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Twenty-three students from the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) are returning to their local school districts next year. The advancing students were recognized at a special awards celebration held at USM.

The College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi honored students and faculty during the Spring 2019 Awards Ceremony held in April. Overall, the college honored seven faculty members along with 44 undergraduate and graduate students. 

Tiara Watson, a spring 2019 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Honors College with a degree in psychology, received the Psi Chi International Honor Society’s Regional Research Award for her research project, “Perfectionism and Alcohol Use: Moderating Effects of Protective Behavioral Strategies” at the Southeastern Psychological Association conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) doctoral student Reese Sloan is the latest in a long line of outstanding scholars to receive the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship award.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Theta Gamma Chapter of the international honor society in education, Kappa Delta Pi, inducted students into the organization during a ceremony held at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus May 2. USM School of Education Director Dr. Sandra Nichols served as keynote speaker for the event.

Last week, University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) spring 2019 graduates moved their commencement cap tassels to the left and then walked right into a future full of possibility and opportunity, where they can use their newly-earned education and experiences from their alma mater to succeed.


Four spring commencement ceremonies were held, including the inaugural Graduate School graduation on USM’s Hattiesburg campus Thursday, May 9 at Reed Green Coliseum; two on Friday, May 10 for undergraduates at the Hattiesburg campus, also held at Reed Green Coliseum; and one on Saturday, May 11 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum for undergraduate and graduate students at USM’s Gulf Park Campus and Gulf Coast teaching and research sites.

Twenty students at The University of Southern Mississippi have been selected to receive Pathway Scholarships that will help finance summer internships at locations throughout the United States. A total of $25,000 was awarded and disbursed to the students in varying amounts.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) sports a well-documented tradition of excellence in producing Goldwater Scholarship winners. And now the bar has been raised even higher as three USM students have earned the prestigious award for 2019.


Not since 1995 has the University seen three winners in the same year. No other Mississippi college or university had more than one winner for 2019. This year’s trio brings the total number of USM Goldwater Scholarship recipients to a state-leading total of 24.

At his lowest point as an addict, Sidney Smith would eat out of a garbage can, dreaming about moving to South America so he could cultivate his own drugs.


It was a pipe dream, of course – a crack pipe. The stark reality was this: Eating garbage meant more money to feed his drug habit.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Office of Leadership and Student Involvement recently recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of approximately 200 USM student organizations at the Student Organization Awards and Recognition (SOAR) ceremony, held April 23 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology and one of the largest honor societies in the U.S., has awarded a competitive grant to a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) undergraduate psychology student and her faculty mentor.

Ashley Funkhouser, a junior from Gulfport, Mississippi in USM’s School of Psychology and Honors College, was selected by the Psi Chi Grants Committee and board of directors for funding support, one of only 11 such awards, for her undergraduate thesis proposal and research project titled “The Role of Action in Affordance Judgements Using Virtual Reality.” Funkhouser and her faculty mentor, Dr. Alen Hajnal, each receive $1,500 to support the project. Funkhouser is a research assistant in Dr. Hajnal’s Perception Action Cognition Lab (

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) recognized for exceptional achievement in academics, leadership and service, as well as installing new Student Government Association (SGA) officers, during its annual Student Awards Ceremony at the Hattiesburg campus April 10.

Even faculty can get tired of their own lesson plans. But a quick fix can be hard – even when you’ve got a great idea.


Rachel Lahasky, a clinical instructor in the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Social Work, understands this quandary firsthand. But she was patient and finally introduced a new, semester-long assignment for her Social Work Grief and Bereavement class in fall 2018.

Thirteen new honorees were inducted into The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Graduate Student Hall of Fame during a special ceremony held Tuesday, April 2 on the Hattiesburg campus. As part of the celebration, portraits for each of the inductees were unveiled at McCain Library.


Morgan Bradwell alternately – and unapologetically – describes herself as a nerd and a unicorn.


But that’s a good combination for a graduate student who loves research and data.


So much so that the social work master’s student from Mobile was one of 13 graduate students honored by the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) on Tuesday, April 2. Bradwell and 11 others were inducted into the Graduate School Hall of Fame, while a 13th was named Graduate Assistant of the Year.

Four University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Psychology students were honored recently with awards recognizing achievements in research, leadership and service. The awards are presented annually in the spring semester by the school.

Five years ago, Andrea Watson got a call that she knew would come – but one she also was totally unprepared for.


As a registered foster parent with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, Watson had agreed to take children ranging in age from newborns to 12 years old. The problem for Watson, a social work major from Vancleave at the University of Southern Mississippi – or any foster family – is that it’s nearly impossible to have all the supplies needed to care for a child on short notice.

Twelve University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Psychology graduate students in its clinical, counseling and school psychology programs recently earned pre-doctoral internship placements at various sites across the United States.

Three years ago, University of Southern Mississippi (USM) faculty members teaching select core courses embarked on a major effort to strengthen student success and student learning as part of the University Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP, a component of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Successful completion of core undergraduate courses in the humanities, math, and sciences is required to earn a degree at USM, and at 4-year colleges and universities across this state and the nation. The principal behind this is to ensure that no matter what students major in, they are broadly trained to be successful decision makers in the complex world in which they work and live.

When University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Sidney Smith learned he had won a national social work fellowship, the first thing he did was call the one person who would best understand what he was feeling.

The University of Southern Mississippi Advanced Trumpet Ensemble, along with Master of Music student Dayvison Costa, will compete in the Live Rounds at The National Trumpet Competition, to be held at The University of Kentucky next month.

The Phi Epsilon Chapter of Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta) Sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will host a pancake dinner fundraiser Monday, Feb. 18 from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. to support its primary philanthropic beneficiary, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Paige Whiting, a senior marketing major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been hired as one of 10 leadership development consultants by Kappa Delta Sorority for the 2019-20 academic year.


The newly remodeled Math Zone on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus reflects efforts over the past two years at redesigning the university’s College Algebra course.