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The Gulf Coast Office of University Communications is pleased to announce this monthly electronic communication for Southern Miss Gulf Coast employees. We will link you to important news stories, alert you to important events on campus plus feature a faculty or staff member each month.

Southern Miss Gulf Coast Offers Online Casino Management Certificate Program
The casino management certification is beneficial for gaming professionals seeking management opportunities, hospitality, tourism professionals, and educators seeking to re-skill, and students, either business or non-business majors, pursuing a casino management career. [Learn more]

2012 Butch Oustalet Gulf Coast Outstanding Faculty Awards
During The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast’s annual Fall Convocation, the 2012 Butch Oustalet Gulf Coast Outstanding Faculty Awards were presented to recipients in the areas of research, teaching and service. [Learn more]

Dr. Fujun Lai receives research award

(Left to right) Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas, Dr. Fujun Lai, and Dr. Frances Lucas, show off Dr. Lai's Outstanding Faculty Award for Research.

Dr. Casey Maugh receives teaching award

(Left to right) Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas, Dr. Casey Maugh, and Dr. Frances Lucas show off Dr. Maugh's Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching.

Dr. Deanne Nuwer receives award

(Left to right) Dr. Frances Lucas, Dr. Deanne Nuwer, and Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas show off Dr. Nuwer's Outstanding Faculty Award for Service.

Students, Graduates Honor St. Pé with Original Artwork
Mississippi Gaming Commission Chairman Jerry St. Pé was presented original artwork from University of Southern Mississippi students, graduates and faculty of the Casino, Hospitality and Tourism degree program. The piece was unveiled to St. Pé at his last meeting of the Mississippi Gaming Commission Sept. 20 at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi.
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Civic Chorale Began 18th Season with Festival of Choirs
As the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale prepares for a new season of performances along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, several members reflect on the chorale’s beginning nearly two decades earlier.
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Southern Miss Gulf Coast Welcomes 16 New Faculty
The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast recently held its faculty orientation at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, welcoming 16 new faculty members. [Learn more]

Panama Serves as Classroom for Study Abroad Program
This past summer, University of Southern Mississippi students took part in a unique study abroad experience, spending 10 days in Panama, a country rich in culture and economic growth. [Learn More]

Employee Spotlight

Laura Johnson

LAURA JOHNSON, an instructional assistant at the Southern Miss Autism Project, found a job that combines two things she loves — working with children and being back home on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. As an instructional assistant, Laura helps Autism Project staff members and instructors throughout the day while working with students in their daily activities.

Always wanting to return to the Gulf Coast, Laura initially left to further her education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Alabama and her master’s degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia in human development and family studies with a concentration in child life.

She completed an internship in Chicago, and upon returning home to Gulfport, found a job opportunity at the university’s Autism Project. Working at the Autism Project since April, Laura says the most rewarding part of her job is working with the children and seeing their progress since she first started at the university.

As a certified child life specialist, Laura continues her work with children as a volunteer in local hospitals. She enjoys traveling and exploring different locations, as well as spending time with family and friends.


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Southern Miss Gulf Coast "In The Shade" E-newsletter | October 10, 2012

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