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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Autism and Treatment (SMART) Lab is offering two programs for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and their peers, beginning May 31 on the USM Hattiesburg campus.

Abagail Bryant looks forward to enhancing the skills she’s gained as a psychology major at The University of Southern Mississippi by serving as a mentor for fellow students in the fall 2017 semester as a Psychology Scholar.

Representatives from the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC) at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies have been invited to speak at the 2017 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute hosted by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Five children's literature authors and illustrators earned prestigious recognition for their work at the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award ceremony April 6 during the The University of Southern Mississippi's 50th annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival.

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi has extended application deadlines for its summer 2017 programs.

For 17 years, Kate DiCamillo has written books for children – a fact brought home to her when a sales associate helping her with a recent computer purchase was thrilled to learn her customer wrote one of her favorite childhood books, The Tale of Despereaux.

The 2017 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival will be a milestone when it marks 50 years of celebrating children’s literature April 5-7 through the annual event held at The University of Southern Mississippi. Hundreds of librarians, teachers and devotees of the literary genre from across the country attend annually.

The techniques of oral history are being used by Hattiesburg High School students in a project designed to gain more information about the history of racial segregation and desegregation of the city’s public education system.

Dr. Ann Blankenship, an assistant professor of educational administration at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been chosen to receive the Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence award for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s EAGLE Summer Gifted Studies Program will be held June 11-16, and EAGLE Day Program for Young Gifted Students is set for June 12-16. Sponsored by the USM’s Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, the registration deadline for both is March 31, and space is limited.

Mya Rome was juggling a full-time job when she decided to earn her master’s degree in Child and Family Studies. Leading a busy life, she was also traveling the U.S. with her husband and preparing for the arrival of her baby girl. That is where The University of Southern Mississippi’s online master’s degree in Child and Family Studies met her needs.

Dr. Joe Olmi, chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology, presented "Understanding ADHD" in December for the Hattiesburg Public School District's final parent/community information session of 2016. Dr. Olmi is also director of USM's School Psychology Program. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Melinda Whitehead’s online education experience with The University of Southern Mississippi embodies distance learning. Across continents, an ocean and multiple time zones, Whitehead recently secured her elementary education degree from USM through its Teacher Assistant Program (TAP).

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology’s fully online Teacher Assistant Program (TAP) earned the 5th position on the list of Best Online Teaching Degrees for 2016. Affordable Colleges Online, a leader in higher education data and information, generated the ranking by analyzing cost and quality metrics across thousands of U.S. colleges with online teaching degree options.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees reaffirmed the accreditation of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), during its annual meeting in Atlanta, Dec. 3-6, 2016.

 

SACSCOC is the acknowledged accrediting body for degree-granting institutions (public, private for-profit and private not-for-profit) in the southeastern United States and is recognized by the United States Department of Education to conduct accreditation activities. SACSCOC, through a peer review process, conducts a comprehensive review of its nearly 800 member institutions every 10 years.

A strategic teaching initiative launched in September by The University of Southern Mississippi has enabled faculty participants to hone skills that will enhance their classroom instruction and foster student success.

 

Dr. Rose Jones, center, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, along with students in her CIP 340 Foundational Studies in Early Childhood Education class, recently toured the historic Roberts one-room schoolhouse, located on the Hattiesburg campus in the courtyard of Owings-McQuagge Hall. The small, antique building is an example of the early accommodations for students in elementary, middle and high schools that often included no more than one large room. The tour was led by Dr. Debbie Stoulig, coordinator of NCATE Assessment.

The application deadline is near for the Saturday Gifted Studies Program, conducted by the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. Students who have not submitted an application by Saturday, Dec. 10 will not be able to participate in the program.

In today’s world, there is a constant need for qualified teachers in our public schools. That is why The University of Southern Mississippi offers qualified teacher assistants currently working in the classroom a way to become certified teachers, all while staying in their community and working at their current jobs.

 

“Teacher assistants provide a great service to the K-6 community,” said Dr. Kelley Stricklin, Teacher Assistant Program (TAP) coordinator. “They play a key role in helping educate students by supplementing what the teacher is doing and helping build upon the quality of lessons and activities.”

Copies of Kate DiCamillo’s book “Tale of Despereaux” were recently given to children attending fourth grade in the Hattiesburg Public School District (HPSD), courtesy of the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. DiCamillo is recipient of the Festival’s Southern Miss Medallion, which will mark its 50th year when it is held on the Hattiesburg campus April 5-7. On hand for delivery of the books include, from left, Rowan Elementary School Principal Donna Scott; USM student Janila Simmons; Dr. Catharine Bomhold, associate professor in the USM School of Library and Information Science; Dr. Robert Williams, HPSD superintendent; Karen Rowell, admissions and events coordinator for the USM School of Library and Information Science; and HPSD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Teresa Poole. DiCamillo is scheduled to give a special presentation during the festival to these students in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival is presented by the USM School of Library and Information Science. For more information, visit https://www.usm.edu/childrens-book-festival.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s physical education program was honored at the Mississippi Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) 2016 Convention in Jackson, Miss. Nov. 3-4.

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member recently acted as a liaison with a national organization aiding youth in her native Baton Rouge who lost vital educational resources in the August floods that devastated southeastern Louisiana.

Teachers from Mississippi’s prestigious School of the Arts and from other schools across the state will be guests of the Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies Tuesday, Oct. 25 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. The teachers will be participants in a seminar presented by Dr. Suzanne McKee-Waddell, titled “Embracing Digital Writing for the Gifted Classroom.”

Select faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi are currently participating in a national development initiative designed to dramatically expand the use of evidence-based teaching practices shown to promote college student completion and success.