‘Succeed with Hearing Loss’ Support Group Sessions Offered this Fall

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and its Speech and Hearing Clinic is conducting a series of support group sessions for individuals with hearing loss.

Significant others, such as partners, children and siblings, also can participate in these sessions.

Examples of topics discussed during these group sessions include tips to improve communication, concerns with using hearing aids, handling difficult listening situations, emergency preparedness and self-advocacy.

During the fall 2018 semester, the sessions are set for 1-3 p.m. Sept. 7 and 21, Oct. 5 and 19, and Nov. 2, 16 and 30 in Room 106E on the first floor of the J.D. Williams library.

You need not have hearing aids to participate in these sessions, which are free of charge.

For those participating in the group aural rehab sessions, parking will be available in the spaces reserved for clients in the parking lot near George Hall. If you are interested in participating in these sessions, contact Rebecca Lowe at rl1@olemiss.edu or Vishakha Rawool at vrawool@olemiss.edu.

Student Health Pharmacy Changes Name, Expands Operations

Renamed Student and Employee Pharmacy Health Services offers options for faculty and staff

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Student Health Pharmacy has changed its name to Student and Employee Pharmacy Health Services and expanded its offerings to provide pharmacy services to employees.

“The main goal of Pharmacy Health Services and the pharmacy school is to improve health care and make it more available,” said David D. Allen, dean of the School of Pharmacy. “Providing pharmacy services to the entire Ole Miss community was a natural next step in fulfilling the school’s mission of improving health, well-being and quality of life.”

The renaming better reflects the scope of services and target population, said Chad Westmoreland, a pharmacist at the center.

“Up until this year, our prescription services were limited to current Ole Miss students, but now we have expanded to provide services for university students, employees and employee families,” he said.

“We will provide the same services as always – prescriptions, medication counseling, immunizations – with the addition of on-campus delivery upon request to faculty-staff and the option for payment through payroll deduction.”

Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays. For more information, call 662-915-5279, visit https://healthcenter.olemiss.edu/pharmacy/ or email umpharmacy@olemiss.edu.

Mississippi Poet Laureate, UM Professor Takes Stage for Performance

Beth Ann Fennelly, along with Jackson native Claire Holley, treats audiences to songs and poems

OXFORD, Miss. – The work of University of Mississippi English professor and Mississippi’s poet laureate, Beth Ann Fennelly, along with a Mississippi native singer-songwriter, can be enjoyed by all in August through a broadcast of an intimate performance of songs and poems.

Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television will air “An Evening with Claire and Beth Ann” at 9 p.m. Aug. 6, with encore presentations set for 9 p.m. Aug. 10 and noon Aug. 12.

Fennelly and Claire Holley took the stage inside The Cedars, Jackson’s oldest surviving residential structure, for the performance. Holley and Fennelly, who have been friends for 15 years, take turns treating the audience with their unique artistic talents during the performance, as reported by MPB.

Fennelly previously served as director of the UM Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, as well as teaching poetry and nonfiction writing at Ole Miss, before being named by Gov. Phil Bryant in 2016 as the state’s poet laureate. The designation comes with a four-year term she is using to make poetry more accessible to Mississippians.

In 2011, she was named UM Humanities Teacher of the Year and College of Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year. Her first collection of poetry, “Open House,” was a Book Sense Top Ten Poetry Pick and won a Kenyon Review Prize, a Zoo Press Poetry Prize and a Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award.

Enrollment Still Open for New IMC Online Graduate Degree Program

OXFORD, Miss. – Interested professionals can earn a graduate degree in integrated marketing communication completely online through the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi. The first classes start in August, and the application deadline is Aug. 10.

This program is designed to give mid-career professionals an opportunity to learn to use communication to connect people and organizations, without having to uproot their lives to become full-time students on a college campus. It also is opening the school’s programs to students around the world.

The master’s program in integrated marketing communication allows online students to take the same courses as residential students, with the only differences being the flexibility of delivery and the sequence of the courses.

