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A University of Southern Mississippi Honors College student is the recipient of a prestigious National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship.

Kendall Moore, Jr., a sophomore computer science major from Madison, Miss. and a Presidential Scholar at Southern Miss, earned the award that includes funding for two academic years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time summer internship at a NOAA facility. It is named for retired U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings of South Carolina.

To describe the race to acquire national scholarships in higher education as competitive is a little like saying Niagara Falls is wet.

 

Under the tireless guidance of National Scholarship Officer Robyn Curtis, the University of Southern Mississippi has emerged as a major player in these fierce competitions. And nothing exemplifies that success more than the current year which has produced two Goldwater Scholars; a Truman Scholar and two Fulbright Student Finalists.

Students in the Department of Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management at The University of Southern Mississippi will present their capstone projects during the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association’s monthly meeting on Thursday, April 25.

The Big Event, an annual day of community service at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently honored with a Keep Hattiesburg Beautiful award during a Hattiesburg City Council meeting held April 16. Accepting the award from Hattiesburg landscape architect Russ Bryan is Jacob Barry, center, a senior from Folsom, La. who served as this year’s assistant director of The Big Event; and Julia Bradley, a senior from Hattiesburg, who served as The Big Event director. (Photo courtesy of City of Hattiesburg)

A team of students at The University of Southern Mississippi was named a regional champion at the Enactus United States Regional Competition held April 10 in Dallas, Texas. As an Enactus U.S. regional champion, the Southern Miss team advances to the 2013 Enactus U.S. National Exposition in Kansas City, Mo., May 21-23.

Community health science students at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast reached out to the university community by hosting the health fair, “Are Your Loved Ones in the Zone?,” during National Public Health Week April 1-7.

No need to ask University of Southern Mississippi junior Brandon Hersey if he believes dreams will come true. The Hattiesburg native is living one now as a winner of the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

 

Hersey is the University’s third Truman Scholar and the first African American student at Southern Miss to receive the coveted prize. Marie Holowach Federer won in 2011 and Lance Brown, competing in his home state of Alabama, was the first recipient in 1999. Hersey is one of only 62 national finalists chosen for the award and the lone student representing a Mississippi university.

University of Southern Mississippi doctoral candidate Tina McDyess hopes to build a strong foundation in molecular genetics as a participant in the National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute June 3-28 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

University of Southern Mississippi students Michael Sims of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Hannah Roberts of Mount Olive, Miss., have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships which recognize the nation’s next generation of top research scientists.

 

Sims is a junior majoring in polymer science and chemistry, while Roberts is a sophomore chemistry major. Southern Miss accounts for two of the four Goldwater Scholarships awarded this year to students in Mississippi.

The Division of Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg will host a reception Wednesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in the president’s conference room in the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building for students recipients of scholarships funded through the annual Southern Miss-Comcast Golf Classic.

Founders’ Day on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus April 1 was a celebration of the institution’s past, its future and the people who have made it what it is today.

 

It was also the first day of the presidency of Dr. Rodney Bennett, the University’s 10th executive officer.

Outstanding students in all of the academic areas of The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health were recognized at an awards event on Tuesday, April 2, in the Thad Cochran Center.

University of Southern Mississippi social work students enrolled in a required field experience class gained invaluable experience following the Feb. 10 tornado that struck the Pine Belt in a disaster case management initiative facilitated by the American Red Cross.

Nicki Elizabeth Relan, a University of Southern Mississippi senior nursing major, is following a career path she set in motion many years ago as a kindergarten student in Diamondhead, Miss.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi paid tribute to distinguished faculty members and students during its annual Honors Banquet held Tuesday, March 26 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Bret Becton received the Joseph A. Greene Teaching Award, while Dr. Fujun Lai took home the Louis K. Brandt Publication Award. Other award winners from each department include the following:

Accounting:

Becker CPA Review 50 % Scholarship – Aaron Thomas

Beta Alpha Psi Award – Katie Carona

The University of Southern Mississippi joins an elite group of campuses nationwide selected as host sites for the Project Green Challenge Conscious College Road Tour set for April 26-27.

More than 600 University of Southern Mississippi students fanned out across Hattiesburg last Saturday morning to assist with cleaning, painting, landscaping and other tasks as part of the Fourth Annual Big Event community service project.

 

The students spent half a day performing various assignments at nine different locations in the Hattiesburg area. The Big Event is sponsored by the Student Government Association at Southern Miss.

The Provost’s Office is asking Southern Miss students and faculty to assist in the Fall 2012 Textbook Survey that is now available on SOAR. Faculty and students will find separate surveys, which must be completed before midnight on Friday, April 19 to be included in the final results.

Members of the faculty are asked to make their students aware of the survey. As an incentive to students, a $100 VISA gift card will be presented to two randomly selected students from those who complete the textbook survey.

The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate School and the Graduate Student Senate will host the annual Graduate Student Research Symposium in the Thad Cochran Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 21. An awards luncheon will be held in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Student Government Association (SGA) at the University of Southern Mississippi is hosting The Big Event Saturday, March 23, the fourth year for the city-wide community service project.

 

Students involved with the Student Government Association lead the volunteer effort, working with many Hattiesburg agencies that will benefit from their services, including Thames Elementary School, Edwards Street Food Pantry, Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center and the Salvation Army.

University of Southern Mississippi seniors Jazmyne Butler and Ashley Betts have been invited to join a prestigious group of collegiate standouts as part of the Clinton Global Initiative University.

Hattiesburg native and University of Southern Mississippi junior Brandon Hersey has been named a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

 

Hersey, a political science/communications studies major, is the lone Southern Miss student selected and one of only four students from the state of Mississippi chosen as Truman finalists.

A memorial service for University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff who passed away during the academic year will be held on the Hattiesburg campus Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 218.

The Student Dietetic Association within the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi sponsored an “Eat Well Hattiesburg” Nutrition and Fitness Fair on Feb. 23 at Pride Field on the Hattiesburg campus.

The event was designed to introduce the Hattiesburg community to vendors that provide healthy nutrition and food options in the Pine Belt. The student group also sought to supply a venue for all ages to come enjoy themselves and learn about nutrition and fitness.