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May 8, 2013

More Southern Miss students are earning national scholarships to advance their education, thanks in part to Robyn Curtis' passion for helping them succeed.

Editor's note: Robyn Curtis serves as the National Scholarship Officer in the Honors College at The University of Southern Mississippi. Curtis talks about her job and the students she serves in this question-and-answer feature.

Q: When did you join USM as National Scholarship Officer?

A: I became the National Scholarship Officer in July of 2008.

Q: What are your duties in this role?

February 13, 2013

Dr. Rodney Bennett, incoming president at The University of Southern Mississippi, addresses a large group of students who turned out for a campus cleanup project on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The student-led project was coordinated in response to the EF-4 tornado that struck the Southern Miss campus and the Hattiesburg area on Sunday, Feb. 10.

If you cannot view the embedded video above, watch it on YouTube.

July 21, 2011

Dr. David Davies, dean of the Honors College at Southern Miss, says the hard-working students of today put undergraduates of his era to shame.

Dr. David Davies serves as dean of the Honors College at The University of Southern Mississippi. An Arkansas native, Davies came to Southern Miss in 1991 as an adviser to the Student Printz. He took a few moments recently to reflect on his current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

July 13, 2015

Kristen Dupard of New Orleans was crowned Miss University of Southern Mississippi during a ceremony Monday, July 13 in the President’s Conference Room of the Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Dupard ascended to the role in place of Hannah Roberts, who won the Miss Mississippi Pageant in June.
 

Kristen Dupard of New Orleans was crowned Miss University of Southern Mississippi during a ceremony Monday, July 13 in the President’s Conference Room of the Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Dupard ascended to the role in place of Hannah Roberts, who won the Miss Mississippi Pageant in June.

June 10, 2015

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.

 

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.

The position will help USM students thrive through retention initiatives, recognition of student excellence and opportunities for active learning. It will also support faculty through programs that enhance orientation and mentoring, as well as support for advising.

April 6, 2015

The Honors College at the University of Southern Mississippi will host an “Out of the Darkness” Campus Walk benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Saturday, April 18 at Pride Field at 5 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Honors College at the University of Southern Mississippi will host an “Out of the Darkness” Campus Walk benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Saturday, April 18 at Pride Field at 5 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus.

Funds raised by the Out of the Darkness Walks help bring important AFSP research, education, advocacy and survivor programs to local communities. With suicide claiming more than 38,000 lives in the United States each year, the importance of AFSP’s mission has never been greater.

April 2, 2015

The University of Southern Mississippi will pay special tribute to its graduate students with a variety of activities tied to Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 6-10 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi will pay special tribute to its graduate students with a variety of activities tied to Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 6-10 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Held in conjunction with national Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week, Southern Miss is devoting an entire week in honor of graduate students for the first time.

March 20, 2015

Renowned flutist Dr. Ulrike Anton will present: “If Only She Were A Man: Women Composers From the 18th to the 21st Centuries” as part of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Honors College Forum at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 in Bennett Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Renowned flutist Dr. Ulrike Anton will present: “If Only She Were A Man: Women Composers From the 18th to the 21st Centuries” as part of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Honors College Forum at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 in Bennett Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

February 11, 2015

She withstood the hostility of fellow students and others as one of the first African Americans to integrate then all-white University of Georgia in 1961. In doing so, Charlayne Hunter-Gault leaned on the protection of her “body armor,” her metaphor for the values instilled by her family and community that raised her.

 

She withstood the hostility of fellow students and others as one of the first African Americans to integrate then all-white University of Georgia in 1961. In doing so, Charlayne Hunter-Gault leaned on the protection of her “body armor,” her metaphor for the values instilled by her family and community that raised her. 

February 11, 2015

The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular University Forum Lecture Series will continue throughout the Spring 2015 semester with an acclaimed array of speakers scheduled to offer insightful presentations.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular University Forum Lecture Series will continue throughout the Spring 2015 semester with an acclaimed array of speakers scheduled to offer insightful presentations.

The lecture series is sponsored by the University’s Honors College which has brought well-known authors, scholars, performers and intellectual provocateurs to the Hattiesburg campus.

January 30, 2015

Dr. Jill Taylor, director of the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, will be the featured presenter for The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Trent Lott Center, room 103 A-D. Dr. Taylor’s presentation topic will be “Guarding our present and future: The public health laboratory network in America.” Admission is free.

Dr. Jill Taylor, director of the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, will be the featured presenter for The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Trent Lott Center, room 103 A-D. Dr. Taylor’s presentation topic will be “Guarding our present and future: The public health laboratory network in America.” Admission is free.

January 22, 2015

The University of Southern Mississippi’s British Studies Program is marking four decades since it began providing students a global and transforming educational experience that lasts a lifetime.

 

During the summer 2015 semester, 16 courses will be offered through the BSP and four of the university’s Colleges, including Arts & Letters, Business, Education and Psychology, and Health. Most classes are taught by Southern Miss faculty and also feature lectures and presentations by some of England’s top scholars and business and political leaders.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s British Studies Program is marking four decades since it began providing students a global and transforming educational experience that lasts a lifetime.

During the summer 2015 semester, 16 courses will be offered through the BSP and four of the university’s Colleges, including Arts & Letters, Business, Education and Psychology, and Health. Most classes are taught by Southern Miss faculty and also feature lectures and presentations by some of England’s top scholars and business and political leaders.

January 22, 2015

Dr. Justin Barrett of Fuller Theological Seminary will present "Is Religious Belief Natural? The Relevance of Cognitive Science to Faith” Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I, to open the spring 2015 Honors Forum series.

