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Southern Miss News Wednesday, April 17, 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 public health symposium set for Thursday on the Hattiesburg campus, a preview of the upcoming Repertory Dance Company Spring Dance Concert and a recap of a recent roundtable discussion at USM hosted by two retired U.S. Army generals.

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

Public Health Program Founder to be honored at Symposium April 18

The founder of what would become The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) Public Health program will be honored at a symposium April 18 on the Hattiesburg campus, featuring a lecture given by the head of the Mississippi State Department of Human Services (MDHS). 

Dr. Thomas Dobbs, director of the MDHS, will be the keynote speaker at the event set from 1-3 p.m. in Asbury Hall, room 124, which will include a ceremony honoring USM Public Health program founder Dr. Lynn C. Hartwig. Dr. Dobbs' presentation topic will be "The State of Public Health in Mississippi.”

Additional News Releases

Repertory Dance Company Spring Dance Concert II April 25 and 26

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Repertory Dance Company presents its second Spring Dance Concert on April 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance Building, in studio 115 on the Hattiesburg campus. The Spring Dance Concert is part two of the dance concerts from the 2019 spring semester and features new works choreographed by USM Dance Program students and faculty.

Retired Generals Host Roundtable on Deeper Learning with Community Leaders

Two retired U.S. Army generals from Mississippi hosted a roundtable discussion recently on deeper learning competencies at The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development & Entrepreneurship on the Hattiesburg campus.

Photo/Video Opportunity

University Libraries' Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is hosting an exhibit opening to highlight exhibits curated by three Southern Miss students today from 4 - 5 p.m. in McCain Library and Archives, room 305. Special Collections leads a program that provides students the opportunity to curate mini-exhibits featuring materials from the collections. These exhibits will be on display on the third floor of McCain Library and Archives in room 305 through February 2020.

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 has received a No. 15 national ranking by Military Times in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 survey. No other Mississippi college or university is ranked among the top 100. This marks the third consecutive year in which USM has been ranked nationally in the top 20 of all four-year colleges across the United States.

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