August 17, 2018  

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The University of Southern Mississippi Speech and Debate team recently returned from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., where it won two national championships at the 2018 International Public Debate Association (IPDA) National Tournament.

University of Southern Mississippi student Danielle Luethke was honored by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators as a Major of the Year during the organization’s 133rd National Convention & Expo held last month in Nashville, Tenn.

It was nearly a clean sweep for The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work at the state’s largest professional conference for social workers.

One wants Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker’s job, another Gov. Phil Bryant’s, and a third would like to be a legislator for her home county. A fourth is drawn toward politics but also wary of the negative connotations.

 

The four are social work students from The University of Southern Mississippi who in early March attended a two-day “campaign school” in Hartford, Connecticut, that prepares social workers for the political arena as candidates, campaign workers, volunteers or advocates for social change.

Evelyn Sullivan is making history, for her family and for the state of Mississippi.

 

As a first-generation college student, the Gulfport native earned a public health degree from The University of Southern Mississippi and is now working on her Master of Social Work degree at USM's Gulf Park campus.

 

In the fall of 2017, the Council on Social Work Education selected her as the first Mississippian in the four-year history of its Minority Fellowship Program for master’s students, encompassing 160 recipients during that span.

Students in Lance Hopkins’ marketing class at The University of Southern Mississippi enjoyed a unique opportunity to work with a major production company in developing a series of TV commercials earlier this semester.

University of Southern Mississippi junior Jack Hoda, an English major from Petal, Miss., can add one more impressive honor to his already gleaming academic portfolio – Truman Scholarship finalist. Hoda is the only USM student to be nominated for the Truman Scholarship this year.

University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff in Hattiesburg and at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach will leverage their passion to serve others during “The Big Event” Saturday, March 24. Since 2010, Southern Miss has participated in The Big Event, which is also held at other colleges and universities across the country during which service projects benefiting local communities are undertaken by university volunteers.

Selected student leaders at the University of Southern Mississippi attended the 4th annual Student Leadership Summit, hosted by the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement on the Hattiesburg campus at the Trent Lott National Center March 2. The theme for this year’s summit was “Taking Leadership To The Top: Seeing the Gold Standard.”

Jeff Taylor, director for Union Operations and Event and Conference Services
at The University of Southern Mississippi, has earned the Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential from APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities. Those who hold the CEFP designation have met APPA’s criteria to be considered an accomplished professional in the educational facilities field.

First-year dental students and University of Southern Mississippi alums, Samantha Allen  and Heather Fairley were recently awarded the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship valued at $35,000 per year for their training at the University of Mississippi.

Despite preparing to travel nearly 6,000 miles from Hattiesburg to Ghana, Cooper Robinson thought she had a handle on spending three months abroad for field experience as a social work student.

 

After all, she was used to being apart from family after coming to The University of Southern Mississippi from Edmond, Oklahoma - which, granted, is only about 600 miles away.

The Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi recently named recipients of funding awards from the fall 2017 Eagle Wings and NCUR (National Conference on Undergraduate Research) competitions. The programs support undergraduates who will present the results of their scholarly activities at professional conferences.

A record-setting Pine Belt area snowfall couldn’t chill the enthusiasm of University of Southern Mississippi graduates participating in fall commencement exercises Friday, Dec. 8, at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.

One current and one former graduate student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Master of Business Administration program delivered presentations during the annual Society of Marketing Advances conference held earlier this month in Louisville, Ky.

Three current Master of Fine Arts in Performance students at The University of Southern Mississippi and two MFA alumni have completed the rigorous requirements to earn the distinguished Lessac practitioner designation.

Students in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business were recognized for outstanding academic achievement during the fall 2017 honors program held Friday, Nov. 17 on the Hattiesburg campus.

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!”