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House Speaker Gunn visits Southern Miss Gulf Coast

House Speaker Gunn Tours Southern Miss Campuses

Dr. Frances Lucas and Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn watch as Southern Miss Gulf Park campus nursing students demonstrate needle injections. Gunn, a Republican who represents District 56 in the House, spent much of Thursday, Oct. 3, touring facilities and departments at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses. The tour concluded with a stop at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs. [Learn More]

Brandy Jarvis, Southern Miss Gulf Coast 2013 Homecoming Maid

Brandy Jarvis Selected 2013 Homecoming Maid

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus student Brandy Jarvis of Ocean Springs, senior marketing major, will represent the Southern Miss Gulf Coast student body in this year’s Southern Miss homecoming festivities October 21 - 26. [Learn More]

Dr. Cyndi Gaudet hoods Dr. Evelyn Green

Gulf Park Gains Department of Human Capital Development

The College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi recently formed the Department of Human Capital Development at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The department features the human capital development doctoral program, the master of science degree in workforce training and development, the applied technology bachelor’s degree, and the training and development certificate program. [Learn More]

Southern Miss Gulf Coast Publishes List of Experts

University Communications at Southern Miss Gulf Coast has collected a listing of university faculty and their areas of expertise in addressing topics of interest to the media and the public at large. To download this list, visit the University Communications website at

Office of Admissions Adds Scherlofsky as Counselor

Dr. Kimberly Scherlofsky The Office of Admissions at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach recently hired Dr. Kimberly C. Scherlofsky as an admissions counselor to focus on university recruiting and community outreach in the business, government, and industry sectors along the Gulf Coast. [Learn More]

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer with Online Auction, Walk

The Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus has turned pink in October with many activities and fundraising opportunities supporting the American Cancer Society. Check out the online silent auction with over $1,500 worth of gift items. Students, faculty and staff will unite on Saturday, October 19 at 9 a.m. on the Biloxi Town Green for a 5K/3mile fundraising walk. For more information on the Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus team or to bid on the online auction, visit

Festival of Choirs 2013

Festival of Choirs Featured Singers from Across South Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale celebrated the sixth annual “Festival of Choirs” with a free concert Sept. 30 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Long Beach. Hosted by the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale, the Festival of Choirs featured nearly 10 music groups that include the Hattiesburg Choral Union, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County Campus and high school chorus groups throughout south Mississippi. [Learn More]

Employee Spotlight

The opportunity to work where she earned her undergraduate degree, as well as furthering her education, is what lead Donna Valestro, director of business and finance, to become part of the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus family.

Donna Valestro

“What I like about working at Southern Miss Gulf Coast is the people and the diverse learning opportunities,” said Donna, who has been with the university for over 5 years. These opportunities include being a member of various committees, including Staff Council Executive Committee, University Assessment Committee, and Contract Management Committee, among many others.

In January 2012, Donna started the Ph.D. program in the Department of Human Capital Development (HCD) on the Gulf Park campus. Being both an employee and student at Southern Miss, Donna finds that she does not have much free time. However, she will soon take one more class and her comprehensive exam to complete her coursework. Then her focus will turn to her dissertation.

“The HCD program is the best thing I have ever done for myself, with the exception of being the mother of two wonderful children!”

Donna adds that boating and being on the water is when she is at peace. In addition to being a health, music, and pet enthusiast, she enjoys the family construction business, especially decorating or staging homes.

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Douglas Bristol Named Southern Miss Finalist for Summer Stipend

Dr. Douglas Bristol

Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, was named one of two finalists representing the university in a national competition for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer stipend. [Learn More]

Dr. Marie de Neiges Léonard Presents Paper

Dr. Marie Leonard

Dr. Marie des Neiges Léonard, assistant professor of sociology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, recently presented the paper, “Census and Racial Identity in France: Invisible Categories and Color-Blind Politics,” while attending the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in New York City. [Learn More]


• October 19: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

• Oct. 22-26: Homecoming and Spirit Week

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