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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.

Fall 2015 semester student move-in days at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will be Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15, with the following areas to be closed as preparations are made to welcome students to their residence halls.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore hopes to discover a bit of magic at the North Pole this summer, whether she detects any signs of Santa’s workshop or not.

 

Whitmore, a second-year master’s student in the Department of Marine Science (chemistry emphasis), will participate in a unique 65-day research cruise to the top of the world aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Healy.” Her Arctic Ocean adventure begins Aug. 9 with departure from Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

The University of Southern Mississippi is on a seven-year roll when it comes to producing Phi Kappa Phi National Fellows. And with the steady influx of high-achieving Honors College students, the trend shows no signs of slowing down.

 

The seven-year streak began with Justin Poelma in 2009 and continued this year with Stephanie McCracken’s selection.

Exercise is commonly prescribed to improve cardiovascular health, but since individuals with spinal cord injuries cannot move their legs, alternatives must be sought. Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology are evaluating other methods to improve cardiovascular health among individuals with this challenge.

Kristen Dupard of New Orleans was crowned Miss University of Southern Mississippi during a ceremony Monday, July 13 in the President’s Conference Room of the Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Dupard ascended to the role in place of Hannah Roberts, who won the Miss Mississippi Pageant in June.
 

The University of Southern Mississippi will honor Hannah Roberts, 2015 Miss Mississippi, with a welcome home reception at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg Campus on Saturday, July 11, at 2 p.m.

 

Roberts, who is a May 2015 Southern Miss graduate, was crowned Miss Mississippi last Saturday in Vicksburg. Remarks from University President Rodney D. Bennett and Roberts will be made at 3:15 p.m. The reception is open to the public.

“Leave your mark on Southern Miss.”

 

It’s a statement heard often around The University of Southern Mississippi campus. Freshmen are asked how they will leave their mark, and seniors are asked: “how did they leave their marks” on the University? Few students, however, have left a mark to match that of 2015 graduate Wilton C. Jackson, II.

Four young women with ties to The University of Southern Mississippi will compete in the annual Miss Mississippi Pageant later this week in Vicksburg, Miss. Those include, from left to right: Arrielle Dale, Miss New South (dance major at Southern Miss); Hannah Roberts, Miss University of Southern Mississippi (May 2015 graduate); Bethany Cuevas, Miss Mid-South (Gulf Park Campus student); Kaylee Scroggins, Miss Metro Jackson (fall 2015 incoming freshman at Southern Miss).

 

Hannah Roberts, the reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, held a trunk show at the Hattiesburg campus’ Trent Lott Center on Thursday, June 18 in advance of the Miss Mississippi Pageant set for June 25-27 in Vicksburg.

Emily DeVoe a 2014 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, and the winner of a plethora of Associated Press awards for her coverage of the Pine Belt during her time at Southern Miss, recently accepted a job as a reporter with television station WKRG in Mobile, Ala.

 

The Kennard Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is designed for students committed to academic excellence, leadership development, and citizenship. The program gives particular attention to students from underrepresented and diverse communities. 

Johnathan Reed, a senior recreation administration major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was selected as the recipient of the Southern Miss Comcast Golf Classic Scholarship.

Hannah Roberts, the reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, spent a portion of Friday, May 22 conducting a science demonstration for Anniston Elementary School students at the Port of Gulfport. The students were actively involved in the demonstration with Roberts, a chemistry major from Mount Olive, Miss. Roberts earned her undergraduate degree this spring and has been accepted to the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson. She will also compete in the Miss Mississippi Pageant next month.