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December 2, 2016

Dr. Michael Madson's research examines college student alcohol use and strategies that can help them avoid substance abuse.

Dr. Michael Madson is a professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at Southern Miss. Madson joined the USM faculty in 2005 and his research involves college student substance use, harm reduction, and motivational interviewing (MI). He directs the Department of Psychology’s Behavior and Alcohol Research Laboratory and its Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program.

August 18, 2016

Suicide prevention efforts must go beyond designating a month calling attention to this national tragedy. 

September marks National Suicide Prevention Month.  Although I am profoundly pleased that impactful people are calling such attention to suicide, I always find myself somewhat frustrated at this time each year.  Suicide prevention does not need a month – it needs a national movement commensurate with the public health crisis it represents. 

August 1, 2014

Our ability and willingness to come together and talk through issues will build a solid foundation for the University and the coastal community to become a much more economically progressive area.

As President of The University of Southern Mississippi, I am deeply troubled that USM’s commitment to meeting the needs of the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been called into question. I am aware of the historical tension surrounding access to higher education in the coastal community, and I respect each community member who has worked tirelessly to ensure that the coast is not marginalized or overlooked but is instead recognized as a critical region that deserves access to quality educational opportunities.

February 13, 2013

Dr. Rodney Bennett, incoming president at The University of Southern Mississippi, addresses a large group of students who turned out for a campus cleanup project on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The student-led project was coordinated in response to the EF-4 tornado that struck the Southern Miss campus and the Hattiesburg area on Sunday, Feb. 10.

If you cannot view the embedded video above, watch it on YouTube.

September 9, 2011

Student Government Association President Erick Brown hopes to leave a legacy of inclusion at Southern Miss.

Erick Brown serves as the president of the Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi. Brown, a senior sociology major, recently took a few moments to reflect on his current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

A: I am from Columbus, Mississippi and attended Columbus High School.

Q: What were your dreams and ambitions as a small child?

July 13, 2011

Dr. Ann Blackwell, dean of the College of Education and Psychology at Southern Miss, takes pride in her Hattiesburg roots and this university's legacy as a teacher's college.

Ann Blackwell serves as dean of the College of Education and Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi. A Southern Miss alumna, Blackwell taught in the Hattiesburg Public School System before taking on her current role. She took a few moments recently to reflect on her current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

February 7, 2017

Mya Rome was juggling a full-time job when she decided to earn her master’s degree in Child and Family Studies. Leading a busy life, she was also traveling the U.S. with her husband and preparing for the arrival of her baby girl. That is where The University of Southern Mississippi’s online master’s degree in Child and Family Studies met her needs.

Mya Rome was juggling a full-time job when she decided to earn her master’s degree in Child and Family Studies. Leading a busy life, she was also traveling the U.S. with her husband and preparing for the arrival of her baby girl. That is where The University of Southern Mississippi’s online master’s degree in Child and Family Studies met her needs.

January 6, 2017

Dr. Joe Olmi, chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology, presented "Understanding ADHD" in December for the Hattiesburg Public School District's final parent/community information session of 2016. Dr. Olmi is also director of USM's School Psychology Program. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Dr. Joe Olmi, chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology, presented "Understanding ADHD" in December for the Hattiesburg Public School District's final parent/community information session of 2016. Dr. Olmi is also director of USM's School Psychology Program. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

January 5, 2017

Melinda Whitehead’s online education experience with The University of Southern Mississippi embodies distance learning. Across continents, an ocean and multiple time zones, Whitehead recently secured her elementary education degree from USM through its Teacher Assistant Program (TAP).

Melinda Whitehead’s online education experience with The University of Southern Mississippi embodies distance learning. Across continents, an ocean and multiple time zones, Whitehead recently secured her elementary education degree from USM through its Teacher Assistant Program (TAP).

The fall 2016 graduate, a missionary who lives and works in South Korea, completed the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education’s TAP while working full-time at Daekwang English Academy in Poseung, South Korea.

January 3, 2017

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology’s fully online Teacher Assistant Program (TAP) earned the 5th position on the list of Best Online Teaching Degrees for 2016. Affordable Colleges Online, a leader in higher education data and information, generated the ranking by analyzing cost and quality metrics across thousands of U.S. colleges with online teaching degree options.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology’s fully online Teacher Assistant Program (TAP) earned the 5th position on the list of Best Online Teaching Degrees for 2016. Affordable Colleges Online, a leader in higher education data and information, generated the ranking by analyzing cost and quality metrics across thousands of U.S. colleges with online teaching degree options.

December 21, 2016

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees reaffirmed the accreditation of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), during its annual meeting in Atlanta, Dec. 3-6, 2016.

 

SACSCOC is the acknowledged accrediting body for degree-granting institutions (public, private for-profit and private not-for-profit) in the southeastern United States and is recognized by the United States Department of Education to conduct accreditation activities. SACSCOC, through a peer review process, conducts a comprehensive review of its nearly 800 member institutions every 10 years.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees reaffirmed the accreditation of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), during its annual meeting in Atlanta, Dec. 3-6, 2016.

December 12, 2016

A strategic teaching initiative launched in September by The University of Southern Mississippi has enabled faculty participants to hone skills that will enhance their classroom instruction and foster student success.

 

A strategic teaching initiative launched in September by The University of Southern Mississippi has enabled faculty participants to hone skills that will enhance their classroom instruction and foster student success.

December 8, 2016

The application deadline is near for the Saturday Gifted Studies Program, conducted by the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. Students who have not submitted an application by Saturday, Dec. 10 will not be able to participate in the program.

