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Thursday, December 04, 2008
Contact Jeannie Peng, 601.266.5568   

This briefs package highlights timely news and events from The University of Southern Mississippi. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Department of Marketing and Public Relations at 601.266.4491.

  • --Southern Miss Gulf Coast to Offer Teaching Licensure Alternate Route Program
  • --Southern Miss Professor One of 25 U.S. Delegation Members Selected for Physics Conference in Korea
  • --Dec. 11 Legislative Forum to Feature Six Guest Speakers

Southern Miss Gulf Coast to Offer Teaching Licensure Alternate Route Program  

LONG BEACH, Miss. –The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will offer an alternate route program in spring 2009 for anyone with a non-education undergraduate degree to obtain their Mississippi teaching license. 


The program, which can be completed in two semesters, consists of four courses and grants teaching licenses for secondary education. To be eligible for the program, applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in a non-education major.


Students will be required to complete four courses, including an internship in the classroom. In order to complete the program, students will have to complete the Praxis 1 and 2 assessments with a passing grade. When the program is complete, students can apply for a one-year alternate route license in grades 7 - 12.


For more information, please call the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Admissions Office at 228.214.3444.


Southern Miss Professor One of 25 Selected for Physics Conference in Korea


HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Jacob Clark Blickenstaff, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently participated in the third annual International Conference on Women in Physics in Seoul, Korea.  Blickenstaff, who also serves as the assistant director for the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, was one of 25 members of the U.S. delegation attending the conference where 250 physicists gathered from more than 70 countries. 


Blickenstaff presented a segment in the workshop series on Effective Teaching for Attracting and Retaining Young Women in Physics and Research and on the demographics of physics majors in Mississippi.  He also co-authored the delegation's paper on the status of women in physics in the United States.  


Hattiesburg Dec. 11 Legislative Forum to Feature Six Guest Speakers


HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss Staff Council and Faculty Senate are co-sponsoring a Legislative Forum at 4 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Thad Cochran Center, room 214. This forum is open to all faculty and staff and has been organized to provide a time for Southern Miss to bring important issues and concerns to the attention of elected officials. Visiting guests will be Reps. Toby Barker, Harvey Fillingane, and Percy Watson; and Sens. Joey Fillingane Billy Hudson and Tom King. For more information, call Michael Giles at 601.266.5405.


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