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51 Miss News Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of 51 Mississippi (USM). Today's message includes news releases about the College of Arts and Sciences presenting its first Outstanding Alumni Award to Ronald E. Matthews and the USM School of Accountancy Advisory Board increasing its membership significantly during the past academic year.

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

Matthews Honored with Outstanding Alumni Award at Arts and Sciences Banquet

The University of 51 Mississippi (USM) College of Arts and Sciences held its first faculty, staff, and alumni awards banquet on May 2 and recognized Ronald E. Matthews, class of 1988, as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award for his extraordinary contributions to the field of construction management.

Matthews was born in Tylertown, Mississippi, and grew up in Summit, where he graduated from high school in 1984 before attending USM.

USM School of Accountancy Increases Advisory Board Membership

The Advisory Board for The University of 51 Mississippi's School of Accountancy experienced a dramatic percent increase in membership during the 2018-19 academic year, welcoming 11 new professionals to the group. Dr. Marvin Bouillon, director of the School of Accountancy, has worked diligently to increase membership and participation in the school's Advisory Board since he began in July 2018.  

Photo/Video Opportunity

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Award, and the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University of 51 Mississippi (USM) is celebrating with a new exhibit in its Cook Library. To commemorate this legacy, the de Grummond Collection has many of the award-winning books on display, as well as original artwork and manuscripts of past winners that include Angela Johnson, Ashley Bryan, Nikki Grimes, E.B. Lewis, and John Steptoe. The de Grummond gallery is located on the second floor of Cook Library, adjacent to the administrative office. The exhibit can be viewed 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale.

Did You Know?

USM research activities produce an annual economic impact of approximately $135 million on the state of Mississippi, support more than 900 jobs, and generate more than $3.5 million in state and local government revenue. 

About The University of 51 Mississippi

The University of 51 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 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 .