Honors College E-News

November 16th, 2015

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♦♦♦♦♦ SPOTLIGHT ON SERVICE ♦♦♦♦♦

Staff Council Food Drive to Benefit Several Organizations

Help Staff Council "Stock the Pantry” for local organizations.

  • Donations of animal food and supplies made on the GCRL campus will benefit Jackson County Animal Shelter. The drop off location is Gunter Library - Caylor 112. For more information, contact Maryanne Anthony at 228.872.4253 or Maryanne.anthony@usm.edu.
  • Donations of animal food and supplies made on the Gulf Park campus will benefit the Humane Society of South Mississippi. Drop off location is Hardy Hall 320. For more information, contact Heather Miller at 228.214.3224 or Heather.Miller@usm.edu.

Items will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 20. Thank you in advance for helping Staff Council “Stock the Pantry” of the communities in which we live and work.

Community Service Projects

♦♦♦♦♦ UPCOMING EVENTS ♦♦♦♦♦

Student Government Association's Eaglepalooza Nov. 21

Join the Student Government Association at its 12th annual Eaglepalooza on Saturday, Nov. 21. After the football game, come to downtown Hattiesburg to enjoy headliner Echosmith. The show will kick off with local talent at 7:30 p.m.

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 ♦♦♦♦♦

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

The Critical Language Scholarship Program

Students interested in spending next summer learning a “critical need language” in an immersive international environment should contact Robyn Curtis to learn more about the Critical Language Scholarship program.


The deadline is November 23rd. Apply Now: http://www.clscholarship.org/

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

The Center for Undergraduate Research will be covering the travel costs for six students to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which will be held April 7-9, 2016, in Asheville, NC. The conference is open to all disciplines, and students will present their work in a variety of formats, including oral, poster, visual arts, and performing arts. Students who would like to be considered should submit paper abstracts to CUR by November 24. More information may be found atwww.usm.edu/research/cur or by emailing cur@usm.edu.