Departmental News

  • Jessi Dillingham, Counseling in Student Affairs Master's Student, Named TPE Ambassador
    Congratulations to Jessi Dillingham for being named Mississippi State University's Graduate Ambassador to NASPA's The Placement Exchange. In her role, Ms. Dillingham will serve as the main communications conduit between the university and the international student affairs association.
  • Dr. Heiselt, Dr. Molina, and Student Affairs Master's Students Present at SACSA Conference in Louisville, KY
    The Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA)held its annual conference in Louisville, KY this past weekend from November 1-3. Among the highlights of this event were presentations by Dr. April Heiselt as Co-Editor for the association's scholarly publication, The Journal of College Student Development, Dr. Molina as one of the journal's Co-Editors, and several students from the Counseling program with a concentration in Student Affairs. Congratulations to all student presenters: Whitney Dedmon, Bryan Kelley, Hannah Mountford, Brent Varner, Rachel Ross, Jacob Haun, Laura Dunn, Kelsey Jones, and Amber Norwood.
  • Dr. Elder and Brittany Bane to Present Paper at MSERA Conference in November
    Congratulations to Educational Psychology undergraduate, Brittany Bane, who will be presenting a paper with Dr. Anastasia Elder at this year's Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) conference in Knoxville, TN. Drawing upon her work with Dr. Anastasia Elder as a part of the Graduate School's competitive Summer Research Program for Undergraduate Students, Dr. Elder and Ms. Bane's paper for MSERA is entitled, "Exploring the relationships among multitasking, self-regulated learning, and anxiety."
  • Dr. Dooley Presents Poster Session at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Conference
    Dr. Katherine Dooley, counseling faculty member at MSU, and Dr. Lorraine Gaddis, nursing faculty at Mississippi University for Women, presented a research poster session at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES)Conference, held in Birmingham, Alabama, October 9-11, 2014. The presentation was entitled, "I Never Knew I had a Choice: Growing up Lesbian in the Deep South.” .
  • Enter the 2015 ACA Graduate Student Essay Competitions and Win $1000
    ACA graduate student members are invited to enter the annual essay competitions, sponsored by the American Counseling Association Foundation (ACAF). This year, students must submit an essay on the following: ACA recently approved a significant revision to its code of ethics. State your belief as to the fundamental purpose of ethical standards in the counseling profession and how they can be more effectively communicated to the membership and the profession. Review the new 2014 ACA Code of Ethics, get your creative juices flowing, and participate in one of these competitions: 1) Graduate Student Essay Competition - Supported by Gerald and Marianne Corey and Allen and Mary Bradford Ivey (open to all ACA members enrolled in counseling-related graduate studies at an accredited college or university)or ; 2) Future School Counselors Essay Competition - Supported by the Roland and Dorothy Ross Trust (open to all ACA members enrolled in counseling-related studies at an accredited college or university leading to a career as a professional school counselor at the elementary, middle, or high school level). Only future school counselors who intend to function in preK-12 educational settings are eligible. The online application, full competition rules and additional information can be found at The deadline for essay submissions is December 12, 2014. Two Grand Prize essayists will receive $1,000, a complimentary 2015 conference registration, a $250 ACA eGift Certificate, and publication of their essay in Counseling Today. Prizes will also be awarded for runner up and honorable mention. Awards will be officially presented at the ACA 2015 Conference & Expo (Orlando: March 12-15). Direct questions about the 2015 competitions to

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