Mississippi UG Spotlight

Q2 2020 Highlights

M’Tajia Altman

University of Southern Mississippi

Iota Kappa Chapter

M’Tajia Altman, a native of Quitman, MS, is a Senior Nursing Major at The University of Southern Mississippi. She was initiated into the Iota Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in the Fall of 2018. Since her initiation, M’Tajia has been an active and engaged member who fully embraces the purpose, standards, and targets of the sorority. She is engaged in chapter programs and service activities, and genuinely desires to make a positive impact on her chapter. M’Tajia currently serves as Historian and Archives Committee Chair, Chair of Scholarship and Mr. Esquire Pageant committees, and is a member of the Standards, Membership, and Women’s Health committees. In addition to her sorority involvements, M’Tajia serves as a third year Resident Assistant, is a Luckyday Scholar and member of Eagle Connections. She has served as Rituals Chair of Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Co-Director of SGA’s Freshmen Associates, and is an inducted member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. M’Tajia is a member of the Order of Omega and was named the 2019-2020 Oder of Omega Woman of the Year. Due to her exceptional academic achievement, M’Tajia has been recognized on Southern Miss’s President’s List, was acknowledged in the South Eastern Region Academic Hall of Excellence, and is a 2019 EAF Youth P.A.C. Scholarship Recipient.

M’Tajia is a very involved chapter member and contributor to the university and community. She is a model of scholastic achievement and commitment to excellence.

Halle Johnson

University of Southern Mississippi

Iota Kappa Chapter

Halle Johnson, a Senior Marketing major from Clinton, Mississippi, is a Fall 2018 initiate of the Iota Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Since her initiation, Halle has been an active, engaged, and innovative member who has planned and put together many events that have been beneficial for the chapter and Southern Miss community. She has a passion for bringing chapter members closer together and connecting the chapter with other NPHC organizations, as well as those of CPC and IFC. On the Southern Miss campus, Halle’s desire to connect people and the Southern Miss community is evident through her intense involvement in the Southern Miss Activities Council for which she serves as the SMAC Events Director wand ahs the responsibility of planning a variety of campus-wide events for Southern Miss students of all races, background, ages, and beliefs. Halle has lead and planned events such as S’Mores and More, Save a Life Tour, Movie on the Beach for the Gulf Park Campus, Campus Escape Rooms, CrawfisFest, Late Night at The Fresh, Welcome Back Bash, Friday Night at the Fountain, Step Africa, USM Has Talent, Kid’s Halloween Carnival, and the Selenis Leyva Forum. This year, Halle was recognized by the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement with the Student Connections Award. Halle will serve as NPHC Social Chair during the 2020-21 year.

Halle has dedicated her time to making sure that students at Southern Miss have an inclusive, fun, educational, and engaging experience during their collegiate experience

Bria Goodson

Delta State University

Mu Gamma Chapter

In pursing her degree at Delta State University in Biological Sciences, Bria Goodson had the opportunity to carry out the mission of the sorority by expanding my involvement and service through various areas of research and experience. With previous customer service experience, she obtained a student assistant position with the Student Success Center who helps student successfully navigate from the classroom to cap and gown by providing a wide range of student support services. Throughout her years at Delta State, she became a part of several organizations including McNair Scholars Program, Phi Beta Lambda Honor Society, Tribeta Biological Honor Society, African American Student Council, Career Ambassadors, Family Biz Builders, and most recently, Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation, Delta Diplomats and Student Government Association where I serve as Chief Justice Elect. Bria was awarded the LSAMP Star.

Bria pride’s herself in being able to dedicate service around my hometown community of Whitehaven where she volunteered monthly at the Whitehaven Community Living Center with Easthaven Church of Christ and tutor children with C2K Ministries. Being a part of such prestigious programs have allowed her to participate in advanced research programs. In spring 2018, under the leadership of Dr. Severine Groh, she aided in research on “Culturing Mammalian Cells”. During the summer of that same year, she spent time in Baltimore, Maryland at John Hopkins University actively researching laser surgery methods under Dr. Muyinatu Bell for a project entitled “Exploring Tissue Specific Laser Safety Limits for Photoacoustic Guided Surgery.” In the summer of 2019 she traveled to Belize to conduct research on “Dung Beetle Evaluation on the Campus of the University of Belize: A Study of Biodiversity Between Varying Habitats” under the construction of Dr. Latha Thomas. This research experience led to many presentations including the Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars Conference, 21st Annual Texas National McNair Scholars Research Conference and Delta State’s Academic Research Showcase, where I attained an award. She has been accepted to join the Federal Government workforce where she began an internship with the USDA in the summer of 2019.

Jourdan Green

University of Southern Mississippi

Iota Kappa Chapter

Jourdan Green, of Purvis, MS, is a Senior Psychology Major/Political Science Minor at The University of Southern Mississippi. A Fall 2018 Initiate of the Iota Kappa Chapter, Jourdan currently serves as President and has grown the chapter in areas of leadership development and scholastic achievement, with the chapter’s GPA increasing substantially over the last two semesters. She has served as Scholarship Chairman, Chairman of the Exceptional Female Scholarship and COVID-19: A Kall to Action, Co-Chairman of the Mr. Esquire Scholarship Pageant, and as member of the AKA Week, Community Service, Bylaws, and Essence of Black committees. As a respected leader on campus, Jourdan serves as the SGA Executive Director of Freshmen Associates, is a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program Scholar, and is a member of Black-Eyed Susan's Honorary Society and Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, among others. She has served as SGA Attorney General, Southern Style University Ambassador, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society President, and Luckyday Scholars Ambassador. Jourdan was named Most Outstanding Female Freshman, Freshman Homecoming Maid, and has received many university honors including LSI Organization President of the Year 2019-20, FSL Outstanding Member of the Year 2019-20, and The Ross Gold Leaf Award. Jourdan received the Iota Kappa New Member of the Year Award and the 2019 South Eastern Region Velma Lois Jones New Member of the Year Award.

Jourdan has maintained a stellar grade point average as a member of the Honors College and inspires her chapter to soar in both academics and leadership.