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The School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded more than $1.2 million in Affordable Care Act funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The funds will help consumers sign up for affordable Health Insurance Marketplace coverage in 2016.

With Marketplace Open Enrollment beginning Nov. 1, the funding will support outreach efforts designed to connect people with local help as they seek to understand coverage options and financial assistance available at HealthCare.gov.

The University of Southern Mississippi has enrolled more new students than in 2014, including a freshman class that defies national trends as the most academically prepared in the University’s recorded history.

 

For the sixth straight year, the average grade point average (GPA) for USM’s first-time, full-time freshmen is the highest ever recorded. New freshmen in Fall 2015 have an average GPA of 3.27, up from 3.26 in Fall 2014 and 3.06 in Fall 2009, when the six-year streak began. The average ACT score of new freshmen is 22.7, the highest known in University history.

Dr. Elaine Molaison, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, is helping shape new national education standards for nutrition and dietetic students.

Molaison is the chair of the Expanded Standards Workgroup, a subcommittee of the standards committee for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). She and the committee are responsible for assuring good accreditation practices are followed in creating new, degree-based standards. 

A new Title IX Office, consistent policy protocols, and heightened awareness have placed The University of Southern Mississippi at the forefront of collegiate institutions confronting the issues of sexual harassment and misconduct.

A series of health-conscious initiatives has helped The University of Southern Mississippi gain recognition by the American Heart Association as a fit friendly workplace.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems is partnering with Mississippi Winn-Dixie and Kroger locations to offer grocery store tours.  

Southern Miss dietetic interns will deliver grocery store tours about fruits and vegetables during the fall 2015 semester. Students will be trained by a Grocery Store Tour Registered Dietitian to conduct the tours with college students in Hattiesburg, the Gulf Coast and Jackson. Specific tour locations will be selected by the dietetic interns.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting the 19th Annual DuBard Symposium: Dyslexia and Related Disorders on September 16-17, 2015 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

Exercise is commonly prescribed to improve cardiovascular health, but since individuals with spinal cord injuries cannot move their legs, alternatives must be sought. Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology are evaluating other methods to improve cardiovascular health among individuals with this challenge.

Dr. Jennifer Lemacks, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, has landed a National Institutes of Health grant for research focused on examining community-based solutions for health disparities in underserved populations.

The National Food Service Management Institute has been renamed the Institute of Child Nutrition, after it was determined a name change would better reflect a growth in its resources and services, as well as its mission of promoting the continuous improvement of child nutrition programs. The Applied Research Division of the Institute is housed in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology is re-opening its cadaver lab for kinesiology doctoral students. Students pursuing their Ph.D. in kinesiology are using the space to study the inner workings of the human body.

Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Public Health has been selected as a scholar to participate in the 2015 National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Translational Health Disparities course.

Heritage Vision Center in Hattiesburg is sponsoring its annual July promotion with a portion of prescription eyeglass sales during the month benefiting The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Elaine Molaison has been named the new chair of the Department Nutrition and Food Systems (NFS) in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, effective July 1. Molaison replaces Dr. Kathy Yadrick, who after serving 12 years as chair wishes to spend more time in the classroom.

Dr. Sabrina Bryant, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Medical Laboratory Science, has been elected president of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science –– Mississippi (ASCLS-MS). She served as president-elect during 2014, and will become president in July.

Mississippi residents now have another way to support the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation by purchasing a historic automobile license plate that bears the foundation’s name.

The School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi has adopted a new name - The School of Kinesiology - and a new director in Dr. Scott Piland.  

 

After a year-long process, the name change was officially approved in April by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Youth education initiatives – that included guidance from The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work – helped the City of Hattiesburg earn recognition as a “Most Livable” City in America by the 2015 City Livability Awards Program.

The University of Southern Mississippi, in collaboration with the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, has been approved for a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute that will focus on improving lives for residents of the Mississippi Delta region.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves visited the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, June 18 to announce new legislation to benefit students with special needs across the state.

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.

 

Teachers, speech-language pathologists, dyslexia specialists and other professionals who work with individuals with dyslexia/specific learning disabilities in reading now have access to a new product to aid in the remediation of dyslexia.

 

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi released today (June 3) the Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP), a program for students who struggle with reading, writing and spelling.

 

A student from The University of Southern Mississippi will be awarded a scholarship by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Johnathan Reed, a senior recreation administration major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was selected as the recipient of the Southern Miss Comcast Golf Classic Scholarship.