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Southern Miss News Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's message includes news releases about a partnership between USM and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to provide a new teacher pathway program; a preview of the College of Business and Economic Development's Inspired Leaders Series, and a recap of the Big Event community service program.

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, MGCCC Introduce New Teacher Education Pathway Program to Address Teacher Shortage in Mississippi

Officials from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) were joined by state education leaders on Monday to announce a new, innovative teacher education pathway program meant to alleviate a critical teacher shortage in Mississippi.

The announcement, which took place on USM's Hattiesburg campus, involved leaders from both institutions signing a memorandum of understanding formalizing the program officially known as Teacher's College.

Additional News Releases

USM College of Business and Economic Development Hosts Inspired Leaders Series

The College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will kick off its Spring 2019 Inspired Leaders Series on Wednesday, Feb. 27 with a presentation by alumnus Duane Lock, founder and president of River Oaks Energy Dallas, Texas. The lecture will be held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in the McDonnell Auditorium of Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

Annual Big Event Project Sees Large USM Student Turnout

Approximately 550 University of Southern Mississippi students embraced the spirit of volunteerism last Saturday (Feb. 23) as participants in the annual Big Event community service program. Students, from the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses worked at 27 different sites in the Hattiesburg area and along the Gulf Coast. About 60 different student organizations signed up to participate.

Photo/Video Opportunity

The conclusion of the 14th annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature a presentation by author and historian Dr. Larry Berman, based on his book "Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An, Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent,” today at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building 101. The theme for this year's McCarthy Lecture Series is “Spy Games: War & Espionage in the Twentieth Century” and is presented by the USM History Program's Dale Center for the Study of War and Society. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Expert Availability

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Did You Know?

Through our 52-acre beachfront campus in Long Beach, Mississippi, USM serves as the only four-year public institution located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in more than 50 distinct academic fields. The Gulf Park campus is also home to the state's only bachelor's degree in ocean engineering and the only film studies pathway offered at a public institution in the state.

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