Honors College E-News

November 30th, 2015

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♦♦♦♦♦ SPOTLIGHT ♦♦♦♦♦

The Home Stretch

Finals are upon us which means that you have made it to the end of the semester! We wish you the best of luck as you take your exams. Also, as the semester comes to an end, do not forget to relieve some stress by having some fun around campus! We are proud of both your hard work and endurance throughout this Fall semester and hope you have a great break!

1-Mile Jingle Bell Walk and Picnic

Wear your fun, festive, holiday-themed clothes as we walk around campus. Jingle bells will be provided for your shoes. Health holiday eating and fitness information will be provided. Stick around for a healthy picnic lunch. Sponsored by Health is Golden and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.


When: December 3, 2015 - 12:15pm - 1:00pm

Where: Lofty Return Statue, Eagle Plaza, Gulf Park campus, Long Beach, Mississippi

Price: free

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♦♦♦♦♦ ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES ♦♦♦♦♦

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.Students who are selected to participate can earn TWO Honors hours.


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.

Calls for Proposals: Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge Competition

Mississippi Public Universities are solving Mississippi’s most pressing problems and advancing the state together. Through research, teaching and service, universities help tackle health issues, improve education and assist those who are economically disadvantaged, unemployed or underemployed.


There is much work to be done. Knowing that our students possess the creativity and ingenuity necessary to find unique solutions to these problems, Mississippi Public Universities have developed the Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge. IHL is inviting teams of students to develop a creative solution and business plan to address one of Mississippi’s most pressing problems: obesity and related health issues. Open to any public university students, the challenge requires students to work in teams of 3-6 with at least one faculty adviser. Last year was the first year of the competition and the USM Team won 3rd place.


Campus Competition

December 9, 2015

Statewide Competition: February 10, 2016