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Friday, April 23, 2010
Contact David Tisdale, 601.266.4499   
This briefs package highlights news and events from The University of Southern Mississippi. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Department of Marketing and Public Relations at 601.266.4491. 
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Mass Communication and Journalism to Showcase Student Work at Banquet

HATTIESBURG, Miss.  The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its annual Spring Awards Banquet Wednesday, April 28 that will include an extensive showcase of student work from all of the school’s academic program sequences.

Students submitted projects done in and out of the classroom to a panel of communication professionals to be judged according to creativity, quality and originality.

Top entries will be chosen from each of the eight categories and winners will be announced at the event. The banquet will take place on the Hattiesburg campus at the Thad Cochran Center in Ballroom I at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for faculty, staff and the general public. For more information, call 601.266.4258 or visit

Southern Miss Receives Top Honors at PRAM Conference

HATTIESBURG, Miss.  Faculty and students from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) received top awards at the 2010 Public Relations Association of Mississippi PRism Awards Banquet April 8 in Natchez, Miss.

PRism Awards are the highest honor given in recognition of outstanding work in the field of public relations by professionals, including those in the public and private sectors. Award recipients include Joey Goodsell, professor of practice; Leyla Goodsell, visiting professor of practice; Lisa Parker, a public relations graduate student from Picayune, Miss.; and Samantha McCain, a public relations graduate student from Brandon, Miss.

They received the PRism awards for the 2009 Mass Communication and Journalism Spring (MCJ) Banquet and Hall of Fame events. Best of Show, the most prestigious award given at the competition, was given for the 2009 MCJ Hall of Fame event. Parker and McCain worked through The Agency, a student-run public relations firm at Southern Miss, on these projects.

“I feel incredibly honored and humbled by this award - it was definitely a team effort,” Parker said. “We have an incredible group of faculty and staff within our school, and this would not have happened without their support.”

Leyla Goodsell received the Educator of the Year Award, in addition to the Award of Excellence for volunteer creative work she performed for The Spay/Neuter Clinic of Hattiesburg.

“When my name was called as Educator of the Year, I was astounded, honored and humbled to be recognized by PRAM with this distinction,” said Goodsell, who was nominated by the PRAM Pine Belt chapter. “If I am a good teacher, it’s only because I had excellent academic and professional mentors as an example and that I apply my professional expertise in the classroom each day.  I hope that I am a positive influence our future public relations practitioners.” 


                                                    Photo: University Police Receives State Accreditation

, Miss.The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department has received state accreditation from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (MSLEAC).

Robert Morgan, far right, operations analyst and alliance manager for MSLEAC, presented Southern Miss Police Department Chief Bob Hopkins and Lt. Chuck Chandler, accreditation manager for the University Police Department, with a certificate recognizing the department’s achievement of state accreditation status.

Accreditation at the state and national levels is an affirmation of a law enforcement agency’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. Last year, the Southern Miss Police Department achieved national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA).

“I congratulate our entire staff for their hard work and dedication to best practices in law enforcement,” Hopkins said. “Accreditation is important to us not just for the recognition, but because it validates our efforts to provide the best possible service to the campus community.”

MSLEAC uses more than 100 national standards, plus some state-specific standards dealing with Mississippi statutory requirements as well, in designating accreditation to law enforcement agencies.

Registration Deadline Extended for Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi’s Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth, a three-week residential program set for July 4-23 on the Hattiesburg campus, is designed for students in grades seven through 10 who qualify based on SAT or ACT results. It is designed to include appropriate academic, cultural, and recreational experiences

The program includes a variety of intensive, fast-paced courses such as mathematics, including Algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, calculus and modern analysis; physics; human anatomy/physiology; marine biology; forensic science; polymer science; political science; psychology; criminal justice; creative writing; and debate. 

Southern Miss offers the program through cooperative efforts with the Duke University Talent Identification Program.  Tuition includes the instructional program, books, room and board, recreational activities and limited accident insurance. Financial aid is available based on need, on a limited basis. For more information, contact the Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Education at 601.266.5236; online, visit

About The University of Southern Mississippi
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