December 19, 2014  

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A University of Southern Mississippi graduate student's research has earned a first place award from the Southeastern Psychological Association's (SEPA) Committee on Equality for Professional Opportunity (CEPO).

A week after an F-4 tornado destroyed his Hattiesburg home and damaged The University of Southern Mississippi campus, Willie Pierce met with an insurance claims adjuster at his 34th Avenue residence, now a pile of rubble, to assess his material losses.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, was recently interviewed by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) for a future episode of its “Natural World” series. The show airs on the Animal Planet channel.

 

The interview focused on Kuczaj’s behavioral and cognitive research on walruses, which has been ongoing for the last five years at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif.

The National Commission for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has awarded The University of Southern Mississippi continued accreditation, affirming its teacher education programs meet the organization’s rigorous standards for excellence.

Even at age 95, University of Southern Mississippi professor Dr. Mary Beth Evans still enjoys coming to work to help her students prepare for rewarding careers as educators.

Dr. John Harsh, professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi; Dr. Frances Karnes, distinguished professor and director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at Southern Miss, and Patrick Eiers, a graduate student in psychology at the university, recently had a article published in Parenting for High Potential titled Gifted Students and Sleep. The article includes findings regarding gifted students and sleep, along with practical suggestions to help them get enough sleep.

The Provost’s Office is asking Southern Miss students and faculty to assist in the Fall 2012 Textbook Survey that is now available on SOAR. Faculty and students will find separate surveys, which must be completed before midnight on Friday, Nov. 16 to be included in the final results.

A case study examining university-led hurricane recovery programs focused on community sustainability by including cultural elements relevant to program participants will be the focus of a presentation Nov. 7 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

The Day of Sharing for Teachers of the Gifted will be held Friday, Oct. 26 at the R.C. Cook University Union on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. This conference, sponsored by the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, is designed to educate teachers on current curriculum and instructional issues in gifted education.  

University of Southern Mississippi senior Tyokia Parker offered a simple, yet succinct, reason for wanting to participate in preliminary construction of a Habitat for Humanity home as part of a national day of service on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

 

“I like the idea of being able to help people, especially when it involves giving them a new home,” said Parker, a Lumberton, Miss., native majoring in psychology. “I want to make an impact on someone else’s life.”

Does a school board’s management style play a significant role in student academic achievement?

 

That’s the question University of Southern Mississippi educational leadership professor Dr. David Lee and some of his graduate students hope to answer through a research project examining correlations between high and low-achieving school districts and the behavior, decisions and personalities of the boards that govern them.

The University of Southern Mississippi hopes to alleviate some of the stress military personnel already face by providing free textbooks to soldiers at Camp Shelby.

 

Thanks to a recent initiative conceived by Southern Miss Provost Dr. Denis Wiesenburg and the University’s deans, soldiers taking introductory courses in English, math and psychology at Southern Miss can obtain their textbooks free of charge from the Camp Shelby Educational Support Fund established through the USM Foundation.

Jasmine Thomas, an elementary education major with endorsements in mathematics and social studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently received the Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship Award. Thomas is the only recipient of the $1,000 scholarship this year in the state of Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently participated in the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center College and Career Festival held on the Hattiesburg area base. 

The event is designed to assist transitioning soldiers, veterans, civilian employees and family members with career employment and educational opportunities. 

A reunion of participants in The University of Southern Mississippi’s former Summer Program in Graduate Education (SPGE) on the Hattiesburg campus last weekend reunited old friends, fellow students and colleagues.

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at The University of Southern Mississippi has been granted continued accreditation for its master of library and information science degree program to 2019. The school is headquartered in the College of Education and Psychology.

Sarah Garrison, visiting instructor and Pat Sims, visiting associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Child and Family Studies, presented the workshop “Ethical Decisions Related to Confidentiality and Family Systems” recently at the 24th annual Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Inc. Conference in Meridian, Miss.

A new book by a recent graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s educational leadership doctoral program looks at how students can learn throughout the school day, including locations outside the classroom.

J. Brenton Stewart, who recently earned his doctorate in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is joining The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science faculty.

University of Southern Mississippi professor Marge Crowe knows how to get the attention of her students. But they aren’t the only ones.

 

Crowe, a faculty member of the Department of Curriculum Instruction and Special Education, is credited with inspiring a would-be burglar to reconsider breaking into the home of a student in one of her online classes.

Dr. Frances A. Karnes, distinguished university professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, and Dr. Kristin R. Stephens, assistant professor at Duke University, have co-edited another book in the Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education published by Prufrock Press.

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi has extended the application deadline for its Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth, set for July 1-20. Registration will continue until available spaces are filled.

Dr. Diane Fisher, associate dean of the College of Education and Psychology and an associate professor of business technology at The University of Southern Mississippi, was honored as the 2012 Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the National Business Education Association at its annual convention in Boston April 3-7. The award was presented in recognition of outstanding contributions in teaching business.

Artists and authors who have enriched the lives of both young and old alike were honored Thursday at the 45th annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Literature Festival on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

 

Jane Yolen, author of more than 300 books and winner of the coveted Caldecott Medal, was honored with the festival’s top honor, the Southern Miss Medallion.