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Southern Miss News – Tuesday, June 5, 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 the graduation of eight interns from the Project SEARCH program sponsored by the Institute for Disability Studies, and a preview of the popular FestivalSouth® event. In addition, Assistant Professor Tommy Patterson will be available on Wednesday to discuss the potential impact of this year’s hurricane season.

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

Today’s Top Story

Eight Interns Graduate from USM's Project Search Program

In the words of English author A.A. Milne, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” This inspirational message was featured on the third annual Project SEARCH University of Southern Mississippi Class of 2018 graduation invitation.

These words also eloquently describe the journey of Project SEARCH interns from their first day through the celebratory graduation in May. 

Eight interns — four Hattiesburg High School students and four young adults from the community — participated in the 2017-2018 Project SEARCH training year.

Additional News Releases

FestivalSouth® Brings Music, Dance, Arts, and More to Pine Belt

Media Expert Availability

June 1 marked the official start to hurricane season and much focus 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 on Wednesday, June 6 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 For a full list of USM media experts visit:

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The “Let’s Build Hattiesburg” STEAM camp is being held this week at the Lake Thoreau Environmental Center. This camp, for rising 3rd grade and 6th grade students, will introduce kids to all of the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) elements involved with planning and building a community. They will begin by learning a bit about the history of Hattiesburg and trying to understand how the 'Burg came to be. Campers will meet planners, engineers, architects, scientists, artists, and many other people who are necessary for planning and creating a vibrant city. To schedule coverage, call Van Arnold or David Tisdale.