20 episodes

The "Sincerely, South" podcast shares stories that reflect the core values of the University of South Alabama College of Education and Professional Studies, such as professional excellence, lifelong learning and civil discourse. The series launched in Fall 2021 and features interviews with current students, alumni, community partners, faculty and content area experts outside of South.

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The "Sincerely, South" podcast shares stories that reflect the core values of the University of South Alabama College of Education and Professional Studies, such as professional excellence, lifelong learning and civil discourse. The series launched in Fall 2021 and features interviews with current students, alumni, community partners, faculty and content area experts outside of South.

    Episode 20: Dr. Angelia Bendolph

    Episode 20: Dr. Angelia Bendolph

    Tune in as Dr. Angelia Bendolph shares her journey as a first generation college graduate who has made her mission serving students in P-12 through higher education and effecting change in government, engineering, and industrial arenas through human-centered/learner-centered design and solutions. From her early career as an engineer to her doctoral journey in Instructional Design, Dr. Bendolph's message that community and mentorship matter in the success of underrepresented populations in STEM professions, is one that will encourage and inspire.

    • 33 min
    Episode 19: The HEART Project

    Episode 19: The HEART Project

    The HEART Project (Health, Empowerment, and Recovery from Trauma) is a college campus based initiative for supporting victims of sexual assault through counseling and medical care. SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program advocates serve as liaisons between victims and Title IX and law enforcement, as well as helping them navigate their emotions and rights post-assault. Dr. Candice Selwyn discuses how, through a grant, her team has been able to develop and extend the services provided through a partnership with medical, law enforcement, and counseling personnel to better attend to the needs of campus sexual assault victims. As one of only eight grantees in the county, Dr. Selwyn and her intern, Tristen Grantham, and SANE coordinator, Kat Loveless, share how this project may become a model for medical forensic care for other campuses. The team also emphasizes that free sexual assault care is available at both the student health center on campus and the freestanding ER adjacent to campus on Hillcrest.

    The Heart Project is supported by a federal grant designated 2020-V3-GX-0164, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

    More information about the HEART project can be found at:

    https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/studenthealth/heartproject/

    • 27 min
    Episode 18: Dr. Allan Allday

    Episode 18: Dr. Allan Allday

    Hosts Drs. Joe Gaston and Susan Ferguson discuss the array of experiences that have guided Dr. Allan Allday along his journey of supporting children, family, and educators through behavioral interventions and perspective-keeping, both in the United States and abroad. Tune in as Dr. Allday optimistically talks about the role hope plays in the lives of families and children who have a variety of needs and behavior problems and who often lack support and encouragement from the education community. He also offers advice and considerations for educators who work with students with a variety of behavioral needs, as well as how teacher reactions to severe behavior issues play a role in both short term and long term student outcomes, with emphasis on the importance of relationship building and of viewing the child as a person rather than a problem. From his role as Department Chair in the College of Education and Professional Studies, Dr. Allday offers insight to the importance higher education faculty play in active community engagement.

    • 38 min
    Episode 17: An Unexpected Journey: Noyce Pathway to Mathematics II with Ramsey Willis

    Episode 17: An Unexpected Journey: Noyce Pathway to Mathematics II with Ramsey Willis

    What inspires people to be change careers and become K-12 teachers in STEM? Ramsey Willis, a local high school mathematics teacher and adjunct faculty member at the University of South Alabama, joins the hosts of 'Sincerely, South' to discuss the National Science Foundation Noyce Pathway to Mathematics II grant. As a recipient of an NSF Noyce Grant, Willis is one of more than 100 local educators who have launched their careers with the help of funding for graduate degrees in STEM education awarded to undergraduate STEM majors.

    Tune in to learn about his inspiring journey from the business world to the head of the classroom! Host Dr. Joe Gaston is a Co-PI on the grant and coordinator of the technology connection for middle and high school educators. Co-Host Dr. Susan Ferguson is PI on the current grant and discusses how Noyce grants have had a positive impact on local and regional STEM education and how the recently funded grant incorporates rich experiences in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the STEM classroom. They are also joined by grant Co-PI and College of Education and Professional Studies Associate Dean Dr. Tres Stefurak, who is focused on teacher mental wellbeing.

    Listen to the inspirational story that led Mr. Willis to education and learn how those interested in a career in STEM education can have their graduate degree funded through NSF Noyce at the University of South Alabama.

    • 31 min
    Episode 16: Noyce Scholarship with Dr. Katie McCorrison, Dr. David Forbes, and Pamela McPherson

    Episode 16: Noyce Scholarship with Dr. Katie McCorrison, Dr. David Forbes, and Pamela McPherson

    “Sincerely, South” meets STEM education in episode 16! Join host Dr. Joe Gaston as he meets with the University of South Alabama Noyce STREAM (Science Teacher, Research, Education and Methods) team about their newly-funded National Science Foundation grant that puts undergraduate science majors into middle and high school classrooms across the region. As a Noyce scholar, students receive a $40,000 scholarship, which includes funding for their graduate education and additional expenses. 

    Learn how this four-semester program involves local school systems through mentorship, which in return has played a role in retaining teachers and promotes integrated science and math education in engaging ways that reach underserved and marginalized student populations. Hear from Dr. Katie McCorrison as she talks about the evolution of the University’s Noyce programs and how scholars now have the opportunity to participate in research through partnerships with graduate science and education faculty and local secondary teachers. Learn how Dr. David Forbes has reimagined advanced science coursework at the graduate level to enhance the experience of preservice teachers as they prepare to apply their content knowledge in their own classrooms in local schools. Meet Noyce graduate Pamela McPherson, now a tenured teacher at Baker High School in Mobile, as she discusses the program and its benefits to science majors who want to make an impact on our future leaders.

    For more information about the STREAM program or to participate in the fall pre-residency program for spring admission, visit SouthAlabama.edu/NoyceSTREAM or contact Dr. McCorrison at skguffey@southalabama.edu

    • 40 min
    Episode 15: Student Athlete Mental Wellness with Kellen Hill & Dr. Caitlyn Hauff

    Episode 15: Student Athlete Mental Wellness with Kellen Hill & Dr. Caitlyn Hauff

    Join Dr. Joe Gaston and Dr. Caitlyn Hauff as they discuss student athlete mental wellness with Clinical and Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student Kellen Hill. Informed by his own experience in athletics, Hill has been instrumental in providing mental wellness support for college athletes. Hear how the CHAMPS (Champions of Healthy Athletes for Mental Performance Strategies) initiative is removing the stigma associated with mental wellness through self care and mental health check-ins as part of their regular care programs.

    • 34 min

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