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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.

University of Southern Mississippi freshman Christopher Lapniewski is asking for the public’s help in locating a high school football state championship ring he lost today (Friday, Sept. 30) while at work.

In The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Accountancy, the numbers tell the story – more and more graduates are landing jobs with prestigious companies.

 

Graduates like Analise Counts, of Mobile, Ala., who obtained her undergraduate degree in accounting and Master of Public Accounting from Southern Miss before securing a position with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Just one month after obtaining her MPA, Counts went from student to corporate climber in the frenzied markets of New York and Los Angeles.

Andrew Slemaker, a junior majoring in finance at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the 2011 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship.

A bright blue sky and sweltering summer temperatures greeted thousands of students scurrying to class on Wednesday, Aug. 24 -- the first day of the 2011 Fall Semester at The University of Southern Mississippi.

LONG BEACH, Miss. – University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast student Carlton Anderson of Biloxi, left, receives his free Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 mobile tablet (UTab)from Dr. Frances Lucas, Southern Miss Gulf Coast vice president and campus executive officer.

As an Honors College student, Anderson was one of nearly 30 students selected to receive the tablet with fellow Honors College classmates, Student Government Association officers, Southern Connection Team, and presidents of each student organization.

Brittany Trotter, a junior music major from Laurel, Miss., has been awarded the Gladys Kemp Lisanby Performing Arts Scholarship by the Mississippi State Committee of The National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Trotter was presented the award at the Honored Artists Luncheon on Aug. 2 at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Miss.

University of Southern Mississippi freshmen and transfer students participated in a popular Hattiesburg campus tradition, Paint the Eagle Walk, on Sunday, Aug. 21 under the east side of M.M. Roberts football stadium.