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Southern Miss News Thursday, June 6, 2019

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's message include a special coverage opportunity regarding the 10th anniversary of FestivalSouth®, which gets underway this evening with a production of Sister Act on USM's Hattiesburg campus. Also included is a news release about History Professor Andrew Haley earning the Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Humanities honor.

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.

Special Coverage Opportunity

FestivalSouth® Begins Tonight with Performance of Sister Act

FestivalSouth®, Mississippi's only multi-week, multi-genre festival, officially kicks off its 10thyear tonight with a special presentation of Sister Act at USM's Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Another performance is scheduled for Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m., with a special matinee scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Presented by the Hattiesburg Concert Association, FestivalSouth offers both free and ticketed events that showcase the area's rich creative economy. Featuring many USM faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and happening in several Hattiesburg campus venues, there is something for everyone. The festival runs through June 22. To schedule coverage, contact Mike Lopinto at 601.266.5620, mike.lopintoFREEMississippi. To learn more about the festival, visit:

News Release

Haley Selected for USM's Moorman Professorship in the Humanities

Dr. Andrew Haley's ongoing investigation into the context of Mississippi's treasured community cookbooks - the social forces shaping the lives of their contributor's food ways, recipes and world beyond the kitchen – has produced much food for thought in the consideration of an important element of the Magnolia State's cultural legacy. 

Dr. Haley's research will now be nourished by his selection as The University of Southern Mississippi's Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Humanities for 2019-21.

Photo/Video Opportunity

USM is hosting a workshop on computational materials in collaboration with the University of Texas and Arlington and Ohio University today through Friday, June 7 at the University's Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The National Science Foundation-supported workshop is designed to provide a hands-on training and programing experience to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) undergraduate and graduate students computational sciences by exposing them to a host of modern computational methods and simulation techniques with an emphasis on atomistic and molecular modeling. To schedule coverage, contact Jenny Tate, Gulf Park Campus Communication Officer at 228.865.4574 or jenny.tateFREEMississippi.

Did You Know?

The University of Southern Mississippi has earned Gold status as a Military Friendly® School for 2018-2019 by Victory Media, Inc., one of only 10 research institutions in the U.S. to receive that distinction. 

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 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 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