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As part of an ongoing commitment to student success, The University of Southern Mississippi has realigned key service programs under one broad umbrella to create a comprehensive retention initiative for students from the time they enroll until graduation.

 

The changes include moving the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) under the Office of New Student and Retention Programs (NSRP), which was established last August to increase retention and graduation rates for new and continuing students. The popular Think Center – designed to help students build solution-oriented thinking skills – has also moved under NSRP.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Casey Malone Maugh Funderburk as Associate Provost for the Gulf Park Campus, effective May 10.  Maugh Funderburk’s appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

University of Southern Mississippi alum LisaAnn Redd hopes to take her advocacy for children in wheelchairs to a higher level as the new Ms. Wheelchair Mississippi winner. Redd, a Vicksburg, Miss., native, captured the state crown last month in Madison.

 

Redd earned her undergraduate degree and master’s degree in Special Education at Southern Miss. She is currently employed as a preschool special education teacher at Mendenhall Elementary.

Mississippi’s 2015 Teacher of the Year Anna Morris will be the guest speaker for an April 27 program hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Education Major Student Association. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. in room 102 of Owings-McQuagge Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the selection of Kate Howard as the University’s Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions, effective June 27, 2016, following a national search. The appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

 

Dr. Ann P. Blackwell, dean of The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology, reads to children at the Center for Child Development on the Hattiesburg campus Friday, April 15 as the centers executive director Jeffrey Leffler looks on. Dr. Blackwell’s visit with the students was held in conjunction with national Week of the Young Child, which is an annual program hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) that celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers and families. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)
 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hattiesburg for Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, who died April 14 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 65.

The highly successful McNair Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is saying farewell to a devoted advocate and hello to a new home as the program enters an exciting transitional phase.

Joanna Alston of Gulfport, Miss., a graduate student in adult education at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received the Emma Giles Scholarship from The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology Assistant Professor Dr. Ann E. Blankenship and University of Georgia College of Education Professor Elizabeth DeBary have published Volume 3 of the Education Law & Policy Review, serving as Guest Co-Editors-in-Chief for the special double issue. 

 

An open house will be held Tuesday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies in room 133 of the J.B. George Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The J.B. George Building is located south of Reed Green Coliseum on Kay James Drive.

The Coleen Salley Storytelling Session at the 2016 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival will feature Tim Tingle, an Oklahoma Choctaw and award-winning author and storyteller. The free storytelling session will be held Wednesday, April 6 in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms on the Hattiesburg campus from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of The University of Southern Mississippi's Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, has been selected editor-in-chief of the Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Mammalian Social Behavior.

 

The encyclopedia will contain approximately 150 chapters, each written by accomplished scholars in their respective fields. 

Dr. Eric Platt, assistant professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently named a recipient of the Texas Catholic Historical Society’s Patrick Foley Award for his article on Archbishop Joseph F. Rummel in the 2015 issue of Catholic Southwest.
 

Richard Peck, an award-winning author of books for middle grade students and young adults, recently made a gift of $100,000 in support of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival and de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.      

 

The 11th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang) will be held March 21-24, 2016 in New Orleans, La. University of Southern Mississippi faculty members will represent the University at this biennial meeting.

University of Southern Mississippi faculty and staff working with REACH MS (Realizing Excellence for ALL Children in Mississippi) gathered in Jackson recently with invited guests from the Mississippi Department of Education and other stakeholders to celebrate the grant's past and plans for the future. 

Three graduate students in The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology were honored with the Deans’ Award for two research presentations at the recent annual meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association.

First-year University of Southern Mississippi student Lisa Brackeen credits the head-start she received through the University’s unique Jump Scholars Program with making her transition to college life a seamless one.

 

The Jump Scholars Program, launched in 2014, is a summer program for select incoming freshmen who want to get a “jump” on their classes and get connected quickly to the Southern Miss experience. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Marriage and Family Therapy Student Organization and Department of Child and Family Studies will host “50 Shades of Safe” Friday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Payne Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The program will feature presentations designed to help female students learn how to stay safe in a variety of situations, and will also serve as a research project conducted within the department.
 

Students at The University of Southern Mississippi are well on their way to becoming licensed Applied Behavior Analysis therapists. The first cohort of students recently finished their first semester of the new master’s degree program in psychology with an emphasis in ABA therapy.

Dr. Ann Blankenship, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling at The University of Southern Mississippi, will participate in a live audience participation talk show to be streamed on Google+ page and You Tube Feb. 16 at 12:30 p.m. CST. This episode of “Café UCEA” will focus on the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and be presented by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced the winners of the 30th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year, a new writer and new illustrator are celebrated.

The 2016 award ceremony will be held April 7 during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the USM Hattiesburg campus. The winners receive a gold medallion as well as an honorarium of $1,000.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology has been ranked among the nation’s Top 50 graduate programs by the resource guide CounselingPsychology.org. The Southern Miss program stands at No. 13 in the national rankings.