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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?

August 29, 2017

The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2017-18 University Forum season sopener will be a one-of-a-kind concert and lecture, when renowned author and composer James McBride and the Good Lord Bird Band take the stage Tuesday, Sept. 5 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2017-18 University Forum season sopener will be a one-of-a-kind concert and lecture, when renowned author and composer James McBride and the Good Lord Bird Band take the stage Tuesday, Sept. 5 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

August 8, 2017

“Saving the Enlightenment, One Speaker at a Time” is the theme for this year’s University Forum at The University of Southern Mississippi, featuring speakers and performers addressing issues that make up our nation’s ongoing discourse.

“Saving the Enlightenment, One Speaker at a Time” is the theme for this year’s University Forum at The University of Southern Mississippi, featuring speakers and performers addressing issues that make up our nation’s ongoing discourse.

University Forum’s fall 2017 programs will examine the legacy of slavery, immigration and the intersection of politics and public policy, including the following:

April 27, 2017

Two University of Southern Mississippi Honors College students recently participated in Posters on the Hill, an event in which 60 undergraduates from nearly every state in the nation shared their research with legislators and administration officials in the U.S. Capitol April 25-26.

Two University of Southern Mississippi Honors College students recently participated in Posters on the Hill, an event in which 60 undergraduates from nearly every state in the nation shared their research with legislators and administration officials in the U.S. Capitol April 25-26. 

April 13, 2017

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research (DCUR) and Honors College will co-host USM’s 2017 Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research (DCUR) and Honors College will co-host USM’s 2017 Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

April 4, 2017

Award-winning war correspondent and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger will be the featured guest at The University of Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The event featuring guest speaker Junger is a collaborative initiative of the 2016-17 University Forum series and the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society’s 2016-2017 McCarthy Lecture Series.

Award-winning war correspondent and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger will be the featured guest at The University of Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The event featuring guest speaker Junger is a collaborative initiative of the 2016-17 University Forum series and the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society’s 2016-2017 McCarthy Lecture Series.

February 1, 2017

On Jan. 1, Dr. Neil Shubin spent his winter ‘holiday’ searching for fossils in below zero temperatures in Antarctica. On Tuesday Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. he will present the lecture “Your Inner Fish: Evolutionary Biology” at the Thad Cochran Center (third floor) on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus for the first spring 2017 University Forum.

On Jan. 1, Dr. Neil Shubin spent his winter ‘holiday’ searching for fossils in below zero temperatures in Antarctica. On Tuesday Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. he will present the lecture “Your Inner Fish: Evolutionary Biology” at the Thad Cochran Center (third floor) on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus for the first spring 2017 University Forum.

November 4, 2016

A leading national security analyst frequently called upon by media for her expertise is the guest speaker for the final installment of The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2016 University Forum series.

A leading national security analyst frequently called upon by media for her expertise is the guest speaker for the final installment of The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2016 University Forum series.

Juliette Kayyem, a former assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will present “Security Mom: Homeland Security in An Age of Mayhem” Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

October 13, 2016

A prominent leader in America's criminal justice reform movement will be the next speaker for the University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2016 University Forum series.

A prominent leader in America's criminal justice reform movement will be the next speaker for the University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2016 University Forum series.

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.