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The Scianna family is on a mission. They know first-hand the joys, but also the trials of being parents to a child with a disability, and they are determined to be a voice for families like theirs in 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.

When we think about visual impairment, one of our first assumptions is that there is an impairment with the eyes. Something about the eye must be keeping one from seeing clearly. However, for those with Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI) that assumption is incorrect.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting the 22nd Annual DuBard Symposium: “Dyslexia and Related Disorders” on Sept. 13-14, 2018 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Donald Yee, assistant professor of biological sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, and two of his graduate assistants are preparing to embark upon a research project in Puerto Rico that could yield transformative benefits to that U.S. territory and its 3.3 million inhabitants.

Madison Pike, a senior at The University of Southern Mississippi and a native of Philadelphia, Miss., has been selected to participate in the pre-matriculation portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP).

Ask Liz Fromkin how she feels about her time at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development, and she will talk your ear off about her immense admiration for her coworkers and the work they do every day. She will tell you how for 10 years she has watched in awe from the sidelines as The Children’s Center clinicians perform tiny miracles in the lives of infants and children with complex disabilities.

A grant made possible through the Asbury Foundation Distinguished Professor in Nursing fund is helping University of Southern Mississippi nursing faculty and students provide healthcare to an under-served area of Hattiesburg.

“I love that our clinicians are always looking for ways to better themselves, expand their knowledge in their field, and find new ways to treat the little ones in their care,” said Sarah Case-Price, director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. And in this particular instance, Case-Price is referring to Dr. Courtney Turner, a Center audiologist.

Graduation. The caps and gowns, the pomp and circumstance, moms and dads beaming with pride, cameras flashing and videos rolling – some things never vary, and perhaps never will, when it comes to watching a loved one take the stage and receive recognition of a job well done.

For Ethan Taylor, life is about to come full circle. Taylor recently received a $26,000 Annual Academic Excellence Scholarship from The University of Southern Mississippi, where he will be studying sports broadcasting in the fall.

But this won’t be his first time to attend USM. In fact, Taylor is already an alumnus.

Fifteen students from the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) are returning to their local school districts next year. The advancing students were recognized at a special awards celebration held May 18 at the Hattiesburg campus.

Had she been a little older in the late 1960s, Dr. Susan Hrostowski’s father once mused, she may have marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Fifty years later, the associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work is finally getting a chance with the reincarnation of one of King’s signature movements, the Poor People’s Campaign.

There can be no denying that Johnson Controls is a big company. Big, as in 2,000 worldwide locations and 120,000 worldwide employees. But to step on the campus at Johnson Controls’ location in Hattiesburg, Miss., you might have a different perspective. They may be global, and their reach broad, but the feeling on campus is that of a friendly local business.

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker read from a special proclamation at The University of Southern Mississippi earlier today, declaring May as Speech and Hearing Month in the city. May is also designated as National Speech and Hearing Month.

As a 54-year-old “nontraditional” student, Brian Henrie has become a father figure to the 14 students in his social work cohort at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Within his own family, though, he’s just trying to keep up with his daughter, Sam – and ahead of his granddaughter, Hayley.

Approximately 400 audiologists and speech-language pathologists from across the state gathered for the Mississippi Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Continuing Education Conference last month in Natchez, Miss.

Social work students at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus raised $500 for the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence during a special promotion that included a mini-makeover for several male faculty, students and administrators.

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences' Doctor of Audiology program at The University of Southern Mississippi presented white coats to seven students during its annual ceremony held April 14th in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker visited with students, faculty and staff in the Department of Medical Laboratory Science at The University of Southern Mississippi Monday, April 23, proclaiming April 23-27 as National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week in the city.

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week increases public understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel. The program at Southern Miss offers bachelor and master’s degree programs, and enjoys a high job placement rate for its graduates. For information about the USM Department of Medical Laboratory Science, visit https://www.usm.edu/medical-laboratory-science%20.

The transition to kindergarten is an exciting time for little ones and parents alike, but with that excitement also comes feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. And for families of children with disabilities, it can be downright scary.

“She sings silly songs to calm wailing toddlers, makes rapid clinical decisions when children decide to throw her activities rather than participate, and has probably gotten one too many callouses on her fingers from cutting out project materials,” says Hannah Sanders, speech-language pathologist at The Children’s Center for Communication Development, and direct supervisor to graduate assistant Elizabeth Kubik.

It sounds counterintuitive, Karie Chatham admits, but when the number of reports of abused children go up, it’s actually a good thing.

 

Chatham and colleague Riley Herrin of the Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center in Hattiesburg teamed up with the University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work to recognize abused children by planting a “pinwheel garden” on campus earlier this month.

Dr. Maureen K. Martin spent more than four decades serving students with language disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi through various roles. In June of 2017, Martin retired as the director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders.