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Southern Miss News Monday, June 11, 2018

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's email includes news releases about the popularity and benefits of USM's Study Abroad programs, and a distinguished leadership award being presented to the director of the New York City Marathon as part of the upcoming NCS4 national conference. In addition, Psychology Professor Michael Anestis and Student Counseling Services Director Deena Crawford are available to discuss suicide awareness and prevention.

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

Today's Top Story

USM Student Expand Horizons
through Study Abroad Programs

The idea of living and studying overseas might seem a bit too foreign for many college students. But at The University of Southern Mississippi study abroad remain a vibrant, popular option for students hoping to expand their academic and cultural horizons.

From the United Kingdom to Italy; from Peru to The Netherlands; from Belize to Austria, USM's study abroad programs offer opportunities for travel and education in more than 10 countries. During the 2017-2018 academic year, approximately 275 students participated in the program, which includes course credit toward their respective degree plans.

Additional News Release

Peter Ciaccia to Receive Leadership Award at Upcoming NCS4 Conference

Media Expert Availability

The recent celebrity suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have brought heightened attention to this sensitive subject. Psychology Professor Michael Anestis, a renowned expert on suicide awareness and prevention, is available today to answer questions and offer insights on the topic. In addition, Deena Crawford, Director of Student Counseling Services, is available to discuss the pressure students face that could lead to suicidal thoughts and behavior. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Photo and/or Video Opportunities
The Lake Thoreau Environmental Center is hosting a Herpetology Camp I: Reptiles and Amphibians of Mississippi this week (June 11-15) for rising 3rd-6th grade students. The camp will explore the diversity of reptiles and amphibians in Mississippi and will introduce kids to a variety of careers involving these animals including population ecology, taxonomy, animal husbandry, and endangered species management. In addition to learning about these animals, students will have opportunities to see these animals in their natural habitats. To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale or Van Arnold.