Each month I share a brief summary of some of the top Southern Miss stories with University leaders for their use as they interact with various stakeholders. The compilation of that short list is always a good reminder for me of all the amazing people and activities taking place on our campuses.
Here is what I shared for February. SMTTT!
Our top students continue to demonstrate they belong among the nation’s best.
Kristen Dupard and Jeremy Moore have been selected to attend the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU), set for March 6-8 at the University of Miami.
Established in 2007 by the Clinton family, CGIU challenges college students to address global issues with practical, innovative solutions. Participants take concrete steps to solve problems by creating action plans, building relationships, participating in hands-on workshops, and following up with CGIU as they complete their projects.
USM continues to expose its students to opportunities around the world and make a global impact.
The University’s British Studies Program is marking four decades since it began providing students a global and transforming educational experience.
16 courses will be offered through the BSP this summer. Over the past 40 years, USM has sent approximately 9,000 students to London.
The University has partnered with the Republic of Panama in an initiative known as Panama Bilingue [Bilingual Panama], a project implemented by the president of Panama to ensure its citizens are bilingual in Spanish and English.
Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela has pledged to send 1,000 Panamanians per year for the next five years to study English and second language teaching methods. Institutions of higher learning across the English-speaking world are hosting pre-service elementary teachers and teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL).
In early January, Southern Miss welcomed 50 Panamanian educators to campus. Half of the group, pre-service elementary school teachers, will study English at Southern Miss’ English Language Institute for the semester. The other half, ESL teachers, will be on campus until March 6. These teachers are taking classes on teaching a second language methods and applied linguistics in the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
University faculty and student researchers continue to explore ways to enhance the lives of Mississippians.
With antibiotic-resistant Staph infection becoming more prevalent, University researchers and Forrest General Hospital have embarked on a campaign to reduce the morbidity and mortality in those affected by Staph infections.
The causative agent of most Staph infection is triggered by germs that live on the skin or in the nose of individuals. There are approximately 86,000 cases and 11,000 deaths per year in the United States from what is commonly known as Staph infection.
The study will show risk factors for those in the Southeast United States, and particularly in Mississippi, who are prone to Staph infections and resistant to antibiotics.
The University continues to be a thought-leader in the community and across the state.
On Tuesday, Feb. 17, we hosted the 5th annual Educators Connect conference that highlighted innovative strategies and practical resources for educators. The 2015 conference theme, Faculty Practices for Engaging Learners, emphasized traditional and innovative methods with potential to improve student-learning outcomes.
Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, executive director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was the keynote speaker.
Economic trends and forecasts will take center stage during the Economic Outlook 2015 Forum set for tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 19) at the Thad Cochran Center.
Scheduled speakers include the following:
- Dr. Paula Tkac, vp and senior economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
- Dr. Darrin Webb, senior economist, State of Mississippi
- Dr. Manfred Dix, economist, State of Louisiana
- Dr. Semoon Chang, economist, Gulf Coast Center for Impact Studies