crabs and flowers, and shows the various techniques Williams uses to get the texture effects that make his work unique.

Photo/Video Opportunity

Kathleen N. Cleaver, a prominent and influential figure in the American Civil Rights Movement who continues to fight for social justice across the country and around the world, will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 Armstrong-Branch Distinguished Lecture Series at The University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., in Bennett Auditorium on the University's Hattiesburg campus. To schedule coverage, call Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

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:

Did You Know?

Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

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