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Southern Miss News Wednesday, March 27, 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 Innocence Project Director Tucker Carrington speaking at a Philosophy and Religion Forum on the Hattiesburg campus, TRIAD AmeriCorps members being recognized for their service, and a preview of the upcoming Connoisseur Series performance by WindSync.

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

Innocence Project Director Guest Speaker for April 2 Philosophy and Religion Forum

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Philosophy and Religion Forum continues Tuesday, April 2 when Tucker Carrington, executive director of the Mississippi Innocence Project will present "Mona Lisa Vito & Two Mississippi Babies: Forensic Science, Medicine and the Law." This free program will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the Liberal Arts Building on the USM Hattiesburg campus, and the public is invited.

The mission of the Innocence Project is to identify, investigate and litigate actual claims of innocence by Mississippi prisoners, as well as advocate for systemic criminal justice reform. In addition to leading the Innocence Project, Carrington also serves as the University of Mississippi Law School's associate dean for clinical programs and assistant professor of law.

Additional News Releases

TRIAD AmeriCorps Recognizes Members Dedicated to Community Service

Over the past several months, TRIAD AmeriCorps members have been responsible for giving nutrition trainings for high school students and other community members in the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast areas through the HealthMatters curriculum. TRIAD, a national service program funded through Volunteer Mississippi, is administered through The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies.

USM Connoisseur Series Presents WindSync April 3

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music Connoisseur Series presents the Wind Sync Quintet, known professionally as WindSync, on April 3 at 6 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This free recital is presented in part by the generous support of Partners for the Arts. WindSync connects with their audience by performing wind quintet and orchestral repertoire from memory and with a high level of musicality.

Photo/Video Opportunities

From the novel by Alexander Dumas and adapted by Ken Ludwig, The University of Southern Mississippi is set to performThe Three Musketeers on March 28-31 in the Martha R. Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus. Performances will be on March 28, 29, and 30, at 7:30 p.m. and on March 30 and 31 at 2 p.m. The Three Musketeers is a classic tale that is filled to the brim with heroic acts, treachery, daring escapes, and righteousness. To schedule coverage, contact 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 has been recognized as home to one of the nations' best online graduate nursing programs. In a 2019 ranking, U.S. News & World Report places USM at No. 59 nationally – the highest spot for any Mississippi college or university. 

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