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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 Children’s Center for Communication and Development receiving an endowment from a Mississippi family in memory of their daughter and a new Child Advocacy Studies minor being offered this fall for the first time. In addition, School of Communication Professor David R. Davies is available to discuss the new trends in social media.

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

Family Announces Children’s Center Endowment and Challenge

The Scianna family is on a mission. They know first-hand the joys, but also the trials of being parents to a child with a disability, and they are determined to be a voice for families like theirs in Mississippi.

To that end Kenny and Vicki Scianna, of Madison, Miss., recently established The Scianna Family Children’s Center for Communication and Development Blair Scianna Memorial Endowment in memory of their daughter who passed away five years ago.

Additional News Release

Child Advocacy Studies Minor Takes Interdisciplinary Approach to Addressing Maltreatment Issues

A statewide effort to combat, and bring awareness to, the problem of child maltreatment has an ally in The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). USM’s Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) minor, offered through its School of Social Work, is open to all majors at the university and has close curriculum ties with social work, criminal justice, psychology, nursing, education and other disciplines whose graduates enter careers providing services to children.


Media Expert Availability
Dr. David R. Davies, professor in USM’s School of Communication is available today to discuss trends in social media. To schedule an interview, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale. For a full list of USM media experts visit: http://news.usm.edu/resource/usm-faculty-experts-media-requests.

Did You Know?

The University of Southern Mississippi has earned Gold status as a Military Friendly® School for 2018 by Victory Media, Inc., one of only 10 research institutions in the U.S. to receive that distinction.

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.