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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.

Tiara Watson, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) senior psychology major and student in its prestigious Honors College, has been chosen to present her research at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference (SEPA) March 20-23 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Four members of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Eagle Connection student ambassador group had the opportunity to present at the Student Development Institute hosted by CIVSA (Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association) earlier this month in Birmingham, Ala.

Sharing fascinating subject matter with a broader audience, while gaining valuable research and exhibit production skills, is central to the purpose of the Student Curator Program offered through University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). 

University of Southern Mississippi nursing student Tamecia Herbert has been awarded The Hiawatha and Eunice Northington Memorial Scholarship.

 

Herbert, a native of Crystal Springs, Miss., currently works at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery V.A. Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., as a registered nurse. The scholarship is administered through the Mississippi Nurses Foundation.

Siblings Alden and Field Bennett earned degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi during fall 2018 commencement, making them third-generation graduates of the school.

The two Oak Grove (Miss.) natives were among approximately 1,200 who were candidates for degrees this semester, becoming alumni of USM’s College of Business and Economic Development. Alden earned his MBA, while younger brother Field secured a degree in marketing.

A University of Southern Mississippi social work professor and social work alumna were named field instructors of the year at the annual School of Social Work Fall Colloquium.

 

Dr. Susan Hrostowski, associate professor, and one of her former students, Alix Dearing of Merit Health Gulf Oaks in Biloxi, were honored at the November event, which also featured speakers from around the state and Alabama.

When Chrishasta Gardner walks across the stage Friday, Dec. 7 to receive her bachelor of social work degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, there are two things she is sure of. She will be the first graduate in Mississippi to earn a minor in child advocacy studies. And her eyes will not be dry.

A University of Southern Mississippi (USM) educator long prized for her talents in the classroom and as an administrator has been honored with a noteworthy role in the school’s fall 2018 graduation ceremonies.

Eight graduate students in The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School of Psychology are recipients of funding from the Graduate Competitive Travel Award (GCTA) program, which supports travel to national or international-level professional conference or exhibitions for presentation of research or creative work.

University of Southern Mississippi film student Kyle Churchwell knew he had a compelling idea for national contest. He had no way of knowing how impactful his short video would become.

University of Southern Mississippi student Shelsea Perez, a senior majoring in Architectural Engineering Technology, was selected as the state recipient of a scholarship from a local chapter of The National Association of Women in Construction this fall.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Art & Design program presents its Senior Show in Sculpture starting on Nov. 27 and running until Dec. 7 in the Gallery of Art and Design. An opening reception to this free event will be held on Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.

Ashleigh Bristol, a doctoral student in polymer science and engineering, captured the Grand Champion award in the University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition held last week on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

The competition invites graduate students to describe the significance of their thesis or dissertation to a general audience in three minutes or less.

University of Southern Mississippi business students Nishu Gupta and John (Trey) Haire will be representing the USM Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter at the 2018 Beta Gamma Sigma Global Leadership Summit in Chicago, Ill. later this November. 

 

Continuing its tradition of excellence, The University of Southern Mississippi has produced a record 13 Gilman scholars over the past year. This brings the University’s total of Gilman Scholarships over the past three years to 29, far and away the state’s leader in that prestigious category.

Brandon Cade, a junior finance major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the 2018 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship by the Mississippi Bankers Association.

One of the oldest Greek Life organizations at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is marking its 70th anniversary during homecoming week at the school.

University of Southern Mississippi Ph.D. student Chris Hair has received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education to support his international research.

 

Hair, 36, of Spokane, Wash. will spend six months in Ecuador working with indigenous farmers in Cotacachi, a town in the Imbabura Province more than 60 miles north of Quito. Hair will use drones to survey and map small-scale farms in Ecuador to record agrobiodiversity, while conducting surveys and leading workshops with indigenous farmers, who are often women, to understand farm management and technology.