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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.

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.

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.

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 week after an F-4 tornado destroyed his Hattiesburg home and damaged The University of Southern Mississippi campus, Willie Pierce met with an insurance claims adjuster at his 34th Avenue residence, now a pile of rubble, to assess his material losses.

University of Southern Mississippi marketing seniors Chelsea Thomas and Mikel Mangipano were part of a team that captured first place honors in the 2nd Annual Startup Weekend competition held Jan. 18-20 in Jackson, Miss.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council at the University of Southern Mississippi honored an annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with service to the Hattiesburg community on Monday, Jan. 21.

A faculty member with an exemplary record of research and service in public health and an Honors College student heading to medical school are The University of Southern Mississippi’s recipients of the annual Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) award.

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi added a memorable chapter to its storied history by welcoming the inaugural class of the Nurse Anesthesia Program to the Hattiesburg campus.

The National Commission for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has awarded The University of Southern Mississippi continued accreditation, affirming its teacher education programs meet the organization’s rigorous standards for excellence.

Youngsters at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development wasted no time delving into the large stack of books donated by the Library and Information Science Student Association at The University of Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Nabanita Mukherjee, a second year masters student at The University of Southern Mississippi, won a second place award for Best Poster in Medical, Urban, & Veterinary Entomology Section of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) 2012 annual meeting last month in Knoxville, Tenn.

Chi Omega Sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi presented a check for $41,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of its annual fundraising efforts associated with Songfest.

Dr. Richard W. Meiring, assistant dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University recently visited The University of Southern Mississippi campus to speak with healthcare preprofessional students interested in veterinary medicine.

The Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) at The University of Southern Mississippi joined forces with several other campus entities on Nov. 15 for the 2nd Annual Food Packaging event as part of Stop Hunger Now.

Nothing conveys the holiday spirit more than the festive “Lighting the Way for the Holidays” and “Songfest” events held annually at The University of Southern Mississippi. The public is invited to attend this year’s free festivities, set for Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Activities for the 6th Annual “Lighting the Way” program begin at 5 p.m. with performances set to commence at 5:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) at Southern Miss. The 61st Annual Chi Omega Songfest will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Reed Green Coliseum.

University of Southern Mississippi student Daniel Hinton, a senior chemistry major from Petal, Miss., has been accepted into a new program called “Chemistry Opportunities (CHOPs)" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Department.