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Southern Miss Gulf Coast Opens Center for Child Development

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast has opened the Gulf Coast Center for Child Development in Pass Christian to serve as a state-of-the-art learning facility and child care program for children age eight weeks through five years. [Learn More]


Butler Receives $1.3 Million Grant to Study Health Changes

Dr. David Butler

Dr. David Butler, associate professor in the International Development Doctoral Program, will begin a study on health changes following disasters using a $1.3 million grant. Titled “Gulf States Collaborative Center for Health Policy Research,” the Southern Miss project will explore how disasters impact family health for both lower and upper socio-economic groups. [Learn More]


Karen Aderer, Social Work Instructor

PBS Features Southern Miss Gulf Coast Instructor, Karen Aderer

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) viewers may have seen a series of new promotional videos featured on the television station, one of which highlights University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast social work instructor Karen Aderer and her use of PBS in the classroom. Using PBS programming to provide real life examples to her students, Aderer says she finds this method makes for more engaged students. [Learn More] [Video]


Social Work Scholarship

School of Social Work Presented $5,000 Betty Spencer Scholarship
Celebrating a legacy of social work was the focus of the Third Annual Betty Spencer Memorial Social Work Luncheon where The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work was presented a $5,000 gift to increase the total endowment of the Betty Spencer Memorial Scholarship which has a corpus of more than $20,000. [Learn More]


Ashlen Johnson and Billie Tingle recognized

Gulf Coast Instructor, Student Presented Disability Accommodation Award
The University of Southern Mississippi Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) recently presented awards to both a Southern Miss Gulf Coast faculty member and student for their outstanding commitment to community and the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities into campus life.
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Ann Billings

Ann Billings Is 'Forever Young'
Congratulations to Ann Billings, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Admissions at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, for being honored by Coast Young Professionals with the Forever Young Award for her leadership and mentorship as a professional on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!


Southern Miss Gulf Coast Hosts Art Show by Dr. Eric Wyble
The Katrina Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is hosting a photographic exhibit, “Cat Island by Kayak: A Retrospective,” by Dr. Eric Wyble through August 22 on the third floor of the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. [Learn More]


Southern Miss Gulf Coast Students First to Complete Casino Management Certificate Program
The Department of Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast congratulates the first two graduates of the department’s fully online casino management certificate program. [Learn More]


Employee Spotlight

There’s a sense of community that attracted Dr. Hans Stadthagen-Gonzalez, assistant professor of psychology, to Southern Miss Gulf Coast. A member of the Southern Miss family since August 2012, Hans says he likes how “everything is dealt with at a personal level and it doesn’t take long to make friends.”

Hans Stadthagen-Gonzalez

After living in Europe for a number of years, Hans and his wife decided to move back to the U.S. They wanted to be in the South to be closer to family.

“From the beginning, something that attracted me to Southern Miss Gulf Coast was the idea of working at a relatively small campus where you can actually have a personal link with students while still having the backing and support of a much larger institution. Living on the coast, with all its natural beauty, comes in as a bonus, of course.”

One lesson the couple quickly learned after moving to the Gulf Coast was hurricane preparedness. The thought of hurricanes loomed on their minds, but Hans reassured his wife that they would have plenty of time to prepare. However, Hurricane Isaac welcomed the couple less than two weeks after their arrival.

“Luckily all my colleagues in the psychology department flooded us with good advice and one of our new neighbors helped me get the house protected from the winds – you’ve got to love Southern neighborliness!”

Faculty Accomplishments


Dr. Heidi Lyn Co-Authors Communication Study

Dr. Heidi Lyn
Dr. Heidi Lyn, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, co-authored a paper recently published by the journal Frontiers in Psychology showing the comparison of communication by baby apes and humans, which implicates the theory of how language evolved in humans. [Learn More]


Dr. Douglas Bristol Receives Grants for World War II Research

Dr. Douglas Bristol

Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, recently received two development grants from the university. The first is a proposal development grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research and the second is a faculty development grant from the Office of the Academic Dean at Southern Miss Gulf Coast. [Learn More]


Dr. Westley Follett Publishes Book Chapter in Celtic Studies

Dr. Westley Follett

Dr. Westley Follett, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, served as a co-editor of the 2013 published volume, “Gablánach in Scélaigecht: Celtic Studies in Honour of Ann Dooley.” [Learn More]


Dr. Bob Pauly Receives Award for Outstanding Service

Dr. Bob Pauly

Dr. Bob Pauly, associate dean for the College of Arts and Letters and associate professor of international development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, received the 2012-2013 Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs’ Award for Outstanding Service. [Learn More]


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

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