of the many outstanding student organizations on the Southern Miss
campus has a spotlight on two of its members. Pi Beta Phi, a national
fraternity for women, pushes its members to become better in every
aspect of their lives.
One member, Tabitha Epperson, a senior history major
from Pass Christian, has achieved more than most young women her
age. This summer she interned for Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) in Washington,
D.C., where she worked in the press office. Her main duties included
attending press conferences with Lott, attending Lott's weekly radio
shows, distributing Lott's weekly radio address tapes and weekly
columns, and accompanying Lott to live news shots.
While in Washington, Epperson was able to visit the
lying in of a former president, Ronald Reagan, as well as spy current
President George W. Bush, Sandra Day O'Connor and Hillary Clinton.
"Through my experience in Washington, D.C., I was able to see
how the government works firsthand and created memories to treasure
for a lifetime," said Epperson, who serves as chaplain of the
Southern Miss Pi Beta Phi chapter and is a senate member for the
College of Arts and Letters.
Pi Beta Phi member Terra Rae Firth, a junior audiology
major from Biloxi, received the $1,000 John Stone Scholarship through
the Pi Beta Phi Foundation. The national scholarship process included
submitting an application, an up-to-date transcript and recommendations
from both a professor and an alumni advisory committee member. Firth,
who also had to write a personal statement explaining the reasons
she deserved the scholarship, serves as membership chair for Pi
Beta Phi and as secretary for Gamma Beta Phi. She is also a Luckyday
Scholar, a McNair Scholar and a member of Show of Hands Sign Choir.
Firth encourages all students to seek out scholarships
and honors at Southern Miss. "My involvement on campus helped
tremendously," she said. "Not only does it look good on
a résumé, but it also opened many doors for me. It
was through these organizations that I learned of scholarships and
honors that I (eventually) received," Firth said.
She advises students looking for scholarships to write
down all deadlines and requirements "and stick with them,"
she said. "The process may be time-consuming, but in the end
it really pays off."