The University of Southern Mississippi's Honors College has announced
its Presidential Scholars for the 2004-2005 school year, including
13 students choosing Southern Miss for a wide variety of academic
freshmen with an ACT score of 30 or higher (or corresponding SAT
score) and/or National Merit or National Achievement semifinalist
status who have been accepted into the Honors College are invited
to compete for these scholarships in February each year. The Honors
College offers scholarships based on academic and leadership abilities.
of Presidential Scholars for the 2004-2005 academic represents an
increase in the number of placements in the Honors College, said
Dr. Ken Panton, dean of the college. Panton credited university
administrators, including Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames,
Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul, and Southern Miss
Hattiesburg Provost Dr. Tim Hudson, along with Recruitment Director
Mathew Cox of the Office of Admissions for their assistance in recruiting
the new scholars.
who applied for Presidential Scholarships were all very highly qualified,
articulate students," he said. "We are delighted that
they are joining us in the fall and look forward to working with
them in our freshman classes."
students will take part in a new curriculum that places an emphasis
on active learning, with experiences through field trips and visits,
as well as by learning in the classroom. "We will have more
than 40 classes to offer during the next academic year and they
will be taught by some of the finest scholars in the university,"
The new Presidential
Scholars and their intended majors include Matt Darby of Hattiesburg,
graphic communication; Joey Emfinger of Meadville, chemistry; Leslie
Gaddis of Collinsville, premedicine; Jennifer Gillis of Jackson,
history; Frank-Joseph Greer of Hattiesburg, polymer science; Ryan
Jones of Purvis, polymer science; Jacob McCann of Spanish Fort,
Ala., general studies; Daniel Murin of Hattiesburg, microbiology/biochemistry;
Matthew Rook of Braxton, history; Joseph Sapp of Lumberton, biochemistry;
Thomas Simon of Biloxi, computer science; Jason Thompson of Slidell,
La., general studies and Lauren Wozniak of Birmingham, Ala., nursing.
our new Presidential Scholars to Southern Miss, and look forward
to providing them with a rewarding academic experience that can
help them achieve their life and career goals," said Thames.
Miss Honors College offers students a broadly based, liberal education
within the framework of a large, comprehensive university, and works
with any degree program offered at Southern Miss. It was established
in 1965 as an honors program and became a separate college in 1976,
making it the sixth-oldest honors college in the nation.
students show great promise for success, and the Southern Miss Honors
College can play a key role in developing their potential,"
about the Southern Miss Honors College, call (601) 266-4533.