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Southern Miss Students Chosen for Prestigious West Point Conference PDF Print E-mail
Friday, October 16, 2009
Contact David Tisdale, 601.266.4499   
HATTIESBURG, Miss.  Two University of Southern Mississippi students have been chosen to attend the prestigious U.S. Military Academy National Conference on Ethics in America Oct. 18-22 in West Point, N.Y.

Kyle Nixon, a junior psychology major from Picayune, and Zoe Beckham, a senior English major from Mandeville, La. will work with mentors from a variety of backgrounds at the conference to discuss the moral and ethical challenges of our day. About 150 college students from 60 schools across the country are chosen to attend the conference each year, which was founded by the academy’s class of 1970.

According to the NCEA, the goal of the conference is to challenge delegates to think critically about relevant topics and to facilitate a dialogue that lays the groundwork for the delegates to build upon as they bring their ideas back to their colleges and universities. The focus of this year’s conference is civil ethics.

“Each year we look for the most active and giving students that best represent our university to attend this conference,” said Southern Miss Dean of Students Eddie Holloway. “I’m positive they will be great ambassadors for Southern Miss and benefit from the conference’s programming and through exchanges with other students from across the country.”  

Beckham serves as Southern Miss’s Student Government Attorney General and president of Chi Omega sorority. She is a student in the university’s prestigious Honors College and was recently voted Miss Southern Miss in campus elections.

“The conference has a history rich in tradition and intellectual discussion of current issues,” Beckham said. “This year's focus on civil ethics is especially relevant for me as it applies to my position as SGA Attorney General in reviewing student behavior in ethical terms regarding our Student Code of Conduct.”

Nixon serves as director of initiatives for the Student Government Association’s executive cabinet and an SGA senator, and is a member of the Student United Way and the Southern Miss Activities Council.

“I hope by participating in the conference to gain a better understanding of the ethical challenges we face in collegiate communities, as well as in professional settings, and how to best deal with those issues,” Nixon said.

To learn more about the National Conference on Ethics in America, online visit  

Southern Miss students Zoe Beckham, left, a senior from Mandeville, La., and Kyle Nixon, a junior from Picayune have been chosen as delegates from the university to attend the prestigious U.S. Military Academy’s National Conference on Ethics   (Southern Miss Public Relations Photo by Steve Rouse)

About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities.  In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world.  Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at
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