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


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,


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

This spring, Tupelo and Southaven residents interested in pursuing a career in social work have a new opportunity at The University of
Mississippi’s Tupelo and DeSoto Center campuses.

UM-Tupelo and -DeSoto Center have added daytime courses that students can take toward earning a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The two campuses already offer several other bachelor’s degrees.

The Tupelo and DeSoto Center campuses work hard to create programs that meet the needs of students who work full time and/or have family obligations.

“We are very excited to offer these day classes and provide this opportunity for anyone interested in a social work degree—or in child welfare or social welfare policy issues,” said Sherry Jenkins, instructor of social work and the first day faculty member at UM-DeSoto Center.

The degrees are a joint effort of UM’s School of Applied Sciences and the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education. Applicants to the program must meet all admissions requirements of the University. Some courses must be taken at the Oxford campus. Scholarships and tuition waivers are available for out-of-state undergraduate and graduate students.

Applied Sciences Dean Linda Chitwood believes “expansion of the
social work and criminal justice program to the Southaven and Tupelo areas is vitally important as the University strives to meet the needs of the state of Mississippi.”

“We are pleased with the response to the social work and criminal justice classes at Southaven and Tupelo. A central mission of the School of Applied Sciences is the professional preparation of caring and contributing citizens who will work to improve the welfare of our great state,” she said.








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