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Dr. Bennett celebrates cut ribbon

Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus Cuts Ribbon for Elizabeth Hall

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of Elizabeth Hall, the final of five building projects that was completed following the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Southern Miss administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community leaders took part in the ceremony to celebrate the building’s reopening. Dr. Bennett led his first convocation at the Gulf Park campus immediately following the ribbon-cutting at Elizabeth Hall. [Learn More]

Distinguished Faculty Named

Awards for the 2013 Butch Oustalet Gulf Coast Distinguished Faculty were presented to three recipients in the areas of research, teaching and service during The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast’s annual Fall Convocation.

Dr. MD Sarder presented Research Award

The Research Award was presented to Dr. MD Sarder, associate professor of industrial engineering technology. Sarder, who compiled an exceptional record of research in 2012, published a collective of two book chapters, 10 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings. He was also awarded funding for seven of the 10 research grant proposals he submitted.

Dr. Jennifer Walker presented The Teaching Award

Assistant professor of biology Dr. Jennifer Walker was named the recipient of the Teaching Award. Walker, who performed exceptionally well in her teaching duties in 2012, taught eight courses, earning high evaluations in each one and letters of praise from multiple students.

Dr. Sandra Bishop is presented The Service Award

The Service Award was presented to assistant professor of nursing Dr. Sandra Bishop, who has contributed to the university, as well as local and regional communities, in many ways throughout 2012. In addition to her position as associate dean for Southern Miss Gulf Coast College of Nursing, she served on a collective 11 departmental, college and university committees and was co-chair of the Mississippi Department of Health’s “At Risk” Task Force.

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Dr. David Harms Holt

Geography Students, Professor Conduct Coastal Land-Use Study

Over a 10 month period, a group of University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students and their geography professor conducted a parcel-based land use survey by coding more than 200,000 parcels of land across the three coastal counties of south Mississippi. Dr. David Holt, assistant professor of geography at the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus, and 29 of his students were sub-contracted through a grant known as the Coastal Impact Assistance Program. Through the grant, the students learned firsthand how to use their geography skills in the field. [Learn More]

Gulf Coast New Faculty for 2013-2014

Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus Welcomes Eight New Faculty

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast recently held its faculty orientation for eight new faculty members who will be teaching at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.
New faculty members are, from left to right, (front row) Catherine Tibbs, visiting instructor for English; Dr. Rachel Luther, assistant professor for curriculum, instruction and special education; Dr. Elizabeth Turner, assistant professor of accountancy; (back row) Donna Swilley, visiting instructor in the School of Human Performance and Recreation; Dr. Kevin Gwaltney, assistant professor for educational leadership and school counseling; William Holt, visiting instructor for criminal justice; Dr. Jacob Breland, assistant professor of management; and Eric McGregor, visiting instructor for geography. [Learn More]

Gulf Coast Library Welcomes New Exhibition with Sept. 12 Reception

A reception welcoming the art of Julia Reyes and Aline Villanueva will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library, located on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. [Learn More]

Katrina Research Center Receives Grant for 'Created Equal'

The Katrina Research Center (KRC) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has been awarded a grant to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington. Through the grant, the KRC will provide scholarly presentations and exhibit four documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the sites. [Learn More]

Employee Spotlight

There are a multitude of reasons why Dr. Cheri Becker, associate professor of management, likes working at Southern Miss Gulf Coast. Her number one reason — the people.

Dr. Cheri Becker

“I have worked in a number of universities, but the people here are really the best,” said Cheri. “When I say this, it goes for both our staff and my colleagues on the faculty. I also like working with so many non-traditional students.”

When Cheri first started working for Southern Miss eight years ago, she worked on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses. Starting with the university in 2005, Cheri’s life was affected just like so many others due to the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. Cheri described this first year as being unfortunate.

“Like many others I lost my home and everything in it. This experience created a deep sense of kinship with others who shared the same experience. I then requested a permanent move to the coast and it was granted.”

Since making her move permanent, Cheri calls the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus home and enjoys all that the beautiful beachfront campus has to offer. When she is not teaching classes or working with students in the College of Business, Cheri spends her time enjoying the outdoors. Two of her favorite pastimes are sailing and swimming.

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Tom Lansford Edits 2013 Political Handbook of the World

Dr. Tom Lansford
Dr. Tom Lansford, academic dean and professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was editor for the “Political Handbook of the World 2013.” The “Political Handbook,” first published in 1928, is currently published annually by CQ Press. [Learn More]

Student Accomplishments

IDV Students Publish Article, Book Chapter

International Development doctoral program students at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach were authors of a recently published article and book chapter. Ed Bee of Mandeville, La., recently had his article, “Beyond the First Decade in U.S. Shale Gas,” published in the Global Energy Monitor, a monthly publication of the Center for Energy Governance and Security at Hangyang University in Seoul, Korea.

Annette Evans of Vicksburg recently had her book chapter, “Social Capital and Stability Operations,” published in the edited volume “Social Capital, Policing and the Rule of Law: Keys to Stabilization,” by Karen Finkenbinder and Paul M. Sangrey. The book was published in 2013 by U.S. Army War College Press.   [Learn More]


• Sept. 24 & 26: SGA and Homecoming Elections

• Oct. 22-26: Homecoming and Spirit Week

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