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August 25, 2017

USM psychology professor Dr. James Moore is passionate about the impact graduates of the University’s Applied Behavior Analysis Program are making in the lives of people coping with autism and other disabilities.

As director of Southern Miss’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Master's Program, psychology professor Dr. Jim Moore is playing a key role in training its graduate students to become board certified behavior analysts and deliver services for individuals diagnosed with autism and other disabilities. He took time recently to share with Southern Miss Now specifics about the program and the positive impact it’s making.

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?

April 4, 2019

Even faculty can get tired of their own lesson plans. But a quick fix can be hard – even when you’ve got a great idea.

 

Rachel Lahasky, a clinical instructor in the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Social Work, understands this quandary firsthand. But she was patient and finally introduced a new, semester-long assignment for her Social Work Grief and Bereavement class in fall 2018.

Even faculty can get tired of their own lesson plans. But a quick fix can be hard – even when you’ve got a great idea.

Rachel Lahasky, a clinical instructor in the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Social Work, understands this quandary firsthand. But she was patient and finally introduced a new, semester-long assignment for her Social Work Grief and Bereavement class in fall 2018.

And the unexpected payoff? An opportunity for her 19 undergraduate students to present their work at a major national conference.

April 3, 2019

Morgan Bradwell alternately – and unapologetically – describes herself as a nerd and a unicorn.

 

But that’s a good combination for a graduate student who loves research and data.

 

So much so that the social work master’s student from Mobile was one of 13 graduate students honored by the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) on Tuesday, April 2. Bradwell and 11 others were inducted into the Graduate School Hall of Fame, while a 13th was named Graduate Assistant of the Year.

Morgan Bradwell alternately – and unapologetically – describes herself as a nerd and a unicorn.

But that’s a good combination for a graduate student who loves research and data.

So much so that the social work master’s student from Mobile was one of 13 graduate students honored by the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) on Tuesday, April 2. Bradwell and 11 others were inducted into the Graduate School Hall of Fame, while a 13th was named Graduate Assistant of the Year.

March 29, 2019

You’ve heard about the increasing need for qualified teachers in Mississippi. The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is helping to fill this need by offering a fully online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, which leads to a Mississippi teaching license.

You’ve heard about the increasing need for qualified teachers in Mississippi. The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is helping to fill this need by offering a fully online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, which leads to a Mississippi teaching license.

March 27, 2019

Five years ago, Andrea Watson got a call that she knew would come – but one she also was totally unprepared for.

 

As a registered foster parent with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, Watson had agreed to take children ranging in age from newborns to 12 years old. The problem for Watson, a social work major from Vancleave at the University of Southern Mississippi – or any foster family – is that it’s nearly impossible to have all the supplies needed to care for a child on short notice.

Five years ago, Andrea Watson got a call that she knew would come – but one she also was totally unprepared for.

As a registered foster parent with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, Watson had agreed to take children ranging in age from newborns to 12 years old. The problem for Watson, a social work major from Vancleave at the University of Southern Mississippi – or any foster family – is that it’s nearly impossible to have all the supplies needed to care for a child on short notice.

March 21, 2019

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Trenton Gould as dean of the University’s College of Education and Human Sciences, effective April 1.

 

Gould has served as interim dean of the new College of Education and Human Sciences since July 2018, when the college debuted as part of the University’s ongoing academic reorganization plan. He is the inaugural dean of the college.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Trenton Gould as dean of the University’s College of Education and Human Sciences, effective April 1.

Gould has served as interim dean of the new College of Education and Human Sciences since July 2018, when the college debuted as part of the University’s ongoing academic reorganization plan. He is the inaugural dean of the college.

March 8, 2019

When personnel within The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work hatched the idea for a food pantry, no one could have foreseen the heights to which the initiative would soar.

When personnel within The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work hatched the idea for a food pantry, no one could have foreseen the heights to which the initiative would soar.

What began as a simple, donation-based program housed on USM’s Hattiesburg campus has grown into a full-fledged service organization involving benefactors from across the Pine Belt region.

March 7, 2019

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards ranked The University of Southern Mississippi 13th in the country in producing new National Board-Certified Teachers in 2018 with more than 1,000 teachers certified.

 

USM also ranked No. 13 in the 2017 Top 50 Alma Maters by Total Number of NBCTs with 1,001 teachers certified.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards ranked The University of Southern Mississippi 13th in the country in producing new National Board-Certified Teachers in 2018 with more than 1,000 teachers certified.

USM also ranked No. 13 in the 2017 Top 50 Alma Maters by Total Number of NBCTs with 1,001 teachers certified.

