April 18, 2019  

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Even faculty can get tired of their own lesson plans. But a quick fix can be hard – even when you’ve got a great idea.


Rachel Lahasky, a clinical instructor in the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Social Work, understands this quandary firsthand. But she was patient and finally introduced a new, semester-long assignment for her Social Work Grief and Bereavement class in fall 2018.

Morgan Bradwell alternately – and unapologetically – describes herself as a nerd and a unicorn.


But that’s a good combination for a graduate student who loves research and data.


So much so that the social work master’s student from Mobile was one of 13 graduate students honored by the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) on Tuesday, April 2. Bradwell and 11 others were inducted into the Graduate School Hall of Fame, while a 13th was named Graduate Assistant of the Year.

You’ve heard about the increasing need for qualified teachers in Mississippi. The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is helping to fill this need by offering a fully online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, which leads to a Mississippi teaching license.

Five years ago, Andrea Watson got a call that she knew would come – but one she also was totally unprepared for.


As a registered foster parent with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, Watson had agreed to take children ranging in age from newborns to 12 years old. The problem for Watson, a social work major from Vancleave at the University of Southern Mississippi – or any foster family – is that it’s nearly impossible to have all the supplies needed to care for a child on short notice.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Trenton Gould as dean of the University’s College of Education and Human Sciences, effective April 1.


Gould has served as interim dean of the new College of Education and Human Sciences since July 2018, when the college debuted as part of the University’s ongoing academic reorganization plan. He is the inaugural dean of the college.

When personnel within The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work hatched the idea for a food pantry, no one could have foreseen the heights to which the initiative would soar.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards ranked The University of Southern Mississippi 13th in the country in producing new National Board-Certified Teachers in 2018 with more than 1,000 teachers certified.


USM also ranked No. 13 in the 2017 Top 50 Alma Maters by Total Number of NBCTs with 1,001 teachers certified.

An extensive renovation of venerable Joseph Greene Hall on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus is nearing completion as the facility transitions from housing one major academic unit to another.


The estimated $13-million project is scheduled for substantial completion in April. For almost 50 years the building housed USM’s business program, but all units associated with that program moved to newly constructed Scianna Hall in 2015.

Tiara Watson, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) senior psychology major and student in its prestigious Honors College, has been chosen to present her research at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference (SEPA) March 20-23 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Barely two years old, an innovative faculty development initiative at The University of Southern Mississippi has blossomed into a resounding success.


USM’s ACUE (Association of College and University Educators) Faculty Development Institute is an intensive, 10-week program featuring participants engaged in a subset of ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices, which focuses on research-based techniques for promoting active learning, improving assessment techniques, and designing effective courses.

From the opening of new facilities, to a substantial enrollment increase, to success on the athletic fields, the year 2018 proved to be dynamic and memorable at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

Graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi will have an opportunity to showcase their research and compete for significant prizes during the 5th Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition set for Nov. 7-9 at the Trent Lott National Center on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.


The University of Southern Mississippi will take part in a $4.73 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative (DPSI). The initiative coordinates Department of Defense efforts to identify, evaluate, deploy, and transfer technology, items, and equipment to federal, state, and local first responders.


Dr. Joshua Hill, assistant professor of criminal justice and forensic science at The University of Southern Mississippi, USM’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security and Kopis Mobile will lead this year-long project to identify Department of Defense technology and equipment that can enhance public safety and improve homeland security.

If you’ve got extreme entertainment skills – or if you have food items you’re willing to donate – then SMAC has the perfect opportunity for you.


The Southern Miss Activities Council is holding its annual USM Has Talent show on Wednesday, Oct. 17, including a donation drive to benefit the on-campus Eagle’s Nest food pantry. Students are encouraged to make a donation if they are able. The show is at 7 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium; doors open at 6:30.

Hallie Jordan, a University of Southern Mississippi counseling psychology doctoral student from Birmingham, Ala., is serving as a co-editor for the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 2 (Society for Teaching of Psychology) Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) blog.

The School of Education at The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce a new leadership team, formed under recently appointed Director Dr. Sandra Nichols. The completed team will enhance the school’s recommitment to community partnerships with state school districts and realignment as the prominent producer of educators for the State of Mississippi.

Dr. Carol Connell, professor of nutrition in the School of Kinesiology and Nutrition, has been named Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Sandra Nichols has been named the director of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)’s new School of Education.


Nichols, a native of Ellisville, will oversee one of the largest academic schools at the university with almost 1,000 students enrolled in three undergraduate degree and 13 graduate degree programs. Her role began July 1.

Laura Pazos now has more on her mind about the mind after participating in a highly selective national workshop on cognition and neuroscience.

Pazos, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) senior from Slidell, La. was selected for the 2018 Summer Workshop in Cognitive and Brain Sciences, held in June at the University of Delaware. The workshop provides undergraduate students with opportunities to engage in cognitive neuroscience research methods in a week-long program that also covers travel and accommodations.

A program based at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) since 2005 continues its original charge of assisting the state's elementary, middle and high schools, as well as juvenile detention centers and group homes, succeed in their implementatuon of behavior modification goals, while also advancing initatives created in recent years.

The Epsilon Delta Chapter of Chi Omega at The University of Southern Mississippi capped off an impressive 2017-18 academic year by capturing the prestigious Founders’ Cup presented to the organization’s top-5 performing chapters. Winning chapters are announced every two years.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online child development undergraduate degree program has received a No. 4 national ranking from noted education resource guide BestValueSchools.com.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program has earned a 10-year accreditation designation from the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).

Two University of Southern Mississippi students recently were awarded study abroad grants worth $1,000 each from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The students are part of a select group of 50 students nationwide to receive the award.