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Southern Miss News – Thursday, June 7, 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 news releases about a faculty member at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach receiving an Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of West Florida, and a No. 2 national ranking by Best Colleges for the online bachelor’s degree in Library Science. In addition, political science professor and department chair Ward Sayre is available to discuss the historic dip in the nation’s unemployment rate.

Media inquiries can be directed to Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 or or David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or

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The nation’s unemployment recently dipped to 3.8 percent, its lowest level since 2000, which matches the lowest figure in half a century. Dr. Ward Sayre, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, International Development & International Affairs, is available to discuss the significance of this news. To schedule an interview, email For a full list of USM media experts visit:

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Recent renovations have been completed to the University’s All-American Rose Garden, and the renowned centerpiece is open to the public. Loren Erickson, superintendent of campus landscape, can offer insights into the history and maintenance of the magnificent garden. To schedule an interview, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Additional News Release

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

Gulf Park Faculty Member Receives Outstanding Alumni Award