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Southern Miss News Monday, April 15, 2019

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Today's message includes news releases about a step by step guide to choosing an online university and speech pathology instructor Amy Rosonet LeBert's election as President-Elect of the Council of State Speech-Language-Hearing Association Presidents.

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 Offers Step by Step Guide to Choosing an Online University

Making plans is a part of everyday life. These plans may include taking a trip, deep cleaning the house, or deciding to get outdoors for some exercise. For some people, these plans include getting an online degree.

Jobs, long commutes, and family obligations can seem like an obstacle to higher education. Online education, however, makes it possible to achieve academic goals even with busy schedules and without a university nearby. With all the options available today for earning degrees and credentials online, how do you find the best university for you?

Additional News Release

USM Instructor LeBert Named President-Elect of Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Amy Rosonet LeBert, director and instructor of the Speech Pathology Clinic at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected president-elect of the Council of State Speech-Language-Hearing Association Presidents. LeBert, who has been a member of the School of Speech & Hearing Sciences at USM for 11 years, will serve as president-elect for 2019 before advancing to President in 2020.

Photo/Video Opportunity

University Libraries' Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is hosting an exhibit opening to highlight exhibits curated by three Southern Miss students on April 17 from 4 - 5 p.m. in McCain Library and Archives, room 305. Special Collections leads a program that provides students the opportunity to curate mini-exhibits featuring materials from the collections. Students learn how to select items for display, install the materials, write labels and exhibit text, and publicize the exhibit. To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale.

Expert Availability

The University of Southern Mississippi provides a wide range of faculty experts who offer insights on newsworthy topics. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Did You Know?

The University of Southern Mississippi's new Marine Research Center is located at the Port of Gulfport, situated along Highway 90. The research center is the centerpiece for a new maritime blue economy in South Mississippi. The center provides shoreside support to USM's 135-foot oceanographic research vessel, the R/V Point Sur, and to a number of academic programs. The facility includes classrooms, laboratories, an 8-foot-deep in-ground testing tank, administrative offices and storage areas.

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 35 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit