The Applied Approach
Spring 2004 Vol. 2 No. 1 A newsletter for the School of Applied Sciences

In this Issue

Cover Page

Letter from the Dean

Letter from the Applied Sciences Alumni Chapter president and president elect

New president of national speech-language-hearing group will focus on shortage of teachers with doctorates

Grandparents who raise grandchildren get special recognition--and help

Senior from Alabama is first recipient of Park and Recreation Management Scholarship

DeSoto Center's day classes in social work and criminal justice reach out to working students

How to stay involved in your school

School of Applied Sciences is proud of spring 2004 Phi Kappa Phi initiates

Professor's concern about kids on welfare leads to recognition from state group

Two departments get new leaders

Three Applied Sciences scholars receive UM's highest honor

National award is icing on the cake for dietetics professor who loves teaching

Teaching students to handle alcohol responsibly is task of new UM position held by Applied Sciences grad


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Two departments get new leaders

This summer, the School of Applied Sciences welcomes two new department chairs. David Hughes McElreath, a native of Oxford,
returns as the new chair of the Department of Applied Sciences, and
Carol Minor Boyd is the new chair of the Department of Social Work.

A former Lafayette County deputy sheriff and Oxford police officer, McElreath holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public
administration from Ole Miss. His Ph.D. is from the University of
Southern Mississippi. From 1979 to 1992, he was a member of the
criminal justice faculty at Southeast Missouri State University. Since 1992, McElreath has served as chair of criminal justice at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.

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David McElreath

With more than 20 years in the social work profession, Carol Boyd said she believes that “one of the best ways to facilitate learning is to get students excited about social work as a career choice.”

“Pursuing a degree in social work is more that just a way to earn a living; it is a way to make a contribution to society,” she said.

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Carol Boyd

A 1979 graduate of Delta State University, Boyd has been employed at her alma mater since 1987 and was named chair of social work there in July 1991. She earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Doctor of Education from Delta State.

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