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The University of Southern Mississippi will host seven influential scholars, artists, activists, and scientists in 2016 and 2017 as part of its featured lecture series, University Forum and the Armstrong-Branch Lecture. From an actress whose beloved characters have become part of our cultural legacy to a scientist who wants to change how we think about humans’ origins, this year’s speakers are guaranteed to spark conversations.

Jeffrey George, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who served two terms as the school’s Student Government Association president, was the recipient of Pi Kappa Phi’s Howard H. Baker Leadership Award during the fraternity’s supreme chapter meeting July 28-31 in Austin, Texas.

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) recently recognized The University of Southern Mississippi’s College Panhellenic Council (CPC) with its Achievement Award. The NPC honored 39 of the entities across the country for their efforts to advance the sorority experience at their schools.

Hannah Cole’s passion for interior design provided the impetus for an unexpected, life-changing experience this summer as an intern with global architectural firm Gensler in New York City.

 

Cole, a University of Southern Mississippi senior from Belleville, Ill., spent 10 weeks (June 1-August 5) working with Gensler’s Digital Design Team. The company, which boasts more than 2,700 clients worldwide, occupies three floors of famed Rockefeller Center in New York.

University of Southern Mississippi students Samantha Allen and Evan Derrick have been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program (MRDSP). Allen, is a senior from Delisle, Miss., while Derrick is a junior from Morton, Miss.

A University of Southern Mississippi student witnessed political history recently, getting a front-row seat for the 2016 presidential campaign as an intern with the Republican National Committee (RNC).

A journal submission by a University of Southern Mississippi faculty member and graduate student in its College of Education and Psychology has earned special recognition.

“The Forgotten Slayings: Memory, History and Institutional Response to the Jackson State University Shootings of 1970,” published in Volume 43 of the American Educational History Journal (AEHJ) and co-authored by Melandie McGee, a doctoral student in higher education administration, and Dr. R. Eric Platt, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Studies and Administration, earned the publication’s “Article of the Year” honor.

This upcoming football season, New Orleans Saints fans from across the Gulf South can expect to see a familiar face or two as six University of Southern Mississippi alumnae have joined the NFL organization as new members of the Saintsations.

 

Competing against approximately 150 women for a chance to become a member of the renowned Saintsations, aspirants underwent a three-part audition held in April that included a dance audition, formal interview and football quiz, respectively. In the end, 33 finalists were chosen, with six of those from Southern Miss.

Two members of the Kappa Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. at The University of Southern Mississippi were selected to attend the organization’s Undergraduate Leadership Institute in Atlanta, Ga. Senior Katrell Lewis and alumnus Perry Robinson were two of 65 members selected to be a part of the institute’s Eta Class.

Louise Berryhill of Decatur, Miss., and Maggie Dickerson of Florence, Miss., juniors at the University of Southern Mississippi, along with Brian Long from Hattiesburg, Miss., a senior, were recently selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP).

Whether facing a hot stove, or a bank of TV cameras, Katie Dixon feels right at home in the kitchen. Any kitchen.

 

Dixon, a 2005 University of Southern Mississippi graduate, has parlayed her love of cooking into a spot among the Top 17 contestants remaining on the current season of Fox TV’s hit series “MasterChef.” The winner will receive a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.

Students and faculty participating in The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular British Studies program witnessed history June 23 as the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU) in the much anticipated “Brexit” referendum and British Prime Minister David Cameron resigned.

Former University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Jasmine Tate has been selected to receive the prestigious National Gold Key Award from the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). She will be honored during the group’s national conference in October.

Seven students from The University of Southern Mississippi are among the 44 contestants vying for the crown of Miss Mississippi, beginning Wednesday, June 22 at the Vicksburg Convention Center. Preliminary rounds for the 2016 Miss Mississippi Pageant will begin at 8 p.m. and continue through Friday, with each contestant group competing in talent, swimwear, eveningwear and an on-stage question.

The National Society of Leadership and Success welcomed 53 students from The University of Southern Mississippi as new members during induction ceremonies held recently on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Identifying solutions to some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems was the focus of the “Advancing Mississippi: Research for a Better Mississippi for More Mississippians” Conference held last week in Jackson.

 

Timothy Brownlee, a senior history major at The University of Southern Mississippi, took home a first place award for his presentation during the annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity held April 22-23 at the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi student Kristen Dupard has been selected to attend the United State of Women Summit set for Wednesday, June 14 in Washington, D.C.

 

Taking initiative and making connections has landed University of Southern Mississippi graduate student D’Anthony Jackson a summer internship and experience of a lifetime with the world’s second largest public relations agency -- Weber Shandwick in New York City.

Hosting the Conference USA Baseball Tournament results in thousands of dollars for local and state coffers, according to the research of a recent University of Southern Mississippi graduate.

 

Kyle Stoner of Gulfport, Miss. conducted his honors thesis on the topic, titled “The Economic Impact of the 2015 Conference USA Baseball Tournament in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.” Stoner’s research, using EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.) modeling found that visitors who attended the tournament spent approximately $2.7 million in the Hattiesburg area during their stay

Helping students with a disability or disabilities succeed is the mission of the Office of Disability Accommodations (ODA) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The ODA works on an individual basis with students eligible for accommodations in the classroom outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to develop and coordinate reasonable accommodations specific to their disabilities. It achieves this goal through intake and evaluation of students seeking its services, and working with academic units on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses to ensure full participation and access for students with disabilities.

A memorial service for Xochitl Morales, a graduate student in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, will be held Friday, May 20 at 3 p.m. in Danforth Chapel on the Hattiesburg campus. Morales died Tuesday, May 17 at her home in Hattiesburg.

 

Like many of its new graduates, Meredith McPhail is grateful for the guidance of professors at The University of Southern Mississippi. One, however, stands out from the rest – the late Dr. James H. McPhail, a member of its College of Education and Psychology faculty who in the 1970s worked for social justice in the desegregation of public schools.

But Dr. McPhail was first and foremost Meredith McPhail’s grandfather. “’PawPaw’ was very much the patriarch of our family,” said McPhail, 22, of Mobile, Ala. “He instilled in all of us that we should treat every single person with respect."

Jeffrey George has something significant in common with the University of Southern Mississippi’s spring 2016 graduates – he’s one of them. George, a senior political science major from Covington, La. served as commencement speaker for USM’s commencement exercises May 13 at Reed Green Coliseum on its Hattiesburg campus.