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• Leach Named Fellow of the Society of Counseling Psychology
• “Catch-22” Focus of Next War and Society Roundtable
• Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth set for July 5-24
Leach Named Fellow of the Society of Counseling Psychology
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Dr. Mark Leach, professor of counseling psychology in the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Psychology, was recently named a Fellow of the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association.
The honor is bestowed on individuals who have made “unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology”. Leach was selected by peers for his recognized work at the national and international levels.
Leach is the author and co-author of multiple books, articles and book chapters. His research interests include national and international diversity issues, religion and spirituality, forgiveness, international ethics and suicide.
War and Society Roundtable to Discuss “Catch-22”
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for the Study of War and Society will host the last War and Society Roundtable for the spring semester at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 12 at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, located at 329 Hardy Street in downtown Hattiesburg.
The 2008-2009 roundtable series focused on war fiction, and the featured novel this month is “Catch-22: A Novel” by Joseph Heller. The discussion will be moderated by Andrew Haley, an assistant professor of history at Southern Miss.
“Catch-22: A Novel” is a profound and compelling novel and a classic in every sense of the word. Set in a World War II American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, it is the story of John Yossarian, who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him.
Several copies of the book are available for loan at the library before the discussion. For more information, contact Sean Farrell at the Library at 601.584.3166 or Kyle Zelner at
The Center for the Study of War and Society serves as a local, national and international resource for the study of the history of conflict using social, economic, political, cultural and military methods.
Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth set for July 5-24
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth is scheduled for July 5-24 at the university’s Hattiesburg campus, and parents are invited to register their children while space is available.
The three-week residential program serves eligible students currently enrolled in grades seven through 10. A cooperative effort with the Duke University Talent Identification Program, the program provides a balance of educational, cultural and recreational experiences.
Students will be housed in Southern Miss residential halls and will be supervised by residential counselors when they are not in class. They will participate in quality learning experiences that allow them to progress at a rate and a level appropriate for high-ability students. Course selections include pre-calculus mathematics, human anatomy and physiology, criminal justice, creative writing, polymer science, political science, psychology, forensic science, and debate.
To be eligible, applicants must have earned qualifying SAT or ACT scores in the seventh grade. Required qualifying SAT and ACT scores differ depending on the academic course chosen.
The cost of the program is $1,700. Limited scholarships are available based on financial need. For more information, write to Director, The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive #8207, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001; or call 601.266.5236 or 601.266.5246; or send an e-mail to
. More information can be found at www.usm.edu/gifted.
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