Students can complete the 36-credit-hour degree program in two years by taking courses throughout the fall, spring and summer semesters.

The curriculum combines theory, insight and real-world application in the areas of audience research, analytics, creative production and brand strategy.

Graduates are prepared for leadership roles in advertising and public relations agencies, corporations, media, nonprofit organizations, health care, political communication and sports.

Classes begin Aug. 20. To apply for the program, go http://investible.meek.olemiss.edu/. To learn more about the journalism and IMC programs at Ole Miss, visit https://meek.olemiss.edu.

UM Ranks Best in Mississippi for Job Placement

OXFORD, Miss. – Data on job placement rates over a decade show University of Mississippi graduates are the best in the state at finding employment and keeping it, according to a new ranking from Zippia.com.

The ranking takes into account 10 years’ worth of data on job placement rates as part of Zippia’s rating for the best colleges in each state for finding a job. The data shows that after 10 years, 90.8 percent of UM graduates are still employed with a median income of $52,700.

That’s not only the best percentage of all Mississippi schools, but it also tops a number of institutions in the Southeastern Conference. UM ranked fifth in the SEC, according to the data.

The top university in the nation was Virginia Military Institute, which has a 96.6 percent job placement rate.

Zippia is a career expert site based in San Mateo, California. To see the full ranking, click here

CME Senior Capstone Projects Aid Willie Price

Students design and build solutions to real-word problems at preschool

OXFORD, Miss. – The 3- and 4-year-old children at the University of Mississippi’s Willie Price Lab School find themselves living out the phrase, “little people, big world.” 

Recently, students in the university’s Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence completed two senior capstone projects to design and build products that helped students at the preschool. One called “Step Buddy” gave Willie Price students a solution to a common problem: the children aren’t able to reach the sinks and water fountains in Kinard Hall, which are designed for adults. Another product, Big Cajon, is a smaller-than-normal hand percussion instrument for students to play along with their teachers. 

Edward Lieser, a Chicago native who earned a bachelor’s degree in finance earlier this year, was the CEO of Step Buddy. He said the idea began when a faculty member at Willie Price came to the CME and talked about the issue of sinks being too high for children to reach. 

“Our team felt as if we could effectively remedy the situation with a solid design that met all of the desired customer specifications,” Lieser said. “Very quickly, the project became more than just a ‘capstone project’ as our team was consistently engaged, trying to make the Ole Miss community, specifically Willie Price, a better place.”

The goal of the capstone projects is to engage the senior CME class in a yearlong entrepreneurial, “real-world” experience that involves designing a new product and building a “company” around it. 

In the beginning, students had to utilize a comprehensive engineering design process that was taught in previous CME courses to bring the product to life. From there, each team was to create an organizational structure, develop a concurrent working relationship with a local customer, determine accurate costs and profit projections and ultimately manufacture the product at the center. 

They also had to meet all production timelines. 

Ole Miss seniors Peter Dowling, Chris Sevigney, Kaitlyn Meyers, Kyle Khan and Arthur Smith, all from business, accountancy and engineering, were members of the Step Buddy team. It provided a great work experience, Lieser said. 

“Throughout the project, I think we all got a taste of the real world in not just manufacturing, but business and real life as a whole,” Lieser said. “Critical lessons in effective communication, project management, meeting deadlines and quotas, cross-functional collaboration and more were all taught through experience.”

Evan Turner and Paige Lohman created Big Cajon. Originally, the design called for a full-sized drum, but after meeting with Willie Price staff, they heard concerns about it being too tall for the students. Turner and Lohman made their design about 30 percent shorter, without changing its tone. 

“Our team spent this semester and last semester applying the concepts we learned through the CME curriculum in order to finalize a prototype, design a process layout and complete two one-hour production runs,” said Lohman, of Moline, Illinois, who graduated in May with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Jack McClurg, CME associate professor of practice, praised both groups of students for their work. 

Step Buddy was vitally important, he said. 

