USM Celebrates Founders’ Day

On March 30th, 1910 Mississippi Normal College was created. Decades later its name would become the University of Southern Mississippi.
Students, faculty and staff all gathered at USM Gulf Park to celebrate the school’s founders’ day. University president Rodney Bennett addressed everyone in attendance on how far the school has come, but more importantly how far it can still go. The USM Gulf Park campus makes USM the only state university with a dual campus.
While university representatives are proud of what they have accomplished in the past 106 years, they were even prouder to honor the ones that keep it moving: the employees. USM Gulf Park Vice President Dr. Steve Miller said, “It’s always great to be able to celebrate the founding of your institution, especially as it relates to our coastal operation right here at the Gulf Park campus and being able to honor the folks that have been a big part of our success for 10, 20, and 30 plus years is even more special. Obviously we’re interested in educating the 21st century workforce, so the type of employees and researchers we have involved in our programs, we know we’re doing that.”
Employees notching 10 to 30 years of service were all given special pins to commemorate their service to the university.
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