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Thursday, August 13, 2009
Contact David Tisdale - 601.266.4499   

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 to Recognize Mental Health Awareness Week
• Southern Miss Professor, Former Student Revise Book

Southern Miss Observing Mental Health Awareness Week Aug. 17-21

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi Student Counseling Services will observe Mental Health Awareness Week August 17-21 during Golden Eagle Welcome Week (GEWW) with a variety of activities to raise awareness of college student mental health concerns, and the services available to students on campus.

On Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 5-7 p.m. during the GEWW picnic on Weathersby Lawn and Shoemaker Square, Student Counseling Services staff will be available to meet new students. The objective is to introduce the staff to freshman and transfer students, reduce the stigma attached to help-seeking behavior and increase awareness of the available counseling services. Free prizes and other giveaways will be available.

“The atmosphere will be casual and cozy with a couch, chair and table staged to resemble a therapist’s office,” said Angela McGuire, a clinical therapist with Student Counseling Services. “Students will have the opportunity to visit with us and learn about our services in a casual, approachable setting.”

The second annual “Prize Cab” will hit campus the first three days of the fall semester, August 19-21, with staff members from Student Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Student Counseling Services and the College of Health and Recreational Sports transporting students in golf carts (the “prize cabs”) to their classes. T-shirts and other prizes will be given to participants.

Students can find a fresh cup of lemonade between Joseph Greene Hall and the Liberal Arts Building next Wednesday Aug. 19 and Thursday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. – noon and 2-4 p.m. Student Counseling Services and Student Health Services staff will be present to meet students and provide health-related information, as well as information about services available to them.

“College years can be a time of high stress, change and sometimes crisis. By addressing ways to improve mental health as a buffer to these developmental stressors, we’re working toward the prevention of tragedies such as suicides from occurring and promoting positive coping strategies for all Southern Miss students,” McGuire said.

For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week at Southern Miss, contact Student Counseling Services at 601.266.4829.

Southern Miss Professor, Former Student Revise Book

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Dr. Frances A. Karnes, professor and director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi and one of her former graduate students, Dr. Kristen Stephens, have revised the book “The Ultimate Guide for Student Product Development and Evaluation.” It is published by Prufrock Press.

Dr. Stephens is an assistant professor of the practice in Duke University’s Program in Education. She and Karnes have collaborated on several other gifted education publications.

From animations to WebQuests, this new edition features all new products that promote the development of 21st-century skills in students. It examines how the skills and content gained from the development of products can be aligned with state and national standards. In addition, a special section of the book is dedicated to how teachers can nurture those habits of the mind necessary for successful product completion.

This book offers a step-by-step introduction to using creative projects in the classroom confidently. The authors give ideas for integrating projects into existing curriculum, ways to help students plan and create their projects and easy, effective evaluation strategies. The book also provides strategies for making sure that other students, parents and community members recognize the accomplishments of students.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
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