“Eddie Lieser and his group did a fine job analyzing the current situation and needs by visiting the school, recognizing the need and working with the students and administrators to make functional, safe products for the children to use,” McClurg said. 

The Big Cajon team was flexible in their production line, which allowed them to easily change their product to best fit the customer, he said. 

“After visiting with the school, there were concerns about the cajon being too tall for the children to use safely,” McClurg said. “This resulted in a redesign of the cajon to be about 30 percent shorter, while not affecting the tonal quality of the drum box too much.

“This team ended up building 10-to-12 small cajons for the children and delivering two full-scale units for teachers.”

UM Students Post Strong Showing in National Russian Essay Contest

Director of UM Russian language program provides encouragement, guidance

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi students won medals in the 2018 American Council of Teachers of Russian essay contest for college students, placing among the top in the field of nearly 1,300 essays from 60 schools across the country.  

The National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest, which was established in 1999, has become a signature Russian language contest for students taking Russian at colleges and universities around the country. Three judges in Moscow read each essay and independently ranked them. Four UM students were recognized. 

The UM students worked very hard and produced some excellent essays, said Valentina Iepuri, UM assistant professor of modern languages and director of the Russian language program.

“I’m really proud of them,” Iepuri said. “I was moved to tears by their work.”

In Category C, Level 4, Nika Arkhipova, a senior nutrition and dietetics major from Moscow, won a silver medal for her essay on her hometown, which mentioned the music she grew up hearing, including the songs “Moscow Nights” and “Golden City.” She also won a silver medal in the same category last year, which is for native Russian speakers.   

“I tried to write about everything I like about it, including some historical facts about it, and some architectural and other information related to the city,” Arkhipova said. “I mentioned (a) couple of songs I grew up listening to about Moscow.” 

Amy Cain, a junior political science major from Southaven, won a bronze medal in Category A, Level 2, for her essay on living in Memphis, Tennessee, and spending her summers in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She said the Russian professors at UM did a great job of preparing her and other students for the challenging contest.

“I sent in an essay last year as well, but I guess that does not make the task any less intimidating the second time around,” Cain said. “It’s a whole different experience from writing class assignments with a textbook and dictionary open. While the topic is broad, the hardest part is narrowing down the topic to something you actually know how to articulate in Russian.”  

Philip Ouyang, a sophomore chemistry major from Kunming, Yunnan, China, received an honorable mention for his essay about the Chinese city he was born in, including information about the lifestyles, climate and the seagulls that migrate there from Siberia during the winters. 

“I am interested in Russian language and have been to Russia once when I was in junior high school,” Ouyang said. “Writing the essay to me is like recalling the precious journey. As a newbie for Russian, of course, I don’t have enough vocabulary to depict the scenes, and Dr. Iepuri helped me (with) a few words and cases as well, which is pretty helpful for memorizing commonly used phrases.”

Olivia Myers, a sophomore international studies major from Baton Rouge, also received an honorable mention in the same category as Ouyang. She wrote about UM and also her Louisiana hometown, but also how she wants to live in St. Petersburg someday. She said she was nervous, but it all came together nicely, thanks to the preparation with Iepuri.

“The experience of taking on this essay reassured me that Russian is a passion that I want to continue,” Myers said. “I love how learning a language never ends, and I plan to use Russian in my daily life not only in school but also for my future career.”

Daniel E. O’Sullivan, chair of modern languages and professor of French, said the strong showing isn’t surprising. 

“Every year, Dr. Valentina Iepuri encourages several of her students to enter into the Russian essay contest, and every year, one or more of her students place in the competition,” O’Sullivan said. “It is a testament to her dedication as a teacher and to the hard work of her students.”

Twenty-Two UM Freshmen Named FASTrack Summer Scholars

Award covers tuition for one 3-hour course

OXFORD, Miss. – Twenty-two University of Mississippi freshmen have been selected to receive Foundations for Academic Success Track summer scholarships.

FASTrack is a first-year learning community that helps students make a successful transition from high school to college. Students benefit from smaller and enhanced classes, individualized advising and mentoring and a community of supportive peers.

