Honors College E-News

October 19th, 2015

♦♦♦♦♦ SPOTLIGHT ♦♦♦♦♦

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Puppy Therapy Day

The Puppies are Coming! The Puppies are Coming! Escape from that mid-semester stress by coming to snuggle with some Southern Pines pups—Friday, October 30, 1-2:30.

Show up in your Halloween costume and compete for a $25 Starbucks gift-card too!




Southern Style Applications Now Available!

The Office of New Student and Retention Programs is looking for upperclass student leaders who will serve as the official host group for The University of Southern Mississippi. Responsibilities include serving as orientation leaders, hosting university events, and supporting retention efforts through the Office of New Student and Retention Programs.

*Applications are due by Wednesday, October 21st!

The 2015 Professionalization Series - Don't forget to RSVP

Space is limited for all events in the series, so please let us know which sessions you’ll attend by signing up below.


Interviewing/Job Hunt

New Classes in the Spring - Dance Appreciation and Political Science

DAN 130H – Dance Appreciation with Professor Meredith Early: This class will be active learning and will include a yet as to be determined New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) performance. NOBA consistently brings amazing dance national and international companies to New Orleans so whichever show is chosen to attend will be a showstopper! Additionally, the class will attend performances of the fantastic Southern Miss dance companies.

PS 101H - American Government with Dr. Joe Weinberg - “What are my rights? Is that guy my Congressman or my Senator? Who should I vote for? Am I a Democrat or a Republican? What does the President do, anyway? And what is everyone arguing about?

PS 101 answers (sort of) these questions by looking at the structure, functions, and processes of government at the national level. We discuss the institutions of our government, as well as the processes and outcomes of the political process. Our goal is to better understand how the system works, why it works the way it does, and how we as citizens fit into this process.

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Startup Weekend

Have a big idea that you’re interested in learning how to develop and market? Consider participating in Startup Weekend, a global event designed to stir creativity and give entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to find out if their startup ideas are viable. Southern Miss will host its own “Startup Weekend” at the Trent Lott Center on the Southern Miss campus, November 6-8. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday, teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts. For more information or to sign up, visit this link.

Note: students may seek approval to receive one Honors hour for their participation in Startup Weekend.

See Stacey Ready for information.

Swim with Dolphins in Honduras

Join Dr. Stan Kuczaj, Director of the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory at The University of Southern Mississippi, and participate in studies of dolphin communication and social interaction at the Roatan Institute of Marine Studies.

For more information, contact Dr. Stan Kuczaj or click here.

♦♦♦♦♦ INTERNSHIPS ♦♦♦♦♦

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Internship Program

The CBCF seeks to promote community growth by ensuring equal voice in the public sphere. These efforts take place through the cultivating of young leaders with educational development and scholarship opportunities. Applications are now available for Spring 2016 internships and are due by November 14th, 2015.

Interested students can contact Jaylen Hackett, who served as a CBCF intern this past summer—jaylen.hackett@eagles.usm.edu. For more information about the CBCF, check out their website.


Alternative Fall Break Volunteer Opportunity

This year’s alternative fall break focuses on cultural immersion and service. The Center for Community and Civic Engagement will take students to Houma, La., Oct. 22-24 to learn about the Unitied Houma Nation – a group of Native Americans living in the area. Service projects will involve restoring historical walking paths and replanting native plants in the area.

Cost for the trip is $125. Sign up here.

For questions, email Harry.Wadsworth@eagles.usm.edu or stop by Hub 104.

Love Halloween AND volunteering? Then look no further!

The Lake Thoreau Environmental Center seeks volunteers to help with its first ever "Spooky Hollow Biolloween" on October 23rd and October 24th. This fall festival experience will feature carnival-styled games for kids, face painting, a hayride for families, and a family-friendly Halloween trail led through some of Lake Thoreau’s nature trails. For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact Marks McWhorter (HC alumnus!) at 266-6745.

MS Water Security Institute – Watch for It

May 16-28, 2016, the SMBHC will run the first of three yearly Mississippi Water Security Institutes, funded by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. Honors students from all majors and from each honors college in Mississippi’s public universities, will be invited to apply for the Institute, to be held on the campus of the University of Mississippi. The MS WSI is for smart young people who want to learn about and help solve difficult questions around what is likely to be one of the most critical resource issues of the 21st century – water availability and quality.

Participants in the two-week Institute will receive a $1,000 stipend, plus food and lodging. Interested students (and faculty) are strongly encouraged to talk with Dr. Cliff Ochs, Director of the MS WSI, to learn more about the Institute’s aims.

Tutors needed at Aldersgate Mission

Aldersgate Mission needs tutors to assist young children with their homework. This is a very rewarding experience and a great way for you to accumulate volunteer hours you may need for scholarship/organization requirements. Tutors are needed most days (except Wednesdays) after 3pm.

For information, please contact Aldersgate Director Linda Dixon at 601.544.8141


FYI: Along with the Football team, Honors College donated 25 tickets to Aldersgate Mission so that deserving kids could attend Homecoming!



On-Campus Support Group Information (Tel: 601-266-4829)