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

In this Issue

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


The Applied Approach is published twice a year by the School of Applied Sciences and The University of Mississippi Alumni Association. Production services are provided by the offices of Media and Public Relations and University Publications. For more information, contact: Sheila Dossett, Alumni Association, (662) 915-7375,


Letter from the Dean

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Dr. Linda Chitwood

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Fall 2003 proved to be an outstanding semester for the School of Applied Sciences, and spring 2004 is proving to be equally amazing too.

This January, Adjunct Associate Professor of Communicative Disorders Larry Higdon was named 2004 president of the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association; Kimberly Kraft, a doctoral candidate in exercise physiology, began her first full semester as coordinator of alcohol and drug education at Ole Miss; and the Department of Communicative Disorders earned an eight-year accreditation from the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association.

We are pleased to welcome Assistant Professor of Park and Recreation Management Matt Zuefle, Associate Professors of Social Work Susan Allen and Kristi O’Dell, and Assistant Professors of Family and Consumer Sciences David Kwun and Yunhee Chang to the applied sciences family.

The School of Applied Sciences offers professional preparation programs that integrate academic study, clinical training, creative research, service learning, and community outreach. We develop future leaders whose professional endeavors will improve health and well-being. Our faculty are professors, mentors, and scholars who engage in basic and applied research, and provide professional services to constituents throughout the state and nation.

I pledge to you that the faculty and staff will continue to do everything possible to make you proud of the School of Applied Sciences. I trust that you will do your best to support us in our efforts.

Have a great year, and we look forward to seeing you on September 24 for the next Applied Sciences Weekend.


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Linda Chitwood, Dean



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