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Speech and Hearing Sciences

2017 SHS Student Awards

The College of Health Awards Night was held on April 6th in the Trent Lott Center. Rachel Rogers received the Peggy Revels Outstanding Senior Award; the award was presented by Peggy's granddaughter, Dr. Peggy Boles. Steven Williams received the Helen Heidelburg-Cullefer Award which is sponsored by the Hattiesburg Sertoma Club. Hailey Johnston was chosen as this year's outstanding Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Student, and Christina Santare was named as this year's Outstanding Early Oral Intervention Graduate Student; both Hailey's and Christina's award were also sponsored by the Hattiesburg Sertoma Club.


2017 Awards Ceremony
(l to r) Dr. Peggy Boles, Dr. Kim Ward, Dr. Kelly Metz and Dean Trent Gould at the 2017 COH Awards Ceremony


2017 Award Recipients

We should note that in addition to the Sertoma award, Steven was named the 2017 Outstanding Audiology Graduate Student by the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MISHA). Alexa Chisholm was named as the outstanding Speech-Language-Pathology Graduate Student for 2017 by MISHA.

Outstanding graduate student recognition went to Chelsea Butler (Audiology), Shakeika Everett (Early Oral Intervention) and Caroline Little (Speech-Language Pathology).

Congratulations to all of our 2017 award recipients... and many thanks to our award sponsors for their part in recognizing these students.


2017 White Coat Ceremony


The department's annual White Coat Ceremony was held separately in the Thad Cochran Center On Saturday, April 22nd. Administrative guests, faculty, families and friends joined together to recognize Mary Brunson, Mason Mault, Anna Scarbrough and Stephen Williams as this year's White Coat honorees (see photo below).

Charles Cullefer, representing the Hattiesburg Sertoma Club, was on hand to present Stephen Williams with this year's Helen Heidelberg-Cullefer Memorial Award. Many thanks, Dr. Ward, for coordinating the details of this year's program.

2017 WC Ceremony
(l to r) Dr. Kathy Yadrick, Associate Dean, College of Health, Stephen Williams, Anna Scarbrough, Mason Mault, Mary Brunson, Dr. Amy Chasteen-Miller, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs


2017 Faculty/Staff Awards


Congratulations to our SHS award winners yesterday (5/2/2107) at the College of Health ceremony.

Dr. Kimberly Ward received the Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Ms. Amy Rosonet-Lebert received the Distinguished Mentor award, Ms. Dawn Burgess received the Outstanding Professional Staff Award, and Dr. Marietta Paterson received the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Rosonet-Lebert, Ward, Paterson
(l-r) Amy Rosonet-Lebert, Dr. Kimberly Ward, Dr. Marietta Paterson

Dr. Maureen Martin’s retirement was announced in a very touching presentation by Dr. Michael Forster, as was Ms. Shelly May’s retirement announced by Ms. Sarah Case-Price, and likewise Ms. Diannne Coleman’s retirement announced by Dr. Trent Gould.

Ms. Michelle Pittman, SHS Office Manager, was recognized for her 20 years of service and Dr. Kathy Yadrick for 30 years of service to USM.

A good time was had by all; the food was excellent too. Please join me in congratulating our SHS and CoH colleagues and acknowledging the hard work put in by the organizers of the event.

Ed Goshorn



2017 MSHA Convention

Enjoy our SHS photo gallery from moments at the Spring, 2017 MSHA Convention


Amy and Kim
MSHA convention program planners Dr. Kimberly Ward (left) and Amy Rosonet-Lebert take a well-deserved moment to themselves for a photo op

Mary Schaub
Ms. Schaub (right) mingles at the convention.

first year au.d. students
Some of our 1st-year Au.D. students at lunch

second year au.d. students
Some of our 2nd-year Au.D. students share a moment with Dr. Turner (left) and Dr. Marx


Ward Receives Lucas Endowment

Speech and Hearing Science's Dr. Kimberly Ward was awarded a grant for her proposal "The Use of Simulation in Audiology Education Programs: Standardizing and Improving Clinical Training Experiences." The announcement came today (May 5, 2017) at the Southern Miss Faculty Awards program. The grant is funded by the Aubrey K. and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence.

Congratulations, Kim, from your colleagues and students.


Kim Ward
Dr. Ward received a grant from the Aubrey K. and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence


Ward is MSHA President-Elect

We learned today (5/10/17) that Dr. Kim Ward is President-Elect of MSHA. Here's the email that we received from Dr. Ed Goshorn, SHS Department Chair:

I urge you in joining me in congratulating Dr. Kim Ward for her recent election to President of the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association (MSHA). Dr. Ward has been actively involved in MSHA activities for years and her recent election is a well-deserved recognition of her leadership abilities and dedication to our profession.

Thanks Kim, for doing all the things you do that make us a better Department.

Ed