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In keeping with the spirit of the season of giving, The University of Southern Mississippi Student Government Association (SGA) has designated the Hattiesburg Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club as the beneficiary of its annual Lighting the Way for the Holidays charity fundraiser. The event is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the south lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Eleven undergraduates have been chosen for the second class of the Psychology Scholars program at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The program, which begain in 2017, offers high-achieving students - particularly those from diverse backgrounds - the opportunity to serve as peer mentors for new students in the department and other experiences through specialized workshops designed to foster success in graduate education and careers. Applications are accepted in the fall of the junior year.

University of Southern Mississippi sophomore Madalyn Mares has been there – confused, intimidated, overwhelmed, and struggling as a first-year college student. And that is why the Covington, La., native pounced at the chance to be a member of the University’s Learning Assistant pilot program.

 

“Being that I was a freshman just a year ago, I totally understand the stresses of being a first semester college student,” said Mares, a mathematics licensure major. “Being able to relate to other students definitely builds a stronger trust and makes it so much easier for students to open up to and learn from you as a learning assistant.”

The genesis of America’s political gridlock and ideas for solutions to government policy challenges in a divisive political climate will be the focus of influential conservative intellectual Yuval Levin’s University Forum presentation “Our Fractured Republic” Tuesday, Nov. 14 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. This free event is open to the public, and will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center.

University of Southern Mississippi clarinetist Sofia Potdevin Afanador had an opportunity to showcase her extraordinary musical talent as a performer during the winner’s gala of the Monterrey Flute Festival held earlier this month. The festival is sponsored by the National Fine Arts Institute of Mexico.

Job hunting has become easier and less stressful for students at The University of Southern Mississippi because of a new resource provided by Career Services.

Launched this summer, Handshake is an online recruitment tool for current students and alumni that helps connect qualified candidates with employers looking to fill open positions and internship opportunities. Through this new software system, employers can create accounts to post jobs for students to view.

The Mississippi Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi Sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its first “Wing Ching” fundraiser Monday, Oct. 16 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at its house on the Hattiesburg campus, benefitting its philanthropy “Read>Lead>Achieve!”

The Golden Eagle family is celebrating homecoming week at The University of Southern Mississippi, which will culminate in the Saturday, Oct. 14 Conference USA football matchup at 6 p.m. with the University of Texas at El Paso. Students, alumni, faculty and staff and friends of USM are invited to participate in the wide array of activities marking the occasion, with the homecoming theme “Behold the Gold.”

The Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant will feature nine contestants vying for its crown Saturday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on its Hattiesburg campus. The winner advances to the Miss Mississippi Pageant in Vicksburg next year.

The Alpha Omicron chapter of Phi Mu sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi will host its annual fall festival, BonnaMU, on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2-5 p.m. at Spirit Park on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is a fundraiser for Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Miss.

Destiney Morgan, a student in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the Eileen S. & Earl C. Whittemore Jr. Scholarship. The $2,500 award is administered through the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Mississippi Nurse’s Foundation.

University of Southern Mississippi undergraduate Latisha Swygert has been accepted to two national programs designed to promote diversity in psychology graduate education.

Students who wish to pursue a legal career will have the opportunity to meet with law school representatives and legal professionals during Pre-Law Week at The University of Southern Mississippi. Hosted by the Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs, Pre-Law Week will be held Sept. 11-14 on the Hattiesburg campus and Gulf Park campus of Southern Miss.

When the task before them seemed too daunting, Cam Kenney and Will Ford took inspiration from those with greater challenges to meet theirs to the end.

The University of Southern Mississippi is far and away the state’s leader in the securement of Gilman scholarships with eight more students earning the prestigious award in the past year. This brings the University’s total number of Gilman Scholars to 16 over the past two years, while Mississippi as a whole has produced 34.

Lalah McElhenney, left, a junior at The University of Southern Mississippi, helps her friend Tabitha Wilson, a senior, during Move-In Day Friday, Aug. 11 at the Hattiesburg campus. McElhenney and Wilson are both from Hickory, Miss. The first day of classes for the fall 2017 semester at USM is Aug. 16. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Brooke Boisseau of Hattiesburg, Miss., has been selected as a recipient of the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

University of Southern Mississippi alums Bradley Floore and Stephen Broome received the Gold and Silver honors respectively at the annual convention of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) last month. 

Brandon Bergeron, a junior at University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP). He is the grandson of William and Rannah Rushing of Tylertown, Miss.     

Campus Link AmeriCorps at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received approximately $380,000 in federal funding for 2017-18 to continue its work providing tutoring and mentoring for disadvantaged youth through its public school and non-profit agency partnerships in the Pine Belt. The funding award comes through the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS).

Loretta Williams, a student in the Master or Professional Accounting program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a Newton D. Becker Scholarship.

The College of Business chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) at The University of Southern Mississippi inducted 48 students and one faculty member this spring. Beta Gamma Sigma is a business honorary that recognizes academic excellence in business studies only at schools that are AACSB accredited (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business).

This summer 13 USM undergraduates will receive financial support to pursue crucial pathway experiences that might have otherwise been difficult to pursue due to travel costs and other financial demands.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s graduate programs in School Psychology, Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology continue to enjoy a 100 percent internship placement rate for their doctoral students at some of the top American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited institutions in the U.S.