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News Briefs 12-08

Date    12-08-05
Contact David Tisdale 601.266.4499


Steen Selected to Serve on International Scholarship Panel

HATTIESBURG -- Susan Steen, director of International Education at the University of
Southern Mississippi, was recently invited by the Institute of International Education to serve as a national selection panelist for the Gilman International Scholarship Program. The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship offers scholarships to help fund study-abroad opportunities for undergraduates who are U.S. citizens. The program is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Its goal is to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they study. "Since the program was launched, a number of Southern Miss students have been awarded Gilman Scholarships," said Steen. "It was an honor to serve on the selection panel for this program, which provides funding for students who otherwise may not be able to study abroad." For information on Gilman scholarship opportunities, contact the Southern Miss International Programs office at 601.266.4344.


Cochran, Karnes Honored by NAGC at Annual Conference

HATTIESBURG -- U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and Dr. Frances A. Karnes, director of The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, were acknowledged at the National Association for Gifted Children's (NAGC) Annual
Conference in Louisville, Ky., recently for their contributions to the field
of gifted education.

Cochran has worked diligently to support legislation concerning the educational needs of gifted children at the federal level. For his outstanding service to gifted children, he was awarded the David W. Belin Advocacy Award, which is conferred annually upon an individual or group that has proven their dedication to advocacy for gifted children.

Karnes was honored for her longtime service to the NAGC with the Distinguished Service Award. She served for two terms on the NAGC Board of Directors as chair of the fund development committee and served on the NAGC's legislation committee. Karnes also received the David W. Belin Advocacy Award in 2002.


Pace Receives Ache Emeritus Award

HATTIESBURG -- Sue Pace, former University of Southern Mississippi continuing education administrator, recently received the Association of Continuing Higher
Education's (ACHE) 2005 Emeritus Award. The award recognizes members upon
their official retirements for their leadership within the association. Pace retired from Southern Miss in June 2005 after a long and distinguished career in both secondary and higher education and held several administrative positions.

She founded the then Institute for Learning in Retirement at Southern Miss (ILR), now known as the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute); chaired the Mississippi Partnership for Adult and Continuing Education (PACE) from 2000 to 2004; represented Mississippi college and universities for the past three years on the Southern Regional
Educational Board Distance Learning Policy Laboratory for 16 southeastern states; chaired the ACHE's local arrangements committee for the association's 1993 conference in Jackson; and was involved extensively in ACHE's Region 7, serving on a multitude of national-level committees and also served for three years on ACHE's board of directors. Pace currently works part time exclusively for OLLI.


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