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Eight members of the Gamma Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi attended the Fraternity’s Southern LEAD Provincial Conference & Council Meeting in Orlando, Fla., held Feb. 28-March 2.

 

The American Marketing Association student organization at The University of Southern Mississippi will sponsor a “Pancakes for Parkinson’s: Teen Wolf Edition” on Saturday, April 5 from 6-9 p.m. on NITChampsburg Field next to Reed Green Coliseum.

Donations are welcome and all proceeds from the charity event will be directed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The event includes a free pancake dinner and screening of the Michael J. Fox classic film “Teen Wolf.”

A new student organization at The University of Southern Mississippi is ready to STEP UP in 2014.

 

This month, the STEP UP (Starting Today Empowering Peers through Uniting and Participating) Council became an official University student organization. Council members, composed of youth and young adults with and without disabilities, serve as leaders within their schools, colleges/universities and communities. Council members are not only university students, but community leaders with and without disabilities.

Several members of the Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC) attended the 2014 National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Convention Feb. 15-19, in Boston, Mass.

SMAC Vice President Rachael Luckett and events coordinator Elyssa Klipsch facilitated this year’s convention presentation titled: “Transformation To The Top!” that highlighted the growth and branding opportunities that SMAC has undergone over the past year.

A team of computer science students from The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus placed third at the 2014 Deloitte Consulting’s Hattiesburg Invitational Programming Competition in February. The team competed against 19 other teams from universities throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Stephanie McCracken, a junior at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has moved a significant step closer to becoming the school’s fourth winner of the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

 

McCracken, who is majoring in geography/geographic information systems, recently learned that she had been named a Truman Finalist – joining more than 200 students from across the country vying for the coveted prize. She is Mississippi’s only Truman Finalist selection.

Fraternity chapters with membership in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Interfraternity Council (IFC) are marking a milestone as its collective grade point average (GPA) increased to make it the highest in more than two decades.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus student, Shea Dobson of Ocean Springs, recently attended the 2014 International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C., where he served as the organization’s campus coordinator representing the state of Mississippi.

During the Mississippi Alpha Network District Conference held in Greenville, Miss. Jan. 23-26, the Mu Xi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at The University of Southern Mississippi was recognized for its achievements with numerous awards, including the highly sought Chapter of the Year Award.

University of Southern Mississippi international students will showcase their homelands during the annual International Food Fair Thursday, April 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baptist Student Center, located at 214 North 31st Ave. on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Sustainability is sponsoring Recyclethon, with competition ongoing through March 28. Recyclethon is a competition between students, faculty, and staff to see who can recycle the most items by weight within a four-week period, with weights entered into the RecycleMania competition.

Executive officers for the Student Government Association at The University of Southern Mississippi were chosen during an election held on the Hattiesburg campus Feb. 18.

An inauguration ceremony for the new officers will be held March 27 at 3 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium during the university’s Founders’ Day activities.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Delta Delta Delta sorority raised $68,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in 2013.

Crystal Garner, a junior broadcast journalism and computer science major from Meridian, Miss., was recently selected to attend the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, which will be held this summer on the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans, La.

 

While some students learned what it takes to be a nurse, others learned more about the film industry. These hands-on activities, among a number of others, were the highlight of today’s events at The University of Southern Mississippi’s “Showcase” held on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

Showcase was an open house event created to give high school juniors, seniors, and college transfer students actual hands-on lessons learned while earning a university degree. These activities and lessons also showed students what their career could be like after graduation.

University of Southern Mississippi student Jasmine Thomas was awarded the Mary Peterson Scholarship to attend the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values National Black Greek Letter Conference held earlier this month in Indianapolis, Ind. The conference is designed to teach leadership skills to those involved in Greek life.

The Center for Undergraduate Research is holding two sessions of a workshop covering preparation and submission of proposals for competition in the Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR), in which undergraduate students may receive up to $1,000 to support independent research conducted with a faculty mentor.

Dr. Doug Masterson in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will present the workshops on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. Both will be held in The Speaking Center in Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus and will be simulcast to Southern Miss Gulf Coast.

Student Health Services at The University of Southern Mississippi has achieved continuing accreditation through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes Student Health Services from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

A forum featuring student candidates running for elected office with the University of Southern Mississippi Student Government Association (SGA) will be held Monday, Feb. 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I on the Hattiesburg campus. Members of the university community are invited to attend.

SGA elections are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, with runoff elections set for Thursday, Feb. 20 if necessary. For more information, contact the Student Government Association at 601.266.4407 or Associate Dean of Students Wynde Fitts at wynde.fitts@usm.edu.

University of Southern Mississippi student Rachael Reeves recently placed second in the national “Press the President” writing contest for her submission, “The Government’s Responsibility in the American Obesity Epidemic.”

Fifty years after he marched for equal rights, Anthony Harris returned to downtown Hattiesburg Jan. 22 to retrace his steps in pursuit of a more just society.

 

Harris, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, braved chilly temperatures along with many area residents, students and other supporters for the Freedom Day reenactment march in downtown Hattiesburg. The event, part of the university's programming commemorating Freedom Summer, recognized those who marched for voting rights and equal access to facilities for African Americans in Hattiesburg in that pivotal year of the civil rights movement.

Wilton Jackson, a junior broadcast journalism major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been chosen to participate in the USA Today Collegiate Correspondent Program which runs from Jan. 13 – May 9.

A group of graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi used what they learned in the classroom to help local community service organizations in their efforts to obtain financial support for their work in the Pine Belt.

Anyone who listens to Southern Miss Radio knows Bec O’Neal follows the beat of her own drummer.  Decidedly unlike the other on-air talent one would find anywhere on the radio dial, O’Neal, whose real name is Rebecca Huddleston, is the same in real life as she is when she hosts WUSM’s Southern Miss Today radio program.  Perhaps her quirky realness is why satellite radio giant SiriusXM Radio chose her to intern with them this spring in Washington, DC.