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The University of Southern Mississippi Debate Society will take its persuasive talents to James Madison University to compete in the Madison Cup debate tournament April 11-13.

Two of The University of Southern Mississippi’s brightest academic stars are recipients of this year’s 25th annual Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) award.

 

Rebecca Anne Masters of Ellisville, Miss., a student in the university’s prestigious Honors College, and Dr. Andrew Wiest, a professor of history and internationally recognized expert on the Vietnam War, were announced as recipients of the award during a visit to the State Capitol Feb. 28.

For the second year in a row, a University of Southern Mississippi student is a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

 

Lilianna Deveneau of Hattiesburg, a junior majoring in sociology and French, is one of only three students from Mississippi named a finalist this year.

University of Southern Mississippi student Rachel Lowery was recently honored by the Mississippi Paralegal Association (MPA) with a third-place finish in the 2011 Student Essay Contest.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that students from the Southern Miss Paralegal Program have placed in the annual competition. Lowery, a native of Pearl, Miss., received her award during the MPA’s January luncheon in Jackson.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Matthew Planchard will have the unique opportunity to showcase his research in biochemistry to members of Congress as part of a special presentation this spring.

Ann Eugene-Wilks, a graduate student at The University of Southern Mississippi, is one of five students selected from across the country to receive a $2,000 scholarship from the American Proficiency Institute (API).

Dr. Geoffrey Hudson, assistant professor of exercise science at The University of Southern Mississippi, has partnered with four undergraduate students on an important research project involving weight loss supplements.

It’s a time-honored adage that behind every successful man is a great woman. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) called upon that woman, his wife Gayle Wicker, to fill in for him Friday at The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2011 graduation.

 

Sen. Wicker was unable to fulfill his pre-arranged duties as speaker because of unanticipated legislative obligations in Washington, D.C. Gayle Wicker happily obliged, speaking at both ceremonies held at Reed Green Coliseum on the school’s Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Marco Wolf’s class learned more than creative marketing while working on a project for the Harrison County Beautification Commission. The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students also learned important lessons about recycling and working together as a team.

University of Southern Mississippi senior quarterback Austin Davis was named the second winner of the Burlsworth Trophy, on Friday, Dec. 9, in Springdale, Ark., at a ceremony hosted by the Springdale (Ark.) Rotary Club. The award is given to the nation's most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on. On hand to present the trophy to Davis was Marty Burlsworth, founder and CEO, of The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation.

The senior class of 18 students in the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the ServSafe® examination.

LONG BEACH, Miss. –  A team of four University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast seniors received the first place overall award in the Southeastern Small College Programming Contest at the 25th Annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC): Southeastern Conference.

As the reality sank in that she had just captured the Miss Mississippi USA title, University of Southern Mississippi senior Myverick Garcia had a sobering thought: “Oh man, I hope I’m not one of those girls that cry.”

Nervous excitement ultimately turned into relaxing enjoyment for a group of Oak Grove High students who participated in a day of job shadowing at The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

A group of University of Southern Mississippi students studying political science and journalism took part in an interactive program hosted by C-SPAN on its ‘Road to the White House 2012” tour bus, which visited the Hattiesburg campus on Thursday, Nov. 3.

 

Senior political science major Katie Wilson of Biloxi, Miss.; broadcast journalism major Rachel Beech of Brandon, Miss.; and Justin Mitchell of Bay St. Louis, Miss. took the opportunity to ask questions in a live broadcast of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program to guest Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.).

University of Southern Mississippi senior Tateka Whitfield began crafting homemade key chains for fun during her high school days in Crystal Springs, Miss.

 

Today Whitfield is trying to turn a profit with her multi-colored trinkets as part of a class project in Dr. SherRhonda Gibbs’ Introduction to Entrepreneurship course. On Thursday, Nov. 3, Whitfield’s team joined five other groups from Gibbs’ class to hawk their wares at Joseph Greene Hall during a Student Venture Fair.

University of Southern Mississippi student Lauren Pace wastes no time revealing which Subway sandwich tickles her taste buds’ fancy.

 

“I just love the chicken pizziola,” said Pace, a sophomore communications major from College Station, Texas. “Especially, with the new flatbread they have. They are really delicious.”

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Tabitha Ankerson made an interesting discovery while attending the annual Career Fair Fall 2011 on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Thad Cochran Center.

Collin Cargill earned plenty of accolades in his baseball career at The University of Southern Mississippi, but the final honor presented to him as a Golden Eagle might be the most rewarding.

As the social media universe continues to expand at an incredible pace, so too does the potential for abuse, misuse and unforeseen embarrassment.

 

At The University of Southern Mississippi, significant steps have been taken to point out the dangers of social media use and provide guidelines for students and employees on the Hattiesburg campus, as well as the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach and the Gulf Coast Student Service Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi men’s athletic program captured its eighth consecutive Halbrook Award for highest percentage of student-athletes graduating at the recent Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Conference hosted by Mississippi Valley State earlier this month in Itta Bena.

University of Southern Mississippi Center for Policy and Resilience student representatives Jennifer Crosslin, Zach Mellen, and Daniel D. Guice III attended the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: “Remembrance, Renewal, Resilience” in Washington, D.C., in September.

Eighteen University of Southern Mississippi students will compete Saturday, Oct. 8 for the title of Miss University of Southern Mississippi and the opportunity to advance to the state pageant.