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Southern Miss News Thursday, July 19, 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 three USM students being accepted into the Rural Dentists Scholarship Program and Dr. Sandra Nichols being named the director of the new School of Education. In addition, Dr. Andrew Wiest, distinguished professor of history at USM, is available to discuss President Donald Trump's recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Media inquiries can be directed to Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 or van.arnoldFREEMississippior David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or d.g.tisdaleFREEMississippi.

Today's Top Story

Three USM Students Accepted into Rural Dentists Scholarship Program

University of Southern Mississippi students Elizabeth Lee Karajman of Jackson, Miss.; Blake Dunaway of Summit, Miss., and McKayla Butler of Harrisville, Miss., have been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program (MRDSP). Created in 2013 by the Mississippi Legislature, MRDSP identifies up to seven college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate the necessary commitment and academic achievement to become competent, well-trained rural pediatric or general dentists in Mississippi.

Additional News Release

Nichols Named Director of the School of Education at The University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Sandra Nichols has been named director of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)'s new School of Education. Nichols, a native of Ellisville, will oversee one of the largest academic schools at the university with almost 1,000 students enrolled in three undergraduate degree and 13 graduate degree programs. Her role began July 1.

Media Expert Availability

Much discussion has arisen on the topic of treason and whether or not President Donald Trump's actions during his recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin constitute such a charge. Dr. Andrew Wiest, distinguished professor of history at USM, is available today to answer questions about the historical context of treason and the difficulty of proving such an allegation. Wiest is also founding director of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society. To schedule an interview, contact David Tisdale or Van Arnold.For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Photo and/or Video Opportunities

USM's Lake Thoreau Environmental Center is hosting River Camp II this week. The center is partnering with Georgia Pacific Leaf River Cellulose to offer free camp tuition to rising 3rd-6thgrade students in Perry County. This camp will explore the ecology of the singing river of south Mississippi, the Pascagoula Watershed. Students will explore the Pascagoula Watershed including the headwaters at Lake Thoreau, Black Creek, Leaf River, and the Pascagoula River itself as it flows into the Gulf of Mexico. To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale or Van Arnold.

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