Honors College Newsletter

The University of Southern Mississippi

July 21st, 2015

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New and Improved Honors College!

When you come into the Honor House you may see something new. Working with RISE Creative, the Honors College has rebranded itself with a new mark and tagline: Discover. Experience. Thrive.

General Honors has been renamed Honors Foundations as students acquire knowledge through enhanced educational opportunities across the disciplines. Through 18 hours of honors-designated core classes and two hours of University Forum, students will be prepared to embark on original research in the second half of the Honors curriculum—Honors Keystone.

Formerly Senior Honors, Honors Keystone gives students the exciting opportunity to develop as scholars and thinkers by designing and executing an original research thesis. From design through implementation and execution, each step provides students with knowledge, skills and aptitudes that advance them toward a vital and vibrant future.

Come by the office once you’re settled in to see all the new recruitment materials and other exciting changes.

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Changes in the office

It is with sadness that we bid goodbye this week to Sonya Evans, our longtime Honors College Administrative Assistant. As anyone who has passed through the doors of the Honor House knows, “Ms. Sonya” is a warm and generous soul who loves our students (and puppies!) with all her heart. She has served the Honors College well for many years, and her departure will leave a big hole. We wish her well as she embarks on a new life in Baltimore—and hope she comes back to see us often. If you have a minute to drop her a line, please do so—I know she’ll appreciate it.

We are also pleased to welcome to the staff Jessica Francis, who will be in the front office from now on. Having just moved here from Ohio, Ms. Francis has thrown herself into the job quickly and with gusto. I know you will enjoy meeting and getting to know her as much as we will enjoy working with her. Please say hello to her next time you’re on campus!

Congrats Kristen Dupard!

Current Honors College student, McNair scholar, Luckyday scholar, Biochemistry major, and Clinton Global Initiative University attendee has been crowned Miss University of Southern Mississippi!

As first runner-up, she will be ascending in place of Honors College alumnae Hannah Roberts, who won the Miss Mississippi Pageant in June.

Congratulations on all of the amazing things you have achieved and will continue to do, Kristen!

New Printing Policy

Due to the increase in printing, we need to reconsider our printing policy--both for our budget and sustainability reasons. If you're printing during business hours, paper (5-sheet limit) is located at the GA desk. Please see the on-duty GA for assistance. If you're printing during non-business hours, you will need to supply your own paper. Also, please remember that printing is reserved for academic purposes—please do not print “recreationally.” We want to continue offering this service, so please respect the policies! Thanks!

Save the Date!

As of the spring of 2016, the Honors College will be co-hosting, with the Center for Undergraduate Research, the Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity! One of USM's most innovative and exciting events, the Symposium gives all undergraduates—in every college, and in every field—the opportunity to present their research and compete for high-value cash prizes. The Honors College will be calling on its students to participate AND to assist—it will take many hands to make this event happen. So mark your calendars for April 22-23, 2016, and look forward to more information in the future. Don't forget to visit the Symposium web-site:(http://www.usm.edu/research/undergraduate-symposium-research-and-creative-activity)!

Fall Honors Classes

ACC 200H Has spots open for the fall

Principles of Accounting with Dr. Amber Cole MW 2-3:15 registration code 6568. Most business majors are required to take it. Honor college students are welcome to add it to their fall schedule!

PHY 111H General Physics I

Taught by Dr. Chris Winstead whom you may have heard speak at Priority Orientation. Fantastic professor who will make physics FUN! TT 11-12:15, registration code 6636. You’d sign up for non-Honors lab.

Honors College Alumni News

Hannah Roberts

Congratulations to HC alumnae Hannah Roberts, who was just crowned Miss Mississippi and who will go on to compete in the Miss America pageant in September. A Biochemistry major/Biology minor and a Goldwater Scholar, Ms. Roberts will attend med school at the UMMC. For more on her many and varied achievements, see the story below!


Stephanie McCracken

Congratulations to Honors College alumna Stephanie McCracken on being named a Phi Kappa Phi Yoerger Presidential Fellow. She is finishing her Truman Scholar internship in Washington D.C. and then will begin her graduate program at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the fall.

This is the 7th year in a row that The University of Southern Mississippi's nominee was selected to receive a Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship.


Check out these links for Southern Miss Forum!!!