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Hardy Hall ribbon-cutting

Southern Miss Gulf Coast Celebrates Hardy & Lloyd Halls
The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast celebrated the completion of the historic restoration of Hardy Hall and Lloyd Hall with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 30 during the Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. [Learn More]

2013 Jazz & Blues Festival hosts large crowds, excited children
The annual Easter Egg Hunt that occurs during Jazz & Blues Festival kicked off at precisely 11 a.m. on March 30 and by 11:03 a.m., an eager sea of children had plucked every Easter egg from the grounds of Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus. [Watch a video]

Two New Buildings Opened
March 28 for Science and Nursing
The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast celebrated the completion of two new buildings with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 28 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. [Learn More]

Founders' Day Service Pins

Gulf Park Campus Employees Honored on Founders' Day
The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus celebrated the university’s Founders’ Day with a reception honoring employees for continuous service of 10 and 20 years to Southern Miss. [Learn More]

Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library Hosts 'Spring Fling' Art Exhibit
The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library will host a reception Monday, April 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. for the “Spring Fling” art exhibit currently on display. [Learn More]

Cheryl Haworth, U.S. Olympic Weightlifter

Independent Filmmaker's Festival Concludes April 26
The next installment in the Southern Circuit 2012-2013 Tour of Independent Filmmakers happens April 26 with the screening of "STRONG!" The film tells the story Cheryl Haworth, a U.S. Olympic Weightlifter who redefined the ordinary meanings for athletic, feminine, beautiful, and "normal." [Learn More]

Save the Date for these Events

  • Scholar's Bowl — Thursday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center Auditorium.
  • Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale "Fit for a King" Concert — Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center Auditorium and Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. in St. Michael's Catholic Church in Biloxi.
  • "Spring Fling" Art Exhibit Reception — Monday, April 15 from 4-6 p.m. at the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library.
  • Awards Day — Tuesday, April 23 at 4 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom.
  • Spring Commencement - Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

Employee Spotlight

Admissions counselor Patricia Craft is a firm believer in the importance of education and how it increases opportunities. What lead her to become part of the Southern Miss Gulf Coast family is assisting individuals with reaching their goals, whether with employment, training or education.

Patricia Craft

A Southern Miss employee since 2011, Patricia says she enjoys working with prospective students providing one-on-one assistance to guide them through the admissions process. “I empathize with many of them and recognize the challenges they envision with attending or returning to college. I hope I’m able to remove some of the barriers they face and reinforce the importance of patience, utilizing available resources and believing in one’s self.”

Patricia, who earned her Master of Public Relations and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, is designated to assist students interested in programs offered through the College of Education and Psychology and the College of Health.

In her spare time, Patricia is a DIY enthusiast, loves gardening and volunteers with Visiting Pet Teams of South Mississippi. “My puppy child, Champagne, and I visit nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities in Ocean Springs and Moss Point to enhance the lives of residents. It is one of the most rewarding experiences and I strongly encourage others to get involved.”

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Southern Miss Gulf Coast "In The Shade" E-newsletter | April 10, 2013

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