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May 8, 2013

More Southern Miss students are earning national scholarships to advance their education, thanks in part to Robyn Curtis' passion for helping them succeed.

Editor's note: Robyn Curtis serves as the National Scholarship Officer in the Honors College at The University of Southern Mississippi. Curtis talks about her job and the students she serves in this question-and-answer feature.

Q: When did you join USM as National Scholarship Officer?

A: I became the National Scholarship Officer in July of 2008.

Q: What are your duties in this role?

February 13, 2013

Dr. Rodney Bennett, incoming president at The University of Southern Mississippi, addresses a large group of students who turned out for a campus cleanup project on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The student-led project was coordinated in response to the EF-4 tornado that struck the Southern Miss campus and the Hattiesburg area on Sunday, Feb. 10.

If you cannot view the embedded video above, watch it on YouTube.

July 21, 2011

Dr. David Davies, dean of the Honors College at Southern Miss, says the hard-working students of today put undergraduates of his era to shame.

Dr. David Davies serves as dean of the Honors College at The University of Southern Mississippi. An Arkansas native, Davies came to Southern Miss in 1991 as an adviser to the Student Printz. He took a few moments recently to reflect on his current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

September 9, 2016

Dr. Victoria Bynum, author of The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil Warwill return to The University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday, Sept 13 as speaker for the first fall 2016 University Forum, titled “Free State of Jones: History and Memory.” The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Victoria Bynum, author of The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil Warwill return to The University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday, Sept 13 as speaker for the first fall 2016 University Forum, titled “Free State of Jones: History and Memory.” The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

August 30, 2016

Dr. Ellen Weinauer, dean of the Honors College at The University of Southern Mississippi, represented the University’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the 44th Biennial Convention held July 28-30 in Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Ellen Weinauer, dean of the Honors College at The University of Southern Mississippi, represented the University’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the 44th Biennial Convention held July 28-30 in Atlanta, Ga.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Weinauer currently serves as President of the Southern Miss chapter and attended the convention as the chapter's voting delegate.

August 23, 2016

The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College will celebrate four decades of providing unique and challenging academic experiences for students at its 40th anniversary gala Friday, Sept. 9. The event will be held at The Venue in The Bakery Building, located at 127 Buschman St. in historic downtown Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College will celebrate four decades of providing unique and challenging academic experiences for students at its 40th anniversary gala Friday, Sept. 9. The event will be held at The Venue in The Bakery Building, located at 127 Buschman St. in historic downtown Hattiesburg.

August 19, 2016

The University of Southern Mississippi will host seven influential scholars, artists, activists, and scientists in 2016 and 2017 as part of its featured lecture series, University Forum and the Armstrong-Branch Lecture. From an actress whose beloved characters have become part of our cultural legacy to a scientist who wants to change how we think about humans’ origins, this year’s speakers are guaranteed to spark conversations.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host seven influential scholars, artists, activists, and scientists in 2016 and 2017 as part of its featured lecture series, University Forum and the Armstrong-Branch Lecture. From an actress whose beloved characters have become part of our cultural legacy to a scientist who wants to change how we think about humans’ origins, this year’s speakers are guaranteed to spark conversations.

July 1, 2016

As the number of students taking online courses continues to grow, The University of Southern Mississippi has initiated steps to meet their academic needs with the establishment of a new Office of Online Learning.

As the number of students taking online courses continues to grow, The University of Southern Mississippi has initiated steps to meet their academic needs with the establishment of a new Office of Online Learning.

In the fall of 2014, approximately 600 students were enrolled in fully online degree programs at Southern Miss. This past semester enrollment eclipsed 1,200, and University officials anticipate the number will likely increase.

June 21, 2016

As fans of the book The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil Wareagerly await the June 24 release of its big screen adaptation, they can also look forward to comparing notes on both versions with its author Victoria Bynum at The University of Southern Mississippi.

