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March 31, 2017

Karen Rowell, director of USM's Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival, reflects on its 50-year history, what it takes to put the festival together, and the lasting impact of the event on the literary genre that touches the hearts of both young and old alike.  

Q: What is the Fay B Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, and how did it come to be? What’s in store for its golden anniversary?

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?

December 13, 2017

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its Parenting Gifted Children Workshop Series Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. The free workshops are from 10-11 a.m. in room 204 of the J.B. George Building on the Hattiesburg campus. This workshop series coincides with the center’s Saturday Gifted Studies Program.

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its Parenting Gifted Children Workshop Series Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. The free workshops are from 10-11 a.m. in room 204 of the J.B. George Building on the Hattiesburg campus. This workshop series coincides with the center’s Saturday Gifted Studies Program.

December 6, 2017

Links between firearms safety and suicide rates is the focus of research by an associate professor of psychology and two graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi that was recently featured in an academic journal.

Dr. Michael Anestis, director of the USM Department of Psychology's Suicide and Emotion Dysregulation Laboratory, along with clinical psychology doctoral students Sarah Butterworth of Fairfax, Va. and Claire Houtsma of Chicago, recently published “Perceptions of firearms and suicide: The role of misinformation in storage practices and openness to means safety measures” in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

Links between firearms safety and suicide rates is the focus of research by an associate professor of psychology and two graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi that was recently featured in an academic journal.

November 30, 2017

Some of The University of Southern Mississippi’s top undergraduates have earned the title of Eagle Scholar and will be able to further advance their academic goals, after securing funding through the Southern Miss Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research’s Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR).

Some of The University of Southern Mississippi’s top undergraduates have earned the title of Eagle Scholar and will be able to further advance their academic goals, after securing funding through the Southern Miss Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research’s Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR).

November 30, 2017

Shawn Arrington’s academic and career path took shape after he enrolled in a new course offered by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Psychology.

“Orientation to the Psychology Major” (PSY 203) is designed for the incoming cohort of psychology majors at Southern Miss, including freshmen and new transfer students. The one-hour course meets once a week and was launched in the fall 2017 semester. It focuses on helping students become familiar with the university, engage with the department through meetings with faculty members, establish connections with peers, improve study habits and identify areas of interest in their curriculum, as well as learning about careers in psychology and graduate education in the field.

Shawn Arrington’s academic and career path took shape after he enrolled in a new course offered by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Psychology.

November 30, 2017

University of Mississippi Blues Curator, Greg Johnson, will deliver a multimedia presentation on the history of music in Mississippi in the final event in the series, “Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial,” Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Blu Jazz Café in downtown Hattiesburg. The series is presented by Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi.

University of Mississippi Blues Curator, Greg Johnson, will deliver a multimedia presentation on the history of music in Mississippi in the final event in the series, “Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial,” Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Blu Jazz Café in downtown Hattiesburg. The series is presented by Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi.

November 16, 2017

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced that the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award has tripled the winners’ prizes to $3,000.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced that the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award has tripled the winners’ prizes to $3,000.

November 7, 2017

Eleven undergraduates have been chosen for the second class of the Psychology Scholars program at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The program, which begain in 2017, offers high-achieving students - particularly those from diverse backgrounds - the opportunity to serve as peer mentors for new students in the department and other experiences through specialized workshops designed to foster success in graduate education and careers. Applications are accepted in the fall of the junior year.

Eleven undergraduates have been chosen for the second class of the Psychology Scholars program at The University of Southern Mississippi.

October 26, 2017

The Saturday Gifted Studies Program at The University of Southern Mississippi will be held Jan. 20- Feb. 17, 2018 on the Hattiesburg campus. The application deadline is Nov. 27.  

The Saturday Gifted Studies Program at The University of Southern Mississippi will be held Jan. 20- Feb. 17, 2018 on the Hattiesburg campus. The application deadline is Nov. 27.  

October 23, 2017

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) master’s degree program at The University of Southern Mississippi is marking a variety of accomplishments, just two years after it was established.

