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The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) recognized for exceptional achievement in academics, leadership and service, as well as installing new Student Government Association (SGA) officers, during its annual Student Awards Ceremony at the Hattiesburg campus April 10.

Even faculty can get tired of their own lesson plans. But a quick fix can be hard – even when you’ve got a great idea.


Rachel Lahasky, a clinical instructor in the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Social Work, understands this quandary firsthand. But she was patient and finally introduced a new, semester-long assignment for her Social Work Grief and Bereavement class in fall 2018.

Thirteen new honorees were inducted into The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Graduate Student Hall of Fame during a special ceremony held Tuesday, April 2 on the Hattiesburg campus. As part of the celebration, portraits for each of the inductees were unveiled at McCain Library.


Morgan Bradwell alternately – and unapologetically – describes herself as a nerd and a unicorn.


But that’s a good combination for a graduate student who loves research and data.


So much so that the social work master’s student from Mobile was one of 13 graduate students honored by the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) on Tuesday, April 2. Bradwell and 11 others were inducted into the Graduate School Hall of Fame, while a 13th was named Graduate Assistant of the Year.

Four University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Psychology students were honored recently with awards recognizing achievements in research, leadership and service. The awards are presented annually in the spring semester by the school.

Five years ago, Andrea Watson got a call that she knew would come – but one she also was totally unprepared for.


As a registered foster parent with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, Watson had agreed to take children ranging in age from newborns to 12 years old. The problem for Watson, a social work major from Vancleave at the University of Southern Mississippi – or any foster family – is that it’s nearly impossible to have all the supplies needed to care for a child on short notice.

Twelve University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Psychology graduate students in its clinical, counseling and school psychology programs recently earned pre-doctoral internship placements at various sites across the United States.

Three years ago, University of Southern Mississippi (USM) faculty members teaching select core courses embarked on a major effort to strengthen student success and student learning as part of the University Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP, a component of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Successful completion of core undergraduate courses in the humanities, math, and sciences is required to earn a degree at USM, and at 4-year colleges and universities across this state and the nation. The principal behind this is to ensure that no matter what students major in, they are broadly trained to be successful decision makers in the complex world in which they work and live.

When University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Sidney Smith learned he had won a national social work fellowship, the first thing he did was call the one person who would best understand what he was feeling.

The University of Southern Mississippi Advanced Trumpet Ensemble, along with Master of Music student Dayvison Costa, will compete in the Live Rounds at The National Trumpet Competition, to be held at The University of Kentucky next month.

The Phi Epsilon Chapter of Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta) Sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will host a pancake dinner fundraiser Monday, Feb. 18 from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. to support its primary philanthropic beneficiary, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Paige Whiting, a senior marketing major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been hired as one of 10 leadership development consultants by Kappa Delta Sorority for the 2019-20 academic year.


The newly remodeled Math Zone on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus reflects efforts over the past two years at redesigning the university’s College Algebra course.

Tiara Watson, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) senior psychology major and student in its prestigious Honors College, has been chosen to present her research at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference (SEPA) March 20-23 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Four members of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Eagle Connection student ambassador group had the opportunity to present at the Student Development Institute hosted by CIVSA (Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association) earlier this month in Birmingham, Ala.

Sharing fascinating subject matter with a broader audience, while gaining valuable research and exhibit production skills, is central to the purpose of the Student Curator Program offered through University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). 

University of Southern Mississippi nursing student Tamecia Herbert has been awarded The Hiawatha and Eunice Northington Memorial Scholarship.


Herbert, a native of Crystal Springs, Miss., currently works at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery V.A. Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., as a registered nurse. The scholarship is administered through the Mississippi Nurses Foundation.

Siblings Alden and Field Bennett earned degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi during fall 2018 commencement, making them third-generation graduates of the school.

The two Oak Grove (Miss.) natives were among approximately 1,200 who were candidates for degrees this semester, becoming alumni of USM’s College of Business and Economic Development. Alden earned his MBA, while younger brother Field secured a degree in marketing.

A University of Southern Mississippi social work professor and social work alumna were named field instructors of the year at the annual School of Social Work Fall Colloquium.


Dr. Susan Hrostowski, associate professor, and one of her former students, Alix Dearing of Merit Health Gulf Oaks in Biloxi, were honored at the November event, which also featured speakers from around the state and Alabama.

When Chrishasta Gardner walks across the stage Friday, Dec. 7 to receive her bachelor of social work degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, there are two things she is sure of. She will be the first graduate in Mississippi to earn a minor in child advocacy studies. And her eyes will not be dry.

A University of Southern Mississippi (USM) educator long prized for her talents in the classroom and as an administrator has been honored with a noteworthy role in the school’s fall 2018 graduation ceremonies.

Eight graduate students in The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School of Psychology are recipients of funding from the Graduate Competitive Travel Award (GCTA) program, which supports travel to national or international-level professional conference or exhibitions for presentation of research or creative work.

University of Southern Mississippi film student Kyle Churchwell knew he had a compelling idea for national contest. He had no way of knowing how impactful his short video would become.

University of Southern Mississippi student Shelsea Perez, a senior majoring in Architectural Engineering Technology, was selected as the state recipient of a scholarship from a local chapter of The National Association of Women in Construction this fall.