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Monday, September 14, 2009
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This briefs package highlights timely 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 Office of University Communications at 601.266.4491.

School of Nursing Director Nugent Elected Vice President

HATTIESBURG, Miss. Dr. Katherine Nugent, director of the School of Nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi was recently elected vice president of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), Council on Nursing Education.

Founded in 1948, the SREB is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works with leaders and policy-makers in 16 member states to improve pre-K through post-secondary education.

The Council on Nursing Education is a component of the SREB with a mission to promote cooperative regional planning and activities to strengthen nursing education and nursing research in college and universities in SREB states and the District of Columbia.

In my career as a faculty, I have attended many SREB Council of Nursing Education conferences in order to stay informed with issues impacting nursing education and to implement best practices and trends in nursing education, said Nugent. I have always been impressed with the leadership provided by this council.

Dr. Katherine Nugent

Jackson joins National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security

HATTIESBURG, Miss. Petal native Linda Jackson recently joined the staff at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at the University of Southern Mississippi as administrative assistant to Director Lou Marciani.

Jackson, 28, earned her undergraduate degree from Alcorn State University in political science. She also has a masters degree in public relations from Southern Miss. Before joining the center, Jackson worked as the Hattiesburg American newspaper as a real estate account executive and at Comprehensive Radiology Services as an Electronic Data Interchange specialist.

A big part of my job is to lessen the administrative burden which helps the other employees focus on their primary duties and mission, she said. Im proud to be a part of an integral process of taking the center to the next level where the possibilities are endless.

Linda Jackson

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