May 23, 2015  

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University of Southern Mississippi student Bethany Cuevas of Long Beach won the title of Miss Magnolia earlier this spring in Corinth, Miss. With her title, Cuevas, an elementary education major at the university’s Gulf Park campus, will have the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Mississippi this summer in Vicksburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi School Psychology Service Center will launch a new social skills development program this summer for children with autism spectrum disorder and their peers. The program begins June 2 to include sessions from 1-3 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for eight weeks.

Dr. Thomas Ollendick, a distinguished professor and renowned expert on childhood anxiety disorders, will be the featured speaker at The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology’s 2015 Hildman Colloquium. His presentation, titled "Phobic and Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Where to From Here?" is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at 2 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I.

University Libraries, the School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi were recently awarded a Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) Network mini-grant to develop a nanoscience-based outreach program for non-science teachers and librarians.

Gov. Phil Bryant, along with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett, today announced USM’s plan to launch an emphasis area in Applied Behavior Analysis in its psychology master’s degree program. Applied Behavior Analysis, also known as ABA therapy, is widely regarded as an effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

It’s Paul Zelinsky’s hope that the 2015 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi was a source of inspiration for all its participants, particularly school teachers and librarians who attended, to keep doing what they do best: motivate young people to read.

The third annual VooDoo 5K Run will be held Saturday, April 18 at 8 a.m. at Walthall Park in downtown Hattiesburg in conjunction with the annual Downtown Crawfish Jam. Proceeds benefit The University of Southern Mississippi Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic, which provides mental health services at a reduced cost to qualified Hattiesburg area residents.

For the past three semesters, the Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi has been second to none when it comes to job placement. Schools throughout South Mississippi are peppered with Golden Eagles, but Southern Miss graduates have also gone on to teach in Alabama, Florida and Louisiana.

Dr. Lissa Stapleton, assistant professor in the Higher Education Student Affairs program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award presented by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

A renowned advocate for children with exceptional abilities was recognized for her service to the field of gifted education Feb. 19 when The University of Southern Mississippi honored Dr. Frances A. Karnes at a reception on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi and director of its Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, has been selected a Fellow with American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is one of only six psychologists chosen for the prestigious honor.

Cagney Weaver, a Biloxi native and University of Southern Mississippi alumna, is the first Biloxi School District teacher to be recognized with the prestigious Milken Educator Award. Only 40 teachers across the United States receive the Milken Award annually.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Research Initiative on Social Justice and Equity (RISE), Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, and Student Association of Social Workers will sponsor Social Justice Movie Night Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium (room 108) of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The featured movie is “Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek.” Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

In keeping with its founding mission, The University of Southern Mississippi continues to distinguish itself in training teachers for the state, nation and world.

 

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards recently ranked Southern Miss sixth in the country in producing new National Board Certified Teachers in 2014. Initiated more than 25 years ago, National Board Certification gives teachers the opportunity to achieve standards beyond those required by the state in which they work. Other desired outcomes of the program are recognition and retention of high quality teachers and ongoing improvement in schools across the country.

 

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi has extended the registration deadline for its Saturday Gifted Studies Program, to be held Jan. 17-Feb. 28 on the Hattiesburg campus. 

 

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 99, is sponsoring an information session titled “Getting into Graduate School” Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 4-6 p.m. at the Polymer Science Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus, with a satellite link to the Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

An information meeting for a University of Southern Mississippi study abroad program in Cuba will be held Thursday, Nov. 6 from 5-6 p.m. in Owings-McQuagge Hall, room 107 on the Hattiesburg campus. This information session is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as student affairs staff.

The study abroad program is scheduled for May 10-23, 2015. To learn more, contact Dr. Lissa Stapleton at lissa.stapleton@usm.edu.

For the first time, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Graduate School will offer a unique opportunity for students to showcase their thesis or dissertation work in a competitive format.

 

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition invites graduate students to describe the significance of his/her thesis or dissertation to a general audience in three minutes or less. Cash prizes will be awarded to the eight finalists – ranging from $250 for finalists to $1,000 for the Grand Champion.

Patricia Condon, a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science, took first place in the 2014 Association for Library and Information Science Education’s (ALISE) Jean Tague Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition. The competition was established in memory of Jean Tague-Sutcliffe, professor and former dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario.

The Saturday Gifted Studies Program will be held Jan. 17 – Feb. 28, 2015 on the Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. The program meets on seven consecutive Saturdays from 9 a.m. – noon from the middle of January through February.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Educational Studies and Research presents its Emergent Scholar Lecture Series, featuring Dr. Mariann Taylor on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium in the Liberal Arts Building. Faculty, administration, staff and students are encouraged to attend.
 

Jasmine Thomas, a senior at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a study abroad grant from the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society that will provide an opportunity to teach elementary school students in London next year.

 

Thomas, a native of Picayune, Miss., is one of 50 students nationwide to receive the award from Phi Kappa Phi – the country’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

The Historic Hattiesburg Neighborhood Association (HHNA) recently presented The University of Southern Mississippi's Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic with a gift of $2,000 to support reduced cost mental health services to individuals living in the Hattiesburg area. The gift comes from proceeds raised at the HHNA’s annual Downtown Crawfish Jam. On hand for the presentation of the gift included, from left, Brian Saffle, HHNA; Dr. Michael Madson, Department of Psychology; Andrea Saffle, HHNA; Lauren Osborne and David Gavel, doctoral students in counseling psychology. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Jeremy Noble used the Alumni Association’s “Leave a Legacy” program to create a lasting memory for himself and his new bride.