As fans of the book The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil Wareagerly await the June 24 release of its big screen adaptation, they can also look forward to comparing notes on both versions with its author Victoria Bynum at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The first speaker for the 2016-2017 University Forum series at USM, Bynum will present “The Free State of Jones: Legend, History, and Movie” Sept. 13 in Bennett Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus.

June 14, 2016

The book bin may be tiny, but the impact could be huge for students at The University of Southern Mississippi’s DuBard School for Language Disorders who soon will have access to a renowned Little Free Library.

The book bin may be tiny, but the impact could be huge for students at The University of Southern Mississippi’s DuBard School for Language Disorders who soon will have access to a renowned Little Free Library.

May 16, 2016

Like many of its new graduates, Meredith McPhail is grateful for the guidance of professors at The University of Southern Mississippi. One, however, stands out from the rest – the late Dr. James H. McPhail, a member of its College of Education and Psychology faculty who in the 1970s worked for social justice in the desegregation of public schools.

But Dr. McPhail was first and foremost Meredith McPhail’s grandfather. “’PawPaw’ was very much the patriarch of our family,” said McPhail, 22, of Mobile, Ala. “He instilled in all of us that we should treat every single person with respect."

Like many of its new graduates, Meredith McPhail is grateful for the guidance of professors at The University of Southern Mississippi. One, however, stands out from the rest – the late Dr. James H. McPhail, a member of its College of Education and Psychology faculty who in the 1970s worked for social justice in the desegregation of public schools.

May 6, 2016

As part of an ongoing commitment to student success, The University of Southern Mississippi has realigned key service programs under one broad umbrella to create a comprehensive retention initiative for students from the time they enroll until graduation.

 

The changes include moving the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) under the Office of New Student and Retention Programs (NSRP), which was established last August to increase retention and graduation rates for new and continuing students. The popular Think Center – designed to help students build solution-oriented thinking skills – has also moved under NSRP.

As part of an ongoing commitment to student success, The University of Southern Mississippi has realigned key service programs under one broad umbrella to create a comprehensive retention initiative for students from the time they enroll until graduation.

May 2, 2016

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Casey Malone Maugh Funderburk as Associate Provost for the Gulf Park Campus, effective May 10.  Maugh Funderburk’s appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Casey Malone Maugh Funderburk as Associate Provost for the Gulf Park Campus, effective May 10.  Maugh Funderburk’s appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

April 18, 2016

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the selection of Kate Howard as the University’s Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions, effective June 27, 2016, following a national search. The appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

 

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the selection of Kate Howard as the University’s Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions, effective June 27, 2016, following a national search. The appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

April 13, 2016

The highly successful McNair Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is saying farewell to a devoted advocate and hello to a new home as the program enters an exciting transitional phase.

The highly successful McNair Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is saying farewell to a devoted advocate and hello to a new home as the program enters an exciting transitional phase.

February 24, 2016

She took on forces bigger and more powerful than herself in staring down workplace discrimination, and for her efforts was immortalized with legislation bearing her name.  

Lilly Ledbetter, the inspiration for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, is guest speaker for the University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Her presentation, titled “Grace and Grit,” will cover her fight for equal pay for women that went all the way to the federal government.

She took on forces bigger and more powerful than herself in staring down workplace discrimination, and for her efforts was immortalized with legislation bearing her name.  

Lilly Ledbetter, the inspiration for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, is guest speaker for the University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Her presentation, titled “Grace and Grit,” will cover her fight for equal pay for women that went all the way to the federal government.

February 10, 2016

Jerry Mitchell, a McArthur Award-winning journalist with the Jackson, Miss. Clarion-Ledger, will be the first speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s spring 2016 University Forum series. His presentation, “Civil Rights Cold Cases,” is set for Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Jerry Mitchell, a McArthur Award-winning journalist with the Jackson, Miss. Clarion-Ledger, will be the first speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s spring 2016 University Forum series. His presentation, “Civil Rights Cold Cases,” is set for Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

February 2, 2016

They’ve forged change with both the written word and direct action, and they’ll share the story of how they did it  during The University of Southern Mississippi’s spring 2016 University Forum series.

