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Southern Miss News Thursday, March 14, 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 Professor Rebecca Newton winning the Mississippi Nursing Association Faculty Member of the Year Award; a preview of the next University Forum event featuring former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and a feature on the Alternative Spring Break program being held this week on the Hattiesburg campus. In addition, history Professor Allison Abra is available to discuss the British Parliament's no-vote regarding immediate withdrawal from the European Union.

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 Assistant Professor Wins Mississippi Nursing Association Faculty Member of Year Award

Dr. Rebecca Newton, assistant professor in the School of Professional Nursing Practice at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), won the Mississippi Nursing Association Faculty Member of the Year Award at the 14th annual Nightingale Awards Gala held earlier this month in Jackson, Miss.

The Nightingale Awards Gala is a black-tie event where more than 600 nursing professionals, leaders, and supporters gather to honor the men, women, and organizations that have made a special effort to excel in the area of healthcare. The event distinguishes the award winners and their contribution to the nursing profession.

Additional News Releases

Former EPA Administrator to address Climate Change at March 26 University Forum

Gina McCarthy, who as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) led President Obama's efforts to address climate change, will present “The Future of the Planet: Climate Change and Environmental Protection” as guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) March 26 University Forum. The free event is set for 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

USM Hosts Alternative Spring Break for High School Students with Disabilities

For one group of Hattiesburg-area high school students, Spring Break 2019 is not about the sand, the sun or the water — it's about preparing for the future. 

This week (March 11-15), the Transition of Teens to Adult Life (ToTAL) Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies is hosting an Alternative Spring Break on the Hattiesburg campus focused on preparing high school students with disabilities for employment.

Expert Availability

On Wednesday, British lawmakers voted against Britain leaving the European Union under any circumstances without a withdrawal deal in place. USM history Professor Allison Abra is available today to discuss the impact of the vote by Parliament. The University of Southern Mississippi provides a wide range of faculty experts who can offer insights on newsworthy topics. To schedule an interview, emailmediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Photo/Video Opportunity

An exhibit featuring pieces from the papers of women from Mississippi involved in the National Organization for Women during the 1980s, drawn from a collection held in the University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) McCain Library and Archives, is currently on display in the Cook Library lobby on the Hattiesburg campus. The exhibit, “The National Organization for Women, 1980-1985,” showcases the variety of materials in the collection and the topics that concerned women during this time. To schedule coverage, call Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

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