Steen Selected to Serve on International Scholarship
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
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
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.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
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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
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enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern
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