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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 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.

February 25, 2014

Dr. Carrie Walker, a nuclear physicist and graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Honors College who has worked with the world-renowned Los Alamos National Laboratories, will present “Nuclear Energy: A Global Landscape in Change” Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Wilbur Stout Hall room A on the Hattiesburg campus.

Admission to this event is free. For more information, contact the Southern Miss Honors College at 601.266.4533.

Dr. Carrie Walker, a nuclear physicist and graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Honors College who has worked with the world-renowned Los Alamos National Laboratories, will present “Nuclear Energy: A Global Landscape in Change” Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Wilbur Stout Hall room A on the Hattiesburg campus.

Admission to this event is free. For more information, contact the Southern Miss Honors College at 601.266.4533.

 

February 21, 2014

Joshua Fortenberry, an assistant district attorney in the 12th Circuit Court District of Mississippi, will present “Driving Under the Influence in Mississippi: Law and Consequence,” Tuesday, Feb. 25 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Honor House on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Joshua Fortenberry, an assistant district attorney in the 12th Circuit Court District of Mississippi, will present “Driving Under the Influence in Mississippi: Law and Consequence,” Tuesday, Feb. 25 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Honor House on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

February 10, 2014

On Monday, Feb. 10, The University of Southern Mississippi marked a year since a destructive EF-4 tornado struck its Hattiesburg campus, damaging buildings and destroying trees, primarily at its front entrance next to Hardy Street.

University officials are pleased with progress to restore the campus and look forward to completing all work connected with recovery from the storm by the end of 2014.

On Monday, Feb. 10, The University of Southern Mississippi marked a year since a destructive EF-4 tornado struck its Hattiesburg campus, damaging buildings and destroying trees, primarily at its front entrance next to Hardy Street.

University officials are pleased with progress to restore the campus and look forward to completing all work connected with recovery from the storm by the end of 2014.

February 7, 2014

Vincent Chaney, a University of Southern Mississippi student and filmmaker who was part of a team that produced last year’s popular documentary “subSIPPI,” will speak about the film for the University Forum Series Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I.

 

Vincent Chaney, a University of Southern Mississippi student and filmmaker who was part of a team that produced last year’s popular documentary “subSIPPI,” will speak about the film for the University Forum Series Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I.

October 8, 2013

The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College has three of a kind among its freshman class of 2013.

 

Triplets Olivia, Ross and Rachel Paris-Harbison are Southern Miss Presidential Scholars from Mobile, Ala. where they graduated from McGill-Toolin High School. When the three tried to establish a hierarchy of choices as they looked for a college to attend, one held on to first place following their visit to the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College has three of a kind among its freshman class of 2013.

Triplets Olivia, Ross and Rachel Paris-Harbison are Southern Miss Presidential Scholars from Mobile, Ala. where they graduated from McGill-Toolin High School. When the three tried to establish a hierarchy of choices as they looked for a college to attend, one held on to first place following their visit to the Hattiesburg campus.

October 7, 2013

Wisam “Sam” Buti once held the fruit fly in contempt.

“I use to just think of them as that annoying fly that buzzed around your food,” said Buti, a University of Southern Mississippi freshman. Now the fruit fly represents the inspiration for her studies at the university and future in either medicine or scientific research – or both.

Wisam “Sam” Buti once held the fruit fly in contempt.

“I use to just think of them as that annoying fly that buzzed around your food,” said Buti, a University of Southern Mississippi freshman. Now the fruit fly represents the inspiration for her studies at the university and future in either medicine or scientific research – or both.

June 21, 2013

Never one to shy away from the Southern Miss spotlight, Dr. Dave Davies, dean of the Honors College, performed his rendition of the “Gangnam Style” dance on Friday, June 21 in support of the University’s annual faculty/staff giving campaign.

Never one to shy away from the Southern Miss spotlight, Dr. Dave Davies, dean of the Honors College, performed his rendition of the “Gangnam Style” dance on Friday, June 21 in support of the University’s annual faculty/staff giving campaign.

April 26, 2013

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.

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.

December 10, 2012

University of Southern Mississippi Honors College students took time out recently from preparing for finals week to bring a smile to the faces of some local children.

University of Southern Mississippi Honors College students took time out recently from preparing for finals week to bring a smile to the faces of some local children.

