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The general consensus among health care professionals is that Mississippi will remain near the bottom of major health-related statistics unless a unified effort is made to combat the problem.

 

With collaboration as the overarching theme, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health has taken the lead role in planning and organizing the first Mississippi Health Summit set for April 29 at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.

It’s official – University of Southern Mississippijunior speech language pathology major Marie Holowach is Mississippi’s only Harry S. Truman Scholarship winner for 2011.

The Southern Miss Department of Psychology through the Office of Professional Development will offer a Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Annual Conference April 14-15, at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. This conference will provide evidence-based practices for both adults and children affected by mental health problems.

Michael Carroll, assistant professor in the department of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, received the Young Professional Award from the Sport and Recreation Law Association (SRLA) during its annual conference in Savannah, Ga.

Dr. Susan M. Wilczynski, a national expert on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be the guest presenter for the Issues + Answers Lecture Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Fleming Education Center auditorium at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Children’s Center Has Busy Month of April Planned

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi has a series of fundraising activities scheduled in April.

On Thursday, April 7, children will bring their tricycles and other riding toys to school for the annual Trike-A-Thon fundraiser. Participants are sponsored by donating $10, $20 or more and all proceeds will benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

When asked by students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi what he enjoyed most about his job, freshman U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo answered, “helping people.”

The College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi will wrap up its spring forum series with a final installment titled “Does Healthcare Have an Electronic Future?” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 in Ballroom I of the Thad Cochran Center.

Teachers and other speech professionals can gain valuable insight into multisensory teaching techniques by attending the Missing Links in Academics Seminar April 7-8 at the DuBard School for Language Disorders on The University of Southern Mississippi campus.

Right off the bat, football comes to mind when the words “strength and conditioning” are mentioned. But baseball players also benefit from regimens of that nature provided by coaches who specialize in fitness training.

 

Dr. Brian Gearity, assistant professor in the Department of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, hopes to shed more light on the intricacy of strength and conditioning in Major League Baseball as part of a current research project.

Members of The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team took time out from their preparations for this weekend’s series with Missouri State University to visit students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders, located on the university’s Hattiesburg campus.

A compelling desire to help others and sincere commitment to research has translated into a prestigious award for University of Southern Mississippi nursing instructor Dr. Lachel Story.

Dawn Burgess spends most of her time working with hearing-impaired toddlers at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. But the educational process does not end when those youngsters leave the classroom

 

Burgess, who joined the center to fill a newly created position last August, places just as much emphasis on parental involvement as she does in teaching sessions with the children.

 

University of Southern Mississippi speech language pathology major Marie Holowach is the only student attending a Mississippi university named as a Harry S. Truman Scholarship finalist and will interview with the regional selection committee in Nashville, Tenn., on March 7, 2011.

Affordable health care and acceptable reform alternatives will be the focus of a public health forum set for 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24 at the Thad Cochran Center on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

Chuck Kroen assists 10-year-old Will Bustin, of Hattiesburg, with a reading assignment at the DuBard School for Language Disorders on The University of Southern Mississippi campus. Kroen, 89, volunteers once a week to provide reading assistance to the DuBard students. The Petal resident and World War II veteran has been volunteering at the school for the past five years. (Submitted photo)

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders and members of the Executive Cabinet have accepted the recommendations of the Program Elimination Appeals Committee regarding academic programs scheduled for elimination in fiscal year 2012.

As part of a community service project, representatives from the Hattiesburg Noonday Optimist Club delivered a basket of books to the Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi on Monday, Jan. 31.

Jennifer Ducksworth, president of the local Optimist Club, noted that the contribution followed the organization’s theme for 2011: “Bringing out the best in kids.”

Dr. Mike Forster, dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, characterizes the expanding population of aging Americans as “a tsunami we had better get ready to face.”

Issues involving our aging population will be the centerpiece of two public forums sponsored this week by The University of Southern Mississippi College of Health.

Statistics compiled by the National Assessment of Educational Progress indicate that 45 percent of Mississippi fourth-grade students lack the basic reading skills necessary for academic success.

 

In many cases, dyslexia is the primary contributor to reading deficiency.

Dia R. Kelly, a University of Southern Mississippi senior from Lawrence County, received her bachelor of science degree in medical technology during the university’s fall Centennial Celebration Commencement Dec. 10. She was also honored that day for her achievement in a special ceremony recognizing medical technology graduates at the R.C. Cook University Union.

TiEasha Rogers-McCray, a University of Southern Mississippi senior from Hattiesburg, received her bachelor of science degree in medical technology during the university’s fall Centennial Celebration Commencement Dec. 10. She was also honored that day for her achievement in a special ceremony recognizing medical technology graduates at the R.C. Cook University Union.