October 2020
South Professor Shares Legacy of Strength, Perseverance in Africatown Documentary
Dr. Joél Lewis Billingsley, associate professor in the USA College of Education and Professional Studies, works collaboratively with the community to share the life and legacy of the 110 enslaved West Africans who were brought illegally to America on the Clotilda. She stands along the Mobile River in Africatown, which is the community the enslaved founded.

Lewis Billingsley and the Africatown community are featured on EPIX in the fourth episode of the docuseries "Enslaved: The Slave Trade Told From the Ocean Floor" led by Hollywood actor and human rights activist Samuel L. Jackson.
Professor Authors Book on Teaching Pre-K Students to Become Successful Writers
Dr. Rebecca Giles, a professor in the USA College of Education and Professional Studies, has authored a new book about writing for young children she hopes is not only a resource but also motivational and inspiring for teachers. “A Young Writer’s World: Creating Classrooms Where Authors Abound” has just been published by Dimensions Education Foundation.
Teaming up for Success in the Classroom
A collaboration between the University of South Alabama College of Education and Professional Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences focusing on team-based learning in undergraduate mathematics has received a three-year, $579,762 National Science Foundation grant.

Move Brings Adventure, New Direction
#FreshmanFocus: Thanh Haas is double majoring in German and hospitality and tourism management. Haas, 36, was born in Vietnam, but left to live and work in Germany at the age of 20. She met and married a German engineer. Six years ago, his job brought them to Alabama, where their son and daughter were born.
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