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Putting a limit on knowledge and doing the bare minimum has never been anything Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour has aspired himself to do – or expected of anyone else.

 

Instead, he is what others may consider an over-achiever, or a man of many talents, and these traits have led to Naghshpour being named The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2016 Mentor of the Year and the 2016 Research Fellow for the Academy of Economics and Finance.

Next month, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus instructor Dr. Greg Bradley will make his ninth trip to Cuba as an economics educator and conference presenter. With every passing visit, Bradley finds himself as much a student as he is a teacher.

 

Bradley will represent the Southern Miss College of Business as a lecturer and panelist during the Hominis 2016 conference, set for May 7-15 in Havana. He will be joined by professors from the University of Havana and the University of Vienna (Austria) to discuss the convergence of economics and psychology.

Students in the School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi presented and won awards at the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Social Workers conference, held March 23- 25 at the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Biloxi.

A team comprised of three University of Southern Mississippi students took home second-place honors at the annual Alley Scholars Shark Tank Challenge Business Plan Competition held earlier this month in Fort Worth, Texas.

On any given day, you can find Jim Franks inside the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) or out on Gulf Coast waters, studying the habitats and conditions of fish along the Mississippi Coast and beyond.

Allison Tharp, an English doctoral student at The University of Southern Mississippi, placed second in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Three-Minute Thesis (3MTÒ) competition held last month in Charlotte, N.C.

First-year University of Southern Mississippi student Lisa Brackeen credits the head-start she received through the University’s unique Jump Scholars Program with making her transition to college life a seamless one.

 

The Jump Scholars Program, launched in 2014, is a summer program for select incoming freshmen who want to get a “jump” on their classes and get connected quickly to the Southern Miss experience. 

Seven international business students from The University of Southern Mississippi enjoyed a memorable experience on the evening of Monday, Jan. 11 as dinner guests at the residence of the Consulate General of France in New Orleans.

 

 

After three arduous years of classroom and clinical requirements, 18 students have excelled to become the inaugural graduates of the Nurse Anesthesia Program in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing.

 

The graduates will receive their doctorate of nursing practice during the University’s 2015 Fall Commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 11 at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus. Having completed the program, the graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA).

University of Southern Mississippi business students captured four out of eight awards presented at the Mississippi Cotton Merchandising Competition held Nov. 20 at Mississippi State University in Starkville. While 45 merchandising plans were entered in the completion, only 17 were chosen for the final competition at Mississippi State University. 

A group of 18 University of Southern Mississippi students were recently trained in water quality testing led by the Audubon Society and The Nature Conservancy. Students in the Beta Iota Omicron (BIO) Club, EcoEagles and Gamma Theta Upsilon student organizations, based on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, participated in the event.

 

The cancerous cells in Corey Auerswald’s body could not hold down the willpower of her spirit.

 

The joy in Auerswald’s spirit when people see or speak to her is contagious, touching people wherever she goes. Auerswald is now in her second semester in The University of Southern Mississippi nursing program, working to complete the rigorous nurse anesthetist program. She hopes to graduate in December.

Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts did not capture the coveted crown of Miss America 2016 Sunday night, but the University of Southern Mississippi graduate certainly won over the crowd on hand in Atlantic City and millions of others around the globe who watched the telecast with her poise, personality and extraordinary musical talent.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore hopes to discover a bit of magic at the North Pole this summer, whether she detects any signs of Santa’s workshop or not.

 

Whitmore, a second-year master’s student in the Department of Marine Science (chemistry emphasis), will participate in a unique 65-day research cruise to the top of the world aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Healy.” Her Arctic Ocean adventure begins Aug. 9 with departure from Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

The University of Southern Mississippi is on a seven-year roll when it comes to producing Phi Kappa Phi National Fellows. And with the steady influx of high-achieving Honors College students, the trend shows no signs of slowing down.

 

The seven-year streak began with Justin Poelma in 2009 and continued this year with Stephanie McCracken’s selection.

The University of Southern Mississippi Thad Cochran Center was recently filled with people from all over the campus who assisted the Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (Mississippi INBRE) program over the last year.

Johnathan Reed, a senior recreation administration major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was selected as the recipient of the Southern Miss Comcast Golf Classic Scholarship.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Kelvin Barber will soon trade his life as a Hattiesburg college student for a new one as a system engineer with Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Mo.

 

Barber, a Natchez, Miss., native and Information Technology major at Southern Miss, will be working with Linux to update systems and software used in hospitals.

Anthony Abshire, a senior Chemistry (ACS Certified Chemistry) major in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, was awarded first place in the biochemistry/organic oral presentation at the 47th Annual Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference held recently at the University of Alabama.

Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, chair and professor of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, led a contingent of current Human Capital Development doctoral and master’s program students to participate in the 2015 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Research Conference in the Americas held last month in St. Louis, Mo.

University of Southern Mississippi doctoral students Dave Krzeminski and Nadine Lippa have been awarded an international research fellowship and currently are collaborating with researchers in Australia.

 

Krzeminski of Grandville, Mich., and Lippa, of Bergen, N.Y., are conducting research at universities in Australia from January – May 2015. They are two of the 235 selected recipients from more than 4,000 applicants around the world. Only 15 Americans were selected for the Endeavour Research Fellowship program, an international, merit-based scholarship provided by the Australian government.

A renowned advocate for children with exceptional abilities was recognized for her service to the field of gifted education Feb. 19 when The University of Southern Mississippi honored Dr. Frances A. Karnes at a reception on the Hattiesburg campus.

Just in time for the holiday break, a period when students typically apply for scholarships, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has launched an online program that provides incoming and current students an easier way to discover and apply for donor-funded scholarships.  

 

Created by Academic Works, the leading provider of scholarship management solutions for colleges, universities and foundations, the streamlined application process allows students to create a personal account and complete a general application.

For six years, graduate students and professors at The University of Southern Mississippi have worked hand-in-hand with the staff at DuBard School for Language Disorders to bring music education to students with language disorders.