Participating students earn higher GPAs, go on academic probation less often and return for the sophomore year at higher rates than their peers.

“This scholarship, created to honor the Hill and Landrum families, covers one 3-credit hour course during any summer session,” said Suzanne Wilkin, FASTrack academic mentor. “Recipients are in good academic standing and have demonstrated how FASTrack had a profound and positive impact on their first-year college experience.”

Scholarship recipients are: Tyshionna Benson, of Taylor; LaKymbreya Buckner, Jocelyn Knox and Makayla Scott, all of Jackson; Leona Craig and Mercedes Pride, both of Gulfport; Gabrielle Dunn, Jacelyn Frierson, Isam Orabi and Melissa Presley, all of Oxford; Bettia Hankins and Yakia McKinnie, both of Holly Springs; Jessica Johnson, of Macon; Akeeriyanna Jones, of Greenwood; Delvin Kimmons, of Sardis; Cole Kinnamon, of Alpharetta, Georgia; Kyeisha Mells, of Ruleville; Jonathan Roberts, of Olive Branch; Larry Stokes, of Clarksdale; Caylyn Tate, of Pearl; Eddy Thompson, of Como; and Dajanique Wade, of Lyon.

Recipients represent a variety of majors, including accountancy, biology, biomedical engineering, communication sciences and disorders, dental hygiene, elementary education, exercise science, forensic chemistry, general business, general studies, mechanical engineering, nursing and political science.

For more information about the FASTrack program, go to http://fastrack.olemiss.edu/.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Workshop for Parents of Children with Disabilities Set for Saturday

Clinician and educator address children's behavioral problems as potential sensory issues

OXFORD, Miss. – The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi will offer a free parent workshop on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to noon to help families better understand if their child’s behavioral issues are actually sensory issues.

“A child’s tantrums or inattentiveness are not always strictly behavioral problems – they can be sensory issues,” said Amy Livingston, a UM instructor and speech-language pathologist with the HILL Lab, an on-campus learning-language program for children with moderate to severe receptive and expressive language disorders.

A joint presentation by a licensed special education teacher and a licensed speech-language pathologist will offer strategies for parents whose children with disabilities may have a sensory issue such as being hypersensitive to sights, sounds, textures, flavors, smells and other sensory input.

The program will be held at Willie Price Lab School on UM’s Oxford campus in 107 Kinard Hall. Free child care will be available for children of all abilities.

A “Sib Shop” will offer free games, snacks and activities for siblings (ages 6 and up) of children with disabilities.

The HILL program specializes in maximizing children’s language-learning capabilities while providing clinical training for undergraduate and graduate students seeking careers as audiologists, speech-language pathologists and SLP associates. The program works to engage with the community and conduct research that positively affects the lives of children in Mississippi and beyond.

For more information about this event, contact Livingston at ajliving@olemiss.edu or call 662-915-2942.

Applied Sciences Recognizes Schoolwide Honors and Awards Winners

Students lauded for academic excellence, service and leadership

The UM School of Applied Sciences produced a record number of 2018 graduates, including dozens of winners of school and university awards. UM photo by Sarah Sapp

OXFORD, Miss. – The School of Applied Sciences at the University of Mississippi recently wrapped awards season for the 2017-18 academic year. The following students were honored for academic achievements, service and leadership:

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Marianne Tillman Scholarship in Speech and Language Pathology Endowment – Rebekah Bosley, of Southaven; and Marianne Rivers Wylot, Prosper, Texas

McRight Biology Scholarship Award – Meliah Grant, Jackson; Destiny Hodges, Baldwyn; Bailey Clare McLemore, Madison; Carolyn Brooke Owens, Brandon; and Emily Claire Reedy, Horn Lake

Patricia Ann Ridgway Endowment Award – Madison Taylor Savoy, Southaven; Leah Margaret Strope, Bolivar; and Peyton Willoughby, Tupelo

Robert Guy Millis Endowment Award – Sydney Gully, Saltillo; Lexy Lindsey Pharr, Golden; and Courtney Walden, Booneville

