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Southern Miss News - Thursday, April 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 a special gala celebration being hosted by the University's National Pan-Hellenic Council, students receiving honors as part of the annual Student Awards Day at the Hattiesburg campus, and a preview of the Southern Arena Theatre's 43rdseason, beginning in June.

SPECIAL NOTE: All University of Southern Mississippi campuses and teaching sites will close on Thursday, April 18 at 1 p.m., due to a severe weather system that is expected to move through south Mississippi on Thursday afternoon and evening. Thursday afternoon and evening classes will not meet, and University offices will be closed. Both campuses will remain closed on Friday in conjunction with the Easter holiday.Offices will re-open for normal operating hours on Monday, April 22.

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 National Pan-Hellenic Council Set to Host Gala on May 4

The National Pan-Hellenic Council at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a special gala celebration at 7 p.m. on May 4 at the Thad Cochran Center ballrooms on the Hattiesburg campus.

Michael E. Cristal, International president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., is scheduled to deliver the keynote address.

Additional News Releases

Students Honored at Awards Day Ceremony on Hattiesburg Campus

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) recognized for exceptional achievement in academics, leadership and service, as well as installing new Student Government Association (SGA) officers, during its annual Student Awards Ceremony at the Hattiesburg campus April 10.

Southern Arena Theatre 43rd Season Begins in June 2019

The Southern Arena Theatre is gearing up for its 43rd season at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) with two events based on Shakespearean plays: I Hate Hamlet andSpeak the Speech! in June.

Photo/Video Opportunity

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection is one of North America's leading research centers in the field of children's literature. The Collection holds the original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1,300 authors and illustrators, as well as 180,000+ published books dating from 1530 to the present. The collection is located on the second floor of Cook Library on the 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?

USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi.

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