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) master’s degree program at The University of Southern Mississippi is marking a variety of accomplishments, just two years after it was established.

Housed in the USM Department of Psychology, the ABA graduate program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts and deliver services for individuals diagnosed with autism and other disabilities. Graduates of the program may also pursue doctoral education in psychology, behavior analysis, or other related fields.

September 12, 2017

University of Southern Mississippi undergraduate Latisha Swygert has been accepted to two national programs designed to promote diversity in psychology graduate education.

University of Southern Mississippi undergraduate Latisha Swygert has been accepted to two national programs designed to promote diversity in psychology graduate education.

Swygert, a junior psychology major from Clinton, Miss. and a student in the university’s Honors College, will participate in the University of Minnesota’s third annual Diversity in Psychology Program Oct. 11-13 and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s Diversifying Clinical Psychology (DCP) Weekend Oct. 27-28.

August 16, 2017

Dr. Keith Radley, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, was named the 2017 Lightner Witmer Award winner by the American Psychological Association’s Division of School Psychology.

Dr. Keith Radley, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, was named the 2017 Lightner Witmer Award winner by the American Psychological Association’s Division of School Psychology.

July 25, 2017

Several graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science master’s degree program (MLIS) recently earned recognition for their work, were published or took on new roles in their field.

Several graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science master’s degree program (MLIS) recently earned recognition for their work, were published or took on new roles in their field.
 
*Molly Brough Antoine is the new director of the Sam T. Wilson Public Library in Arlington, Tenn.

*Brian C. Barnes, who since 2013 was interim director of the law library at Loyola University, New Orleans, recently assumed the post permanently. He joined Loyola in 2010 as the law library’s deputy director.

July 13, 2017

Angelina Gilfeather, a student in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) master’s program, was recently awarded the Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources (PBMHR) Scholarship.

Angelina Gilfeather, a student in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) master’s program, was recently awarded the Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources (PBMHR) Scholarship.

The scholarship funds tuition for the recipient, while also providing an internship that includes a monthly stipend. Students in the USM ABA program are trained to become licensed behavior analysts, who provide treatment for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, among other services.

July 11, 2017

A research paper regarding the effects of alcohol-related cues on racial discrimination co-authored by Dr. Elena Stepanova, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been accepted for publication by the European Journal of Social Psychology: Stepanova, E. V., Bartholow, B. D., Saults, J. S., and Friedman, R. S. (2017) Effects of Exposure to Alcohol-related Cues on Racial Discrimination. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2325

A research paper regarding the effects of alcohol-related cues on racial discrimination co-authored by Dr. Elena Stepanova, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been accepted for publication by the European Journal of Social Psychology: Stepanova, E. V., Bartholow, B. D., Saults, J. S., and Friedman, R. S. (2017) Effects of Exposure to Alcohol-related Cues on Racial Discrimination. Eur. J. Soc.

June 7, 2017

The University of Southern Mississippi’s graduate programs in School Psychology, Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology continue to enjoy a 100 percent internship placement rate for their doctoral students at some of the top American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited institutions in the U.S.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s graduate programs in School Psychology, Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology continue to enjoy a 100 percent internship placement rate for their doctoral students at some of the top American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited institutions in the U.S.

“We could not be more excited for our students,” said Dr. Joe Olmi, chairman of the USM Department of Psychology. “It is a testament to their hard work and the hard work of their respective faculty mentors.”

June 6, 2017

Some of the region’s top middle school students were honored June 3 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus when the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) held its ‘Draping of the Medals’ ceremony at Bennett Auditorium. The annual event recognizes seventh-grade students for scoring as well as entering college freshmen on the ACT or SAT, and showing promise for future academic success.

Some of the region’s top middle school students were honored June 3 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus when the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) held its ‘Draping of the Medals’ ceremony at Bennett Auditorium. The annual event recognizes seventh-grade students for scoring as well as entering college freshmen on the ACT or SAT, and showing promise for future academic success.