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Southern Miss News Monday, March 18, 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 USM partnering with JCPenney for “Suit-Up” events to benefit students in Biloxi and Hattiesburg, history Professor Allison Abra set to present a lecture Tuesday on the Hattiesburg campus in conjunction with Women's History Month, and a preview of the Symphonic Winds' upcoming concert.

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, JCPenney Partnering for Suit-Up Events in Biloxi, Hattiesburg

University of Southern Mississippi students have a special opportunity to elevate their professional attire at discounted savings during the “Suit-Up Event” sponsored by JCPenney.

There will be two chances for students to participate – Monday, March 18 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the JCPenney store at Edgewater Plaza in Biloxi and Sunday, March 26 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at JCPenney in Hattiesburg's Turtle Creek Mall. Although JC Penney normally closes at 6 p.m. on Sunday, the store is re-opening its doors to USM students exclusively for this unique occasion.

Additional News Releases

Abra to Present Mississippi Humanities Lecture March 19

The University of Southern Mississippi's Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year nominee, Assistant Professor of History Dr. Allison Abra, will present the MHC lecture “Overlooked No More: Women's History in the Classroom and Beyond” Tuesday, March 19 at 5 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 108 on the Hattiesburg campus. Held also in conjunction with Women's History Month events at USM, admission to this event is free.

USM Symphonic Winds Concert Set for March 19

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphonic Winds presents its third performance of the 2018-2019 academic year on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium. This concert is free and open to the public.

Photo/Video Opportunity

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. To schedule coverage, contact Jona Burton, Career Services, Gulf Park campus at 228.214.3330.

Expert Availability

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Did You Know?

USM has received a No. 15 national ranking by Military Times in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 survey. No other Mississippi college or university is ranked among the top 100. This marks the third consecutive year in which USM has been ranked nationally in the top 20 of all four-year colleges across the United States.

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, visit