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Spark Sophomore Program


Earn $200 by Attending Campus Events

 What Is Spark?

Spark is a program just for sophomores at Southern Miss, designed to help tackle the “sophomore slump.” Instead of your feeling stuck, lost or confused during your time at USM, we want to help you thrive! Participating in Spark can ease the transition from freshman to sophomore to junior year by encouraging students to make the most of their second year.


Who Can Participate?

Any sophomore student can participate just by attending events on campus! These events will help you gain direction for your future; make a connection to Southern Miss, your peers and the community; and gain awareness about your own strengths and skills. Our goal is to assist you in becoming a more involved and informed student, so you’ll feel confident and prepared to enter your last two years of college.

To complete the Spark program you must be a sophomore, or second year college student. (If you started college in Fall 2018, this program is for you)!

What Is Required (and What Do You Get)?

Simply attend at least one event from each of the following 4 categories, and be sure to track your progress. Once you’ve attended an event from each of the four categories, complete the Spark audit form. At the end of the semester, we’ll confirm your participation and award you with a $200 textbook stipend to be used on textbooks from Barnes and Noble the following semester.

All event attendance will be tracked and verified through Eaglelink. Don’t forget to swipe your USM ID at each event in order to receive credit.

Spring 2021 Events



Wednesday, February 17
Time: TBA

Student Involvement Fair

Interested in getting involved, but don’t know where to start? Come find your match at the student organization involvement fair!

Spirit Park 


Tuesday, February 23
Time: TBA

Black History Month Panel



On your own time in the Spring ’21 semester, deadline is 4/23/21


Sophomore Service

Give back to the Hattiesburg community by participating in a service project with the Center for Community Engagement! Complete a service consultation with CCE, then log your service hours with them! You must complete 3 service hours to complete this task. Visit for more information.

On your own time in the Spring ’21 semester, deadline is 4/23/21

Complete a meeting with a Student Involvement Ambassador

Meet with an involvement ambassador and find your perfect fit for a student organization! To set an appointment, click here.


Career Focus    




Wednesday, April 14
12 p.m.

Professional Promise Workshop

Make the most of your interactions with faculty and future employers by implementing helpful professional tips. 


Ongoing on your own time in the Spring ’21 semester, deadline is 4/23/21

Complete a resume review with Career Services

Do you need help with your resume? Visit career services and meet with a career counselor to get real time feedback on how to make your resume stand out. Visit for more information.


Ongoing on your own time in the Spring ’21 semester, deadline is 4/23/21

Join Southern Miss Connections

Southern Miss Connections is an online mentoring platform designed to connect students to successful alumni across the country. Create an account using your USM login credentials and reach out to connect to at least two alumni through the platform. Then send screenshots of the outreach to Makalah Roseberry at Makalah.WandFREEMississippi.  






Saturday, March 27
8:30 a.m.

The Big Event

Join Southern Miss students and SGA for a day of service for our campus and greater Hattiesburg community! Check back for the link to sign up to participate in The Big Event.  

Check back for a registration link and more information soon. 

Friday, April 23
11:30 a.m. 

Halfway There Celebration

Celebrate being halfway through with your college career!


Ongoing during the Spring ’21 semester, deadline is 4/23/21

Southern Miss Spirit

Post a photo of you in one of your favorite places on campus during the spring semester and share your favorite Southern Miss memory on Instagram! Tag @USM_success and use the hashtag #SouthernMissSpark. 

*Note: We will only be able to see your photo if your profile is set to public or if you are being followed by the @USM_success Instagram account. Follow us, and we'll follow back! 

Social Media



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Ongoing on your own time in the Spring ’21 semester, deadline is 4/23/21

Complete an appointment with The Center for Student Success

Struggling with time management or study skills? Visit our website and make an appointment with one of our staff members for one-on-one assistance.

Ongoing on your own time in the Spring ’21 semester, deadline is 4/23/21

Complete an appointment with the Writing or Speaking Center

The Writing and Speaking Centers are a free, valuable resource for all students, be sure to take advantage of their services.


* Writing and Speaking Center appointments must be made to receive guidance with a specific academic assignment. To make an appointment at the Speaking Center, call 601.266.4965 or make an appointment online. To make an appointment at the Writing Center, call 601.266.4821 or make an appointment online. You must have an official and documented appointment with the centers to receive Spark credit. Walk-in appointments do not count. 

Verifying Your Participation

Once you have completed the requirements of the Spark program, you must complete the Spark audit form. The Center for Student Success will verify your attendance and eligibility for the textbook stipend only after you have completed this form. 

Spark audit forms will be reviewed the week after Spring 2021 exams and you will be notified of your Spark status before you return to classes in August 2021. Stipends will be awarded and loaded on to your student account by August 23, 2021 to use toward textbooks purchased for Fall 2021 classes.

The textbook stipend is only redeemable at Barnes and Noble on the Southern Miss campus.

Click here to complete the Spark Audit Form by May 7, 2021.

Contact Us

The Center for Student Success
Cook Library Room 138

Hattiesburg Campus

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