Honors College E-News

September 14th, 2015

♦♦♦♦♦ SPOTLIGHT ♦♦♦♦♦

Congratulations to Honors College Graduate Hannah Roberts!

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Congratulations to Hannah Roberts, University of Southern Mississippi Honors College alumna, on being named first runner-up to Miss America 2016. A summa cum laude Biochemistry major, Goldwater Scholar, violinist, and future pediatric plastic reconstructive surgeon, our Chemistry Queen showed poise, talent, intelligence and a passion to help others Sunday night.

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The campus community is invited to a public screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary “Brothers in War” on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium in the Liberal Arts Building (map).

The documentary was inspired by Dr. Andrew Wiest’s book “The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam,” which recounts the harrowing and deadly exploits of one of the last American combat infantry companies drafted, trained and sent to fight together in Vietnam. Wiest is a Distinguished Professor of History and founding director of the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society.

He also served as historical consultant for the documentary, narrated by actor Charlie Sheen. Wiest will sign books during a reception to be held at 5 p.m.

The event is free and is hosted by the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society and the College of Arts and Letters.

While the event is free and open to the public, RSVPs are requested online.

Honors College Scholars chosen for Eagles Write

Two Honors College Scholars were chosen to participate in Eagles Write during the month of October. Their work will be included in an exhibit located in Cook Library for the entire month of October. Special recognition will occur in the third annual reading and reception Tuesday, October 20.

Congratulations to Ariel Elliot and Hiba Tahir for their incredible work, chosen as the best in their respective categories.

Honors Composition:

Ariel Elliot

Title: “An Obsession with Death: From One Man to an Entire Generation"

Instructor: Joyce Inman


Hiba Tahir

Title: “The Disney Dilemma: New Orleans”

Check out the URL.

Instructor: Kelli Sellers



♦♦♦♦♦ SAVE THE DATE ♦♦♦♦♦

Donuts (and Doodles) with the Dean

We’ll have sugar, crayons, and coloring books. Come work off some stress and enjoy some downtime!

When: Friday, September 25, 2-3:30

Where: Honor House

You are Invited!

The Office of International Programs and The Honors College will be hosting a Château Program interest meeting. Food will be provided.

When: October 1, 2015 at 6 PM

Where: the LuckyDay Multipurpose room

A Semester in Spain

Do not forget that a Luncheon will be held on Oct. 8, 2015 from 12:15 – 1 PM at the Honor House. This program is targeted toward sophomores and juniors, who will receive an RSVP invitation by e-mail.



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Study Abroad Scholarship Deadlines Are Approaching

Students who are planning to study abroad should contact Robyn Curtis as soon as possible to set up scholarship advising as deadlines are approaching.

The deadline for the Gilman Scholarship (Pell Grant eligible students) for Spring 2016/early decision Summer 2016 is October 6th.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application Workshop

On September 15th at 12:15pm the Office of National Scholarships in conjunction with the Center for Undergraduate Research is offering an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship application workshop.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of full funding to the graduate school of your choosing. The workshop will provide important information about deadlines, selecting your recommenders, navigating the online application and how to effectively demonstrate that you meet the NSF criteria.

The workshop will be held in Cook Library 123. Light refreshments will be served. All graduating seniors considering research based degrees in STEM fields as well as the social sciences should strongly consider applying. Please contact Robyn Curtis if you have questions about whether the NSF is right for you.

Eagle SPUR Awards for Undergraduate Research

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Okatoma Creek Cleanup

On Friday, Sept.18, the CCCE will take students to Seminary by carpool for a day-long trip down the Okatoma Creek. Volunteers will use kayaks and canoes to assist in cleaning any trash from the creek.

This is a day-long trip with free lunch provided. Interested students should sign up here.

On Campus: Medicine Wheel Garden

USM has a medicine wheel garden on campus where volunteers can assist with planting, cultivating and maintaining native crops from the southeastern U.S. Dr. Tammy Greer oversees the garden and is accepting volunteer assistance. She is available to work in the garden at these times:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Afternoons after 3:30 p.m.
  • Students can email Dr. Greer regarding any other timing arrangements or for questions.

♦♦♦♦♦ OUT AND AROUND ♦♦♦♦♦

Philosophical Fridays: "Can Animals Be Moral?"

Philosophical Fridays – Where people gather to hear the wisdom of leading scholars on a variety of philosophical topics. Come join us this month as we welcome Mark Rowlands of the University of Miami when he presents Can Animals Be Moral?

September 18, 2015 - 2:00pm

Where:Liberal Arts Building, #108

Price: Free and open to the public

Contact: Department of Philosophy and Religion (601.266.4518)

Sponsoring Organization: Department of Philosophy and Religion