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Prior Training Events


Recordings of some of the presentations may be available.  If you are interesting in obtaining a recording of a previous presentation, please email  We will let you know if that session has been recorded and provide it to you if it has been. 

Making the Connection Between Community Engagement and Professional Development 

Presented by Jonathan Green, Executive Director of the Steps Coalition
9/16/20, 12 to 1 p.m.

Health and Wellness: Working Smart in the New Virtual World

Presented by Madison Estrada, M.S.LMLP
10/7/20, 12 to 1 p.m.
Build Your Knowledge and Understanding of how to work smart in office environments connected to our new virtual world, to avoid injuries and mental stress. 

Coping with the Pandemic

Presented by Madison Estrada, M.S.LMLP
10/12/20, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Understand how to recognize common reactions to change and uncertainty and how to employ behavioral, cognitive and interpersonal skills to increase one's tolerance for change and uncertainty.  

Professional Development and Community Care Networks

Presented by Shellie Moses, Director, South Mississippi Make-A-Wish Foundation
10/14/20, 12 to 1:15 p.m.
Information on community engagement and relationship building opportunities for professional growth in creating life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

The Gunter Library-Our History, Our future. The connection of the library system and research studies on coastal economies.

Presented by Joyce Shaw, Librarian and Professor, GCRL Gunter Library
10/21/20, 12 to 1:15 p.m.
Build knowledge and understanding of the history of Gunter Library at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, the impact of the library system and research lab on coastal areas, community engagement and professional development opportunities that have evolved over the years.

Virtual Meeting Platforms 101

Presented by– Christina Jager, I-Tech Help Desk Technician 
10/28/20, 12 to 1:15 p.m.
Businesses and organizations across every industry are adapting to using virtual platforms to communicate. With so many ways to connect virtually, it can sometimes be confusing and intimidating. Join this workshop to learn the right tools and strategies for using Video Conferencing Platforms.

The New Face of Diversity and Inclusion in a Virtual World

Presented by – Valerie Craig, Manager Technology Applications and Services
10/29/20, 12 to 1:15 p.m.
Information and resources on relationship building and staying connected as we move forward in our present crisis. 

Emotional Intelligence

Presented by Dr. Wynde Fitts
10/30/20,  12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 
Understand what emotional intelligence is and how to use it. 

Accessibility: Why it Matters and How To Make Documents Accessible- An Overview

Presented by Jennifer S. Lewis, Assistant Director of Compliance and Ethics
11/12/20, 12:00 to 1:15 p.m.
Learn about the legal requirements for accessibility and tips on how to make the following document types accessible: Word, PDF, PowerPoint, Excel. 

What is institutional effectiveness?

Presented by Dr. Douglas Masterson, Senior Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
11/18/20,  12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn about what the office of institutional effectiveness does. Understand the impact of institutional effectiveness on higher education at USM

Navigating Change: Purposeful Process

Presented by Dr. Allison Gillespie, Asst. Provost for Academic Affairs-Institutional Effectiveness
12/3/20, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn how to identify strategies to effectively move from crisis management to transformational change by learning:

The definition of transformational change and the factors motivating change
The role of “planning to plan” when implementing transformational change
The importance of frequent and wide-spread communication
Strategies for campus-wide involvement in implementing transformational change

Health in the Pandemic: Tips for Staying Healthy

Presented by Lisa Wright, MPH, CHES Health Educator/Assessment Officer
01/27/21,  12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 
A pandemic increases negative factors such as stress and decreases beneficial factors such as time.  Learn how to stay healthy and effectively navigate these turbulent times. 

Cybersecurity and Technology

Presented by Dr. Jeremy Graves
02/02/21,  12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Understand how rapidly changing technology and cybersecurity are affecting the world and how you can remain safe while taking advantage of the benefits that technology provides. 

Student Success and Engagement During the Pandemic: Lessons Learned

Presented by Dr. Amy Chasteen, Executive Vice Provost of Academic Affairs
02/03/21, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 
Learn about how student success was reenvision during the pandemic and understand how engagement was achieved despite constraint.

The Changing Face of Admissions

Presented by Kate Howard, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admissions
02/11/21, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m
How admissions in higher education is involving as a result of culture and technology. 

Comics and Covid: Going Viral

Presented by Jamie Stanfield of the Gulf Coast Library
02/17/21, 12 p.m to 1:15 p.m.
Learn how comics can be a teaching tool for all ages to encourage positivity and help decrease feelings of isolation, provide humor to a difficult topic, and help foster positive communication among, family, friends, and colleagues.

Technology & Stalking: What You Need To Know

Presented by Attorney Paula Broome, 
Special Assistant Attorney General/Prosecutor & Law Enforcement Training Division in the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office
02/24/21, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Learn how technology facilitates stalking, review laws surrounding stalking, and determine how to protect yourself in such situations.

Why Community Engagement Matters

Presented by Michelle Coleman Anderson, Director of Business Services for the INFINITY Science Center 
03/24/21, 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Join for information on how to connect and build strong relationships within our communities that will have a lasting impact on our personal and professional development

Sexual Citizens Webinar

Presented by Dr. Jennifer Hirsch and Dr. Shamus Khan, faculty members at Columbia University and Princeton University
03/25/21, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Learn why sexual assault is such a notoriously common element of college life, and provide solutions to combat it. They take a new approach in the examination of the issue, looking more closely at the social roots of sexual assault and approaching it from a public health perspective

Covid -19 – The Impact and Role of Southern Miss Health Center 

Presented by Pam Rainey RN and Office Manager, Southern Miss Health Center, Gulf Park Campus
03/31/21, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m
Join us for the latest updates on Covid-19-  Information and resources for faculty, staff, and students.  

Leading in a Time of Crisis: Lessons Learned

Presented by Dr. Sirena Cantrell, Dean of Students
04/12/21, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 
How a crisis forces you to rise to the occasion and the impact of lessons learned during crisis in making one a stronger leader. 

Gaming, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality 

Presented by Brandon Schmidt
04/14/21, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Learn about the importance of Gaming  and how it has extended beyond just mere recreational entertainment. Gaming is now utilized as educational platforms for young head start programs to prepare students in curriculum endeavors. The mind of the student is now adapting to a virtual existence and learning has become a digital adventure. The gaming marketplace is a competitive industry in creating innovative technologies for player interaction. Artificial Intelligence and virtual reality will be at the forefront of research in years to come.

Hidden Figures In Higher Education - Celebrating Higher Education Administrative Support Professionals   

Presented by Allison Gillespie
04/21/21, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Celebrating  Higher Ed Administrative Support Professionals

Establishing and Maintaining Health in 2021

Presented by Madison Estrada, M.S., LMLP
4/28/21, 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
With an increase in the impact of external factors affecting individuals, how can you remain healthy in 2021. 

How Southern Miss Libraries Support First Year and Transfer Students

Presented by Hali Black, First Year Experience  Librarian, Assistant Professor University Libraries
05/12/21, 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
This session will help university staff connect first year and transfer students with library resources, services, facilities and with all stages of the research process. 

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