The Honors College Ambassadors hosted a holiday party Dec. 7 at the Aldersgate Mission, a community outreach organization for underserved children who live in the Briarfield Housing Complex in east Hattiesburg and the surrounding community. It provides after-school programming for more than 50 youth in grades 4-12.

November 2, 2012

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, Nov. 16 to be included in the final results.

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, Nov. 16 to be included in the final results.

October 29, 2012

Hannah Roberts, a sophomore from Mount Olive, Miss., bested a field of 14 contestants to win the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant Saturday, Oct. 27 at Hattiesburg’s Lake Terrace Convention Center. The event is a preliminary for the Miss Mississippi Pageant next summer in Vicksburg.

 

Roberts is a biochemistry major and student in the university’s prestigious Honors College. She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, the American Chemist Society, Eagle Connections and has served as a volunteer with the Golden Eagle Welcome Weekend (GEWW) Crew. She is the daughter of James and Danna Roberts.

Hannah Roberts, a sophomore from Mount Olive, Miss., bested a field of 14 contestants to win the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant Saturday, Oct. 27 at Hattiesburg’s Lake Terrace Convention Center. The event is a preliminary for the Miss Mississippi Pageant next summer in Vicksburg.

October 22, 2012

The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome film and television actor and author Rick Lenz as part of the Honors Forum series Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The event, hosted by the College of Arts and Letters and Honors College, will be held in room 103 of the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome film and television actor and author Rick Lenz as part of the Honors Forum series Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The event, hosted by the College of Arts and Letters and Honors College, will be held in room 103 of the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

October 5, 2012

Paralyzed from the waist down following a 2005 car accident, Dwight Owens has shared his story of triumph over personal tragedy with thousands across the country. On Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Stout Hall on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus, he’ll tell that story as part of the fall 2012 University Forum series.

Paralyzed from the waist down following a 2005 car accident, Dwight Owens has shared his story of triumph over personal tragedy with thousands across the country. On Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Stout Hall on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus, he’ll tell that story as part of the fall 2012 University Forum series.

September 21, 2012

University of Southern Mississippi alumnus and Hattiesburg native Carlton Wade, a hip-hop journalist who has written for XXL and The Source, will be the featured presenter at the next Honors Forum, set for Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Stout Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

University of Southern Mississippi alumnus and Hattiesburg native Carlton Wade, a hip-hop journalist who has written for XXL and The Source, will be the featured presenter at the next Honors Forum, set for Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Stout Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

June 21, 2012

Madeleine Lowrey of Sheridan, Ark. is the recipient of a prestigious Presidential Scholarship at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, where she plans to major in vocal performance.

Madeleine Lowrey of Sheridan, Ark. is the recipient of a prestigious Presidential Scholarship at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, where she plans to major in vocal performance. She is the daughter of Jeremy and Jennifer Lowrey of Sheridan.

April 10, 2012

Dr. Kim LeDuff, associate director of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, will present the 19th annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the university's Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

Dr. Kim LeDuff, associate director of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, will present the 19th annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the university's Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

April 10, 2012

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha D. Saunders announced today that Vice President for Research Dr. Denis Wiesenburg has been named as the university’s next provost, pending approval by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. The change is effective July 1.

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha D. Saunders announced today that Vice President for Research Dr. Denis Wiesenburg has been named as the university’s next provost, pending approval by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. The change is effective July 1.

April 5, 2012

United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia delivered a lecture on "The Methodology of Originalism" as part of The University of Southern Mississippi's Honors Forum Series on Wednesday, April 4.

United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia delivered a lecture on "The Methodology of Originalism" as part of The University of Southern Mississippi's Honors Forum Series on Wednesday, April 4.

Scalia, who is the longest-serving justice on the High Court, spoke before a large crowd at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Afterward, he answered questions from the audience.

Appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan  in 1986, Scalia has been described as the intellectual anchor of the Court's conservative wing.

February 23, 2012

The University of Southern Mississippi University Forum will feature author Jonathan Odell, author of The Healing Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Wilbur Stout Hall, located behind College Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. Friends of University Libraries will host a reception for Odell at 8 p.m. at the Powerhouse Restaurant on campus immediately following the forum.

The University of Southern Mississippi University Forum will feature author Jonathan Odell, author of The Healing Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Wilbur Stout Hall, located behind College Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. Friends of University Libraries will host a reception for Odell at 8 p.m. at the Powerhouse Restaurant on campus immediately following the forum, where copies of The Healing will be made available for purchase by Barnes and Noble bookstore staff.