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Southern Miss News Monday, March 25, 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 Dr. Trenton Gould being named the inaugural Dean of USM's College of Education and Human Sciences and a pair of graduate programs receiving recognition by U.S. News & World Report.

Media inquiries can be directed to David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or d.g.tisdaleFREEMississippi.

Photo/Video Opportunity

Rowan Elementary School students to visit Hattiesburg campus today

Second graders from Rowan Elementary School will tour USM's Hattiesburg campus from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. today (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. Your coverage is invited. For more information, contact David Tisdale.

Today's Top Story

Gould Named Inaugural Dean of USM's College of Education and Human Sciences

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Trenton Gould as dean of the University's College of Education and Human Sciences, effective April 1.

Gould has served as interim dean of the new College of Education and Human Sciences since July 2018, when the college debuted as part of the University's ongoing academic reorganization plan. He is the inaugural dean of the college.

Additional news release USM Graduate Programs Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

The University of Southern Mississippi's Master's in Nursing program made a significant leap in Best Graduate Schools rankings for 2020 by U.S. News & World Report. The USM program climbed from No. 136 in the 2019 rankings to a new position of No. 111.

The University's part-time Master's in Business Administration program also made a return to the rankings for 2020, occupying the No. 213 spot among more than 320 eligible programs.

Other Photo/Video Opportunities

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus will present “Women in Mississippi Politics” today 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. Panelists are Aneice Liddell, former Mayor of Moss Point (2009-2013); Connie Moran, former Mayor of Ocean Springs (2005-2017); Diane Peranich, former Mississippi State Representative for the 121st District (1988-2012); and Brenda Simkins, former councilwoman-at-large for the City of Pascagoula (2013-2017). Dr. Katie James, assistant professor of sociology and interdisciplinary studies at USM, will serve as the moderator. To schedule coverage, contact Jenny Tate, Gulf Park Campus Communication Officer at 228.865.4574 or jenny.tateFREEMississippi

Expert Availability

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Did You Know?

Because of the continued generosity of donors, the USM Foundation provides direct support to our students, faculty and staff. During fiscal year 2018, the USM Foundation provided $7.6 million in support to the University including 2,182 scholarships for Southern Miss students, totaling approximately $3.9 million.

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