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Southern Miss News Monday, July 30, 2018

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's email includes the availability of Dr. Lisa Nored, director of USM's School of Criminal Justice, to discuss the importance of drug courts in the sentencing of drug offenders and a news feature about the University's distinguished Honors College.

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.

Media Expert Availability

Drug courts are an innovative approach, offering alternatives to incarceration or lighter sentences to people who agree to complete a drug rehab program. Dr. Lisa Nored, director of USM's School of Criminal Justice, is an expert in the field of drug courts. She is available today and tomorrow to discuss this successful program. To schedule an interview, contact David Tisdale or Van Arnold. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Did You Know?

Committed to leaving their communities better than they found them, Southern Miss students engaged in more than 107,000 hours of volunteer service in 2017.

News Release

USM Honors College Offers Challenge, Opportunity and More for Students

Mention the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Honors College to distinguished alum Lance Brown and two distinct features immediately spring to mind – ideas and growth.

“That's part of the idea of the Honors College. That you exist in that type of environment,” said Brown, a 2000 graduate and Truman Scholar. “My fondest memories were discovering my strengths as a student and feeling that my research and thoughts mattered in a broader academic context.”

Photo and/or Video Opportunities

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is a marine/ coastal research and education enterprise sited in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and is a unit of The University of Southern Mississippi‘s School of Ocean Science and Engineering.  GCRL has a workforce of 200 faculty, researchers, graduate students and support staff. Research at GCRL is multidisciplinary and applications-oriented with a focus on sustainable coastal and marine resources, development of new marine technologies, and the education of future scientists and citizens. To schedule coverage, contact James Skrmetta at 228.872.4254.

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