The application deadline is near for the Saturday Gifted Studies Program, conducted by the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. Students who have not submitted an application by Saturday, Dec. 10 will not be able to participate in the program.  

December 8, 2016

Dr. Rose Jones, center, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, along with students in her CIP 340 Foundational Studies in Early Childhood Education class, recently toured the historic Roberts one-room schoolhouse, located on the Hattiesburg campus in the courtyard of Owings-McQuagge Hall. The small, antique building is an example of the early accommodations for students in elementary, middle and high schools that often included no more than one large room. The tour was led by Dr. Debbie Stoulig, coordinator of NCATE Assessment.

Dr. Rose Jones, center, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, along with students in her CIP 340 Foundational Studies in Early Childhood Education class, recently toured the historic Roberts one-room schoolhouse, located on the Hattiesburg campus in the courtyard of Owings-McQuagge Hall. The small, antique building is an example of the early accommodations for students in elementary, middle and high schools that often included no more than one large room. The tour was led by Dr.

December 8, 2016

In today’s world, there is a constant need for qualified teachers in our public schools. That is why The University of Southern Mississippi offers qualified teacher assistants currently working in the classroom a way to become certified teachers, all while staying in their community and working at their current jobs.

 

“Teacher assistants provide a great service to the K-6 community,” said Dr. Kelley Stricklin, Teacher Assistant Program (TAP) coordinator. “They play a key role in helping educate students by supplementing what the teacher is doing and helping build upon the quality of lessons and activities.”

In today’s world, there is a constant need for qualified teachers in our public schools. That is why The University of Southern Mississippi offers qualified teacher assistants currently working in the classroom a way to become certified teachers, all while staying in their community and working at their current jobs.

November 21, 2016

Copies of Kate DiCamillo’s book “Tale of Despereaux” were recently given to children attending fourth grade in the Hattiesburg Public School District (HPSD), courtesy of the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. DiCamillo is recipient of the Festival’s Southern Miss Medallion, which will mark its 50th year when it is held on the Hattiesburg campus April 5-7. On hand for delivery of the books include, from left, Rowan Elementary School Principal Donna Scott; USM student Janila Simmons; Dr. Catharine Bomhold, associate professor in the USM School of Library and Information Science; Dr. Robert Williams, HPSD superintendent; Karen Rowell, admissions and events coordinator for the USM School of Library and Information Science; and HPSD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Teresa Poole. DiCamillo is scheduled to give a special presentation during the festival to these students in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival is presented by the USM School of Library and Information Science. For more information, visit https://www.usm.edu/childrens-book-festival.

Copies of Kate DiCamillo’s book “Tale of Despereaux” were recently given to children attending fourth grade in the Hattiesburg Public School District (HPSD), courtesy of the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. DiCamillo is recipient of the Festival’s Southern Miss Medallion, which will mark its 50th year when it is held on the Hattiesburg campus April 5-7. On hand for delivery of the books include, from left, Rowan Elementary School Principal Donna Scott; USM student Janila Simmons; Dr.

November 14, 2016

The University of Southern Mississippi’s physical education program was honored at the Mississippi Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) 2016 Convention in Jackson, Miss. Nov. 3-4.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s physical education program was honored at the Mississippi Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) 2016 Convention in Jackson, Miss. Nov. 3-4.

Aaron Zimmerman, a sport coaching education and physical education student, received the Outstanding Student Award.

October 26, 2016

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member recently acted as a liaison with a national organization aiding youth in her native Baton Rouge who lost vital educational resources in the August floods that devastated southeastern Louisiana.

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member recently acted as a liaison with a national organization aiding youth in her native Baton Rouge who lost vital educational resources in the August floods that devastated southeastern Louisiana.

October 24, 2016

Teachers from Mississippi’s prestigious School of the Arts and from other schools across the state will be guests of the Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies Tuesday, Oct. 25 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. The teachers will be participants in a seminar presented by Dr. Suzanne McKee-Waddell, titled “Embracing Digital Writing for the Gifted Classroom.”

Teachers from Mississippi’s prestigious School of the Arts and from other schools across the state will be guests of the Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies Tuesday, Oct. 25 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. The teachers will be participants in a seminar presented by Dr. Suzanne McKee-Waddell, titled “Embracing Digital Writing for the Gifted Classroom.”

October 20, 2016

Select faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi are currently participating in a national development initiative designed to dramatically expand the use of evidence-based teaching practices shown to promote college student completion and success.

Select faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi are currently participating in a national development initiative designed to dramatically expand the use of evidence-based teaching practices shown to promote college student completion and success.

The ACUE (Association of College and University Educators) Faculty Development Institute at USM launched in September, enabling educators to learn, hone, and practice the teaching strategies shown to foster students’ success in classrooms across the country without compromising rigor.

August 30, 2016

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is widely regarded as one of the safest and most effective methods for treating children with autism. ABA methods allow children to achieve basic skills such as reading and conversing at an earlier age, and in some cases, more involved educational skills. 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is widely regarded as one of the safest and most effective methods for treating children with autism. ABA methods allow children to achieve basic skills such as reading and conversing at an earlier age, and in some cases, more involved educational skills. 

August 26, 2016

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.

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.

During her 30-year career McKee-Waddell has served in numerous educational roles in Mississippi. She has held various facilitator roles in the elementary, middle, and academically gifted classrooms of the state’s educational system, while also teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on the university level.

August 16, 2016

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.

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.

July 27, 2016

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.
 

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.