Jerry Mitchell, an award-winning journalist with the Jackson, Miss. Clarion Ledger known internationally for his work that has led to justice for murdered civil rights leaders; Lilly Ledbetter, who put gender pay inequity in the spotlight and inspired legislation to address it; and Barbara Ehrenreich, a New York Times best-selling author whose work has exposed corporate excess and the economic challenges faced by the middle class, all make up another star-studded lineup for the popular, long-running USM program.

They’ve forged change with both the written word and direct action, and they’ll share the story of how they did it  during The University of Southern Mississippi’s spring 2016 University Forum series.

November 6, 2015

A central figure in one of the most historic cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court will be the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s final University Forum of the fall 2015 semester.

A central figure in one of the most historic cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court will be the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s final University Forum of the fall 2015 semester.

October 12, 2015

Physicist and author Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, an accomplished nanomaterials researcher and educator, will discuss how science drives the country’s most popular motorsport - the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) - in “The Physics of NASCAR” at The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. Admission is free.  

Physicist and author Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, an accomplished nanomaterials researcher and educator, will discuss how science drives the country’s most popular motorsport - the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) - in “The Physics of NASCAR” at The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. Admission is free.  

October 7, 2015

The University of Southern Mississippi announced two new initiatives on Wednesday, Oct. 7 designed to expand and enrich its commitment to student success. The Barnes & Noble Textbook Scholarship and the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan were celebrated during a special ceremony held on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Bookstore giant Barnes & Noble created the need-based textbook scholarship fund for Southern Miss students. Over the next four years, the University will distribute approximately $375,000 in textbook scholarships (maximum of $500 per student per year) to students with financial need.

The University of Southern Mississippi announced two new initiatives on Wednesday, Oct. 7 designed to expand and enrich its commitment to student success. The Barnes & Noble Textbook Scholarship and the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan were celebrated during a special ceremony held on the Hattiesburg campus.

September 22, 2015

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg was the first speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi's fall 2015 University Forum series Sept. 22 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. His lecture, titled "Writing the South" was followed by a book signing. Bragg is a former correspondent for the New York Times who recently wrote a best-selling biography of Jerry Lee Lewis. He is also the author of My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South, and his work includes coverage of the story of the late Oseola McCarty, a Hattiesburg washerwoman who bequeathed her life savings to USM.  (Southern Miss photos by Kelly Dunn)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg was the first speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi's fall 2015 University Forum series Sept. 22 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. His lecture, titled "Writing the South" was followed by a book signing. Bragg is a former correspondent for the New York Times who recently wrote a best-selling biography of Jerry Lee Lewis.

September 18, 2015

A Pulitzer Prize-winning writer whose work has been praised for its ability to capture the essence of Southern culture will be the first speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2015 University Forum.

Rick Bragg, a former correspondent for the New York Times, will lead off the fall 2015 University Forum series when he presents “Writing the South” Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free, and a book signing will follow.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning writer whose work has been praised for its ability to capture the essence of Southern culture will be the first speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2015 University Forum.

Rick Bragg, a former correspondent for the New York Times, will lead off the fall 2015 University Forum series when he presents “Writing the South” Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free, and a book signing will follow.

September 10, 2015

The University of Southern Mississippi has enrolled more new students than in 2014, including a freshman class that defies national trends as the most academically prepared in the University’s recorded history.

 

For the sixth straight year, the average grade point average (GPA) for USM’s first-time, full-time freshmen is the highest ever recorded. New freshmen in Fall 2015 have an average GPA of 3.27, up from 3.26 in Fall 2014 and 3.06 in Fall 2009, when the six-year streak began. The average ACT score of new freshmen is 22.7, the highest known in University history.

The University of Southern Mississippi has enrolled more new students than in 2014, including a freshman class that defies national trends as the most academically prepared in the University’s recorded history.