Students have returned to campus and our first day of Spring semester classes was January 10. This month’s newsletter opens with information about a donation we received from the PowerSchool Education Fund, a provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education, to help students in our teacher preparation programs pass the Praxis teacher preparation test.
Another article features Dr. Amy Upton, an assistant professor of school counseling who was awarded the Alabama Counseling Association's Publication Award for a study that provided an opportunity for the voices of district supervisors to be heard on topics related to the preparation of school counselors.
We highlight several students in the college, including Mia Pennison for her work with peer mentoring; Abritty Abdullah, a doctoral student in the instructional design and development program who is the recipient of the 2021 Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award; and Margaret Barnard, who chose the University of South Alabama because she wanted to major in recreational therapy to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities.
Two alumni are also featured, including Sydnie Shuford, who serves as a sixth grade counselor at Causey Middle School and was recently recognized in Mobile Bay’s 2022 Class of 40 Under 40. Shuford is a National Blue Ribbon Award Winning Counselor and Alabama Performance Award Winning Teacher. We also include a heartrending story about Sgt. Kenneth Johnson, a college alumnus and University of South Alabama police officer. His road to recovery following an accident and injuries received early in 2021 led to a marriage ceremony in the chapel at USA Health University Hospital.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!
John E. Kovaleski