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Southern Miss News Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's message includes news releases about Dr. Jerry Alliston working in Kenya to help train disability employment professionals and history Professor Andrew Wiest's upcoming presentation at Camp Shelby regarding his latest book. In addition, USM history Professor Heather Stur is available to discuss the potential impacts of the U.S. withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that dates back to 1987.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Expected rainy weather in the Pine Belt Thursday has forced Southern Miss athletic officials to move the date of Trick or Treat at The Pete to next Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 5:30-7 p.m. The event will take place at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

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

Alliston to Provide Training and Technical Assistance for Disability Employment Professionals in Kenya

Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, interim associate director of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), is a long-time champion for young people with disabilities and their inclusion in community activities and the workforce.

Well-known for his zeal for transition to adulthood in Mississippi and the United States, he will now be sharing his expertise and enthusiasm in Africa through the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment (PRP-IDE). Alliston will be visiting Kenya this month to provide employment training and technical assistance to disability professionals in Nairobi.

Additional News Release

Wiest to Present on New Book at Mississippi Armed Forces Museum Oct. 25

Dr. Andrew Wiest, a distinguished professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), will give a talk on his newest book, Charlie Company's Journey Home: The Forgotten Impact on the Wives of Vietnam Veterans Thursday, Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby. Admission is free.

Photo/Video Opportunity

Jose Antonio Vargas, a leading immigration rights activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will be the guest speaker for the conclusion of the fall 2018 University of Southern Mississippi University Forum series when he presents “Define America: My Life As An Undocumented Immigrant” Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and the public is invited. Vargas was part of a team of journalists at The Washington Post that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for its coverage of the massacre at Virginia Tech University that left 32 dead. Three years later, the award-winning journalist risked his career and the life he had created in the U.S. when he revealed he had migrated from the Philippines as a child without proper documentation. To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 ord.g.tisdaleFREEMississippi

Expert Availability

President Donald Trump told reporters this past weekend that he intended to withdraw the country from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), signed by the Soviet Union and United States in 1987 during the final years of the Cold War. The agreement has helped eliminate thousands of land-based missiles from the US and Russia, and Trump's plans have raised concerns of a renewed arms race between the two nations. USM history Professor Heather Stur is available today to discuss the potential impacts of a U.S. withdrawal from the treaty. To schedule an interview, emailmediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

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