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• Registration Deadline for Leadership Studies Program March 31
• Day of Sharing for Teachers conference set for March 6
Registration Deadline for Leadership Studies Program at Southern Miss March 31
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Leadership Studies Program, a one-week residential program sponsored by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, is set for June 14-19. The deadline for registration is March 31.
The program is designed for students in grades six through 11 who desire to develop and enhance their leadership abilities. Students will be housed in residence halls on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.
Program components include:
• Leadership I places specific emphasis on leadership skills. Training will include those areas necessary for leadership development: fundamentals of leadership, written and oral communication, group dynamics, problem-solving, planning, personal skills, and decision making. Avenues for becoming leaders in the schools, communities, and religious affiliations will be utilized to heighten the awareness and development of leadership potential.
• Leadership II is a continuation of the first phase of the program, with Leadership I as a prerequisite for entry. It is an intense study to further develop leadership concepts and qualities. Emphasis is placed on the psychology of leadership, assertiveness training and situational leadership.
• Leadership III is an extension of the program, with Leadership II as a prerequisite for entry. Training will focus on the legal aspects of leadership, developing personal power and leadership for the future. Students also have the opportunity for informal interaction with adult leaders. Financial aid is available based on need, on a limited basis.
The total cost the program is $495, which includes tuition, room and board, recreational activities and limited accident insurance. Civic organizations and businesses may sponsor a student. Contact with such groups should be made directly by the teacher, school counselor, administrator or parent. Limited financial aid is available based on need.
Enrollment in the program is limited and applications will be processed and approved according to the order of receipt. The deadline for application is March 31. Notification of acceptance will be mailed to parents April 9. The nonrefundable payment of $495 is due by April 20. For more information or to obtain an application, contact the center at 601.266.5236 or e-mail
; visit the center’s Web site at www.usm.edu/gifted
Day of Sharing for Teachers of the Gifted set for March 6 at Southern Miss
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The annual Day of Sharing for Teachers of the Gifted will be held Friday, March 6 at the R.C. Cook University Union on the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.
The conference, sponsored by The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, is designed to educate teachers on current curriculum and instructional practices in gifted education. Teachers of the gifted, regular education teachers, psychologists and administrators are encouraged to attend. There is no cost to attend, but those interested in participating need to register by Feb. 23.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Kristen Stephens, assistant professor of the practice for the program in education at Duke University, who will present “How to Get Money for Your School and Classroom.” Other topics will include preparing for a site visit, publishing student work and the state of gifted education in Mississippi.
Immediately following lunch, teachers will be given time to share activities and ideas. Teachers should indicate their intent to share materials on their registration form. CEUs are also available. For more information, contact the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at Southern Miss at 601.266.5236 or e-mail
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.