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Southern Miss News Wednesday, May 22, 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 recent graduate's honors thesis that analyzes the economic impact of last year's Conference USA Baseball Tournament, USM's College of Business and Economic Development earning national rankings by online publications, and Brian Cuevas being named the University's new director of the Office of Technology Development. 

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

Recent USM Graduate's Honors Thesis Examines Economic Impact of 2018 C-USA Baseball Tournament

A recent University of Southern Mississippi (USM) graduate channeled his love of sports into his honors thesis, producing an analysis of the economic impact of last year's Conference USA Baseball Tournament in Biloxi, Mississippi. 

Jonathan Brent, who earned his accounting degree from USM in the spring, graduating Summa Cum Laude as an Honors College scholar, chose the project after being inspired by a similar one done by his friend and fellow USM alumnus, Kyle Stoner. Stoner did his honors thesis research project on the C-USA Tournament when it was held in Hattiesburg in 2015.

Additional News Releases

USM Welcomes Back Alumnus Brian Cuevas as New Director of the Office of Technology Development

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) welcomes Dr. Brian Cuevas as its new Director of the Office of Technology Development for the Office of the Vice President for Research. Cuevas, who began his role on May 13, works closely with the University's Vice President for Research Dr. Gordon Cannon in support of technology transfer, intellectual property, commercialization, corporate relationship development, and economic development.

USM College of Business and Economic Development Earns National Rankings

The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Business and Economic Development has been recognized among the nation's best in national rankings recently announced by a pair of online publications. College Consensus has placed USM among the nation's Top 50 business programs, while SR Education Group ranks the University's online Master's in sport management degree at No. 18 nationally.

Special Coverage Opportunity

The Conference USA Baseball Tournament gets underway today at MGM Park in Biloxi with USM set to play the second game of the opening round at 12:30 p.m. against Rice. The Golden Eagles finished the regular season with a 38-18 record and a second-place finish in the conference race making them the No. 2 seed in the C-USA Tournament. Florida Atlantic enters the tournament as the top seed having captured the C-USA regular season title. USM is the defending tournament champion.

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 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