Morris likens her role as the new manager of The University of Southern
Mississippi's English Language Institute (ELI) to that of an engineer,
our primary mission is to teach English to non-native students,
we feel like we're building channels of communication between cultures,"
she said. "We feel like we're building bridges for peace around
Morris, a Southern
Miss graduate from Collins, returns after serving as instructional
technologies coordinator at the English Language Institute at the
University of South Florida since 1978. She holds an undergraduate
degree in psychology from Southern Miss, and a master's degree in
linguistics from USF.
Miss ELI, founded in 1947, provides intensive academic instruction
programs in English to international students, as well as specialized
short-term programs of English instruction. It is one of the oldest
English language instruction programs in the country.
students who complete our programs are admitted here or at other
colleges and universities around the country, or may return to their
home, where they need to use English for their work."
of all the students who have been through the program over the years,
and who are out there in the world using the English that they learned
here," Morris said. "I like to tell our students that
they are students today and leaders tomorrow. It's (ELI) a great
program, and I think we've done a great job over the years improving
life in other countries through the English instruction programs
we have here, and that tradition continues."
ELI students not only learn how to speak English, but also benefit
personally from the intercultural relationships they establish through
the program, as well as learning about life in the United States
- the keys to building the kind of bridges of international communication
Morris hopes are always under construction.
take these experiences back (home) with them," she said. "These
(intercultural) experiences play a role in their future experiences."
The ELI is
scheduled to move into the university's new Center for International
and Continuing Education building this fall, and Morris said she's
looking forward to the benefits of the new facility.
goal is to increase enrollment in the program, and getting into
the new building will enable us to do a lot of things with more
room and improved facilities," she said.
director of the Southern Miss CICE, welcomed Morris back to her
alma mater. "We're delighted to have Ann on board," Steen
said. "Under her leadership, we're confident that the ELI will
continue its tradition of successfully educating future international
leaders not only in the English language, but in the culture and
traditions of the American South."