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Southern Miss News – Friday, July 6, 2018

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Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today’s email includes a news release about the growth of USM’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) since its inception more than a decade ago as it prepares to host its ninth national conference spotlighting the latest research, strategies and technologies employed to make sport venues around the globe safe for both spectators and participants. 

Media inquiries can be directed to Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 or van.arnold@usm.edu or David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or d.g.tisdale@usm.edu.

Today’s Top Story

USM’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Grows into Worldwide Leader on Eve of Ninth Conference

In the dozen years since its inception, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) has grown to become a recognized authority in training and education for security professionals across the globe. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States Department of Homeland Security identified sport venues as potential soft targets for terrorism. In 2006, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) established NCS4 in response to the nation’s emerging security needs. 

Today, NCS4 is the nation’s only research center devoted to the study and practice of spectator sports safety and security. It is a cornerstone in the scholarship arena as it represents USM’s innovative approach to research, training, and development.

Next week (July 9-12) the center will sponsor the ninth annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition in Louisville, Ky. After eight successful conferences and 12 years of substantial development, NCS4 Executive Director Dr. Lou Marciani finds himself a bit awestruck at the center’s stature. 

https://news.usm.edu/article/national-center-spectator-sports-safety-and-security-grows-worldwide-leader-eve-ninth-confer

Additional News Releases

Southern Miss alumna Jasmine Whiteside is overcoming personal adversity in pursuit of her doctorate

https://news.usm.edu/article/usm-alumna-overcomes-incredible-adversity-pursue-doctoral-degree.

Media Expert Availability

Director of Legal Studies Angela Burton is available to discuss the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court and President Trump’s expected announcement for a replacement of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Burton may be reached at Angela.M.Burton@usm.edu

To schedule an interview, email mediaexperts@usm.edu. For a full list of USM media experts visit: http://news.usm.edu/resource/usm-faculty-experts-media-requests

Photo and/or Video Opportunities

From July 9-20, USM will host the Midsummer Musical Theatre Experience in the Department of Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus. For more than a decade, the Midsummer Musical Theatre Experience has provided developing acting, singing and dancing skills for ages youth age 8-15. The campers will perform the 2017 winner of the New York Children’s Musical Theatre Festival “Giants in the Sky.” Camp times are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Contact Professor Robin Aronson at robin.aronson@usm.edu for more information.

Read more about the camp here: https://news.usm.edu/article/usm-summer-camp-will-help-kids-develop-singing-dancing-acting-skills

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 usm.edu.