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Southern Miss News Friday, August 17, 2018

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's email includes a reminder about the portrait unveiling of former USM President Martha D. Saunders in a special 10 a.m. ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus. In addition history Professor Kevin Greene is available to discuss the legacy of music icon Aretha Franklin, who passed away yesterday.

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.

Photo/Video Opportunity

USM will host a portrait unveiling honoring our ninth University president, Dr. Martha D. Saunders, today, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m., in the Joe Paul Student Theater on the second floor of the Thad Cochran Center in Hattiesburg. A USM alumna, Saunders served as president from 2007 to 2012 and led the University to numerous key successes. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Media Expert Availability

USM history Professor Kevin Greene is available today to discuss the passing of singing legend Aretha Franklin and the impact her career had on music over the past 60 years in the U.S and beyond. Music history is one of Greene's primary research focal points. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

News Release

Professor to Examine Climate Change in New Course Offering

A new course offered at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), beginning in the fall 2018 semester, is designed to give students greater insight into the causes and effects of climate change, while also separating fact from fiction on the issue.

The course, titled "Climate Change: Past, Present and Future" and offered by the USM Department of Geography and Geology (GLY/GHY 201), so students can get credit in either geology or geography; it is open to any student, regardless of their major, and without any prior in-depth knowledge of climate change. The course will be taught by Dr. Mark Puckett, professor of geology.

Did You Know?

The University of Southern Mississippi offers more than 140 undergraduate academic degree plans and more than 220 graduate degree plans. 

About The University of Southern Mississippi

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, our students have collected three Truman Scholarships and 18 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. USM students also lead Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Our Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at