- You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Luckily, the people, places and atmosphere that make up The University
of Southern Mississippi didn't need one where Katie Newman, Mississippi's
Miss Hospitality 2002, was concerned. She fell in love with Southern
Miss and all it had to offer the first time she visited.
I met greeted me with a smile," Newman said. "I loved
the attitude of the campus, and it seemed like a really great place
to be. And I love the Commons. I love the food.
I'm in sports medicine, and there's a really good Sports Medicine/Pre
Physical Therapy program here. And I have a lot of friends that
go to school here."
is transferring to Southern Miss from Mississippi College and will
begin classes in Hattiesburg in the fall.
The visit that
helped Newman, a Brookhaven native, decide on Southern Miss as the
place to continue her education took place exactly one year ago
when she was in Hattiesburg to participate in the Miss Hospitality
pageant. Contestants in the pageant live on campus while competing
in the event.
Now, 12 months
later, Newman is back on campus to participate in this year's Miss
Hospitality pageant. Forty-two young women from across Mississippi
are here representing their hometowns in the contest, and Friday
night, activities get underway at the Saenger Theatre in Hattiesburg.
will be selected to come back and compete for the crown Saturday
night, and Newman will pass the crown to the new Miss Hospitality.
Miss Hospitality over the past year has been a great experience,
Newman said. There have been a lot of ribbon cuttings, festivals
and parades on her calendar, as well as opportunities to travel
and meet exciting people.
done Stars Over Mississippi," Newman said, "where I met
some Hollywood stars like Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Romano and Delta
Burke. Also, I traveled to New York for six days for the Mississippi
Picnic. I also went to Chicago for a golf show to promote golf in
traveled thousands of miles representing Mississippi as the Hospitality
State and promoting economic development and tourism.
Almost as soon
as Newman crowns the new Miss Hospitality, she will be off to Birmingham,
Ala. Newman has joined the Southern Miss cheerleading squad, and
the group is attending a camp there.
is only one of the activities Newman plans on being involved with
at Southern Miss. She is going through rush in two weeks and said,
"I'm going to try my best to do as many as possible, [and become
involved with] any kind of organization I can get involved with