Tommy and Susan Thames Communicative Disorders Endowment Award – Kathryn Calahan Grisson, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Jennifer Ann Grove, Forest; Sara Kingsley Tolson, Lynn Haven, Florida; Emma Thome, Peachtree City, Georgia; and Amy Walker, Batesville

Patricia Ann Ridgway/Sue Hale Scholarship – Lacie Preston, Aberdeen

Graduate Achievement Award in Communication Sciences and Disorders – Molly Grace Williams, Corinth

Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist Award – Shelby Elisa Whitsell Edmonds, Holly Springs


Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management

Robert Blackburn Graduate Award in Exercise Science – Samuel Louis Buckner, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Leon Garrett Achievement Award in Health Promotion – Emily Frith, Stanford, Kentucky

Ryan P. Malone Undergraduate Achievement Award in Exercise Science – David Edward Green, Gautier

Graduate Achievement Award in Health and Kinesiology – Scott Dankel, Howell, New Jersey; and Emily Frith, Stanford, Kentucky

Gordon McMurray Graduate Achievement Award in Sport and Recreation Management – Alison Hovatter, Meridianville, Alabama; and Sydney Elizabeth Malone, Tuscumbia, Alabama


Legal Studies

Columbus B. Hopper Scholarship Endowment Award – Natalie Swords, New Albany

Chief Richard Michael Popernik and Joan Grisham Popernik Legal Studies Scholarship Award – Janice Dewitt, Renton, Washington

Robert Langley Memorial Scholarship Award – Adrianna Cheyenne Guin, Guntown

Robert T. Warren Outstanding Criminal Justice Student Award – Jason Hunter Robbins, Shannon

Outstanding Legal Studies Graduate Student Award – Kirby Rhodes, Bay St. Louis

Outstanding Criminal Justice Student Award – Allison Dillon, Belden; Ja’Michael Handy, Water Valley; and Maryana Tyshkivski, Olive Branch

Outstanding Paralegal Student Award – Emma McNair, Brandon; and Hunter Story, Oxford


Nutrition and Hospitality Management

Outstanding Coordinated Program Student in Dietetics – Virginia Ellen Mitchell, Memphis, Tennessee

Outstanding Student in Dietetics and Nutrition Award – Elizabeth Baylee Edwards, Birmingham, Alabama

Outstanding Student in Hospitality Management Award – Mallory Kaitlyn McAlister, Southaven

Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Nutrition and Hospitality Management – Prabhdeep Sandha, Jalandhar, Punjab India

NHM Faculty Award for Student Service – Charles Sheriff, Marietta, Georgia

Sydney E. Pucheu HM Scholarship – Elizabeth Hurdle, Oxford; Nadia Radowick, Munster, Indiana; and Harley Saxton, Water Valley

Ole Miss Hospitality Management Scholarship – Danielle Foster, San Antonio, Texas; and Katherine Grizzel, Lorton, Virginia

Susan Haskins Scholarship – Emma Cousins, Plainfield, Illinois; and Chandler Law, Birmingham, Alabama

Tommy Ramey Scholarship – Caroline Acomb, Pass Christian; Meghan Bullock, Columbia; and Marlee Young, Oxford

Louise Burnett Scholarship – Katelyn Tarr, Pawnee, Illinois

Vasilyev Family Scholarship – Danielle Foster, San Antonio, Texas; and Chandler Law, Birmingham, Alabama


Social Work

Velmer Stanley Burton III Memorial Scholarship – Ericka Barnes, Greenwood Springs

Liz Triplett Walker Scholarship – Austin Conner, Batesville; Alexandra Eben, Olive Branch; and Ashleigh Jones, Oxford

“We are so proud of these students and all they’ve accomplished,” said Teresa Carithers, interim dean of applied sciences. “We commend them and wish them continued success in all of their academic endeavors.”

For more information about the School of Applied Sciences, visit http://sas.olemiss.edu/ or call 662-915-7900.