October 9, 2015  

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Dr. Lilian Hill and Dr. Eric Platt, faculty members in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Educational Studies and Research, are recipients of the 2015 Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education.

Dr. Georgianna Martin, an assistant professor of student affairs/higher education administration in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Educational Studies and Research, recently contributed to an article in The Wall Street Journal about the place of fraternities on college campuses. It can be found at http://www.wsj.com/articles/should-colleges-get-rid-of-fraternities-1442....

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) recently named Dr. Claire Kimberly, an assistant professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, as the 2015 recipient of the Cindy Winter Scholarship Award.

Recent graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi’s master’s degree program in counseling psychology achieved a 100 percent passing rate on the National Counselor Examination (NCE). This accomplishment was duplicated by the program’s students in previous years, while also exceeding the national passing rate average.

The University of Southern Mississippi has enrolled more new students than in 2014, including a freshman class that defies national trends as the most academically prepared in the University’s recorded history.


For the sixth straight year, the average grade point average (GPA) for USM’s first-time, full-time freshmen is the highest ever recorded. New freshmen in Fall 2015 have an average GPA of 3.27, up from 3.26 in Fall 2014 and 3.06 in Fall 2009, when the six-year streak began. The average ACT score of new freshmen is 22.7, the highest known in University history.

A new Title IX Office, consistent policy protocols, and heightened awareness have placed The University of Southern Mississippi at the forefront of collegiate institutions confronting the issues of sexual harassment and misconduct.

Dr. David Lee, an associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling, will facilitate a training program for members of the Minneapolis, Minn. public schools board July 14.

Dr. Sheree Watson, an associate professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, died June 9 at Forrest General Hospital. She was 58.

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.


Dr. Joy Greiner, a former professor and administrator at The University of Southern Mississippi, died May 19 in Dallas.

A memorial service for Dr. Greiner will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20 at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg. A reception for friends and colleagues will follow at 2 p.m. in room 218 of the Thad Cochran Center on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

He doesn’t claim the moniker “dolphin whisperer,” but Dr. Stan Kuczaj’s expertise on the popular marine mammal has earned him international recognition for his study of the species’ cognitive and communicative abilities, including in a recent edition of National Geographic

Dr. Michael Anestis, an assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi and members of his research team recently had a paper accepted for publication in the American Journal of Public Health, titled “The association between state laws regulating handgun ownership and statewide suicide rates.” 


The newly created training program in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester. Graduates of the ABA Program will earn a Master of Science Degree in Psychology with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and will meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.


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.