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Student Discovers Passion, Leads New Organization at UM-DeSoto
Accountancy major takes full advantage of campus opportunities
Posted on February 24, 2017 by Mia Sims

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Hunter Moore was a sophomore in college when he made a decision that would change his life forever. Unsure of his future endeavors, the Olive Branch native embarked on a journey that would ultimately lead him to a path of success.

“I lived in Desoto County until I was thirteen,” Moore said. “I moved to Ripley and graduated from Ripley High School. When I graduated, I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my future, but I did know that I wanted to obtain a college degree.”

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UM-DeSoto Graduate’s Career Soars
Alumna manages inventory accounting for Endeavor Air
Posted on February 20, 2017 by Erin Garrett

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – After earning her degree in finance from the University of Mississippi at DeSoto Center – Southaven, Heather Gatzke’s career has reached great heights.

The 2011 graduate currently works for Endeavor Air as a manager of inventory accounting. Her journey with the airline began while she was still in school at UM-DeSoto.

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Overstreet-Miller Joins UM-DeSoto as IMC Instructor
Brings extensive experience in public relations, marketing to classroom
Posted on February 6, 2017 by Erin Garrett

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – The University of Mississippi at DeSoto Center – Southaven recently hired a full-time faculty member to strengthen its integrated marketing communications program.

Patricia Overstreet-Miller, who began working at UM-DeSoto this spring as an IMC instructor, has an expansive career in communications, including PR, marketing, advertising and lobbying. At the corporate level, Overstreet-Miller has worked for companies such as Allstate, Options Clearing Corp, Zurich Insurance and the McCormick Foundation.

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UM-DeSoto Student Pursues Social Work Degree, Serves Community Along the Way
Aspires to work for a children’s hospital after graduation
Posted on January 24, 2017 by Erin Garrett

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – From the beginning of her college career, Jasmine Lee wanted to be an educator. She graduated with an associate degree in education from Northwest Mississippi Community College and enrolled at Mississippi State University. In her junior year, however, something just didn’t feel right.

“I came to realize that teaching wasn’t for me,” said Lee, a native of Horn Lake. “I left MSU and had to reevaluate. After some careful consideration I determined that I wanted to pursue social work and enroll at the University of Mississippi – DeSoto.”

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Local Schools Look to UM-DeSoto Writing Center for Insight
Faculty and staff offer advice, resources for development of middle and high school centers
Posted on January 4, 2017 by Erin Garrett

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – As director of the University of Mississippi – DeSoto Writing Center, Jeanine Rauch sees the value of honing writing skills early.

“Ultimately, writing is clear thinking,” said Rauch, who is an instructor in the university’s Department of Writing and Rhetoric. “When students are confident in their own writing, the writing process becomes more focused on audience and purpose, which leads to clear communication.”

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Internship leads to opportunity for student
Posted on November 16, 2016 by Erin Garrett

Faculty and staff at the University of Mississippi – DeSoto often stress the importance of students participating in internships before completing their education.

Stephanie Williams (pictured, left), a senior marketing major at UM-DeSoto, is doing just that. She recently reached out to us about her experience completing an internship with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

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Winners of the 2+2 Scholarship Golf Tournament announced
Posted on October 7, 2016 by LaJuan Tallo

Winners have been determined for the annual BancorpSouth/Northcentral Electric Power Association (NCEPA) 2+2 Scholarship Golf Tournament, benefitting students from Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi at DeSoto Center.

The event was held on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Cherokee Valley Golf Course in Olive Branch. A total of 33 teams competed.

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Mother of Five ‘Pursues Dreams’ at UM DeSoto Campus
Cheryl Scott slated to graduate in May with bachelor's in elementary education

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Cheryl Scott is no stranger to hard work. A student in the elementary education program at the University of Mississippi at DeSoto Center-Southaven, Scott is finishing her degree while also caring for her five children.

“It has been extremely challenging,” Scott said. “I have to balance my time studying and working on assignments with spending time with my husband and kids.”

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Student Continues Education, Cares for Mother Recovering from Cancer
Matt Waldrup hopes to attend law school after receiving degree from UM DeSoto Center

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Matt Waldrup can think of one person who wants to see him graduate more than anyone: his mom.

“Ever since I was little, she always said, ‘I just want to see you grow up, finish your education and be happy,'” said Waldrup, a Memphis native who is finishing his final semester at the University of Mississippi at DeSoto Center in Southaven. “So not only is this my dream, it’s hers also. Soon we will both be seeing things that we have wanted our entire lives.”

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Top Nontraditional Students Join Alpha Sigma Lambda
Nearly 20 DeSoto Center scholars inducted at ceremony

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – The University of Mississippi at DeSoto Center chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society recently inducted 18 seniors into the organization.

“It is an honor to recognize these outstanding students and welcome them into Alpha Sigma Lambda,” said Rick Gregory, executive director of the regional campus. “They are a great representation of UM-DeSoto’s dedication to excellence in academics.”

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DeSoto Campus Students Honored with Taylor Medals
DeSoto Campus Students Honored with Taylor Medals

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Two seniors at the University of Mississippi at DeSoto Center-Southaven have been awarded the Marcus Taylor Memorial Medal. Yasmin Ali and Lauren Carson, both elementary education majors, accepted their medals April 7 during the Spring Honors Day Convocation at the Oxford campus.

The Taylor Medals, established in 1904, are the university’s highest academic award and recognize no more than 1 percent of the student body each year. To be considered, a student must have a GPA of at least 3.90.

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UM-DeSoto Student Wins Highest Award from Legal Studies Department
McKinley McCarty recognized for academics, service

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Though emailing in class is generally frowned upon, McKinley McCarty hoped for an exception when she learned that she had won the Columbus B. Hopper Scholarship.

“I just couldn’t sit there and contain my excitement,” said McCarty, a senior paralegal studies major at the University of Mississippi at DeSoto Center-Southaven. “As soon as I received an email about the award from the chair, I had to send one back. I copied my professor, so he knew that I sent it during class.”

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