February 10, 2019

An extensive renovation of venerable Joseph Greene Hall on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus is nearing completion as the facility transitions from housing one major academic unit to another.

 

The estimated $13-million project is scheduled for substantial completion in April. For almost 50 years the building housed USM’s business program, but all units associated with that program moved to newly constructed Scianna Hall in 2015.

An extensive renovation of venerable Joseph Greene Hall on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus is nearing completion as the facility transitions from housing one major academic unit to another.

The estimated $13-million project is scheduled for substantial completion in April. For almost 50 years the building housed USM’s business program, but all units associated with that program moved to newly constructed Scianna Hall in 2015.

January 22, 2019

Tiara Watson, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) senior psychology major and student in its prestigious Honors College, has been chosen to present her research at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference (SEPA) March 20-23 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Tiara Watson, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) senior psychology major and student in its prestigious Honors College, has been chosen to present her research at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference (SEPA) March 20-23 in Jacksonville, Florida.

January 14, 2019

Barely two years old, an innovative faculty development initiative at The University of Southern Mississippi has blossomed into a resounding success.

 

USM’s ACUE (Association of College and University Educators) Faculty Development Institute is an intensive, 10-week program featuring participants engaged in a subset of ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices, which focuses on research-based techniques for promoting active learning, improving assessment techniques, and designing effective courses.

Barely two years old, an innovative faculty development initiative at The University of Southern Mississippi has blossomed into a resounding success.

USM’s ACUE (Association of College and University Educators) Faculty Development Institute is an intensive, 10-week program featuring participants engaged in a subset of ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices, which focuses on research-based techniques for promoting active learning, improving assessment techniques, and designing effective courses.

December 20, 2018

From the opening of new facilities, to a substantial enrollment increase, to success on the athletic fields, the year 2018 proved to be dynamic and memorable at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

From the opening of new facilities, to a substantial enrollment increase, to success on the athletic fields, the year 2018 proved to be dynamic and memorable at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

Paring the list of noteworthy accomplishments to a concise list is difficult at best, but listed below are some of the more distinguished highlights from the past year:

New Facilities Open

November 5, 2018

Graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi will have an opportunity to showcase their research and compete for significant prizes during the 5th Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition set for Nov. 7-9 at the Trent Lott National Center on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

 

Graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi will have an opportunity to showcase their research and compete for significant prizes during the 5th Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition set for Nov. 7-9 at the Trent Lott National Center on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

Preliminary rounds will be held Nov. 7-8 from 2-5 p.m. with the finals set for Friday, Nov. 9 from 2-4 p.m.

November 2, 2018

The University of Southern Mississippi will take part in a $4.73 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative (DPSI). The initiative coordinates Department of Defense efforts to identify, evaluate, deploy, and transfer technology, items, and equipment to federal, state, and local first responders.

 

Dr. Joshua Hill, assistant professor of criminal justice and forensic science at The University of Southern Mississippi, USM’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security and Kopis Mobile will lead this year-long project to identify Department of Defense technology and equipment that can enhance public safety and improve homeland security.

The University of Southern Mississippi will take part in a $4.73 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative (DPSI). The initiative coordinates Department of Defense efforts to identify, evaluate, deploy, and transfer technology, items, and equipment to federal, state, and local first responders.

October 9, 2018

If you’ve got extreme entertainment skills – or if you have food items you’re willing to donate – then SMAC has the perfect opportunity for you.

 

The Southern Miss Activities Council is holding its annual USM Has Talent show on Wednesday, Oct. 17, including a donation drive to benefit the on-campus Eagle’s Nest food pantry. Students are encouraged to make a donation if they are able. The show is at 7 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium; doors open at 6:30.

If you’ve got extreme entertainment skills – or if you have food items you’re willing to donate – then SMAC has the perfect opportunity for you.

The Southern Miss Activities Council is holding its annual USM Has Talent show on Wednesday, Oct. 17, including a donation drive to benefit the on-campus Eagle’s Nest food pantry. Students are encouraged to make a donation if they are able. The show is at 7 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium; doors open at 6:30.

August 14, 2018

Hallie Jordan, a University of Southern Mississippi counseling psychology doctoral student from Birmingham, Ala., is serving as a co-editor for the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 2 (Society for Teaching of Psychology) Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) blog.

Hallie Jordan, a University of Southern Mississippi counseling psychology doctoral student from Birmingham, Ala., is serving as a co-editor for the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 2 (Society for Teaching of Psychology) Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) blog.