September 27, 2016  

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Dr. Suzanne McKee-Waddell’s long history of working with exceptional students makes her the clear-cut choice to serve as interim director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and The University of Southern Mississippi have received a $5.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to implement professional development and coaching on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in order to improve educational outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities, in Mississippi.

Dr. Claire Kimberly, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Child and Family Studies, recently offered effective stress management strategies related to work, finances and family relationships in an article for Wallet Hub titled “2016’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America.” The article can be viewed at https://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-stressed-cities/22759/#claire-kimberly.
 

A journal submission by a University of Southern Mississippi faculty member and graduate student in its College of Education and Psychology has earned special recognition.

“The Forgotten Slayings: Memory, History and Institutional Response to the Jackson State University Shootings of 1970,” published in Volume 43 of the American Educational History Journal (AEHJ) and co-authored by Melandie McGee, a doctoral student in higher education administration, and Dr. R. Eric Platt, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Studies and Administration, earned the publication’s “Article of the Year” honor.

Dr. James E. Whorton, a former chairman and professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Special Education (now Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education), died July 17 in Tyler, Texas. He was 73.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at Hardy Street Baptist Church for longtime University of Southern Mississippi professor Dr. Harold V. Knight, 84, who died July 13 at his home in Hattiesburg. A private family burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.

As the number of students taking online courses continues to grow, The University of Southern Mississippi has initiated steps to meet their academic needs with the establishment of a new Office of Online Learning.

Funding awarded by National Geographic to a University of Southern Mississippi graduate student will support a unique research project focused on the communication capabilities of North American river otters.

A University of Southern Mississippi graduate program accredited for more than three decades has received an extension of that status for its continued success at meeting a variety of quality benchmarks.

The book bin may be tiny, but the impact could be huge for students at The University of Southern Mississippi’s DuBard School for Language Disorders who soon will have access to a renowned Little Free Library.

Identifying solutions to some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems was the focus of the “Advancing Mississippi: Research for a Better Mississippi for More Mississippians” Conference held last week in Jackson.

 

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting a variety of programs for academically talented and gifted youth this summer on the Hattiesburg campus, attracting students from across the state and nation. Established in 1979, the Center furthers the education of gifted students and those with leadership abilities through teaching, research and services.

More than 2,000 education professionals are expected to convene at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi June 8-10 for the 2016 Making Connections Conference.

Dr. Gordon Cannon, Vice President for Research at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced the awarding of nine Proposal Development Grants for 2016.

University Research Center (URC) is hosting its first “Advancing Mississippi: Research for a Better Mississippi for More Mississippians” Conference on Thursday, June 9th in Jackson. Researchers from across the state will present papers that address the systemic challenges that Mississippi faces.

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.