Dr. Justin Barrett of Fuller Theological Seminary will present "Is Religious Belief Natural? The Relevance of Cognitive Science to Faith” Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I, to open the spring 2015 Honors Forum series.

December 8, 2014

Sensing her stressed-out students needed some puppy love headed into finals week, University of Southern Mississippi Honors College Dean Ellen Weinauer arranged for a therapeutic meeting Dec. 8 between some four-legged fur babies and the scholars.

Sensing her stressed-out students needed some puppy love headed into finals week, University of Southern Mississippi Honors College Dean Ellen Weinauer arranged for a therapeutic meeting Dec. 8 between some four-legged fur babies and the scholars.

Weinauer reached out to Southern Pines Animal Shelter volunteer Valerie Rachal to arrange the get-together on the front lawn of the Honor House Monday, with several puppies awaiting adoption from the shelter arriving to the delight of an adoring and affectionate group of honors students.  

October 31, 2014

For the first time, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Graduate School will offer a unique opportunity for students to showcase their thesis or dissertation work in a competitive format.

 

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition invites graduate students to describe the significance of his/her thesis or dissertation to a general audience in three minutes or less. Cash prizes will be awarded to the eight finalists – ranging from $250 for finalists to $1,000 for the Grand Champion.

For the first time, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Graduate School will offer a unique opportunity for students to showcase their thesis or dissertation work in a competitive format.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition invites graduate students to describe the significance of his/her thesis or dissertation to a general audience in three minutes or less. Cash prizes will be awarded to the eight finalists – ranging from $250 for finalists to $1,000 for the Grand Champion.

October 16, 2014

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s 2012 nominee for president, will be the featured speaker at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Oct. 21 University Forum, set for 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s 2012 nominee for president, will be the featured speaker at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Oct. 21 University Forum, set for 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Johnson was also the Republican governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003.
He is the author of Seven Principles of Good Government: Gary Johnson on liberty, people and politics and honorary chairman of the board of the Our America Initiative.

October 13, 2014

Dr. Andrew Wiest, professor of history and founding director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for the Study of War and Society, will be the guest speaker for the Tuesday, Oct. 14 University Forum on the Hattiesburg campus. This free program will be held in the Thad Cochran Center, ballroom III at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Dr. Andrew Wiest, professor of history and founding director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, will be the guest speaker for the Tuesday, Oct. 14 University Forum on the Hattiesburg campus. This free program will be held in the Thad Cochran Center, ballroom III at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

September 30, 2014

Whitney Miller, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna who won the inaugural title of “MasterChef” on the Fox reality television show of the same name, will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 7 University Forum. The program will be held at the Trent Lott Center, room 103 A-D at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

Whitney Miller, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna who won the inaugural title of “MasterChef” on the Fox reality television show of the same name, will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 7 University Forum. The program will be held at the Trent Lott Center, room 103 A-D at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

September 22, 2014

An internationally prominent activist devoted to social and environmental causes will be the next speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum.

Dr. Robert Jensen, a member of the faculty in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas will present “Crises, Ecological and Social” Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in room 103 A-D in the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and the public is invited.

An internationally prominent activist devoted to social and environmental causes will be the next speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum.

Dr. Robert Jensen, a member of the faculty in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas will present “Crises, Ecological and Social” Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in room 103 A-D in the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and the public is invited.

September 15, 2014

University of Southern Mississippi student Julian Walker, featured alongside Oscar winning actress Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington in the movie “Blackbird,” is the guest speaker at University Forum Tuesday, Sept. 16. His presentation will be held in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom II at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus, and admission is free.

University of Southern Mississippi student Julian Walker, featured alongside Oscar winning actress Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington in the movie “Blackbird,” is the guest speaker at University Forum Tuesday, Sept. 16. His presentation will be held in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom II at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus, and admission is free.

September 10, 2014

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that its Fall 2014 entering class is the most academically talented in the institution’s recorded history.

 

With a renewed focus on student recruitment, retention, progression and graduation, the University’s newest students have the highest grade point average of any entering class. In addition, retention and graduation rates have improved.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that its Fall 2014 entering class is the most academically talented in the institution’s recorded history.

With a renewed focus on student recruitment, retention, progression and graduation, the University’s newest students have the highest grade point average of any entering class. In addition, retention and graduation rates have improved.

September 8, 2014

The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2014 University Forum begins Tuesday, Sept. 9 with James Inabinet, director of the La Terre Bioregional Center. Inabinet will present "Human Ecology, Pathways to Sustainability, and the Earth Circle Exhibit.”

The University of Southern Mississippi’s fall 2014 University Forum begins Tuesday, Sept. 9 with James Inabinet, director of the La Terre Bioregional Center. Inabinet will present "Human Ecology, Pathways to Sustainability, and the Earth Circle Exhibit.”

The program will be held in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom II, at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and the public is invited.

July 28, 2014

Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will begin work in Hattiesburg on Aug. 1, pending IHL Board approval.

Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will begin work in Hattiesburg on Aug. 1, pending IHL Board approval.

Coats, a native of Springfield, La., comes to Southern Miss from Mississippi State University in Starkville where she has spent the past three years as associate dean of the Graduate School. A professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, she has served as a member of the university’s faculty since 1990.

March 4, 2014

A Mississippian who upholds her home state’s reputation for producing accomplished writers will be the featured University Forum speaker Tuesday, March 18 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

A Mississippian who upholds her home state’s reputation for producing accomplished writers will be the featured University Forum speaker Tuesday, March 18 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Jesmyn Ward of DeLisle, who earned the 2011 National Book Award for “Salvage the Bones” will speak from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballrooms I and II. Her presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing.