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USM Gulf Park Hosting Inaugural Mississippi Cybersecurity Faculty Retreat

The Inaugural Mississippi Cybersecurity Faculty Retreat is being hosted 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 by USM’s School of Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering at USM Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, Hardy Hall Ballroom, in support of a statewide Mississippi Cyber Initiative. Representatives from higher education institutions throughout the state, including four-year and community colleges, as well as Air Force and Navy personnel, are expected to attend. The retreat’s primary focus is to share information on what is being taught in cybersecurity, while also looking for ways to strengthen collaborations.

Keynote speakers include:

Ruthe Farmer, Founder & CEO, Last Mile Education Fund

Dr. Rachel Wortman Morris, Senior Business Program Manager – Worldwide Learning Microsoft

Curt Dennis, Senior Manager of Product Development, Secureworks

CONTACT: Van Arnold, Hattiesburg, 601.266.5568,

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 across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 137 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 large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 39 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 $663 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 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

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