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Ribbon Cutting for Lofty Return

Southern Miss Dedicates Two Golden Eagle Sculptures

On Thursday, Oct. 24, Southern Miss alumnus Chuck Scianna and his wife, Rita, joined Southern Miss officials, alumni and friends for the dedications of two golden eagle sculptures – on the Hattiesburg campus and Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Named “Lofty Return,” the sculptures symbolically tie the campuses together while welcoming graduates back to their alma mater. [Learn More]

'Friendship Oak Collection' Now Available at Gulf Park Campus

Standing tall at nearly 60 feet and with limbs reaching out 155 feet, the Friendship Oak beckons all her visitors to marvel at the beauty of a tree whose life dates back over 500 years. Located on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, the Friendship Oak is now commemorated through a special collection of products known as, “The Friendship Oak Collection.” Available at the university’s official bookstore, Barnes & Noble, the Friendship Oak Collection features a variety of products which include jewelry, drinkware, t-shirts, tote bags and picture frames, among other specialty items. [Learn More]

Center for Child Development Celebrates Opening

The Gulf Coast Center for Child Development at The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated its grand opening Oct. 24 in Pass Christian. The center hosted the ceremony to commemorate its new partnership with the community and the Pass Christian School District. [Learn More]

College of Business Offers New Graduate Certificate Program

In an effort to better equip students for professional success, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business is offering a new graduate certificate program in the foundations of business. [Learn More]

College of Business Updates MBA

With a focus on eliminating barriers to degree completion, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business has implemented significant changes to its Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program. The most beneficial change involves scaling back the prerequisites for enrollment in the MBA program – especially for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in a business field. The new prerequisites for the program include a three-hour course (undergraduate or graduate) in each of three fields: statistics, accounting and finance. [Learn More]

Live Oak Writing Project Receives $87,000 Grant

The Live Oak Writing Project at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus was awarded a grant of $87,000 in a partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education. The partnership requires a three-year initiative to offer a 10-session professional development program for teachers as they implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts. [Learn More]

Dr. Rebecca Fillmore research breast cancer

Professor Researches Gene Linked to Breast Cancer Development

In spreading awareness in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The University of Southern Mississippi recently produced a news story detailing the research of Dr. Rebecca Fillmore, assistant professor of biology, as she looks to research the gene believed to play a role in the development of breast cancer. [Watch Video | Learn More]

English Department Presents
'JFK 50 Years Gone: Film Series'

As the nation remembers President John F. Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago, the Department of English on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will present the “JFK 50 Years Gone: Fall 2013 Film Series” with a discussion and two-part screening of Oliver Stone’s JFK. [Learn More]

Gulf Coast Library to Host Coastal Nature Photographer Exhibit

Nature Photography Exhibit The Gulf Coast Library on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is hosting a new exhibit featuring the works of coastal nature photographers. The exhibit, which will be on display through December, includes featured photographers Alex North, George Perina, John Stricklin, Jimmy Stroud and Jason Taylor. [Learn More]

Technology Learning Center To Host Monthly Meetings for Lost Limb/Amputee Support Group

The Technology Learning Center (TLC) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach will host regular meetings for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Limb Loss/Amputee Support Group. Meetings will be held from 4 - 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the TLC. The support group is a partner of the Amputee Coalition Support Group Network and the Amputee Empowerment Partners. [Learn More]

The Learning Commons and the Gulf Coast Library Offer GRE Study Session November 23

The Learning Commons and the Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus are providing free Graduate Record Examination (GRE) study sessions, which are available to both students and the community. The remaining study session for fall 2013 is Nov. 23, which will focus on the verbal area of the GRE. The session will be held from 12 – 2 p.m. in room 107 of the library, located on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. For more information, contact the Learning Commons at 228.207.0150 or online at

Employee Spotlight

As chair and professor in the university’s Department of Human Capital Development, Dr. Cyndi Gaudet says the people are what she likes best about working at Southern Miss Gulf Coast. She describes having wonderful colleagues who support and genuinely care about each other, as well as students who feel the collegiality and also love coming to learn on the Gulf Park campus.

Dr. Cyndi Gaudet

“Many of our students are preparing for mid-career transitions and it is especially rewarding to watch them achieve their professional goals,” added Cyndi.

In her 17th year as a Southern Miss employee, Cyndi spent the first part of her Southern Miss career in Hattiesburg until her program relocated to the Gulf Park campus in 2004. “The Mississippi Gulf Coast offers broad-based business and industry support for human capital development, prompting us to move our graduate programs to the Gulf Park campus.”

Outside of her university life, Cyndi enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren and playing the piano. Cyndi also discovered a fun find with her last name.

“My name is an acronym for my professional passion G-A-U-D-E-T – Graduate and Undergraduate Degrees in Employee Training.”


Dr. Frances Lucas Named 2013 Woman of the Year

Dr. Frances Lucas, vice president and campus executive officer for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was named the 2013 Woman of the Year by the Lighthouse Business and Professional Women during their Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony held in October at the Biloxi Civic Center. [Learn More]

Dr. Greg Carter Named Interim Association Dean for Science & Technology

Dr. Gregory A. Carter, associate professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been appointed interim associate dean for the Gulf Coast operations of the College of Science and Technology. [Learn More]

Shelia White Receives Alumni Association Award

Shelia White, Director of Southern Miss Gulf Coast University Communications, received an Outstanding Service Award from the Alumni Association at their Annual Homecoming Awards Brunch held October 26 in Hattiesburg. This award was presented to four alumni based on their service to the University.

Professor, Students Receive Best Poster Award

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus undergraduate students in the College of Education and Psychology, along with their professor Dr. Michael Mong, received the highest number of votes to be awarded the Best Poster Award at the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research Conference in New Orleans, La. [Learn More]

Academic Dean Lansford Publishes Book Chapter on Congressional Elections

A book chapter written by Dr. Tom Lansford, academic dean and professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was recently published in “The Roads to Congress 2012” from Lexington Books of Lanham, Md. [Learn More]

Bailey Receives Grant to Attend Meeting in Providence

Constance Bailey, instructor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, received a faculty development grant which provided her funding to attend the 2013 American Folklore Society Annual Meeting October 16 -19 in Providence, RI. [Learn More]

Naghshpour Co-Authors Paper for Journal of Economic Studies

Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour, professor of international development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, co-authored the paper “Connecting Corruption to Ethnic Polarization and Religious Fractionalization,” which will be published in the next issue of the Journal of Economic Studies. [Learn More]

Grad Students Present Papers at History Conference in Pensacola

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast graduate students Colleen Smith of Ocean Springs and Stacie Watts of Gulfport, both students in the university’s College of Arts and Letters, presented papers at the recent Gulf South Historical Association Conference in Pensacola, Fla. [Learn More]

International Development Doctoral Student Co-Edits Published Volume

University of Southern Mississippi International Development doctoral student, Melissa Aho of Circle Pines, Minn., recently co-edited the volume, “The Machiavellian Librarian: Winning allies, combating budget cuts, and influencing stakeholders.” [Learn More]


> Nov. 5 - Dec. 11: AOP Stocking Drive, Hardy Hall and FEC
> Nov. 12: JFK Part I, 6:30 p.m., Gulf Coast Library Room 204
> Nov. 19: JFK Part II, 6:30 p.m., Gulf Coast Library Room 204
> Nov. 23: GRE Study Session, 12-2 p.m., GC Library Room 107

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