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The University of Southern Mississippi chapter, Gamma Lambda, held induction for new Sigma Theta Tau International members on Nov. 2, in the Thad Cochran Ballroom on the Hattiesburg Campus. Eighty seven baccalaureate, RN-BSN, and graduate students were inducted.

Cody Bass, a graphic design student at The University of Southern Mississippi, has created an interesting, new logo for Rise Creative, the student graphic design agency on the Hattiesburg campus that will be used in conjunction with the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

A group of 18 University of Southern Mississippi students were recently trained in water quality testing led by the Audubon Society and The Nature Conservancy. Students in the Beta Iota Omicron (BIO) Club, EcoEagles and Gamma Theta Upsilon student organizations, based on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, participated in the event.


Elyssa Klipsch, a senior at The University of Southern Mississippi, was named the Association of College Unions (ACUI) Region III Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader during the Region III regional conference held Oct. 2-4 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.

Whether you come back each year or are making a special trip to visit your alma mater in 2015, homecoming is a time for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to celebrate all things Black and Gold at The University of Southern Mississippi. “Golden Eagles: All In” is the theme for this year’s homecoming week Oct. 12-18.


“I think homecoming is a time that our alumni can rekindle the spirit of their college years,” said Executive Director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association Executive Director Jerry DeFatta.

Five students majoring in English at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach presented papers recently at two prestigious annual conferences.


The cancerous cells in Corey Auerswald’s body could not hold down the willpower of her spirit.


The joy in Auerswald’s spirit when people see or speak to her is contagious, touching people wherever she goes. Auerswald is now in her second semester in The University of Southern Mississippi nursing program, working to complete the rigorous nurse anesthetist program. She hopes to graduate in December.

The annual Security and Fire Safety compliance document is now available on the University of Southern Mississippi Police Department’s website at http://www.usm.edu/police/annual-securityfire-safety-report.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Sustainability, iTech and LE Scrap Recycling are sponsoring the first ever Southern Miss Community E-Waste disposal day Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Payne Center parking lot on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is an opportunity for proper disposal of unwanted electronic items.

Humility and reverence are words that come to mind as University of Southern Mississippi student Bailee Alexander reflects on being selected as the inaugural recipient of the Deen and Tate Memorial Scholarship. The endowment is named in honor of Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, who were killed in the line of duty on May 9 of this year.


The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation officially announced the establishment of the endowed scholarship during a special ceremony held Monday, Sept. 28 on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore stands outside the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy upon arrival at the North Pole earlier this month. Whitmore, a native of Palmer, Alaska, is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Marine Science (chemistry emphasis) conducting experiments as part of a unique 65-day research cruise sponsored by GEOTRACES. Her research focus involves the study of dissolved methane distribution and transport in the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean. The research cruise will conclude in late October.

(Submitted photo)

The University of Southern Mississippi’s chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. hosted a law enforcement panel discussion at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus Sept. 23. Panelists included representatives from Southern Miss, the Hattiesburg Police Department, the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Topics included knowing your rights, compliance, developing a healthy relationship with public safety officials and how to achieve positive interactions with law enforcement. (University Communications photos by David Tisdale)


When he’s not taking snaps as a quarterback for The University of Southern Mississippi football team, Parker Adamson is taking formidable courses as a standout student in the College of Business.


And now the junior finance major can add another gold star to his impressive resumé as the winner of the 2015 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship.

Macy Mitchell, a freshman communication studies major from Petal, Miss., took the Miss University of Southern Mississippi 2016 pageant crown Sept. 19 on the Hattiesburg campus. The event was coordinated by the Student Government Association and Dean of Students Office.

Student participants in the 71st annual Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant have a new standard to aspire to, with last year’s winner Hannah Roberts going on to win the Miss Mississippi Pageant and finishing as first runner-up in the Miss America Pageant.

Roberts, along with former Miss Mississippi Chalie Ray, will serve as emcees for this year’s pageant, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. General admission is $7 and $5 for students.

The Mississippi Gamma Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at The University of Southern Mississippi was awarded the Buchanan Cup at its national convention, the Grand Chapter Conclave, in Nashville, Tenn.

The Buchanan Cup, named after the fraternity’s former Grand President Edwin Buchanan, represents superior and sustained achievement for Sigma Phi Epsilon chapters. The award measures individual chapters to its accomplishments in volunteer support, recruitment, member development, academics and faculty engagement during a two-year period.

Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts did not capture the coveted crown of Miss America 2016 Sunday night, but the University of Southern Mississippi graduate certainly won over the crowd on hand in Atlantic City and millions of others around the globe who watched the telecast with her poise, personality and extraordinary musical talent.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore and a team of fellow researchers arrived at the North Pole on Saturday, Sept. 5 aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the first U.S. surface ship to reach that destination unaccompanied.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi hosted a reception Aug. 21 recognizing the fall 2015 class of Eagle Scholars. The faculty recipients of the 2015 Donald Drapeau Undergraduate Mentorship Award were also honored.

Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts, a recent University of Southern Mississippi graduate, has been named a finalist in both the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) scholarship competition and Quality of Life category at the Miss America Pageant.


USM ‘s “Chemistry Queen” is a biochemistry graduate, national Goldwater Scholarship winner and a former Honors College student at Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families will hold an open house Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to kick off the fall 2015 semester and welcome its students back to the Hattiesburg campus. The event is also an opportunity for students who are veterans to learn more about what the Center and USM have to offer them and their families.

The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Community and Civic Engagement Volunteer Fair will be held Thursday, Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the R.C. Cook Union Lobby on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Student Counseling Services (SCS) office has moved from Kennard-Washington Hall to Bond Hall East, located at 103 Ray Guy Way behind the parking garage on the north side of the Hattiesburg campus.


As a recent graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, Amber Westfall credits Career Services with helping her secure employment shortly after earning her bachelor’s degree in public health from the university’s Gulf Park campus, where she finished with a 4.0 grade point average.