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Southern Miss News Wednesday, June 6, 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 our online bachelor's degree in Library Science earning a No. 2 national ranking by Best Colleges, and two prestigious awards presented by the University's Association of Office Professionals. In addition, geography and geology Assistant Professor Tommy Patterson is available today to discuss the potential impact of this year's hurricane season.

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

Today's Top Story

Online Bachelor's Degree in Library Science Ranked No. 2 in the Nation

The University of Southern Mississippi's online bachelor's degree in library science has garnered being ranked No. 2 in the nation by Best Colleges. Best Colleges uses statistical data to objectively assess programs based on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities.

The fully online program was recognized for academic quality, including high praise for the program's retention and graduation rates as well as affordability.

Additional News Releases

AOP Announces 2017-2018 Administrator, Office Professional of the Year

Media Expert Availability

June 1 marked the official start to hurricane season and all eyes will be on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico throughout the coming months. Tommy Patterson, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Geology is available today to discuss the possibility of a major storm affecting our area this season. Patterson teaches courses in weather and climate. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Photo and/or Video Opportunities

The 70th Annual Girls State convention continues on USM's Hattiesburg campus. The popular leadership program is held each year for young women entering their senior year in high school. Today's schedule includes the swearing in ceremony for elected “Magnolia” state officers -- 4:30 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center. To schedule coverage or for more information, call Van Arnold or David Tisdale.